This November 8th, we invite you to get out and walk in support of conserving West Coyote Hills. Have fun day with your family, friends, and neighbors, and discover the natural beauty in our own backyard. Walk at your own pace along a 3 mile trail on the “Fullerton Loop.” There will be naturalist stations and booths to learn about our local ecosystem and history. Enjoy a great day out with the whole family and support a great cause.
Please visit our 2014 Walk for Coyote Hills site at coyotehillswalkathon.org to learn more and to register.
We have mixed news to report. In July, the Trust for Public Lands departed from this project. They cited that they could not add any value given the current state of negotiations on this project. While we are saddened by their departure, we are quite happy to report that we, along with Chevron-Pacific Coast Homes and the City of Fullerton are still committed to working towards an acquisition agreement. We are actively seeking conservation expertise to fill the void left by TPL.
We have great news to share! Chevron is collaborating on an acquisition agreement that can lead to the preservation of all 510 acres of West Coyote Hills as an open space park. We think this is the greatest opportunity ever to save West Coyote Hills. To top that off, the Trust for Public Land (TPL.org), a premier national land conservation non-profit group, has agreed to lead the negotiation with Chevron. TPL brings over 40 years of experience in creating parks for people and a solid record of creating several hundreds of parks across the nation. They have deep knowledge of conservation finance, transactions, park design and development that we can leverage for saving West Coyote Hills.
While this is a giant step forward (we all agreed to agree :-), and we should savor and celebrate this moment, the work is not finished. An acquisition agreement needs to be achieved to turn this from a concept to specifics that can be executed. Of course, fundraising will be very key to success. But you know that we are not one to turn away from a challenge, and now we have even more friends (TPL, Chevron-Pacific Coast Homes, City of Fullerton, Mayor Doug Chaffee, State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and more) to help us get to a “happily ever after” for this story.
Thank you so much for helping us turn the corner on saving West Coyote Hills, and we will bring you more news as this evolves.
Friends of Coyote Hills is hosting a HUGE Garage Sale / Fundraiser from 7am - 1 pm on Saturday, January 11th.
Location: 4611 Santa Fe Street, Yorba Linda 92886.
To donate sale items, contact Shirley at 714-870-9777 or FCHvolunteers@roadrunner.com. Volunteer help for set up day, Friday the 10th, and the day of the sale on the 11th is especially needed.
Thanks to all the walk-a-thon walkers, sponsors, and volunteers, our first ever fundraising and awareness event was a huge success.
For more information and pictures , please visit CoyoteHillsWalkathon.org
The Friends of Coyote Hills, the Open Coyote Hills group, and Pacific Coast Homes are now meeting in an effort to find a ‘win-win’ solution to the dispute over the future of West Coyote Hills. We will provide updates as agreements are reached throughout the process.
We apologize for not being able to provide more details at this time.
A couple of weeks ago we wrote asking you to contact the Fullerton City Council to urge them to do the right thing: follow through on the will of voters on Measure W, the referendum to overturn the development approvals for West Coyote Hills. Many of you did just that. As a result, the City of Fullerton will be providing a status update on Coyote Hills at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Transparency, open dialog and responsiveness were sorely lacking in the process to resolve the referendum follow up, so we thank you for stepping up to the "Call to Action". And we applaud the City for their quick response in preparing an update next Tuesday.
While we eagerly await a positive status next Tuesday, please continue to encourage the City Council to uphold the voter's will on saving Coyote Hills, and to do so in a manner that is open and transparent. You can do this by showing up at the City Council (303 W. Commonwealth Ave, 92832) meeting next Tuesday (meetings start at 6:30 PM), calling their office at 714-738-6311, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we can save West Coyote Hills!
May 1, 2013
Last November 2012 , nearly 61% of Fullerton voters defeated Measure W because we do not want to see West Coyote Hills developed with 760 houses and a shopping center. Unfortunately, the Fullerton City Council failed to follow through on our vote by reversing the development approvals as should have happened with a successful referendum.
At first they claimed they needed time to educate themselves on the matter. The Friends of Coyote Hills met with each of them personally. We spoke at numerous Council meetings urging them to do the right thing and overturn the development as voters have directed them.
It's been 6 months since the election, and they've purposely done nothing. This assures Chevron an easy application for a re-approval come November.
Does your vote matter? Should the City Council be allowed to get away with ignoring 61% of us voters? It’s up to all of us to hold the City Council accountable. Please let them know that you are on to them and that you expect them to take action now. Tell the Council to overturn all development approvals now. No more stalling!
- Overturn all development approvals/ordinances including the EIR and zoning change
Please do this by leaving a message with their secretary at (714) 738-6311 or by emailing email@example.com.
Thank you for taking action today!
On Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 pm, Friends of Coyote Hills is hosting a fundraiser "QuarterMania Party" at Laguna Road School in Fullerton. We need volunteers to support this event by providing refreshments or helping with the event set up and clean up.
A QuarterMania Party is a cross between an auction and a raffle where people ‘bid’ to win a product/prize of brand new goods donated from local businesses. Bids on new items are from 1 to 4 quarters. We will have about six vendors. In addition, you can bring your unwanted or broken gold, silver and platinum (earrings, bracelets, chains, dental gold) to sell with a portion of the proceeds going to Coyote Hills.
Can you or do you know someone or a business who can donate items for our raffle? Even small items would be much appreciated. Here are some examples:
Please call Marilyn about donations: (714) 525-3214 and Margret about helping at the event: (714) 992-4072.
Although the City Council accepted the results of the vote on 12/4/12, they stopped short of any further action such as terminating the Development Agreement and overturning other development approvals as called for by the Development Agreement and other development approval ordinances. They state that the development has been stopped with no specific information on the status of the development approval ordinances we mentioned below. In the meanwhile, Chevron has brought back their lawsuit against the City which they used to coerce the city to approve their development proposal in 2011. This lawsuit has been "stayed" for 90 days till May 2013 so that presumably the City and Chevron can work on a "resolution".