Following are comments made by supporters of Open Coyote Hills:
This natural resource of which the city already ownes a significant portion has been ‘locked up’ by nay-sayers for way too long. The environmental uniqueness and ecological relationships can soon be observed and studied by students of all ages in the Fullerton Educational Community. By developing the economic potential of this resource in a responsible way the City and our sorrounding communities can pay for the maintenance of this natural asset. — Anthony J. “Tony” Florentine
As it is now, it seems more of a hazard than community space. Although it does provide ‘nature in the raw’ for the small number of folks in the community who actively make use of undeveloped land, it is of little use to the great body of us at all ages who regularly use outdoor space fitted to our needs. I am convinced that we can share space with plants and animals suited to the space and still provide the safety of developed trails and vista sights and the environmental and conservation benefits of a carefully planned nature center. And, if there was ever any question about whether the city could support any kind of use in the near future, it has been answered now. I am in total agreement with the goals of this group. — Ginger Britt
My family and I overlook this beautiful property and would love to see it put to good use for the community. We have followed and provided input for the various proposals offered over the last 18 years. The current project proposal incorporates many, many very good solutions to concerns voiced over many years. All of us deserve a chance to enjoy this languishing gem! — Gardnar O’Brien
The land belongs to Chevron, the plan was approved by the city, what more needs to be said? I have been on the tour with Chevron to see what exactly they plan with their development and I think it’s great! — Ridgly Burden
This is a project that is designed WAY beyond any reasonable expectation of generosity from the owner to the community. While it is true that a zone change is required, this is an unused, private oil field for which no private donor has stepped up to buy or mitigate on behalf of the taxpayers. This project will add jobs, high-end housing, educated citizens, economies of scale to our schools and tax base, customers for our businesses and a huge number of acres of endowed, improved open space for all of Fullerton. Most importantly, there is no compelling reason to withhold the individual rights of those who own this property. The opponents of this project are driven by classic nimbyistic motivations simply because it is their preference that somebody else’s land remain undeveloped. This project is a winner by every measure. I support freedom. — Chris Thompson
I think it is great for Fullerton. — Raj Gudapati
A developed Coyote Hills will bring additional revenue and jobs to Fullerton and provide recreation and enjoyment for residents in a fiscally responsible manner. — Kevin Pendergraft
The plan was approved in the past by the City of Fullerton. It is responsible. Adding accessible open area is a great benefit to the community. The city needs to respect private property rights. If it should be held as open space, then the city should file an eminent domain proceeding and pay the ownership for the property. The development will provide jobs and many other benefits. – Terry Dickens
I would like the community to have access to this wonderful resource. And, I’m anxious to have the resource center opened for our students. — Kathy Dasney
This plan will create new parks and opportunities for all citizens in Fullerton. Additionally, local government should not be infringing on private property rights and preventing companies and citizens from using their own land for sensible projects. I fully support you! — Gary Graves
I’m a longtime resident of Fullerton (40 years). I like the site and the trails planned. It’s about time! — Mike Osborne
When developed it will include a great park and will benefit all Fullerton citizens — both in enjoyment of the area and in tax revenues. — Louis Kuntz, Sr.
It is in the best interest of the citizens of Fullerton. — Joe Koch
I am a runner and I would love to have access to more trails like the ones I already enjoy. I believe that it is not realistic to think that the costs of maintaining trails and nature preserves like this can be covered under government grants any time in the foreseeable future. Therefore, I am in favor of developing the land responsibly. — Andrea Reekstin
It makes sense. The land is currently not accessible and is an eyesore. All land around it — since we moved here 17 years ago — has been developed. This developed land has enhanced our city and our well-being. The plan that has been developed and presented for approval is very balanced. It’s time! — William and Janice Quinn-Weyant
Jobs, progress, community development, safety, civic pride, economic growth, a clean environment, well maintained open areas — there are too many positives to describe here. I can’t believe this is even an issue. Fullerton is incapable of maintaining the land it currently has under its control; how could it possibly think taking on the maintenance of another public park could possibly be for the betterment of the community? They can’t even take care of the existing public land. Just walk any trail along the Fullerton loop . . . then walk a trail in Hawks Point . . . or compare anything in Fullerton to Clark or Craig Parks. They don’t have the money. Hopefully someday the people and government of Fullerton will become fiscally, socially and environmentally responsible, because they sure aren’t now! — Victor Perrin
More accessibility. Property owner rights. — Dean Mastromatteo
The property is not currently used for any citizen useful purpose. The project to build homes and open the area for citizen use will be a significant improvement over its current status. — Jay and Gloria Kremer
I want private property rights upheld. The City Council, Planning Commission and activist preservation groups should not be allowed to hijack private property without compensating the property owner. — Chong Lew
What I like about this plan is the involvement of the residents in building this community, and the investor’s efforts in making sure it is not just building for commercial intention, but also thinking of the education of kids and preservation of nature. — Isabelita Canosa
I would like to see a planned development with parks and trails. This will enhance the beauty around Fullerton. — Frank Agulto
It will be much more attractive an area than it is now. Also, many more residents of Fullerton will make use of the area by either enjoying the environment and views or walking the trails. We are also interested in the homes which would be built in that wonderfully developed natural setting. — Brian and Rosalie Burg
I was looking forward to new trails to ride my bicycle on. Plus, the “save coyote hills ” people have no right to deny the owners of the property what they proposed. — Jim Twitchell
I took the walk offered and I saw fences, poorly maintained trails and many possibilities. Please visit the Anaheim Hills Nature Center to see how the land can be utilized to educate the public as well as provide simple enjoyment of nature. Thank you for your efforts! — Gina Andres
So that the property will be utilized/maintained well, instead of just being fenced. People don’t even know how to get in the property. People will enjoy the planned parks/trails to be built. — Felipe Abarca
I think the preservation of Coyote Hills is primary in developing the area around it. I read your planned nature preserve and like the idea of educating the public about the history, geology, and wildlife of the area, as well as allowing controlled access to it. I believe that this is a worthwhile effort to meet the growing needs of our community, while at the same time, preserving a part of its history. — Donna Schafer
I am a strong property rights supporter and feel Pacific Coast Homes has made many concessions to pacify the no-growth people. I ride the trails weekly and would love to see the balance of reasonable development and preservation they have offered. — Richard Fuller
Opportunity to build, to live, and to enjoy. It just makes sense. — Erin Haselton
Hiking trails, parks , preservation of the habitat and being able to buy a home there in the future. — Robert Miranda
The five points listed on this site are the reasons for supporting the opening of the “hills.” — Jerry and Cindy Alcorn
I think it represents a good trade-off of limited development for desirable public benefits of park and open space improvements. — Steve White
I have been a long time supporter of the plan. The proposed plan by Pacific Coast Homes would be beautiful for the community but also the environment and nature. — Sudee Mann
Fullerton needs new upscale housing to offset the declining areas of our community. While open space may be nice we need a balance and the proposed project meets that goal. — Pat Wilson
I am in favor of aiding what’s left of the native ecosystem in an effort to rehabilitate indigenous populations. This project seems to be the most effective means of doing so. I also wish to enjoy the native habitat and share it with friends, family, and future generations. — Jacob Hastings Lloyd Davies
I am so excited about this group! I want to make sure we make some progress on Coyote Hills. I want everyone to know what a great opportunity this is for Fullerton, our schools, families, and our children, not to mention the new jobs and revenue for our city. — Marty Burbank
I would like to be enjoying it now with my children and grandchildren. — Barbara W. Johnson
Protect the environment with long term care. — Richard A. Nesbit
This seems like a sensible and workable solution. — Marjorie Simmons
More trails for walking and vistas for pleasure, some new homes in the area, more tax $$$ to local economies. — Gordon and Katie Wohlers
I grew up in La Mirada and hiked these hills frequently. I learned much about nature here and would love to take my children here to enjoy this treasure. — David Almanza
We are very glad to learn and be grateful to those who have now, though late, organized in favor of our Project. May GOD help us all!!! — Sanjay and MG Shah
Estate homes bring philanthropic money to town. I hope for more estate housing. It’s a reasonable development plan and balanced between property rights and community needs. — Leland Wilson
We enthusiastically support the current (Planning Commission-approved) version of the West Coyote Hills Plan as it has evolved over many years, reflecting input from private citizens, various City resources, and the U.S. Department of Wildlife. The Plan strikes a thoughtful and fair balance between environmental concerns and adding much-needed housing stock to our city. By implementing the Plan, the area’s natural elements will be enhanced and protected, at great benefit to Fullerton residents and at no cost to taxpayers. In our opinion, Pacific Coast Homes has more than gone the distance in their efforts to produce a plan for this unique land resource, which, after all, is private property. We urge the City Council to reconsider their earlier decision and approve the Plan without further delay. — Ann and Joel Gread
I went on an informational tour and thought the plan will be a benefit to the city of Fullerton.– Jerome Del Giudice
Another Viewpoint on the 500 Acres
Fullerton’s last 500 acres of open space
Have become a pawn we all must face.
The Coyote Hills span the entire city
Not just one corner, no matter how pretty.
People fought to keep them pristine and lovely
But had to compromise because of money.
So a “Master Plan” was developed to be fair to all –
Even the gnat catcher, and he’s pretty small.
It is tempting to jump on the “Save it All ” bandwagon
Now being loudly provided
But wait, it is possible it might be really one-sided.
The new Chevron plan is quite exciting
With all of the things it is providing.
The houses are clustered on less than half of the land
Leaving 280 acres for open space plans.
And there is more, the 72-acre Nature Park next door.
The city owns it, but nobody knows it,
For it was brokered 20 years before.
That’s how long it has waited without even being gated
For the city couldn’t afford to do more.
So now we’ll have 350 acres of open space
“Wow! 350 acres, that’s a lot.”
Then the coastal scrub can say “Yipee
They’ve left plenty of space for us to be.”
And the little quail with its soft “pit” “pit” “pit”
Will have lots of places where it will fit.
The coyotes already do reside
In people’s backyards on Skyline Drive.
They are very adaptable in finding ways to survive.
I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t prefer to “have it all”
But we are a bedroom city, so our tax base is very small.
We’re lacking a Disneyland or even a Brea Mall.
Chevron is offering a “Conservancy”
To help complete and maintain the things we can’t afford at all.
I hope in our haste to the race
We consider the total call –
What is really best for everyone overall
So we don’t cut off our nose to spite our face.
– Miriam Sheddon
Development of Coyote Hills is the right thing for Fullerton. It’s a good balance between a neighborhood of new homes and open space that is consistent with the master plan that been in place for many years. It also creates a funding mechanism for maintenance of the open space so we do not place an ongoing burden on city finances. — Steve Eldredge
It is a good compromise between respecting property owners’ rights and providing for public recreation. — Kenneth Luke
The decades-long stalemate over the future of this valued resource has failed to produce results that provide resident access or environmental education benefits. Respectful of opposing positions, it now is time to cool the passions and permit this reasonable, financially viable compromise. — Ray Young
Recreational and educational access/a good combination of housing and open space. — Red Blum
I feel this is good for our city. — Jeri Richmond
Just because I and others live here, it would be selfish to prevent others from enjoying what we life we have here. Also, this is private property. An agreement was signed several years ago. Fullerton backed out, in spite of signing an agreement with Chevron. That is plain wrong. — Jim Burden
Job Creation should be our priority. We need to enjoy the beauty of this development. — Emily Alipit
This is a good balance of the “Five Reasons” and development. Looking particularly forward to additional trails and preservation. — Kay Miller
The land should be available for use by our citizens. — Minard Duncan
Private property rights are sacrosanct, and I believe Chevron has gone above and beyond to satisfy the city and detractors to make this development happen. I wish them the very best and offer my appreciation for their careful planning considerations. — Thom Babcock
The proposal is Chevron/Pacific Coast Homes’ West Coyote Hills planned community. The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce endorses this proposal because it’s balanced, fair and will be good for Fullerton. The plan will create 1,800 new jobs, new trails for Fullerton residents to enjoy and millions of dollars to improve schools and services. — Theresa Harvey, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce
The most cost effective way to preserve Coyote Hills and to respect private property rights is to allow a portion of it to be developed and the remainder of it dedicated for park and open space. If developed responsibly, all of the citizens will be able to enjoy this treasure without a needless burden to the following generations of Fullerton taxpayers while respecting individual property rights. What a concept! — Patrick Hartnett
For more than 30 years I have supported the development of the West Coyote Oil field in a manner beneficial to the City and the environment. The Chevron plan, by the land owner, fulfills all the criteria of this use. — William Gillespie
I agree and strongly support opening Coyote Hills for the benefit of the City of Fullerton. — Carolyn Gillespie
I support a reasonable approach to developing Coyote Hills that solves for environmental issues, provides the public access to new open space, and provides funding for long-term maintenance and operation of the property at no additional cost to the taxpayers. I believe that the proposed development, while not perfect, largely achieves these objectives. — Karen Haluza
Coyote Hills is a private property rights issue. The owners, whether it’s Standard Oil or a private party, should have the right to develop their property with their own resources. — Craig Green
The Coyote Hills development will clean up an eyesore and improve a large area for recreation. I expect it will mean jobs and business opportunities in a time and place where both are lacking. I don’t buy the claims by busy-bodies that the development will be some kind of disaster for wildlife or cause massive gridlock. There are strict rules already in place to prevent that. I’m confident that this will be thoroughly beneficial to the community. — Charles S. Lamb
First of all, for public reasons I believe in private property rights. For selfish reasons I would make great use of the proposed hiking trails and nature center. This looks like a good blend to me. — Lillian Moore
I feel it would beautify an area that looks awful and crude. It will eventually increase the property values of the homes in the surrounding areas. I live in Sunny Hills in Fullerton. I also feel that the plan the builder and the city council have with the building of vista parks, trails and preservation is more then a fair compromise. LETS GET THIS PROJECT GOING. — Nicholas Porcaro
The nature preserve brings a natural laboratory to our backyard. It offers tremendous opportunities for students to connect with and learn about the natural history of Orange County. — Sean Chamberlin
I am a science teacher and long time environmentalist. I am very aware of the potential benefits for our children and the community at large of a nature preserve and education center. This may be the last hope for Fullerton to do the right thing for our children: education over still more track housing. — Steve A. Bonfiglio
I’m in favor of the Nature Center and Preserve. It would be wonderful for Fullerton school kids. — Ellen Ballard
I live across the street from the development. Your plan is a good one for all the reasons you cite. You are acting responsibly and acting for the betterment of Fullerton and its residents. Ironically to some, I am an ultra-conservative conservationist. The opposition are clearly preservationist no matter what, and after reading their website, they have no substantive plan. There is also a serious moral issue that they do not address: Stealing-Property Rights. I like the fact that you are opening the area for us as residents to use. To me it was beyond belief that the City Council voted the way it did last year. I was most unhappy, as were a lot of people. It seems to me that 250 people on the other side are obstructing the future of Fullerton. Your project will make Fullerton a better place in every respect. — Robert W. Buerki
More open space and a sensible development plan for a lasting future of the area. — Darren Atkinson
This solution is good, and it has been too many years in debate! — Bettina Murphy
For education and preservation purposes. — Pilar Hammann
This would be an amazing opportunity for my family to enjoy the area around our home. With most people dealing with financial strains, it would be a fantastic activity! Affordable, healthy and fun! – Blair Van Bussel
I like the idea of the original plan which includes more planning. I also am aware of the time and effort the original committee has spent to do what is best for the people in Fullerton. — MaryJane Lent
I’ve seen the project and the development portions of it aren’t nearly as intrusive as I had thought. People need to know that more than half will be open space and certainly a lot less unsightly than it is now. I also favor access to Robert E. Ward nature preserve, which is prohibited now. — Fred Lentz
The housing density within the city is already quite crowded. The open space that is proposed in the plan would provide enjoyment for all families, especially the young people. — Bob Zima
I have lived in Fullerton since 1946. I support the proposed plan because it makes a majority of our last open space accessible for everyone to use. — Pat Zima
It’s time to open up the space to all of Fullerton and let the property owner develop their property. — Larry Bennett
I watched the construction of Amerige Heights on the former Hughes property. The green belts are beautiful and heavily used. I am eager to see Coyote Hills opened up. Especially the wilderness park portion. I have seen the plans evolve over the years and listened to presentations at the Fullerton Farmer’s Market. Why has it taken so long? The few vocal people opposed to the project should not be able to overrule good sense. — Jeanne Christie
To maintain the rights of property owners and to allow for the already agreed upon development of the property. — Jan Bussman
Coyote Hills has not been a wilderness since the first Basque shepherds arrived with their sheep. The sheep devoured the native plants and bunch grasses which were replaced by non-native species. This was followed by the oil wells. As the platforms, pipelines, drilling rigs and trucks of the oil extraction entrepreneurs replaced the sheep, they too further despoiled the “wilderness.” For the past several years it has lain fallow, but in no way has it reverted to pristine wilderness. Areas of mixed native and non-native plants and some animals have adapted to living in close proximity to urban life, and 283 acres of this are proposed to be preserved and restored for the enjoyment of present and future residents.
Purchase of the entire property is just not feasible. Even it if were, it could not be properly maintained, policed and developed for use, even as wilderness, without loss of resources for other recreational programs and vital community services.
I feel that the developers have proposed a sensitive and generous plan that will preserve the ridge lines and provide open and recreational space. The housing communities to be built will pay for the public amenities of the open space: the 73 acres of the currently inaccessible city-owned Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve plus 283 additional acres.
Past actions by the City Planning Commission and Council never anticipated preservation of the entirety of Coyote Hills. It is not anticipated in the General Plan. It is not pristine and does not qualify in the manner that parts of the Santa Ana or Santa Monica Mountains, the Mojave Desert or some of the Channel Islands do. We are just several generations too late! — Sue Tsuda, former Fullerton Planning Commissioner and City Council Member
I live at the top of the other side of this hill range in La Mirada/Hillsborough, which by the way was developed to become — we feel — the premier community in Los Angeles County and we would like to see the all the benefits described come to fruition here amongst the other side of the hill range and nature where we can extend our trail riding, park enjoyment, vistas etc. We are also aging and may consider sizing down into this new future highly-developed community. — Robert H. “Bob” Fuentes III
I want to hike and bikeride and enjoy the beauty that has been locked up for way too many years. — Annette Rosenow
I believe in PROPERTY RIGHTS. Coyote Hills belongs to someone, and that someone has the PROPERTY RIGHT to develop his property as he sees fit. PERIOD. — Charles R. “Chuck” McGlawn
I feel the plan would benefit all of Fullerton. The amount of open space as well as miles of trails would be a fun, close new place to explore. It’s wasted space as it is now. — Kathy Friedrich
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