Barajas: City Open Space Shouldn’t Be Tucked Behind Closed Doors

Flor Barajas, Deputy Director at OCCORD, argues that Willowick Golf Course, currently zoned as Open Space, could be developed as a regional park adjourning Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Barajas writes that public lands should not be sold to developers but instead elected officials should protect this asset for future generations.

Aly: Dear Tustin Legacy Neighborhood

Mohammed Aly, a local resident and executive director of the Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, writes that doing nothing about homelessness is no longer an option. Given the progress of a federal lawsuit on homelessness in Orange County, Aly argues that cities like Tustin, which tonight will consider approving for construction 54 affordable rental units and 60 permanent supportive affordable rental units, can no longer refuse to provide housing opportunities for low income people.

Richards: County’s Dismissal of Land-Use Plans Challenged by Lawsuit

Orange resident Tina Richards writes that the county ignored zoning laws that prohibited commercial operations in the canyons by approving Red Rock Gardens, a business that would host weddings and other events. Citizens are taking legal action to protect existing land-use plans.

Baran: Irvine Voters, Put Democracy Before Development

Jeanne Baran, an Irvine resident, argues voters shouldn’t give a free pass to the development community. Baran stresses that developers and the city council need to be held accountable, arguing Voting No on Measure D protects citizen rights to petition their government.