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Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office of Fraud & Corruption
"There's no law against bad government. That's why we have elections."

"That's Good Comedy but Bad Government"

"The Superior Court said Staff abused discretion. Instead of fixing our review process, which is broken, someone decides it's a good idea to give more discretion to Staff. That's good comedy but bad government. - Resident Bill Phelps at Sept 2013 Council meeting discussing City Council proposed changes to weaken Codes and give Staff more discretion.


Let's Make La Habra Heights a Drone Free Community


Republic to start "Convoy" type trash collection in next few weeks to
speed up collection and minimize impact on community


Assemblyman Ian Calderon Reveals La Habra Heights City Council in
Favor of Oil Drilling, At Whittier Oil Watch Meeting. Watch Here


Upcoming Event - Heights Oil Watch
Initiative Measure Petition Signing
City Park on Hacienda (upper parking lot)
Sunday October 26, 2014 - 9AM to 6PM



Did you Recently Receive your Property Tax Bill?
Did you know $9,000 of Your County Tax Dollars went to
Councilmember Higgins' and Miller's Private Foundation?



Trick or Treat?
Planning Commission to Come out of Hiding for Halloween.
Oct 28 Public Hearing for Code Changes. A Treat for Developers and Bad Trick On Residents.

Did you know? The Improvement Association received $40,000 of your tax dollars in five years.
If they "donate" $5,000 of it for City sign what is that?


Orange County Register Story includes Matrix Oil Project and opposition - here


Property Owner Fined $600 by City
Property Owner Visits City Hall to Understand How City Determined Property Line and Dispute Fine
City Says it is up to Property Owner to Prove Where Property Line is even if it costs Thousands for Survey.



What Should Council Do About "CheckGate"?

1. Come clean about the checks.
2. Release relevant documents.
3. Issue corrected warrant & other reports.
4. Ensure processes, oversight and procedures are in place to prevent a repeat.

or
1. Deny the problem.
2. Withold documents.
3. Call residents who bring up issue "liars" or "troublemakers".
4. Censor Public Comments out of Council meeting broadcasts so community cannot hear about problem.



Why didn't City Audit firm, White, Nelson, Diehl Evans catch off warrant spending and unaccounted checks?


Now! City Documents Reveal 18 "Voided" Checks Cleared Bank for $185,000 - Here
City Refuses to Release Checks to Expose Who was Paid.
Council cites this check issue as a reason to Censor Public comments.
What and/or Who are they protecting? #BadGovernment


Los Angeles County provided electronic canceled check re Miller/Higgins Foundation in less than 1 day
LHH refuses to release canceled checks that they claimed were voided totalling $100s of thousand$
Suspicious?? Why doesn't Council ask for check release? What are they hiding? #BadGovernment


Council Flies Off Handle Hearing $3 Million City Hall Cost
Where does total come from*?

Amount Detail
$2.24 million Direct building costs per City report
$240,000
Ewing Architect $195,000 plus MPR estimate per contract
$120,000
Staff time and permits estimate; Public works mgr, City Mgr, engineer, planning, building inspector, imputed permit costs.
$140,000
Moving and storage associated costs estimate. Repairs and improvements to temp city hall and grounds, security, Rent of temp quarters.
$2,740,000
Sub total
$270,000
Council estimated remodel associated legal costs. City Budget page 9**
$3,010,000 Total
* We hope/expect City Council will provide the community with a complete exact accounting, soup to nuts, of entire remodel and associated costs.
**Lawsuit filed late 2013 citing Remodel failure to follow City & State laws, lack of traffic and safety studies. Months earlier City lost another court case for failing to follow its own codes.



Don't Blink or You'll Miss It.
Open House $3M Remodeled City Hall, Thursday October 16 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm - Invitation
We thought they might have it on a Saturday when most of those who paid for it can come, but....


Full Time City Employee Salaries & Positions 2012 & 2014

* Source - City of La Habra Heights
* Benefits add 30- 50% to above costs
* City uses regular raises and title inflation, with higher pay, to reward employees
* City refuses to release information on numerous interns and part-time employees, saying "no such documents exist".For example Fire Chief is part-time at about $100k but not on list.
* List does not include contract employees, such as engineer, building inspector, planner, etc.
* Contract employees in 2012 may have become regular employees with benefits in 2014.
* City used to release, with the budget, complete list of full, part-time, & contract positions with total pay and benfits cost. Residents are no longer able to see that information.



Sheriff Responds to City Hall to Escort Resident seeking public records.
City Staff refuse to serve her.

City Hall is typically the number one response address in the City for the Sheriff Dept.

Residents have unfortunately needed to request Sheriff escort to City Hall to keep the peace, prevent harassment by City Staff, or be witness in case of false accusations.
(Audio/video of a citizen being harassed at the counter is posted on the City website)

In today's (October 1) incident, a resident requested an escort to pick up and request public records. When the resident requested the city turn off audio and video recording of her to protect her privacy, City Staff refused to serve her. The Deputy Sheriff contacted headquarters.

City Elected Officials should consider changing policies and procedures so business at City Hall is conducted in a lawful manner, residents' privacy is protected, and residents do not feel they need a Sheriff escort to prevent harassment or false accusations.


Should Public Officials Use Their Elected Position to Take Public Money for Their Private Foundation?

Actual Canceled Check of your tax dollars going to CM Miller & Higgins Foundation
Payment not shown on Foundation Website. Public Funds appear to be majority of funding for foundation.



Sheriff Dept Reports 3 suspects matching description of local thieves apprehended in Hacienda Heights
Sheriff Dept recommends remaining vigilent
"Yesterday was a fine example that neighborhood watch and community oriented policing really does work"
Learn About or Join La Habra Heights Neighborhood Watch - Here

Whittier Daily News Story on HOW anti-fracking Initiative - Here

Just In! CM Miller & Higgins Foundation Received $9,000 Payment of YOUR County Tax Dollars
What were funds used for? No mention of payment on Foundation Website.
Why weren't they working to get money for our City instead?
What is Quid pro Quo expected? Investigation Ongoing


Read Heights Oil Watch Press Release on Initiative - Here


Exclusive Video of Initiative Filing! Here
See proponents explain purpose and City Manager threatening resident.

Read filed HOW Initiative Here

Breaking! Heights Oil Watch Files Initiative to
Halt Expanded Oil Operations

Kathleen Steele, Mike Hughes & Jesse LoVerme of Heights Oil Watch present Initiative to City Manager/City Clerk Shauna Clark City Manager Shauna Clark reviews Initiative

Citizens Stay Home - Your Help is not Wanted

Prior Councils - Resident Committees and Commissions
Current Council
* Budget Committee

* Emergency Preparedness Committee

* Historical Committee

* Parks and Recreation Commission

* Plannning Commission

* Public Works Committee

* Volunteers on Patrol
* Planning Commission
Now meets rarely. Only 3 times this year
- Historical Committee was disbanded by
Council but meets anyway



Crowd Gathers to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Habitat Preservation Authority
See Video of the Program - Here

The Habitat Authority, started in 1994, manages 3800 acres, including about 600 acres in La Habra Heights.
Without the foresight and vision of past leaders, our hills would be blighted with tract housing instead of permanent open space.
Thanks to Whittier Councilmember Bob Henderson for his extraordinary and ongoing efforts.
Only Councilman Roy Francis was present to represent our City and show support for open space.




Where did Public Comments Go?
Do you really think the current City Council wants to hear from you?

Prior Councils
Current Council
* Public Comments on non Agenda items at Beginning of Meeting - up to 3 minutes each

* Public Comment as each Agenda item comes up - up to 3 minutes

* Public Could request Consent Calendar items be removed for discussion - up to 3 min each

* Public Comments at End of Meeting - up to 3 minutes

* Residents could speak in teams or yield time to another.

* Residents could make PowerPoint presentations during their comments.

* No limit on cumulative speaking time.

* Residents politely applauded when desired.
* Public Comments on and off Agenda items at beginning of meeting only. 5 minutes total.
Applause can bring Sheriff intervention.
- Meeting start time of 7:30 for convenience of residents getting home after work and/or dinner. - Meeting start time moved up to 6:00 p.m. for convenience of Staff and Council
- Council will consider censoring Public Comments out of meeting broadcasts in January.
- Severe restrictions have not appreciably, or at all, shortened meetings, as no limit on Councilmember speaking time as other cities do.



Just Released City Manager Email Suggests Council Brown Act Violation

1. In an Email dated August 20, City Manager Shauna Clark said Council finally came to a conclusion to sponsor symposium. See Email
2. The Brown Act says Council is not to decide a matter without agendizing an item and providing an opportunity for public comment.
3. Item was not agendized until September 15th for an "after the fact" approval. See Agenda Report
4. The Agenda Report describes that the Council decided serially and during Council Comments at the end of the August Council Meeting
5. Councilman Kyle Miller confirms unagendized decision to sponsor forum in an August 21 Tweet

6. Citizens were denied the opportunity to comment before the decision was made.
7. In November 2013, the DA sent a letter to the City Council warning not to make decisions without notice and opportunity for public comment.
8. Also in Nov 2013, the DA sent another warning to the City for not allowing the public to speak and trying to prevent criticism of staff
9. In late 2012, the DA threatened the Council with convening a Grand Jury if another Brown Act violation occurred.



View Fracking Forum Online
Learn How Fracking Uses Same Ingredients as Twinkies - Here
See Your Councilmembers Get VIP Treatment, while your neighbors stand in line.



Just Released City Emails Indicate Councilmember Attempt to Influence Hiring
State Agency Says NO! Such Hiring Would Not be Legal - See City Emails
Was City trying to throw Councilmember under the bus?

Exclusive! First Look Inside New City Hall. Secretly Obtained Photos.

Front Counter and Lobby MultiPurpose Room Staff Cubicles
City Manager Office City Manager Office 2 Records Room

Council recommends you check out DVD of Council Meeting as alternative to TV viewing.
City Council's Easy 26 Step Plan to Watch Council Meeting DVD.

1. Go down to City Hall and Sign in for Service
2. Required to go outside and sit in chair while you wait to be called. Hope it is not hot.
3. Staff member calls your name to be served.
4. Fill out Public Records Request for Meeting DVD. Be careful any mistakes can void request.
5. Leave City Hall.
6. Staff member logs in your request.
7. Your name and request are put on report for public to review.
8. Request sits on a shelf for month or two until your "turn" comes up.
9. City mails you a letter indicating you can make a deposit for DVD.
10. Go down to City Hall and Sign In for Service.
11. Go outside and sit in chair until you are called.
12. Staff member calls you to be served. Be sure you bring letter or know file number. You pay a $10 deposit.
13. Leave City Hall.
14. Some days later, City contacts you that DVD is ready.
15. Go down to City Hall and Sign in for Service.
16. Go outside, wait in chair until you are called.
17. Staff member calls you in. You are presented with DVD.
18. Leave City Hall. Enjoy watching DVD.
19. Go down to City Hall and sign in for Service.
20. Go outside and wait to be called on for service.
21. Return DVD, and request refund of deposit.
22. Staff member logs your return and refund request.
23. Warrant generated in Finance Dept.
24. Time goes by for processing.
25. Report generated for City Council to authorize payment to you. Your name and payment is on public documents.
26. A letter arrives from City. Wonder what this is? Open. Oh, there's my $10 refund.

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For comparison's sake, this is how it was handled before Council instituted "efficiency" procedures.
1. Go to City Hall counter and request Council meeting DVD. Staff member gives it to you. Go home and watch.
2. Go to City Hall and return DVD. Smile and thank Staff member.


Watch Public Comments & Council Discussion on Censoring Public Comments
from September 15, 2014 Council Meeting
Listen to Comments City Muted Out - View Here

Planning Commission enters 6th Month in Hiding.

Sheriff Recommends Closing your Gate even if just running quick errand, as thieves lie in wait.

Council Postpones Decision on Public Comment Blackout until January.
CM Miller had 3 ring binder of talking points to convince others to censor meetings


Keep your eyes open. Call Sheriff if you see suspicious activity.
Break In - Ahuacate Rd - September 11
Break In - Reposado Dr - September 10


Councilman Miller reports collecting YOUR tax dollars for HIS foundation.


Breaking - Councilmembers Higgins & Miller reported culprits in Comment Censoring.
Asked for Blackout of Public Comments to be put on Agenda.
You can thank them at the meeting.


Are "Heights Watch" Signs attracting burglars?




Breaking!! Ahuacate Rd. Thursday September 11

Crime Wave Continues, as Council prepares to Celebrate $3 million City Hall opening.
CMs Miller & Higgins Capitalize on their Votes to keep Sheriff Patrol Cuts and
increase in crime to solicit new members and donations for their "foundation".


How Large a Role Does Improvement Association Play in Council Censoring Meetings?
LHHIA leaders have spoken before calling for no broadcast of council meetings.
Current & Former IA Directors sent recent mailer seeking to end broadcast.
CM Miller recently tweeted LHHIA is breeding ground for Council
LHHIA bans public from its own meetings and attacked someone at last public meeting.



Staff Report says Public Comments to be blacked out because people say bad things
about city - Really. We don't make these things up
It was the court that found city guilty of breaking its own laws.
DA Office of Fraud & Corruption repeatedly finds city breaking open meeting laws. 1 2 3
City's own report says they are inept.
Isn't Censorship really because Council doesn't want opposition to Matrix oil & new taxes to spread?


Sep 15 Council Agenda #16 includes Blackout of Public Comments on Broadcast, because:
Council fears residents will believe their neighbors and not them?
Council holds residents in such contempt that we are not worthy of broadcast?
Both?

Hillside Communities Prepare for being On Their Own in Disasters - LA Times Story
La Habra Heights was prepared until Council eliminated Emergency Preparedness
Committee, and gave away stores of food and supplies.
#SadButTrue #BadGovernment

La Habra Heights has No Representation as WCCA Board discusses spending million$ in LHH
Both Councilmembers Absent.



Important Seminar on Fracking Reveals Unusual Risk,
Pressurizing a New Well may cause leakage at nearby abandoned or inactive wells.


Is it time for the owners (you) to take back control of the City?

Can Anyone Get the City to Follow the Law??
City Business Hours Cut in Half without Council Resolution.

Municipal Code - 2.2.20 Hours of City Business
The City offices shall be open to the public for business as specified by resolution of the City Council of La Habra Heights.

Planning Commission Hasn't Met in Over 4 Months

Municipal Code - 2.4.20 Planning Commission
F. Planning Commission Meetings. Regular meetings of the Planning Commission shall
be held on the fourth Tuesday of each calendar month


Sheriff Dept Warns Residents to Be on Guard for Daytime Break-ins - Story
Councilman Miller advises joining an active neighborhood watch program.
Miller voted to maintain cuts to Sheriff Patrols while funding $3 million City Hall.
Join La Habra Heights Neighborhood Watch here - Free.
Oldest and most Active Watch program in City. Exclusive Radio Network.



La Habra Heights Had an Emergency Preparedness Committee,
but City Council Eliminated it.
Why doesn't Council want residents prepared for emergencies?


Assembly Bill 1327 May Prevent City from using Drones to Spy on Residents
Of course, that requires that the City follow the law - not a certain bet.
City Council previously considered using helicopter service to spy on residents.

As residents seek documents regarding Matrix Oil, City Finances and other issues,
City creates new schemes to delay, deny, and frustrate access to Public Records.


City "Unable to locate" Important Oil Trucking File in response to record request.
Residents face extended delays and denials for simple record requests

" the Improvement Association prohibited HOW members from talking to
citizens at Music in the Park about Matrix Oil related issues" - More

"... employees that have already been found by a judge to abuse their
discretionary powers are now handling the Matrix Oil proposal" - More


Should a Councilmember's Goal Be:
Act to protect residents and reduce crime? or
Cut Sheriff Patrols and Benefit from Crime increase?

Councilmembers' "Foundation" Benefits from Sheriff Patrol Cuts and Home Break-ins
One Break-in occurred next to "Heights Watch" sign
Other advertising signs sprout on street of Break-in


What is City Council Priority?
1. Increase Sheriff Patrols to Stop Mail Theft?
2. Increasing Sheriff Patrols to Stop Rash of Home Break-ins?
3. Maintaining Roads?
4. Providing Prompt Service to Residents at City Hall?
5. All of the Above
6. $3 Million City Hall Remodel with indoor & outdoor Staff lounges and lavish new furnishings?
Correct answer is #6.

Reality is:
1&2. Council Cut Sheriff Patrols to Save Money
3. Not $1 was spent on Road Maintenance in Fiscal Year 2014
4. City Hall hours cut to only 20 hours per week.
Council deems residents seeking service a "disruption" to Staff

August Planning Commission Meeting Canceled!
Commission has been in hiding since April

Another Break-In - Aug 19 on Reposado
Council continues reduced Sheriff Patrols
City wants to increase security at City Hall instead
Spending priority - almost $3 million on City Hall Remodel

Watch "Public Comments" from August 14 Council Meeting - Here
See Surprise Audience Appearance of Former Councilmember,
Hate Mail Sponsor and likely council candidate

Help Wanted - City Planner ASAP

Desired Qualifications:

- Dexterity - Ability to Rubber Stamp Developer and Council Friend's Plans with left or right hands,
or blindfolded.
- Speed - Ability to run out back door when security cameras show non-connected residents
approaching City Hall for service.
- Creativity - Ability to "Grandfather" unpermitted, recent structures and uses for Council friends.
- Experience "Streamlining" Zoning Code & Processes for approvals without oversight
- Familiarity with using Code Enforcement against Political "Enemies"
- CEQA - "What's that?"
- Codes - "Who needs them?"
- Willingness to delay or deny records requests for Plans or Planning Files at least until plans are
approved or past appeal deadline.
- Oil Good. Complaining residents bad.
- Ensure Planning Commission meets rarely or not at all, avoiding public scrutiny.
- Inability to read or follow a General Plan
- Ability to do what you are told

Exciting Opportunity

A recent Court Decision finding City did not follow its own codes, a pending Court case for not following Codes or CEQA, and multiple DA sanction letters for Brown Act violations and not allowing the public to speak at Planning Commission meetings highlight the City's dedication to a non-traditional planning and approval process.
Staff has brought only one new house or major remodel to Planning Commission in over 6 years.
If you are tired of following laws and codes, this could be the job for you!

Compensation

Job includes a salary, benefits and vacation.
Pending Code changes granting broad discretion to the Planner could provide additional income opportunities- wink wink.

# ParodySarcasm

Council continues effort to keep residents out of and records inside City Hall.

Resident and HOW member Jesse Loverme drops Initiative Bombshell on Council.
Resident Initiative Ballot Measures can by-pass Council inaction, Conflicts of interest or Corruption.

Thursday 8/14 Council Agenda includes making obtaining records even more difficult.
Will "Security Assessment" lead to more use of Sheriff as Council & Staff "muscle"
and even less patrols in City as burglaries escalate?
"It is easier to obtain records from the Kremlin than from the City Council"
See report on City of Bell Corruption for similarities - Link


Aug 12 Water Board Agenda includes Declaring Stage 1 Water Emergency,
and Water Conservation Ordinance. Meeting at 4 P.M.
City already has water conservation codes, but Council has pursued development agenda instead.
Has our rural lifestyle been jeopardized by new development and proposed oil project?

Another burglary morning of 8/8 about 10 A.M. on Solejar
Believe it or not, Council has agenda item next week, not to restore cuts to
Sheriff patrols in the city but to do security assessment of City Hall and
get faster Sheriff response time to calls there. - Link



Hmmm.. However, Council spent $0, nada, zilch on street maintenance last year
They are spending almost $3 million remodeling City Hall though, including indoor and outdoor
Staff Lounges, a plethora of security cameras, $75,000 on new furniture, etc.


Will Property Values be Affected as City follows Bell playbook?
If City ignores DA letters and Court judgements, who can make them follow the law?

County Vector Control Found West Nile Virus positive mosquito
in The Park - Hacienda Golf Club area - release

Surreptitious recording, missing tapes, witholding of documents,
press restrictions, multiple ongoing investigations, paranoia.
Watergate, City of La Habra Heights, or both?

City Advertises for New Planner, but does not post listing on own help-wanted page.
After City lost Court Case for not following own codes and pending similar case,
Residents seeking to review planning files or see plans are met with delays and denials.
Email marked as from City Manager admits Planner has snuck out back door when residents at counter.
Why is planning department run as underground operation?



Residents concerned about false accusations by City Staff now request Sheriff
accompaniment or bring witnesses when they need to visit City Hall
City has not released exculpatory Videos!

Planning Commission in Hiding for 3rd Month - meeting canceled
Commission hasn't been seen since large crowd of discontented residents voiced
concerns about Matrix Oil, Selective Enforcement and poor over-the-counter approvals.

Whittier Daily News Story on Heights Oil Watch - Read July 22

Odd Mailer Arrives. What do they really want?
Jean Good-Lietzau, George Cooke, & John Powers Favored Developing Powder Canyon.
See Supporters
Ray Fernandez wants high-density, low-income housing on West Rd.

November 12, 2009 Joint CC/PC meeting, on bringing low income housing to LHH:Planning Commissioner Ray Fernandez (appointed by Layne Baroldi) said,
"We have that land on West Rd. Why can't we rezone that to multi-family, high density."
"This is the right thing to do. We have a moral obligation to help those less fortunate."


Council Approves Deficit Budget
In WDN article, say they are "not concerned"
Leave Jaws of Life on the Table for Miller/Higgins Foundation Donation Bait

Clapping at a meeting will get the Sheriff after you.
Too many goats will lead to years of prosecution, even after animals gone
But, set up a roadside stand on Hacienda..... No problem.

Councilman Higgins confirms Staff babies in City Hall at July meeting.
Says we need to support working mothers.

New! In Depth Story - Investigation into public records act violations
leads to discovery of Staff Children at City Hall by Sheriff Deputy - Read Here

Water Board Director Reports City Councilmembers Received Hourly Updates on
Water Main Break and Hacienda Closure on June 27th and 28th
Did City Council Keep Affected Residents Informed Via City Website or Reverse 911 System? Sorry No : (
Residents Came to This Website and twitter.com/LaHabraHeights to stay informed
Fire Watch and Neighborhood Watch spread information and brought water to those in need.


No Thank You
We'll renew our membership when you:
* Bring back open meetings,
* Admit you receive $10s of thousands of our tax dollars and in kind benefits annually,
instead of parsing words saying, you "receive no City funding". Maybe say "Thank you"
* Let members truly nominate and elect directors
* Put author's names on Heights Life articles and political stories
* Restore members' rights taken away in secret by-law changes
* Release financial statements & open up the books as required by CA Law
* Stop excluding community groups


Tuesday July 8th - Short stack pancakes 56 cents - Yum


Help Wanted : City Attorney

Do you have what it takes to be the 5th City Attorney in just over a year?

Desired Qualifications:
- Facilitate & Defend Brown Act violations
- Friends at DA's Office
- Assist City in delaying & denying valid Public Records Requests
- Cover & Spin City Code and General PlanViolations
- Use loopholes to raise trash rates to cover $80,000+ annual payoff to City
- Experience "Streamlining" Zoning Code & Processes for approvals without oversight
- Creativity in raising taxes and fees without public involvement
- Familiarity with using Code Enforcement against Political "Enemies"
- CEQA - "What's that?"
- Ability to manage multiple State Agency investigations simultaneously

Are you ready for a Challenge?
Recent - DA Criminal investigation, DA Brown Act violation investigations and sanction letters, Gas Tax Audit, multiple PERS investigations, CalOSHA, AQMD, Lost Court Case for Violating Own Codes, Pending Court Case for Violating Own Codes and CEQA, admissions of inept handling of finances, off warrant spending & paying vendors out of payroll account
Possible upcoming - FBI, State Controller, RICO

References:
We won't ask, if you don't tell.

Compensation:
You tell us.

#parody



Bad Government, driven by political revenge or retribution, fueled with public monies,
and not subject to oversight or consequences for actions is a danger to all citizens.

See City Employee Pay Information City Said it Didn't Have - Here

FPPC Says, "Government Code Section 82015 requires city council members
to report payments they solicit for charities."


Jaws of Life for Fire Dept on Thursday Council Agenda.
Will CMs Higgins & Miller Vote Against Jaws of Life AGAIN,
so they can keep using it as "Donation Bait" for their "Foundation"?
Will community safety continue to be held hostage by the "Foundation"?

FireWatch / Neighborhood Watch Planning Neighborhood July 4th Patrols of City
To Join Them or Stay informed 24/7
https://twitter.com/LHHFIREWATCH

Strike Two for residents
#1 - Residents get to pay higher trash rates so City can get $80,000 annual payoff
#2 - Residents lose $17,000 per house oil royalties, but City gets to count $1.3 million from Matrix Oil

Breaking - Matrix Oil says No Royalty Payments for Residents
After alluding to residents receiving royalties in January 2012 FAQs, Matrix now says ZERO
Residents would have received, on average, $17,000 per year, per house at hoped production
City Government would still get it's $1 million per year.
Will elimination of residents' royalties affect support for oil development?


FPPC requires discounts given to City Employees to be itemized on Form 700

Councilman Miller Discloses Relationship between City Employees & Local Business
Is this why they get away with Code Violations City goes after others for?
Would there be flies in their porridge if City cracks down?


"LHH Employees are Exceptionally Dishonest"
Attorney response to City charges
Read here

Small Town Fracking Ban Upheld in Court - here

Councilmember Starts City Spin Machine on Day Care
Admits children in daycare, but tries to blame resident for finding out
Says staff in fear.... of losing Daycare perk?

Breaking News - Sheriff Dept Discovers 3 Small Children in City Hall Back Room
Has City Hall Been Closed 4-6 to Residents to accommodate Unlicensed Staff Children Day Care?
Investigation Underway.
What Did Council Know and When Did They Know It? Coverup Underway?
Residents ask if they bring Toy or Gift Card can they get service from 4-6 p.m.?

Sheriff Investigates at City Hall July 1, 2014

DaycareGate Unfolds Live on Twitter

State of California Proposes New Oil & Gas Well Stimulation (i.e. Fracking) Regulations
Nearest Public Hearing -July 17, Convention & Entertainment Center,
300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, 4-7 p.m.
Interim Regulations (effective 1/1/14) Still in effect
Learn about the new regulations, FAQs and submitting comments - here

Hacienda Reopened

8 A.M. Status Update
20" Main Had Joint Break - Fixed
Water Restored at 6 AM Saturday
Crew worked through the night.
Hacienda to Reopen approximately 3 p.m.

Pipe Break Work Site 8:10 A.M Saturday June 28th

Need Drinking Water?


Neighbors helping Neighbors
Listen live to FireWatch/Neighborhood Watch Radio network about road closure & pipe break - Here
Members have been relaying news and helping those without water.
The group does a lot more than watch for fires and crime. Free for you to join too - Here

Water District workers doing triple duty in early hours of pipeline break;
Finding & Stopping Leak, Directing & Detouring Traffic, and Keeping people informed.

Blockade Moved to Hacienda & West Rd

Residents can use map below picture to get home if you need to get to, or past East Rd.

Hacienda Closed at City Hall and Colima - approx 3 p.m. June 27
Residents should show ID to get through

Closure by City Hall

Breaking News - Friday June 27th
Hacienda Rd Closed - Major 20" Water Main Break at 1662 Hacienda between East and West Roads
Could be closed for days.
Use alternate routes.
Southbound traffic can access East Rd
Southbound Hacienda alternate - R on Encanada, L on el Travesia, L on West
Northbound alternate - L on West, R on El Travesia, R on Encanada


Looking Southbound - East Rd Behind


Affected Area has no water, no water in fire hydrants
Water expected out at least into Saturday


Foundation, led by Councilmember, implicated in receiving improper payments - Story


Find Free Summer Concerts, Art Walks, Farmers Markets etc, Search by Date, City, Music Type - Click Here

City Received only 17 records requests last month (May 2014), but
residents still face long delays, stonewalling or outright denials
"Public Records" mean they belong to the public. Let us see them!


Advertising info blurred

Is this good leadership or abuse of power?
Councilmembers Higgins & Miller Foundation distribute advertising signs

Will any City Staff risk their job to do their job and have the code violating signs removed?

City Municipal Code - 7.3.20 R-A Zone (Residential-Agricultural Zone)
This section establishes the land uses that are permitted in the R-A Zone.
2. ....... this does not permit .... advertising signs of any nature.



Planning Commission Goes Into Hiding - June Meeting Canceled too
as residents learn more about Matrix Oil, rubber stamped developer plans, & no oversight

Did you Know?
Multiple Residents & a Watchdog Agency Asked for Documents Showing City Employees
City Responses, "No such document exists."
Are we supposed to believe City doesn't know who works there?

Another Example of City Falsely Denying Documents Exist

Could this be one of the issues the recently resigned
City Attorney could not stomach?
Letter from City denying a Claim against City exists Actual Claim with City Date Stamp


Why is City Hiding Documents? Why Won't City Release Copy of Cashed "Voided" Checks?

See Outraged Residents at City Council Meeting
Watch City Manager Take Matrix Oil Opposition Sign-In Sheet for Review - Here

Third Attorney Resignation in Year Raises Concerns of Unlawful Actions at City Hall

Christi Hogin - City Attorney Resigning After 4 months
"We had been there a few months but in the ultimate analysis, it didn't turn out to be as good a fit as we had originally thought," Hogin said. "We just thought the city's management might be better served with someone with a different style." See Whittier Daily News Article
Previous City Attorney Holly Whatley and Firm resigned after less than a year saying:
"It seemed to me that my ability to be effective for the city is not what it once was, and it's in the city's interest to resign my position as city attorney."
Public Agency Attorney Ethics Guidelines say:
"if indeed it is clear that the agency is taking an unlawful action and
the attorney's efforts to encourage corrective action have failed, the attorney's only recourse is to resign"

Inspiration for Young and Old
Former President Skydives on 90th Birthday - Pictures

Council Approves Fire Tax Increase at June 12 Meeting

Many Residents Unable to Attend CC Meeting because of Inadequate Parking & Lack of Seats but
Others Voice Concerns for 2 Hours about High Trash Rates, Matrix Oil, & Wrongdoing


Alisha Winterswyk of Best, Best & Krieger appointed 4th City Attorney
in just over a year of new Council majority



It's Official!!
3rd City Attorney & 2nd Law Firm in a Year RESIGNS
This time it is Christi Hogin and Jenkins & Hogin
Why do they keep leaving?

Seen on Twitter


Is City getting 4th City Attorney in Just over 1 Year?
Exclusive! Council Closed Session Agenda Item, Hidden from City Website,
Says "Potential Separation and Appointment: City Attorney" - See here
Public Agency Attorney Ethics Guidelines say, "if indeed it is clear that the agency is taking an unlawful action and
the attorney's efforts to encourage corrective action have failed, the attorney's only recourse is to resign"
Last two City Attorneys resigned within one year

Mayor Bergman and Mayor PT Higgins No Shows at important Sanitation District Rate hearing
Could Berman and Higgins have stopped the rate increase, or would they have voted for it too?
See video of hearing and hear about Harbor cruises and food spreads you pay for - Video

City has time to research articles on lawyer in lawsuit against City (see below),
but city hall is closed half the day so as not to serve residents.
Council says residents are "an interuption" to staff. Would you rather they serve you or read newspapers?

Corruption Fighting Attorney Prosecuting Code & CEQA Violation Case Against LHH
Can he do something about double trash charge, Brown Act violations,
copy cost overcharging, illegal records request delays and other City wrongdoing???
Read article
Mr Briggs, We Need HELP !!!

From Twitter:

Some Residents to Boycott Trash Service & Back-Room Rate Doubling
To Boycott Trash Fee Doubling Call 800-700-8610 to Cancel Trash Service
Tell them you'll start service when City restores promised rates!

City Council Chose High Density, Low Income Housing Over Open Space - Watch Revealing Video

Help Stop Mail Theft!
Get Your Neighborhood Watch decal to
Place on Your Mailbox

Contact Neighborhood Watch/Fire Watch for your FREE self-adhesive decal

Send Email Visit Neighborhood Watch Web

No Mid-Year Budget. No Annual Audit. Next Year Budget Delay.
City Refuses to Release Copies of Checks Claimed Voided that Were Cashed
What is City Council Doing With Your Money??



November 14, 2013 Backroom meeting with trash haulers. Armed deputies prevent Residents and Press from attending and asking questions.

Bait & Switch?
$17 Trash Rate becomes $34 per month
1/3 of City to be Double Charged for Trash
List not in RFP. Other trash companies not able to bid on level field?
Are you on the list?
List made after contract awarded.
RICO Investigation Needed?


Residents Protest November 2013 Back Room Trash Meeting.
Seen leaving meeting resident, Water Board director and Edco Trash Rep Mark Perumean.


Visit Neighborhood Watch Booth at Avocado Festival
Learn about Neighborhood Watch Radio Network and
Emergency Preparedness
"We Look Out for Each Other"
Serving the Community Since 2007

Pick up your Free window decal at the booth.
All welcome. Everyone in LHH is a Member.


Sign Up to Win 1 of 5
Commercial Quality
Haas Avocado Trees!


If you see Councilmembers at Avocado Festival ask them,
"Why won't you release copies of checks claimed voided but were cashed?

Warning! - Do Not Ride Your Bike to Avocado Festival
Subject to Fine or Arrest
Council Banned Bicycles from Park and City Hall


Winners & Losers in Council Redevelopment Agenda - Here

New Matrix Oil Scoping Comment Deadline - June 9th, 5 p.m.
See Revised Notice of Preparation - here

Watch the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Candidates Forum
Make an informed Vote in June 3rd Election - Watch

State Investigator Visits City Hall Seeking Info on City Contractor, VP's engineering license was revoked by State
City tips off suspect.
Their Website vanishes - link --- Website prior to going dark - link
In an unusual twist, contractor admits getting new carpeting today

Do you ever look at the voting ballot and wonder what judge to choose?
Judicial Candidates Forum - Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00am
Steinmetz Community Center, 1545 S. Stimson Ave Hacienda Heights
More info

If you notice lower water pressure in the upper East Heights.....
"Rowland Water District adds groundwater from La Habra Heights" - Article

Exclusive! - See Matrix Oil Studies .


Planning Commissioners Snap at Residents at Standing Room only Commission Meeting
Residents Voice Concerns over City direction and Matrix Oil Project
City edits Public Comments out of video on City website.
City alters Commission agenda, after the fact, Changing start to to 6:30 p.m., as if there were no public comments

Update 4/23: Commission meeting & Agenda now gone altogether from City website
Update 4/24: After Public Outcry entire meeting and correct agenda put on City website.


Another Back Room Deal?
Council Scheming to Double New Trash Rates for Unsuspecting Residents
Shouldn't homes have been identified in RFP and Bid award so people could have commented,
or other Trash companies could have bid on level playing field?
Remember - Council had 2 Armed Deputies Keeping Residents out of 11/14/13 Back Room Trash Meeting



Earthquake/Disaster Preparedness Town Hall Meeting in La Habra - April 24
La Habra Community Center, - Valle Verde Room
101 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Note: La Habra Heights Council eliminated Emergency Preparedness Committee
This La Habra meeting will be your only opportunity to learn how to stay safe


Tax Alert

Tax Increase Survey in the Mail today (4/18) from
Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Be sure to respond

If you didn't see you can comment online
http://bit.ly/FJUHSDsurvey
or email ggiokaris@fjuhsd.net or call 714-870-2801



Council lets your money go down the Drain - literally.


Pic courtesy Eden the Llama

Water coming out of driveway from City/School water line for weeks.
Water going down street only tip of iceberg. Underground eroding fast.
We're paying for most of the water so City in no hurry to fix.
If it happened in front of your house, city would cite you for illegal water disposal.
Leak on school property, but want to guess who will pay to fix it?

Remember how the Council treats your money when they ask for a tax increase.

Update: 4/23 - Contractor uncovers pipe. Two holes in pipe gushing water into ground.




What's going on with City Finances?
No Mid-Year Budget Review this year.
Audit for Fiscal Year 2013 (end June 30, 2013) Still Not Released.
City still refusing to release copies of checks claimed voided that were cashed for $100s of thousands


Breaking! - View Matrix Oil Meeting City Council doesn't want you to see
Sheriff on location as attendees temperature rises and people start shouting
Video recorded by Neighborhood Watch member - Video Link



Residents attend poorly noticed Matrix Oil Scoping Meeting
Comments Suddenly Cut Off at 7 p.m., even though notice said 8 p.m.
Meeting was video recorded, but City Council will not let it be broadcast or put on internet
Previous Matrix meeting was on Channel 3.

Brought out at Matrix meeting that "Heights Life" Failed to inform community of meeting


Important Matrix Oil "Scoping" Meeting Wednesday April 16, 6 - 8 P.M.
Scoping meetings are important because issues to be addressed are determined here.
City did not post notice on Home Page Upcoming Events, until last night (Thurs)
leaving residents only 12 hours of City Hall open time to examine documents.
Las Palomas area to be most affected with large trucks, 24 hour noise and lights.
See Notice and Project Description
Exclusive! - See Matrix Oil Studies City Removed from City Website. You can only find them here.


Road Tax Replay!
As expected, Council agendized New Road Tax discussion for May.
City Manager confirmed they have been hoarding funds instead of doing needed maintenance.
Residents defeated a pork-laden $527 Road Tax ballot measure in 2012 by over 2-1 margin

Brian Bergman Selected for his third time as Mayor.
Councilwoman Jane Williams Snubbed of her turn as Mayor Pro-Tem by
Los Compadres "Boys Club" Higgins, Miller & Bergman.
Michael "I hate the Brown Act" Higgins made Mayor Pro Tem.

Would an Elected, Independent, City Attorney, accountable to the voters, reduce Corruption?
Public Agency Attorney Ethics Guidelines say, "if indeed it is clear that the agency is taking an unlawful action and
the attorney's efforts to encourage corrective action have failed, the attorney's only recourse is to resign"
LHH's last two City Attorney's resigned.
The City refuses to release copies of cancelled checks that they claimed were voided.
Residents need to know what is really going on at City Hall.


Where are your Road Maintenance Dollars Going??


You don't see this in La Habra Heights.
Crack sealing to prevent water infiltration and deterioration of roads.
Even without the "Road Tax" the City has monies available to maintain roads; Gas Tax, Prop C, Measure R, General Fund, etc.

At minimum, roads should be crack sealed to prevent water infiltration.

Instead, funds are hoarded or diverted to other uses leaving roads to deteriorate.

Councilmen Higgins & Miller even proposed (unsuccessfully) to use road maintenance funds to repave City Hall parking lot.

Council voted to use Gas Tax money for drainage studies instead of road maintenance.

Is City Council deliberately letting roads deteriorate to gain support for another "pork barrel" Road Tax?



Council Spins Trash


November 14, 2013 Backroom meeting with trash haulers. Armed deputies prevent Residents and Press from attending and asking questions.

City Council's Spin website "Facts", aka "Fibs", has new tale about how new Trash Hauler chosen.

"Forgot" to tell how residents were excluded from process or how armed deputies were posted to prevent residents from attending prospective trash hauler meeting.

"Forgot" to tell residents they will pay about $4 per month, 30%, extra for city "Administrative Fee" aka Trash Tax.

"Forgot" to tell where townhouse condominiums are, or will be, that haulers are required to serve.


Residents Protest Back Room Trash Meeting.
Seen leaving meeting resident, Water Board director and Edco Trash Rep Mark Perumean.

Neighborhood Watch/ Fire Watch Network a life saver for Heights Residents during earthquakes.
Members have their own portable radios for communication.
Hundreds of others listened online or by phone to the updates and emergency information.
Click here to listen for updates or find out how to join and get your own radio.
Listen to live LHH Sheriff, Fire and FireWatch/Neighborhood Watch - Here

Possible reason City won't release checks or other records? - News Article

Corruption's Cost - LA Times
Who got paid $100s of thousands with City "Voided" Checks? City says they don't have to tell.
Council looks other way and doesn't ask.

After Multiple Requests by Mayor Francis,
City Staff Will Not Post Mail Theft Info on City Website
Trying to Protect City Hall Remodel and Indoor/Outdoor Staff Lounges from Defunding?
Update: City Adds Mail Theft Reporting Info to Website

Judge forces LA DWP non-profit to reveal spending
What will it take for our Council to reveal what cashed "voided" checks were spent on?

Concerned about increase in crime, burglaries and mail theft? Want to make a difference ?
Join Neighborhood Watch/Fire Watch - a volunteer group of your neighbors keeping their eyes open since 2007
Group holds monthly Public meetings. All welcome. Come listen and learn.
Learn more on their website or Call at 562-483-4800 to join today!


What is City Council Hiding?
1. October 2013 - City Releases Report Itemizing Voided Checks by Number
2. Citizens Match up Voided Checks to City Bank Statements Identifying Claimed Voided Checks that were Cashed for over $200k.
3. City Refuses to Release Processed Checks that would show who was paid by claimed Voided Checks.
Why don't they want YOU to know what they are doing with YOUR money ?

City 353 Submittal to State for Records Requests reimbursement raises questions of overcharging state?
Did City deliberately submit incorrect 354 forms to avoid incrimination of signed perjury affadavit?
Citizen Audit Committee to Review submittal for fraud or misrepresentation

Coincidences?

Council Members Higgins & Miller Vote to Not Fund Jaws of Life for Fire Dept (June 2013) CM Higgins & Miller Use Need for Jaws of Life to Solicit Funds for Their new Organization; LHH Community Support Foundation
CM Higgins & Miller Vote to Maintain Cuts to Sheriff Patrols (June 2013) CM Higgins & Miller Use "suspicious or Criminal Activity" to Solicit Funds for New Org
CM Higgins & Miller Vote to have City Sponsor (waive fees) for Realtor Brett Marie Bruce Movie Nite at Park (February 2014) Brett Marie Bruce made Director of CM Higgins & Miller new Organization
CM Higgins leaves paid position at Improvement Association Is CM Higgins paid by new Organization? How much?
CM Higgins & Miller take no action to reactivate General Plan required Emergency Preparedness Committee and Planning (2013-14) CM Higgins & Miller use including Disaster Preparedness to solicit funds for their new Organization
CM's Higgins & Miller new organization does not hold meetings open to the public and has not posted their by-laws on their website. CM Higgins said in interview for being appointed Council member, "I hate the Brown Act" (open meeting law) see video
CM Miller, as director of Improvement Association, presided over exclusion of members of public from their annual meeting, previously open to the public.See LHHIA "welcoming" non-member at last public meeting. Here
CMs Higgins & Miller vote to give LHHIA free trash service for stated Park events. LHHIA publication Heights Life includes full page ad for CM Higgins & Miller new organization. Did they pay full price, or get a discount or for free?


LHH Fire Watch/Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7 - 8:30 tonight (March 18)
Find out what you can do about mail theft, with Sheriff patrols reduced by Council
La Habra Community Center, Puente Hills Room 101 W. La Habra Blvd

Former City Manager Ron Bates Receives National Public Service Award in D.C. - Story

3 Year Anniversary of Council's St Patrick's Day Raid on Animal Keeping Family - Off-site Story
Council Still Pursuing Family, using YOUR tax dollars, even though Animals Gone over 2 Years


Council Votes $8k to Send Out Their Own Newsletter
Remember they recently cut out Airport Shuttle Vouchers to save $8k?
Why? Newsletter for them, Vouchers were for you?


If You Call Sheriff to Report Mail Theft and they won't take report or
come out, ask to speak with a supervisor. You need to report it!
Also call US Postal Inspector - 877-876-2455 - File Online Report - Here


Mail Theft Spreads Across Heights
Get Your Mail Early and Keep Your Eyes Open.
Council Cuts to Sheriff Patrols to Fund $3 Million City Hall Expansion &
Builder Subsidy Take Toll on Public Safety


Virazon Rd House Robbed on Feb 6. Security Camera Got pics
of Individual & Vehicle that may have knowledge of robbery.
Contact Sheriff Dept if you recognize person or vehicle.
Note: He does have two legs.

Councilman Higgins Refers to "Tar Baby" at Council Meeting
See Video

Warning!
City Manager Announces New City Phone App to Capture
Residents Personal Info For Future Use!
City Hall Already Posts Citizen's Voice Mail (example)
& Counter Visit Video (example) Online

Council Cuts City Hall Hours Again!
Now 8 - 11 A.M. & 2-4 P.M.
Council ensured City Hall open for Builders in morning.
Regular Citizens seeking service called an "interruption" to Staff

Heard of City "the FACTS" Web Site - Learn More

New!
City Council Welcomes Contractor Storage Yards

You wouldn't know it by driving around, but, did you know contractor storage yards, or driving construction vehicles in and out of the city every day, are not allowed?

Send us pictures of them in your neighborhood.
Maybe if residents speak up, the City Council will enforce the Codes and restore our rural community.

No one is telling the contractor folks not to do it, so they probably think it is ok, and that attracts more of them to buy homes in City, so they can save money on paying rent in an industrial area.

Municipal Code 7.3.20
Prohibited Uses.
Uses not specifically allowed in the R-A Zone are prohibited. Such uses include, but are not limited to, the following:

Storage yards for materials, mechanical equipment or vehicles inconsistent with permitted uses in the R-A zone, including, but not limited to the overnight storage of any of the following:

a. Construction equipment used for the removal or transport of construction related materials, including, but not limited to, derricks, hoists, bulldozers, dump trucks, water trucks, earth moving equipment, cranes, drills and fork lifts.

b. Any commercial vehicle except those that are permitted pursuant to a Home Occupation Permit. Permit application procedures are identified in Article 8.

Jenkins & Hogin, Husband & Wife team, named new City Law Firm
Michael Jenkins was an early City Attorney for LHH


January 15 - A "Dangerous" Day in LHH - Your Tax Dollars Wasted

The City contracts with the Sheriff for about 12 hours of daily patrol.

Responses to calls are deducted from that.

From 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. at least 6 Sheriff
personnel rotated and were on scene at the
City Hall/PreSchool.

About 2 Days of Patrol time were expended by the City Council for this.

Sheriffs were called to the scene because a couple of moms, also La Habra Heights residents, were passing out flyers to parents at the PreSchool in the parking lot.

The City is leasing space from the PreSchool and has deeded easement and right to the parking area and walkway.
The parking lot is also used by families and La Habra residents using the adjacent soccer field.

Who was in danger?

What subversive and dangerous information were they distributing?

They were passing out the City's own press release about extensive asbestos found at the City Hall construction site after the City had announced that all the asbestos was gone and the site was safe.

At left, two City personnel were assigned by the Council to spend their time watching what was going on.

At right are a Sheriff's lieutenant, a Councilmember, and one of the City employees taking pictures or video of the local moms.

If you think this was a good use of Sheriff time instead of patrolling the streets, with burglaries up substantially, you can thank your Council members.
The City Council also has cut City Hall hours in half because they said staff was overworked.

If you think their time would be better spent keeping City Hall open to serve residents instead of standing around and taking pictures of residents in the parking lot, let your Councilmembers know.



Breaking - 8:00A.M. Sheriffs called to stop City Asbestos Press Release from Being Given to PreSchool Parents


Exclusive: Video of Roof Removal & Debris Cloud drifting toward Pre-School & RAID on City Hall - Watch

Read Whittier Daily News Article on Additional Asbestos and Concerns
"For the sake of the children, we need to head back to court and stop this project and force them to follow the law," he said.


Workers on Roof Next to Pre-School Dec 30, 2013

After Claiming All Asbestos Removed, City Now admits extensive asbestos remains
Submits Plan to AQMD for 10,800 square feet of unenclosed roof removal

Will Firefighters be protected?

Asbestos removal in MPR still not addressed

December 30 video shows roof removal adjacent to pre-school by unprotected workers.

Debris cloud seen drifting onto adjacent Pre-School.

Did that contain asbestos too?


New Years Eve Day RAID - December 31, 2013

CalOSHA and AQMD/EPA Raid City Hall Construction. Investigation of Asbestos and Lead Complaints

Satellite News Crew Covers Raid and interviews Inspectors

Asbestos Ceiling Tiles - What We Know

City Manager Shauna Clark confirms Asbestos Ceiling tiles in December 17, 2013 Sworn Affadavit
"I have witnessed asbestos tiles fall from City Hall buildings' ceilings."
March 2013 Request for Quotes for City Hall remodel identifies Asbestos Ceiling Tiles and Wallboard
December 2012 City Staff Report identifies exposed Asbestos in Ceiling tiles, Walls and Ducting in Ceilings
May 2008 - Interim City Manager Shauna Clark reports on MPR room accident
December 30, 2013 - City Representative Says Asbestos not in Ceiling Tiles, as stated in City report, but in glue holding them on
Could not explain how glue could be separated from tiles as removed from ceiling.
City will not release documents requested to substantiate this.
December 31, 2013 - Asbestos Certification Company, Ambient Environmental, has not confirmed that ceiling tiles, plaster, and drywall had been removed prior to their inspection.
December 31, 2013 - Asbestos Removal Contractor City named in Court filing, REI, confirmed they did work at City Hall, but would not confirm that ceiling tiles, drywall or plaster were removed as part of their scope of work.

City has not released documents requested - Business license of contractor and permits pulled for asbestos removal.
Often when City does not release documents it is because they don't exist.

One of many ceiling tiles City identified as containing asbestos strewn about outside, inside and on walkways.
City hall project exposes firefighters and kids to ceiling tiles City identified (see top page 2) as containing asbestos. Lead paint dust also an issue!
See Offsite PhotoJournal Report
December 27th Court Hearing on City Hall Expansion - "There are little kids who are being exposed to stuff that kills people."
Whittier Daily News Story - Read



CM Higgins asks for agendizing of production and mailing of a City Newsletter based on a recent City web page which provides the City's "Spin" on issues and news stories. A newsletter will cost thousands of dollars.
The Council just ended Airport Shuttle vouchers for residents and cut City Hall hours in half to save money.
Which do you want - Reading City propaganda on why you need to pay more taxes, or Shuttle Vouchers and City Hall open for service?


City Attorney Holly Whatley, citing a decline in effectiveness, announced the resignation of the
20 year service of Michael Colantuono and Colantuono & Levin.
A recent article on Public Agency Attorney Ethics Suggests a Reason for the City's Law Firm Resignation
"if indeed it is clear that the agency is taking an unlawful action and the attorney's efforts to
encourage corrective action have failed, the attorney's only recourse is to resign".



Documents released by AQMD raise questions of whether City Leaders exaggerated Asbestos and Lead at
City Hall to rally support for $3M expansion and remodel, Staff Lounges and Private Office Suites.
Would they do that?


Important - January 9, 2014 Council Meeting
Council to Eliminate Equal Requirements for Planning & Building Projects and Remodels
Subjective and "Who you know" Back and Forth Game type Process to Replace it.
Changes to Remove Staff Protections and Expose Them to possible Bribe Attempts, Graft and Council Influence
Changes to Take Away View and Privacy Protections, and Urbanize City




DA Releases Letter regarding investigation of complaints of City misappropriation of funds and missing checks - Read

45 Years Ago - Read from Orange County Register

City Hall Office Hours to be Cut almost in Half, Starting January 20th
New Hours 8-11 A.M., 2-5 P.M. - Current 7:30 A.M. - 6 P.M. - See WDN story
Not Enough Funds to Keep open as City Hall Expansion Grows from $1.3M to $3M+
Council Blames Citizens Seeking Service as "Disruptive" to Staff Working
Isn't their job supposed to be serving the taxpayers?

December 12, 2013 City Council Meeting Highlights

Sheriffs trying to retrieve evidence of possible Brown Act violation

#BadGovernment
* City Attorney Resigns - Cites decline in effectiveness (Can no longer stop City from breaking the law?)

* Council votes to spend $270,000 to defend City Hall lawsuit

* DA Criminal investigation of City is ongoing

* Council Dismisses claim of illegal investment by City

* Council discusses Bankruptcy and Disincorporation

* Pre-School Infants and FireFighters described as being used as "human shields" in City Hall remodel

* Council uses Sheriff Dept to try to retrieve incriminating evidence of possible City Brown Act violation

#BadGovernment


December 10, 2013 Water Board Meeting Highlights

* Existence of La Habra Heights Improvement Association Political Enemies Disclosed
* Councilmember Higgins Received $500 per month for Heights Life editing
* Board voted to eliminate distribution of Heights Life and other pubs from District office
* Emergency item regarding City of La Habra takeover of LA County Cal Domestic Water customers

See Highlights video here

To put City law breaking and financing city hall over public safety in perspective
See an Earth flyby video by spacecraft Juno - LA Times Story

Teens give City Hall a run for money for who breaks more laws.

Sheriff Patrols cut to free up funds for expanded City Hall. Increase in robberies. Connection?
LHH makes news worldwide:
Daily Mail - Britain - Story
New York Daily News - Story
Miami Herald - Story
Huffington Post - Story
Fox News - Story

Council voted to eliminate Airport Shuttle, saves $10k, and Cut City Hall office hours in half
but keeps $80,000 permit subsidy for builders & developers.

$1 Million in Theft & Damage to LHH Residence. - LA Times Story
Council has cut sheriff service, cut city hall hours, eliminated airport shuttle and more
as City Hall expansion cost spiraled from $1.3M to $2.5M and climbing
Would you prefer using your tax dollars for restoring Sheriff patrols; or
indoor & outdoor lounges and private office suites for City staff?

Council deploys 2 Armed deputies to duty preventing public from attending Trash Contract meeting, instead of patrolling City to prevent crime. Good idea?

Council subsidy to builders and developers would buy almost 2 months of Sheriff service.
Do you want your tax dollars used to subsidize builders or provide Sheriff protection?

#BadGovernment



Bell Corruption Trial - DA Gets 11 of 13 Convictions
During Deliberations a DA rep reported to have told LHH resident
LHH is under Criminal Investigation
Will LHH be next DA case to restore lawful conduct?

Court Grants Request in Part
City Ignoring Harmful Effects to Children in Preschool Cited in Filing
Judge Sets December 27 Hearing Date for Preliminary Injunction to Stop City Hall Project


Court Hearing For Restraining Order & Injunction to Stop City Hall Construction
December 5 - 8:30AM - Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N Hill, LA Dept 86 - Read Injunction Papers


DA Bureau of Fraud & Corruption Prosecutions Releases Results of Investigations of City
3 Brown Act Violations, Evidence of Back Room Decisions
Nov 2013 Warning on Brown Act Violations - Nov 2013 Warning on Back room Deals
What will it take for the City to Stop Breaking the Law?
Related: DA Threatens City with Grand Jury Investigation for Law Breaking - Sept 2012

City Hall Plans Released at Appeal Hearing Reveal Long Lasting Metal Roof and
Terrazzo Floor Replaced by Carpet Tiles and Built-up Roof as Cost Spirals

Flanked by 3 Attorneys, Council Denies City Hall Appeal 5-0

Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Cancer Stricken 7 year Heights FireFighter
November 23 - 9a.m. - noon - City Hall/Fire Dept 1245 Hacienda Rd - $5 Donation

In late Water Board vote counting, Jacquie McClish doubles lead over Brad Cooke.
Chester Jeng narrows gap from third place - See latest vote count


Council Votes 4-1 to End Public Comment During Meetings
Public Records Requests over 45 Days Delay

Council Votes to Close City Hall 5+ Hours per day to Public
Call residents desiring service an interruption to City staff

City Manager Admits:
* Ongoing DA Investigation of City
*CalPERS Investigations of City
*Gas Tax Audit
"All kinds of things need to be straightened out in Finance Dept"


Council Finds "Eden the Llama" Scaring Away Potential Employees -See city report

Vote to Spend $25,000 on Recruiter Out of reach of Llama's influence
Yes, sadly (after you stop laughing) this is what they spend our money on


Council Posts Armed Sheriff Deputies to Prevent Public & Press
from Attending Secret Back Room Trash Deal Meeting.

Free Trash Service for LHHIA Saved from Scrutiny
One Councilmember on LHHIA Payroll, another a Director

City Claimed Process to be Done with "Integrity & Transparency"

Deal Requires Hauler to Hide $80,000 of City Fees and Free Service for Improvement Association in Your Trash Bill.

#BadGovernment


As Residents are now waiting months for Public Records
it is timely to see an LA Times story on Public Records delays - Article


Council Agenda item includes built in raises for Staff members,
creates new positions and titles to enable "title change raises"
and removes public accountability.
City claims to have 8 employees but proposes to create 24 positions with titles & built in raises. Why?? - See Staff report

Special Planning Commission Meeting November 12, 6 p.m. - See Code changes
Major Code changes reducing City oversight on development projects
Loss of Views, Privacy and Property Value feared
City Staff benefits with less work to do. Developers to benefit with less scrutiny.

City Admits 3 DA Investigations in Last Year
A 2012 DA Sanction letter warned of Grand Jury investigation if more wrongdoing found - Read DA Letter
May 2013 Superior Court ruling found City unable to follow own codes - Read
October 2013 Lawsuit Charges City failed to follow own codes - Read
When will Council choose providing services to taxpayers over paying attorneys to defend wrongdoing?

Drone Surveillance over you in LHH?
Should Residents Demand a pre-emptive Ban?
Current City Surveillance Portends to a Cause for Concern

Jacquie McClish Top Vote Getter. Wins Seat on Water Board.
Brad Cooke retains seat, coming in second place
Thanks to all who ran and participated!

Jacquie McClish 378
Brad Cooke 376
Chester Jeng 302

Lawsuit forces Council to Follow Codes - article
Is it too Late?
Have Councilmembers disqualified themselves with predetermination and bias?

Council Votes to hold hearing on City Hall Appeal 11/19 at 6 p.m.
at 10 minute meeting with no explanation on where conflict of interest went.

City looking forward to increased legal costs as ending
public comments sends residents to court

Council responds to public input and provides
ADA accommodations at Special Meetings.

Council to Ban Public & Press from Nov 14 Trash Contract Meeting
What happened to "Integrity and Transparency?

Thousands Turn into Millions as La Habra Heights City Hall Project Grows - Story

Exclusive - Breaking News!!

Lawsuit Filed to Halt $2.5M City Hall Expansion - Read Here
Denial of Due Process, Code Violations and CEQA Violations Cited
City Lost Court Case This Year on Failure to Follow Codes. Will Judge Want to See Them Again?
What Do Residents Have to Do to Get a Fair Hearing?
Has City Council Disqualified itself with Prejudical Comments and Pre-determination?

Brown Act Violations Too?
Leaked email (below) reveals Council informed out of public view
Council Weighing in or Directing Staff outside of public meeting is illegal.
DA Fraud & Corruption Unit already warned them of Grand Jury investigation.



Remember, it was only a few months ago the Council wanted YOU to Pay to Build a
Throne for them, so they could have "proper presentation" to rule over you - Yup, really see #5

Council Crackdown on Residents Intensifies with
Restrictions on Public Comments, and Delays & Denials of Public Records Requests
City charges to view electronic documents. Citizens wait over 30 days to view records.


City Hit with "Commencement of Action" noticing Lawsuit to be filed on City Hall Expansion - Read


Improvement Association to Get Free Trash Service for MIP Under Proposed Deal
Well, not really Free - You Get to Pay for it with a higher Trash Charge
Note: LHHIA already receives about $30k of your Tax dollars in Cash and in-kind benefits yearly
Note 2: Two LHHIA Leaders are on City Council. Connection??


$2.5M Remodeled City Hall to Cost $500k More Than a New One Would Have
See Dec 2012 City Report - Here

Upcoming "Trash Tax", embattled $2.5M City Hall expansion, increased Fire Tax and
Road Tax re-run, lead City Council to Silence Opposition to More Taxes by
Eliminating and Halving Public Input -
Bad Government = Silencing Alternative Views and New Ideas

City Council Will Not Release Copies of Checks Claimed Voided or Not Used
but Which Showed up On Bank Statements as Cashed
- Ask not for whom the "Bell" tolls -


City Council to Make Sure You Don't Pay Too Little for Trash Service
"Proposals deemed to be below costs of service will be downgraded and
may be disqualified. "
We don't make these things up - See Page 51 here



Integrity & Transparency??
Trash Contract Proposal includes:
Shakedown Trash Haulers for Freebies & Cash for City, and Freebies for Favored Groups
Bonus! You get to pay for it all with Backdoor Taxes and Unitemized Charges Thru Higher Rates

Condos - Future of LHH?
New (October 2013) City Trash Proposal Request Requires Collection for:
"... triplex, fourplex, or townhouse condominium" see page 19 here
We don't have any of these now. What is City Council up to with Code changes?


City proposal for Trash Contract requires Hauler to keep $80,000+ "Trash Tax" hidden on bills - see 3.8.2(3) on page 33 here
How does that fit City goals of "integrity and transparency"? see page 5 here


Hearing Officer Denies City Hall Expansion Appeal - read final decision
CEQA challenge ignored in decision
Improvement Assoc Kingpins Filed Written Support of $2.5M Expansion Project
rather than Roads or Public Safety spending.
City Manager announces "Project is On" (see email below) despite "100%" certainty of lawsuit

From: Shauna Clark <shaunac@lhhcity.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM
Subject: City Hall project is on
To: Council Email <CouncilEmail@lhhcity.org>
Cc: David Nichols <dnichols@lhhcity.org>, Staff Email <CityHallEmail@lhhcity.org>, "Holly Whatley <hwhatley@cllaw.us>

Dear Council:

Upon receipt of the attached decision and after a brief phone call with legal, Dave Nichols was directed to proceed with the City Hall Renovation Project.

Shauna Clark, City Manager



FACTS - False Accounting Could Tell Story
After Denying Missing Checks and Off-Warrant Spending
City Now Admits 100's of Checks Were Not Accounted for in Monthly Reports
See City Admission
Citizens Who Uncovered Issue Say City Claimed Voided &
Unused Checks Were Issued & Cashed over $330k

35 Year Tradition of Citizen Input at Council Meetings to End
Councilmembers call Citizen input "Disruptive" and Public Records Requests "Harassment"
Councilmembers call residents "selfish"
Long-time activists fear multiple tax increases or disincorporation with unbridled Council

Background: Two Council members are an employee and Board member of LHHIA.
See true disruption as Improvement Association members attacks a non-member at public meeting.
Video (Warning!! Graphic language and violence)


Even though our local government tries to silence us
others have it much worse and can inspire us - see the message from a 16 year old girl

Council Votes 4-1 to End Public Comment at Agenda items
Spurn 2004 Appeals Court Decision Requiring It
Vote to Cut Total Comment Time in Half
Attempt to Silence Residents Uncovering Wrongdoing & Overspending
Background Story: CM Michael Higgins, "I hate the Brown Act" - see video


Public Record Request Reveals City Maintains Copies of:
"Municipal Disincorporation in California" and a flowchart entitled
"Municipal Disincorporation Process".
Why?


Corruption, A Growth Industry?
City Reports Additional Workload Responding to Allegations for
District Attorney, CalPERS, & Other Agencies - See City Report

Shoe on Other Foot
Hit or Miss Following Our Own Codes, Brown Act, SUSMP, State Planning Laws, etc
City Files Appeal Against CalPERS for Not Following Their Rules.

Hearing Officer Denies Appeal of City Hall Expansion! - Read Preliminary Decision
Improvement Association Board members write most letters opposing appeal to $2.5 Million project
Evidence exposing violated codes & broken laws not mentioned as factor in decision


City Hall Appeal Hearing Decision Due Today, per Contract with Hearing Officer
Contract Calls for 2 Day Decision. Code Says 30 Days to render decision
Another Illegal Rush to Judgement?



Full House For $2.5M City Hall Expansion Appeal Hearing
Apellant George Edwards Rejects Hearing Officer's Authority - See Letter
LHHIA Kingpins Applaud Project Proponents, But LHHIA Director Says They Don't Support Project - Huh?
See Meeting Video - YouTube - U-Stream

Development Agreement for Matrix Oil - Nightmare Repeated?
The Same Association Who Supported Powder Canyon Development
Now Support Back-Room Development Agreement For Matrix Oil - Story

$2.5M City Hall Project Put Out to Bid and Bids Opened
Before Project was Even Brought to Planning Commission
Would you do that? Was the "Fix" In?

Documents Surface Exposing City Exempting Itself From Fire Sprinklers
Done with Apparent Illegal Procedure - City Uses Illegal Code

Too Close For Comfort?
"Neutral" Appeal Hearing Officer, Robert Braitman, selected by City Attorney,
Holly Whatley, appears to/had work with City Attorney
See Top Right of Page 5 - here
On Staff together? See Page 6 - here
Calabasas Annexation Team - See Page 13
More to Follow

City Paid "informant" Reports to CM that his "ears are on" as he sits amidst residents at Council meeting

City Schedules City Hall Project Appeal Hearing September 30th, 11 A.M.
Original Hearing was at 6 P.M..
At 11A.M., do you think they want to hear from you, or continue to keep $2.5M project below the radar?

Appeal uncovers new details of $2.5 M City Hall expansion
* Cost is over $200,000 per full time city employee
* Plans include both indoor and outdoor Staff lounges
* Private suite for City Manager
* Roll-down Iron Grate to separate Staff from public

Whittier Daily News reports Council votes to go into hiding in wake of
appeal filed challenging $2.5 million City Hall expansion - read story

La Habra Heights Councilman warns disincorporation of City could be near. - See Video

City Hall Expansion Halted Amid Talk of Disincorporation of City- Offsite Story

Appeal filed on City Hall Remodel & Expansion
Council Discusses Using Road Repair Funds to help pay for City Hall
Do residents want $2.5M spent on new City Hall for 8 full time employees or fix City Hall & repair roads?

Did you know? - City Council has YOU subsidize 40% of Building Permit Costs
Would you rather YOUR tax dollars be spent on Roads, Public Safety, or Subsidizing Builders?
2013 Subsidy estimated $80,000 +/-

Yes

I approve of paying more taxes so builders & developers can get a discount on building fees

No

I'd rather my tax dollars be spent on Roads, Public Safety, or just returned to me.

Let your Councilmembers know.

City Council set to Ban Mulching Green Waste at Sept 12 Meeting
Seniors & Other Low Waste Generators to Be Forced to
Put Barrels out Weekly, even if near empty
Hefty Fines for Violators - Read Ordinance

Promise Kept
CMs Miller & Higgins said they would continue to go to "conferences" on taxpayer dime
Latest City warrants show they went to Economic Development Conference in Long Beach
What benefit to LHH?
See Miller & Higgins Room Charges and Sign-up sheets for free meals from June Beach Resort Junket

City Council fast-tracking new "Development Agreement" process for large Matrix Oil project.
Staff Report said Matrix interested in Agreement. No report if neighbors interested or consulted.
"Agreement" would lock-in aspects of project before public CUP hearings.
Affected neighbors in Las Palomas, Le Flore, Picaacho area silent - so far

Ongoing investigation..........
We are gathering documents from outside the City, which the City either said did not exist, or refused to release. These documents substantiate statements made by former Councilmember Carl Westerhoff regarding the financial condition of the City.
At February Council meeting, Mr Westerhoff laid out a scenario of spending
down city reserves in expectation of City bankruptcy or disincorporation.
The current Council has been acting as Mr Westerhoff described.
The Council also has initiated Code changes encouraging urban development
with reduced setbacks, overturning 2004 General Plan.

2012 City Audit Available Here Only!

Bowing to Public Pressure, City Releases Grand Jury Report on City Finances
Confidential Memo From City Manager to Council Reveals Plan to Spin Damaging Findings
"I am happy to meet with you and work up some talking points."

Water Board Election - November 5, 2013 - 3 Candidates Have Filed
Incumbent Brad Cooke, Chester Jeng & Jacquie McClish
Click on Candidate Name to See their Prelim Candidate Statement
2012 Rate Increase, Water Trafficking Deal, Brown Act, and Board Pay & Perks are issues

City reports independent auditor (paid by city) says all is well with city finances.
LA County Grand Jury ranks LHH #42 in County in following best practices, making
many critical recommendations for Fiscal Health and Governance Practices.
Grand Jury report not on city web site, but see it here
Will Grand Jury continue investigation of city admitted "inept practices"?

Grand Jury finds LHH has no ethics policy, nor means for anonymous complaints
In fact, city "outs" complaints upon request

Investigating Cities' Finances, LA County Grand Jury unable to get 2012 Financial reports from Bell, Compton, Cudahy, La Habra Heights, and Maywood

Council calls Special Meeting for Closed Door Session regarding employees' retirement
Is this related to former CM Westerhoff's comment on $2-3 Million of unfunded retirement costs?
Will this combined with $3 Million City Hall expansion deplete reserves?

Council to consider eliminating Public Comments for 5th time
in less than a year at August 8th Meeting


After Major Court Defeat over violating its own codes
Council chooses to change (weaken) codes Instead of vowing to follow codes.
Council Asks Staff to invite Out-of-Town Builders & Architects
to submit "wish list" of code changes they want.
Taxpaying Residents impacted by inappropriate building or
who support General Plan left out of invitations.

Taj Cityhal
As Cost approaches $3 Million, Council Withheld City Hall Expansion &
Remodel Plans from Public at July Council Meeting
Architect let Slip that Facility will have "Stone Floors".
Without Plans, it is unknown what other perks or Gold Plating have been added.
In recent years, Council has cut Fire Engine staffing in half,
reduced Sheriff patrols to 14 hours per day and reduced road maintenance.
Savings from those cuts help pay for City Hall expansion

CMs Higgins & Miller Rationalize Beach Resort Junket with Spouses at
Taxpayer Expense as Potentially Saving the City Money with what they learned
Vow to take advantage of similar opportunities to "educate" themselves

State Orders Edison to Remove 20 Story Tall Towers & Put Lines Underground
Unfortunately in Chino Hills, Not LHH
While Chino Hills City Council Fought For their residents, LHH Council didn't think anything could be done.
We get to look at towers here FOREVER

Councilmembers Higgins & Miller + Their Wives Attended
3 Day Mandalay Beach Resort "Academy", All at Taxpayer Expense.


Special July 2nd Joint Meeting City Council & Planning Commission
Ethics (Following the Law) Training Reveals Major Challenges to Gain Compliance
City did NOT Record Mandated Session.
See Exclusive Independent Video that City didn't want you to see - here.


Special City Council Meeting - Thursday June 27th 3 p.m.
Council To Decide to Exempt City From Having Fire Sprinklers -
Will Council exempt itself from what residents have to do?
Yes, They Did! Francis votes No.

After Touting his Twitter Account as a tool to reach public in a WDN article on Saturday
CM Miller takes it underground on Sunday, blocking the public
His Last Public Tweet announced he was at taxpayer paid weekend conference at Mandalay Beach Resort


Water District Employee Carrying Own Building Debris in District Vehicle #7 on Sunday June 23rd District Employee About to Back Debris Laden Truck to Dumpster at District Office. Photos & Story courtesy theAvocadoExpress.com District Employee Drives 2nd District #0 Vehicle to Yorba Linda address on Sunday June 23, 2013

Off-Duty? Water District Employee Caught Hauling Construction Debris on Sunday
to District Dumpster in District Vehicle. Admitted to theAvocadoExpress.com Reporter it came from his home.
Takes second vehicle out of District yard. For reload? Go to Twitter for update
See Story &Discussion on Topix News
Related: Water Board Wines & Dines on Your Dime - 2009 Story

Still no official Update on city Manhunt for Person who tried to,
"Make the City look bad." by allegedly tampering with 55 mph speed sign

New City "Facts" Web page
Short on Facts, Full of Spin & Intimidation?
Residents Now more afraid of retaliation or held up for ridicule if they Speak Up or criticize - Story

A Look at Council plans for Heights Future?
CM Miller Appoints Developer & Advocate of High-Density,
Low-Income Housing for the Heights Ray Fernandez to Planning Commission

Find Free Summer Concerts, Search by Date, City, Music Type - Click Here


New Speed Limit Sign on West Rd @ Las Palomas. Yes it is Real
Sign Removed after We informed City
City Says it was act of Vandal, not mistake - See Topix Story


Judge Stops Matrix Oil Drilling Project in Whittier - WDN Story
Matrix Oil Project in LHH Forecast for Clear Sailing with Little Scrutiny or Benefit to Residents

Council Proposes Raised Throne & Arch for Themselves in MPR Remodel
to Tower Above Their Subjects. - See City Report


Water Board Approves Fee Wavier For City Hall Expansion,
passing Cost onto Ratepayers, in an Improperly Noticed Meeting.
Multiple Open Meeting Law Violations?

Councilmembers Tweeting About and Telling Residents About Upcoming Agenda Items
How Do They Know? If Councilmembers Know, Public is Required to Be told at Same Time.
More Brown Act Violations? Back-room Government?

Hydrant Sheared Off on Whittier Blvd, just East of Euclid June 3, 2013

City to Ask for Waiver of Water District Fee at June 4th Water Board Meeting
One Hand Washes the Other?

Car Wash at Whittier & Beach to Be Demolished Shortly
Act Quickly if you want Last Look or Picture
Entire Block between Hacienda & Beach to be leveled

Email to City Manager "Friends" Suggests Brown Act Violation - Story

Find out how much Council members get paid for attending outside agency meetings - here

City admits "inept practices" and "poor reporting" in Finance Dept and paying Independent Contractors out of Payroll account in just released document - Read


City Hall surveillance Video shows attempted shakedown of records requester, obstruction and delay of public records requests, and discourteous treatment of a citizen - View video

City refutes allegations of Forgery & Embezzlement in handling city finances, instead attributing voluminous errors as a cause of problems, raising questions of competence - Read

City Loses Landmark Court Case
Court Rules Approved Project was missing Plans and Violated Codes
Will City Mend its Ways or Continue in Blind service to Builders, to detriment of neighbors?
Read Judge's Tentative Ruling

With Records Requests taking months, facing stonewalling, deliberate delays, high costs & more
how can you speed up the process and cut red tape?
City releases audio of what one exasperated requester finally had to do - listen

City Council Approves New "Spin" website outside of public meeting
Another Brown Act Violation? Will DA follow through with Grand Jury investigation?

City Council Authorizes Public Release of City Hall Caller's Voice Mail
Will your phone call recording to City Hall be released next?

After 1 Year, Residents still waiting for Trash service 25%+ promised cost reduction from consolidation

From Twitter/LaHabraHeights:
@m_h_s Sad! #vistas #LaHabraHeights https://vine.co/v/bQxImZaeK1D You can thank the City Council & SCE for this ugly vista. #LowerPropertyValues

Before you give up on protecting our community, watch this inspirational program. "The Story of La Habra Heights" Now on YouTube - See Video

Where Did the Money Go?
City Obstructs & Delays Release of Fire Tax Expenditures - Story


Reknowned Corruption Crusader Performs Independent Audit on City Finances
See off site report - "City of La Habra Heights Audit I Reveals 3 Checkbooks, Embezzled Funds & Forged Check Warrant"
City claims no 2012 audit available


Just Released Sheriff Dept Investigation Letter finds
No Battery in Ballot Counting Day Attack - See Letter

Related
Video of Ballot Day Attack Karen Vipperman Lawsuit Against George Edwards


City Manager Reveals 2 Track Code Enforcement Complaint Process
Make Complaint at Planning Dept - It is Public
Make Complaint to City Manager - It can be Anonymous

Planning Commission Watch
The Planning Commission is Public Oversight of building & developer approvals

Last Planning Commission Meeting

July 2012

Number of New House or Remodel Projects brought to Commission by Staff since 2008

1



LA County Fire Dept Study Estimates $2.9 Million Annual Cost
to Replace LHH Volunteer Fire Dept
If funded by Fire Tax, would have to increase from $497 to about $1500 per Year
City Council to Consider at Upcoming Meeting

Another Vipperman Lawsuit!
Up to 21 Sued in Latest Salvo. Are You One of Them?
Though Seen in Video as Attacker During Ballot Counting at City Hall,

Karen Vipperman Sues Former Candidate George Edwards and Up to 20 others (John Does)
For Assault, Battery, Defamation etc - See Vipperman Lawsuit

Councilmember Kyle Miller & City Manager Named as possible Witnesses in Filing.

Related:

In 2007, Karen Vipperman Retains Attorney for action against then City Manager & Fire Chief for allegedly tarnishing her reputation and false statements - See Vipperman attorney letter

In 2009, Mayor Howard Vipperman spent $20,000 on Lawsuit, later dropped, against 101 individuals (including 100 John Does) for slander, fraud, etc - See Whittier Daily News Article See Vipperman Lawsuit


New - Council Installs 12 Spy Cameras & Recorders at City Hall
Residents Under Surveillance!

Warning Sign Entering City Hall
Front Counter Surveillance Camera & Monitor
MPR Room Camera Aimed at Residents
MPR Camera 2 Aimed at Residents
Planning Dept Camera Watching Customers
Planning Dept Monitor
MPR Warning Sign
Cameras Outside Restroom



Just Released Bureau of Fraud & Corruption District Attorney Letter Censures City regarding Open Meeting Law compliance saying: (see letter)
"if similar conduct occurs in the future, we will not hesitate to convene a grand jury"

See video of incident DA investigated




May 18, 2013 Avocado Festival Canceled
Disappears From City Website with No Explanation

Truck knocks off hydrant on Harbor Blvd at south City Limit.
Sunday April 6, 3:45 p.m.


2001

La Habra Heights was founded as a Volunteer Community
Did you know?
Resident volunteers used to answer the phone at City Hall, help with filing, clean Graffiti, serve with Volunteers on Patrol, on a public Budget Committee, Emergency Preparedness Committee, Public Works Committee, Fire Department, Planning Commission, Parks & Rec, etc
Today, residents are suspect at City Hall, city volunteer groups disbanded, public committees disbanded, even the planning commission is largely ceremonial, not having met since July 2012.
What is wrong?

2013

New Council Members add "Spying on Residents" to at least 2 City Employees' Job Duties - City Employees have been seen surveilling residents and taking pictures both at City Hall and out in the City.

Council claims City does not have enough money and needs to raise taxes.


New City Council Records Residents at Front Counter with Surreptitious Surveillance Camera


City Council Now Requiring Payment to View Public Records


Did you know the La Habra Heights Improvement Association (LHHIA) & City Have Made Photos of Your Children from Easter Egg Hunt Available for Public Review at City Hall?

Note: We Pixelated the Faces for Childrens privacy


See Whittier Daily News video showing where Richard Nixon lived in the Whittier area, including
1st home after marriage in La Habra Heights, a recently sold house on Encanda Dr

Is La Habra Heights Improvement Association's Heights Life magazine publishing unattributed Government Political Propaganda laying the groundwork for another try at the Road Tax??
Who is LHHIA Working For?
Is LHHIA influenced by the Thousand$ of Government Tax Dollar$ they receive each year?
Should you contribute to an Association that sneakily plots with the City to raise your taxes?


Unattributed article From April 2013 Heights Life, page 3



See identical language of a press release at Regional Government Pro-New Taxes Lobbying website -

"California Local Streets and Roads Update Released!
On March 5, 2013, the League, California State Association of Counties, and Metropolitan Transportation Commission released the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment (www.savecaliforniastreets.org). The report, published every two years, shows that there has been a steady downward trend in the pavement condition since 2008. It will take $8.22 billion annually over the next 10 years to bring the pavement condition and essential components such as storm drains, gutters, sidewalks and curbs of local streets and roads to the most cost effective maintenance level.
Cities and counties own and maintain 81 percent of California’s roads, and these byways are the underpinning of California’s statewide transportation network. From the moment we open our front door in the morning to drive to work, bike to school, ...


Government Corruption Crusader Sets Sights on LHH
Discovers What Residents Already Know - City Stonewalls Public Records Requests

Dear Sirs: There seems to be problems with accessing records in the City of La Habra Heights. I am requesting from the City of La Habra Heights the following government documents:

Printed Copies of ALL Bank Statements held by the City of La Habra Heights from dates 07/01/10 thru 06/30/12. This will include any and all Banking, Financial, or ANY Other Institutions that are involved with the People's Money.

Printed Copies of the General Ledger including Transaction Numbers and Accounting Codes from dates 07/01/10 thru 06/30/12.

Printed Copy of All City Employees, Job Title, & Start Date.

Your prompt action on this request is appreciated.

Thank you,

Elizabeth A. Uremovic

2 Year Anniversary of Council's St Patrick's Day Raid on Animal Keeping Family - Off-site Story

New! See Slow Motion Video of Attack
A Peaceful Day of Vote Counting Broken as
Karen Vipperman Launches Unprovoked Attack on City Council Candidate
Then Starts Shouting at Others
7 Sheriff's Vehicles Respond, Witnesses Interviewed

Related: 1. Improvement Association Attack on Cameraman, featuring Karen Vipperman
Viewer Warning! Foul language used by LHHIA (Over 5,100 views)
2. Councilmember Howard Vipperman summons "henchmen" to block camera at Parks & Rec meeting.
Viewer Warning! Vipperman Associate, non-resident, Mr Arce (sender of recent campaign flyer) uses foul language.

City Council Election 2013 Election Results and Stories

Wild Valentine's Day Council Meeting
Candidate Kyle Miller Announces Personal Bankruptcy
Councilmember lays out plan for City Disincorporation
LHHIA Director Criticized Blog with pictures of Rats and Rabbits
Council Approves $2 million City Hall Expansion Scheme Crafted with "Poison Pill" to Tie Hands of Next Council
City Manager Reveals that Buena Park City Manager on LHH City Hall Committee
Improvement Association Involvement in Election Discussed


Council Candidate George Edwards Threatened With Arrest While Making a Recording for the Public of a Back Room Meeting on $2 Million City Hall Expansion & Remodel

Model of Remodeled & Enlarged City Hall


Council Public Information Crackdown Continues - Even with New Members
Copy Costs Now 250% of before - City Reveals Copy person paid at $300k annual rate

Edison Towers About to Loom over City
They Left Most Obtrusive Ones for Last

***They Didn't Want You to Know***
"Volunteer" City Councilmembers Receive
Thou$and$ of Dollar$ per year from Committee Assignments!

Council Committee Assignments - Most Meet Monthly
Agency Per Meeting Pay Appointee / Alternate
Gateway Cities $125 Stan Carroll / Brian Bergman
California Joint Powers Insurance Agency $250 for Exec Committee Stan Carroll / Shauna Clark
Southern Cal Assoc of Governments $120 plus mileage Brian Bergman / Howard Vipperman
L.A. County Sanitation District $125 plus mileage Stan Carroll / Brian Bergman
* More to Come as We Obtain Info


Bike & Skateboard Ban at Park


News You Can Use in City Crackdown On Residents

Listen to the City Attorney Describe When City is Allowed Access to Your Property - from May 2004
WMV | Quicktime

Listen to Howard Vipperman Propose Helicopter Surveillance of City For Code Enforcement
WMV | Quicktime

Improvement Association Admits to Blacking Out Water Rate Increase Info
from Heights Life & Web Site for "Political" Reasons - May 2012 Off site Story

An Outsider's Look Inside the Improvement Association - March 2012 Interesting Off Site Story

La Habra Heights Improvement Association
Subsidized by Your Property Taxes - Coming Soon


Listen Live! - LHH Fire Dept, Fire Watch, Sheriff Dept, LA County Fire Courtesy of Unisat See Live View From La Habra Heights ViewCam

"The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist they may retain control over the instruments they have created."

Preamble to the California Public Records Act

February 2013 Newsletter November 2011 Newsletter October 2011 Newsletter March 2011 Newsletter November 2010 Newsletter July 2010 Newsletter
May 2010 Newsletter February 2010 Newsletter December 2009 Newsletter November 2009 Newsletter See October 2009 Newsletter


Quick Links

City Council Minutes 1998-2010

City Council Minutes - See the minutes for past meetings 1998 - 2009

Note: Detailed City Council minute were discontinued in Dec 2008, over residents objections.

Planning Commission Minutes 1998-2010

Planning Commission Minutes - Minutes for 1998-2010


Recent Issues

See Whittier Daily News video showing where Richard Nixon lived in the Whittier area, including
1st home after marriage in La Habra Heights, a recently sold house on Encanda Dr - Feb 2012


November 8, 2012 - Carl Westerhoff Announces He Will NOT Seek Re-Election


Woman Put to Floor, Handcuffed & Arrested for Exceeding 3 Minutes Speaking at Council Meeting - LA Times Story


City Council Chooses Jane Williams as new Member - watch interviews and choice
Improvement Association Editor/Council Candidate Michael Higgins shocks many saying,
"I hate the Brown Act" (Open Meeting Law)

City Council to Appoint New Member Oct 2012


Residents Receive Decreased Property Tax Bills Today
Result of Defeat of Tripled Road Tax in August - Oct 2012



Edison Now Proposes Big Orange Balls and Red Flashing Lights
For Huge 20 Story Tall Towers & Power Lines to be built on City Ridgeline
Will City Council do Anything?
No they didn't
See page 174 of Report for Map of Balls & Lights - Sep 12


September 13, 2012
Councilmember Vipperman Announces Resignation Effective October 11th
Councilmember Carroll Announces He Will Not Run for Re-Election


Habitat Authority Aug 30 2012 Draft Letter to City Manager
Announcing End to Weed Clearance. See Letter See Avocado Express Story
Habitat Board Continued Item. No LHH Officials Present or Responding
See L.A. County Counsel Opinion - proposed type change "would create chaos"


Habitat Authority to Discontinue Weed Clearance
Responsibility to be Passed to Adjacent Property Owners
70 Properties Affected in LHH - Possible Public Meeting
In the Works Since November 2011 - City Council Silent
State Law Change May Affect Weed Clearance Citywide
See Draft Brochure - See Background Info From March (page 15+) (note timeline changed)
Aug 2012


Road Tax Defeated 2-1 Margin
657 NO! - 341 Yes


City Official Admits Public Oversight of Road Tax is Not Wanted
"We want to do city business without disruption" -August 2012 Read Whittier Daily News Article


Incriminating Records Releases Lead to new City Council
Crackdown & Stonewall Policy to Delay Records Requests!
"When a customer wants a copy of a record (even one that's readily available) require them to fill out the form and turn it in to the City Clerk. Their request will be placed on the bottom of the stack and will be fulfilled in the order received. "
August 2012


City Launches Coverup of Council Wrongdoing at July 2012 Meeting
Cable Broadcast of Meeting Censored to Remove Offenses
City Resources Used for Road Tax Ballot Measure Advocacy
DA to Investigate?


Has Improvement Association Jeopardized 501c3 Status by
Publishing One-Sided Political Advocacy of Controversial Road Tax?


Do July & August Heights Life "Mayor's Column" Run Afoul of the Law by Advocating for
Passage of Controversial Tripled Roads Tax?
August 2012 See starting on page 17


$600 Road Tax Ballot Mail-In Election Underway
$527 1st Year, $593 by 5th
Tripled From Current $173 per year
Informational Flyer theAvocadoExpress.com - here
July 2012


Corruption can leave cities with enormous legal bills - LA Times Article
LHH Ranks #6 of 88 in L.A. County in % of Budget for Legal Costs - Just below #5 Vernon - April 2012


Council Kill Switch to Shut Off Residents is Back!!
Read DA Letter on Why Muting Residents May be Illegal April 2012


Did the Mission to Prevent Possible City Council Brown Act Violation
Expose a Second One?
Watch Brief Video of Mar 8, 2012 Incident with Sheriff Confronting Cameraman and
Council Members Slipping into Locked Back Room - Link


THREAT TO PUBLIC SERVICES OR FACILITIES!! - see agenda
City Council to Discuss in Closed Session Thursday March 8, 2012
Real or Ruse? Should you be worried? - Story


World Renowned Big Rock, "Levitated Mass", Will be at Buttonwood Av & Pathfinder Rd in Rowland Heights Over Weekend
Biggest Rock Ever Moved in Modern Times. Might Be Worth a Look - Feb 2012 Link


Sheriff Dept & LHH Fire Marshal Respond to Feb 14, 2012 Water Board Meeting

Board President Objects to Camera Placement at Meeting on Rate Increase Study & Wheeling Agreement

Read Story & See Video


Roads Committee Member Names go from "State Secret" to Front Page News
as City enters New Tax Phase
Dick Caslow, Bruce Douglas, Ray Fernandez, Kyle Miller, & John Smith - Feb 2012


Just Released City Documents Reveal Faceless Secret Committees Influencing
City Policies, Spending, Fees & Fines on Residents
- Read Documents & Story (updated 12/30/11)

Breaking News! - Two Secret Committee Members Revealed
City Manager Confirms. Jeffrey Heintz, Greg Stefflre - Story

Breaking - City Accidentally Reveals Another Secret Safety Committee Member, Cathy Houwen!
3 Revealed, 4 to Go -Feb 2012 Updated Story

3 More Secret Committee Members Uncovered!
Are Members Paid by the City?
Faith Grimm, Sue Ferguson & Phil Emery
Will Last 1 Come Forward Before Being Found?
Please Contact Us if You Know

Government Should Not Be Behind Closed Doors

Next to Find Out - What Do They Do?, When & Where Do They Meet? Mar 2012

Final Secret Committee Member Uncovered!
Joyce Jensen
Story May 2012


Brown Act Violation?
Water Board Continues to Meet after adjournment and departure of Public
A Resident Earlier Asked them, "What are you trying to hide?" - Dec 2011 Video


Say NO! to new Roads Assessment until Real Resident Oversight Returns, and Council Holds Contractors Accountable for Poor Workmanship - 2012


Long Time Residents Ensnared in Council "Weed Abatement" Crackdown
Note: "Weed" abatement includes weeds, trees, vehicles, code violations
in buildings, & other things you wouldn't expect - Aug 2011 More


50+ year resident gets Violation Notice about compost piles even though General Plan says to encourage composting and Council said compost was OK - July 2011 More Details


You Can't Win. 40+ year Resident reports lower tree branches cut to meet Weed Abatement dictates, then gets Violation Notice because RV is now visible!! Aug 2011 Read more


Roadside Clearance Mystery Deepens
What is it For? Arbitrary Enforcement? - Aug 2011 Story


Weed Abatement Horror Stories - Here
Keep Sending Them to Us. It will encourage your neighbors to Speak Up for change. July 2011


Be sure and keep your house and yard clean, City could forcibly invade without notice any time.
Read chilling Search Warrant, recently executed, for powers the city has.
March 2011


Developing Story - City Codes Require Residents to Have Mulch
as Fire Chief Bans it. Residents Confused? June 2011 - Story


City Council Comes Down HARD on Community Under Guise of "Weed Abatement"
Special Meeting Reveals Wood Mulch Banned. A Property in Compliance Today May Fail Tomorrow -June 2011 Read


Story"Undercover Chief" May 2011 - See the Fire Chief's $48k Unmarked City Vehicle


3 Acre +/- Brush Fire Burns Hill above Leucadia Dr on May 5, 2011
Story, Pictures & Video


City Council Votes to Disband Parks & Rec at Special Meeting on
April 14, 2011 - Story


Parks & Rec Votes to Disband at Special April 12, 2011 Meeting - Story

With Property Valuations Falling, a Shrinking Population, City Reserves Used for Basic Services, Residents Forced to Subsidize Developers, a Council "War on Animal Keeping" and a Crackdown on Residents,
Will the New Council be able to Turn it Around?


Whittier Daily News gives La Habra Heights City Website a Grade of "D" March 2011- See Article


City Releases 2011 Election Precinct Map Two Days After Election
Better Late Than Never? See it Here


2011 Election News Final Results

Roy Francis 617
Howard Vipperman 598
Larry Black 518
Phil Lough 423

Congratulations to Roy Francis
& Howard Vipperman
Thanks to All the Candidates for Running


Improvement Association Attacks Resident at Annual Public Meeting; Sheriffs Respond - See All Stories.


Updated Dec 13 2010 - Just Released Federal Documents raise questions of City Council
Reduction of Fire Service & Upcoming Tax increases
"The City is laboring under increasing revenue shortfalls, and having to draw from reserves just to provide basic city services." - Story


At January CC meeting City Manager Shauna Clark said Code Enforcement hearing tape would be released to the public. City now says NO! Jan 2011


City Council Breaks Law - Sidelines Planning Commission
Redevelopment Agenda Proceeds Unhindered - Story


See 20 Years of LHH Assessed Property Values (as mentioned in November 2010 Newsletter)


Barber, Hinz & Shackelford Win Lowell Joint School Board 2010 Election- Results


City Breaks the Law AGAIN
State Says City 2008 Adopted Amendments to State Building and Grading Codes "Illegal and Unenforceable"


Exclusive Interview - Assessor's Office Says $73M Decline in Assessed Property Values "Not a Mistake"


Breaking News - Residents Staggered by Vipperman-Baroldi Record $73 million Property Value Decline. City Manager Says Assessor Made a Mistake - Story Sep 10


City Property Values Decline by Most Amount in History
Council Code Changes & Laissez Faire Development Hit Property Values
Heights Is Number 7 in Property Value Decline in L.A. County after Compton & Inglewood - Story Sep 10


Council Crackdown Hits Disabled Kids
Golf Carts before People - Story Sep 10


KFI Tower Nightime White Strobe Lights are Temporary While Red is Being Repaired Sep 2010- Story


New City Hall Expansion Plans Hide Staff from Residents, Wastes Your Money - Aug 2010 Story


"Black Ops" City Council Meeting - Have there been others? May 2010 Story


State Rejects City Low Income Housing Plan - They want Sewers Installed, Timeline, and more Apr 10- See the State Letter Here


Recent Federal Filing Suggests Improvement Association a PAC? May 10 story


New Fire Dormitory on Shaky Ground? May 10 - Story


Fire Department Protection Rating Falls Under Council Redevelopment Focus Apr 10 - story here


The Manure Hits the Council's "War on Animal Keeping" June 2010 - Story


No Relief - Crackdown on Public Comment increases under Mayor Baroldi May 2010- Story


Details for Newsletter "Creative Accounting for Fire Tax" Story May 2010- Here


Council Approves $31,000 "Giveaway" to Road Contractor & $2,700 for La-Z-Boys, then Calls for Multiple Tax Increases April 2010 - Story


Protest Against Council's Revelopment Agenda's "War on Animal Keeping" - See Flyer
May 2010


Code Changes to Increase Building & Foster Redevelopment with 2nd units and high density housing

Approved at City Council Meeting
November 12, 2009.


Longtime Resident and Community Leader Margarita McCoy Blasts Proposed Code Changes

"Why the hell are we doing this!"


3 minutes long
See Quicktime or Windows


Dog Days of Summer

A Great Day of Fun & Activities - see here
August 1, 2009


Uncommon Bird Visits the Heights, June 2009


Blackthroated MagpieJay


Avocado Festival 2009


Saturday May 16, 2009


Spring 2009

La Habra Heights in Springtime


New Strategy to Bring Urban Estates to the Heights?

Ray Fernandez echoes National Association of Homebuilders 2008 "Threat" Letter to the City


City Council Election 2013 Election Results and Stories


Vote Totals after Canvass
March 7, 2013
Total Ballots Cast 1376
Council
Michael Higgins 735
Kyle Miller 613
Chester Jeng 557
George Edwards 482
Brian Bergman 774
Measure A -Gann Limit
Yes 748
No 519
Measure B - Oil Tax*
Yes 644
No 623

After announcing they were leaving City last year
Vippermans sign affidavits saying they now live in the City - Mar 2013


Read Whittier Daily News Article on Chester Jeng Record Spending

What is a Seat on City Council Worth?
Is "Fiscal Responsibility" in Campaign Spending an Indicator of Council Spending?
Candidate Chester Jeng Spent Record $19,000 thru Feb 16
Almost Double All Other Candidates Combined - See Jeng's Spending Report Excerpt
See other Reports: Bergman Spent $1123, Edwards $3010, Miller $4080, Higgins $3216


Senders of "Hit Piece" Mailer against candidate Edwards include
Supporters and Nomination Paper Signers of candidates Miller, Higgins & Jeng.

1717 Chota Rd return address is former? Vipperman home.
February 2013


League of Women Voters Forum February 12, 2013 - All Candidates Show Up
Brian Bergman Touts Record and Experience
George Edwards Opposes New Taxes and $2 million City Hall Expansion
Michael Higgins Reverses Position on Open Government (now favors it), Admits Paid for Heights Life
Chester Jeng Emphasizes Bringing Back VOPs. Suggests La Habra Help Pay to Fix Our Roads.
Kyle Miller Proposes New Trash Tax. Has Prepared Answers for Most Questions, which he reads


See Whittier Daily News story on "No Show" candidates to Candidate Forum

February 2013
Just in - Video of Candidates CPGP Forum
Hear the Questions & See the Voters that 4 Candidates Would Not Face


Measure B Will REDUCE Your Oil Royalty Payments
See Oil Association Letter Provided to City Council but Not Discussed or Revealed to the Public.
Council Could Have Negotiated Oil Tax Increase Sparing Royalties, But Chose Not To - Feb 13



4 Candidates No Shows at February 5, 2013 Candidates Forum, Canceling at Last Minute
Room Full of Voters Disappointed and Feeling Disrespected by Them
Candidate George Edwards Answers all Questions and
Takes Uncensored Questions From Audience
Councilmember Williams asks, "Is there a tax you would support?"


Successful June 30, 2012 Car Show - 94 Cars of All Kinds


Residents Sad at Last Days of Waste Management Trash Pick-up
Thanks for Good Service & Cheerful Employees!
Hello Dumpster Divers?
June 30, 2012


Fatal Avocado Disease Found in La Habra Heights - May 2012
Asian "Tea Shot Hole Borer" found in Avocado and other trees
Whittier Daily News Story --- Los Angeles Times Story
U.C. Riverside Information Sheet -- More UCR info -- Details & Pictures


Waste Management to Cease Trash Pick-Up on June 3, 2012
City Council Directs Staff to Mandate Residents to Use Haul-A-Way


May 7, 2012 - Lowell Joint Schools $76 Million Estimate for Modernization Revealed by Consultant
Bond Measure to Pay For It Coming in November?


Council Touts Property Value Benefit of Roads Assessment, However State Constitution Article 13D Says
"General enhancement of property value does not constitute "special benefit.""


April 2012 - New $500+ Per Year Roads Tax
This is on Top of $266 Per Year 70% of Residents are Still Paying for 1997 Project
$10,000 of Your Money to be spent on Marketing Plan to convince you to Vote Yes
Ballots to Be Mailed Just as You Leave for Summer Vacation
Current Tax $173 - Almost 200% Increase
Special Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 24th 5:00 p.m. - See Staff Report

If you Vote "Yes" They Will be Back for New Police Tax and
Increased Fire Tax


City Council Offers Phone-In Time For Resident Comment at Council Meetings
Not in LHH, but in Beverly Hills April 2012


Watch April 12, 2012 Water Board Meeting on Rate Hike & Wheeling Deal - Here.
Board Pres Won't Let Residents Speak. Attorney Says He Has To


Watch 1st Ever Live Water Board Broadcast - Watch Excerpt
See Board Pres Threaten Resident and Call Concerns Over Leaking New Tank "Farcical, Unbelievable", "Bordering on Crazy". Refers to New Tank as "Almost Perfect"
March 27, 2012


St. Patrick's Day Raid - One Year Anniversary
Animals Long Gone. City Still Prosecuting

CM Shauna Clark, "The goal of Code Enforcement is compliance." Huh? March 2012


L.A. County Approves Mar 2012 Plan for 830+ Miles of Bikeways - Story
LHH Goes Other Way with Bikes Banned from Park & City Hall - Story


New 2 Million Gallon Water Tank Empty Over a Month
Why? Left Open as "Critter Den"?Feb 2012
Views Taken Seriously
5,000 Square Foot Home Demolished for Blocking View & Sunlight in Seaside Community - Feb 2012 Story
Secret Park & Rec Committee Reportedly Seen Meeting at Marie Callender's January 18, 2012 - More to Follow
Warning!! - Edison Going Through Community to Install "Smart" Meters.
You Can Say NO - for now.
New Meters Can Disconnect Power for non-Payment Jan 2012 - Story
New City Hall Coming? Dec 2011
Read $20,000 Report on Condition of City Buildings - See Report & Story
Chino Hills Successful Opposition to 200' high Power Lines in Nov 2011 LA Times Story
La Habra Heights City Council continues to do ......... Nothing
City of Chino Hills Holds Large Protest Rally & Press Conference Against Power Lines
City of La Habra Heights Does...... Well..... Nothing 2011 - Story
City Council Votes Against Open Space
Reducing Property Values and Saleability As
National Park Service Wants to Include Parts of LHH in National Recreational Area- Oct 11
Water Board Election Results - November 8th
Candidate Vote by Mail In Person Hand in & Late VBM Nov 18 Update Total
Judy Hathaway-Francis 112 169 41 3 325
Pam McVicar 406 319 61 15 801
Mark Perumean 383 312 48 15 758
Robert Wilson 408 290 60 12 770

Would the Easter Bunny Approve?
LHHIA website link gives residents a shocking sight, unsuitable for young eyes
Is this negligence or desperation for new members?
See other's comments, or add your own, on Topix
Link finally fixed 8/18/11


City Responds to Residents' Concerns with new Draft Fire Clearance Guidelines
Update: July 5 2011 - City Wants YOUR comments on them - Story

Read a great letter from Heights Residents to City Council -here
Everyone needs to participate to end the over-reaching weed abatement

La Habra Heights Fire Watch Takes on City Weed Abatement Program -June 2011 Story
City of Malibu, somewhat familiar with Fire, Gives Mulch Away FREE to Residents as part of Brush Program June 2011- Read Here

See List of About 130 Residences with Roadside Clearance Violations in January 2011


See 2011-12 Sheriff Contract. Service Cut to about 15 Hours Per Day - Story
Back Room Discussion with Sheriff Dept Averted. Sheriff Service Slashed. Story Sep 2011

Council Demands Roadside Vegetation Devoid "Moonscape"
Sheriff Dept Service Cuts Finance Additional "Weed Abatement" Personnel -Aug 2011 Story


Council Votes that Residents Must Subsidize Builders with $80,000 per year so
City can get $900 per year in additional taxes. Crazy? You decide - Sep 2011 Story


City Spending Binge Unabated
Cuts to Sheriff Service to Finance Latest Buys - Aug 2011 Story


"They're Back....."
Parks and Rec Resurfaces after supposed Disbandment - July 2011 Story


"The City Council is trying to make La Habra Heights "Irvine North" and we do not want that. Do you hear us City Council?" - June 2011 Link


Crackdown Seige on Residents does not rest even after Council tells Staff to give residents more time
"We just received a Roadside Clearance letter that gives us one week to comply or be fined. I hope no one plans on going on vacation this summer for more than a few days.." - August 2011 Story


Roadside Clearance & Entire Lot Clearance Remain as Major Issues -July 2011 Story


What is City Trying to Hide?
Public & Press Asked to Leave Immediately After Meetings - May 2011 Story


See the City Council describe what they are looking for in Roadside Clearance from April 2009

WMV | Quicktime


See City Notice of Roadside Violation


City Reveals "Sgt. Schultz" Type Code Enforcement Policy
"I See Nothing!" - May 2011 Story
2011 Car Show Builds on Success May 2011 Story & Pictures
Contractor says Undergrounding Utilities on Hacienda Rd. for New City Hall
starts April 13th and will take 6 to 7 weeks.
Update 4/12/11: Contractor Now Says "I don't know" why Undergrounding is being done.
See City Animal Farm Raid Photo Album - Here
RAID!! - Council Sends 3 Sheriff Cars & Staff Phalanx to Execute Search Warrant on Heights Animal Keeping Family - March 2011 See Story, Pictures & Warrant
City Manager Contradicts Federal Grant Application - March 2011 Story
Park Grounds Damaged by Weekend Event - Story
Update March 31, 2011 - Renter to Pay for Damages

City Gets 10" +/- of Rain Dec 2010
Skyline Drive between Sharpless Dr & Sharpless Ct. Closed Due to Collapse.
Workmanship or Design Problems Suspected. Story

Back to the Future - Automatic Aid Agreement Negotiations - Story Nov 2010
Council Postpones Mid-Year Budget Review Until March - After Election
Usually Held in January or February - Attempt to Protect Incumbents from Bad News?
City Council Sends "Crackdown Posse" to Prevent Public & Press from attending Hearing on
Code Enforcement Action Against City Council Candidate Phil Lough Dec 2010 - Story

Video Press Blackout of Council Candidates Forum Lifted after ACLU hits City with Letter Citing 1st Amendment Issues as
City Again Attempts to Shut Out Unfavored News Media - Story Mar 11
LHH Just Like Bell - Round 3
Council Imposed Illegal Fire Tax Increase Two Years in a Row - Story


State Controller Auditing City of Bell
Should La Habra Heights have an Audit too? - Story Oct 10
La Habra Heights Staff Salaries - Exclusive- Story Sep 10
Stonewalling Public Records Requests, including salary info - Another similarity between Bell and La Habra Heights - LA Times Story
Bell type government in La Habra Heights?
Part-time (less than 20 hours week) Fire Chief $100k, 6,000 resident community with $200k City Manager, Councilmember gets gold jewelry on residents dime, and Council gives Road Contractor extra $31k Sep 10
Stonewalling Public Records Requests is Illegal
Immediate Access Required, No need to give your name, fill out forms, or pay for searching - Aug 2010 Read Here
City Council Redevelopment Agenda - Phase II
"Residents Will Have to Pay Higher Taxes and Get Less Service to Subsidize Developers & Builders" - May 10 Story
Children Risk Arrest to Attend City Council Animal Keeping Hearing Apr 10- Story
LHHIA MIA in Struggle to Preserve Animal Keeping in the Heights- Apr 10
Winners and Losers in City Council Urban Estate Redevelopment Agenda - May 10 Story
Sheriff's Deputy Stationed at Planning Commission Meeting as Residents Protest Crackdown on Animal Keeping Apr 10- Story
Proposed Trash Tax Contrary to City Study - Gag Order Imposed on Trash Companies Apr 10 - Story
Assembly Bill to Exempt LHH From Housing Quota Fails - Listen to Hearing Here (29 minutes) -Vipperman Testifies Mar 10
Council Proposes Up To $700 per Residence in New or Increased Taxes Mar 10
Online Poll Indicates Almost 3-1 Opposition - See Poll and Vote
A Broken Trust
As the Council Considers Raising Taxes, Residents Consider Their Record
May 8, 2010 Car Show Pictures - Here
La Habra Heights Improvement Association Former Vice President Convicted and Sentenced - Mar 2010 Story

Market Day April 2010
Mayor Vipperman Spends $20,000 to Sue Residents - Story Feb 2010
La Habra Heights Residents to Celebrate "Freedom Day" April 8 - End of Vipperman Dictatorship - See Vipperman Chronicles
Layne Baroldi is subject of Orange County Register Travel Expense Article Mar 2010 - Story
Exclusive - Sexual Harrassment/Termination/Pay Lawsuit against
City Settles for $375,000 Feb 2010 - Story
Los Angeles Times Story about undue influence in Planning Department Feb 2010 - Story
Mayor Vipperman Proposes Aerial Surveillance of Residences for
Code Enforcement, Weed Abatement, Observing, etc
Other Council Members Appear Baffled Jan 2010
Fire! Above Construction Site on Hacienda, Spreads up Hill toward Panchoy
5 Acres Burn 11/23/09 - Pictures and Video
Brad Cooke & Jeff Heintz Win Water Board Election - See Results
Large Turnout - Gap Between Heintz and Edwards Narrowed to 25 votes in Late Returns
Council Approves Commercial Facilty 3-2
August 2009
Majority 3 Vote Against the Community; More concerned with Tower Owner Profit
25 Story Tall Antenna Owner Gets CUP for Commerical Tower

2004 Agreement called for tower removal this year. Important Story details here.

Fire Tax Exceeds Voter Approved Maximum for Second Year in a RowNo Public Comment Allowed
Board Takes Improvement Association Out of Members' Control

Members Now Play No Role Other than Paying Dues

Focus of Improvement Association VP arrest story shifts to LHHIA
Read here

La Habra Heights Improvement Association
Vice-President Arrested on charges including Identity Theft & Forgery
See Story on Topix
Recent Planning Approvals have resulted in Resident's losing views and property rights described in the General Plan.
New City Seal?
New Planning Commissioners Appointed
Dominic DiMario
Ray Fernandez
Judy Stefflre

November 4, 2008 LHH Election Results

2012 Road Tax Story


Water Board Approves Rate Increase, Raises & Bonus
Despite Unprecedented Ratepayer Objections
Travel Expenses & Dining Still an Issue - June 2012 Off Site Story


Water Rate Increase Story 2012


Download Form Letter to Protest Water Rate Increase
If a majority submit a protest there will be no increase - May 2012 Protest Letter


A Trust Broken: La Habra Heights County Water District Rate Increase - May 14, 2012 Video


May 1 2012 - Rowland Water Approves Deal with La Habra Heights Water District to Supply Water.
Says Water Through La Habra Heights is of Regional Importance


Latest News - Citrus Leaves, Branches, etc MUST be double bagged & Put in Trash, NOT Green Waste!
Watch April 2012 Video of Citrus Disease Town Hall Meeting with Question from your Neighbors answered
Watch Important Video Here 23 minutes long
Quarantine! - April 2012 - La Habra Heights in Quarantine Area for Fatal Citrus Greening Disease - See Map
Citrus Fruit Should Not Leave the Property Where Grown Unless Commercially Cleaned & Packed
See Dept of Food & Agriculture Quarantine Press Release
More Info on Disease -- See Pictures --- Read Whittier Daily News Article on Quarantine --- Read L.A. Times Story
Electric Bills Skyrocket With New Edison Smart Meter - OC Register Story
You Don't Have to Let Them Take Your Old Meter!! April 2012


Councilmember Vipperman Leads Call to Do Nothing About 20 Story Power Lines and Towers Through City
Result was Inaction Due to Failure to Agree on Response
Look For Power Lines Near, or Visible to, You Soon Mar 12


Breaking News -Mar 2012 - County Document Links Aera Development to Rowland Harbor Blvd Pipeline!!! - Look


Rowland Water GM "ready to cancel" Water Deal. Says Rowland taking all the risk - see Video
Rowland Water Special Meeting on Deal Monday March 5, 2012 4 p.m.


LHH Water Board approves Water Deal with minor revisions at their Feb 28, 2012 meeting over resident objections and concerns. Several residents asked to leave due to over capacity - See Video


City Abandons Jan 31, 2012 Inspection of former Animal-Keeping Property Upon Seeing Camera-Man in the Street!

What is the City trying to hide? - Story and see 4 min Video of retreat


Watch the January 23, 2012 Matrix Oil Community Meeting that they initially didn't want you to see!! Here


HOSEC Communities Supplying Water to AERA Out the Back Door? - Feb 2012 Story


City Hit Hard in 2012 draft RHNA Housing Quota: 72 low/moderate income units
In comparison - Malibu 2, PVE 10, Rolling Hills 4, San Marino 2, La Habra 3, Laguna 2
SCAG docs indicate city didn't respond to info requests that could have reduced quota
Who is looking out for us?


Last Chance!!
20 Story Tall Edison Power Lines on January 12, 2012 Council Agenda
Make your Voice known if you support or oppose


Draft 2012 SCAG Regional Plan Expects AERA approval
What aren't we being told?
Putting the pieces together - See SCAG Plan-Aera Circled in Red


Give Thanks!
The City Council makes YOU subsidize 40% of Building Fees, about $90,000
So, when you see a Developer or Builder in town, say "You're Welcome


In the Red, Water Board meets at private Hacienda Country Club to Discuss Water Trafficking Deal Finances - Meeting Minutes Oct 2011


Whittier Daily News Article on Water Board Election - Here
Proposed water deal separates challenger from incumbents Oct 2011


Just Released Reports Indicate Insufficient Water to Supply Proposed Deal - story Oct 2011


Watch Video of Very Informative Water District Forum on Proposed Water Trafficking
Hear Panelist Invoke Homeland Security Law to Not Answer Questions on Capacity, etc - Here Oct 2011



Council to give City Manager iPad & City Vehicle in New Contract
See Side by Side Comparison of Old & New Contract - Here Oct 2011


Water Board Balances Budget with Unsigned, Controversial Trafficking Deal
An Election Year Ploy to Stall Raising Rates? Story Oct 2011


Just Released! Read Draft Water Trafficking Agreement - Here
Story to Follow Oct 2011


Water Board Pres Says, "Aera Dead"
Aera Says, "We're Very Much Alive!" - Story Sept 2011


Update: Wheeling & Dealing on the Water Board.
At What Cost to Water Users? - Story
Water Board Meeting Tuesday September 27, 2011 4 p.m.


City Rearranges Fire Dept Pay to Fund Fire Marshal - Story Sept 2011


Developing Story: La Habra Heights Water District Explores Water Trafficking Deal with Rowland Heights - Story Sept 2011


Improvement Association's Heights Life Prints Discredited & Dangerous
"Triangle of Life" Earthquake Response - Why?Aug 2011


Did LHHIA take idea from City Council or Vice Versa?
New LHHIA By-Laws posted
Do you give up your 1st Amendment Free Speech Rights when you are a member?
Malign LHHIA Board or Assocation & you are subject to expulsion -.July 2011
Receiving Thousands of Public Tax Dollars a Year
Improvement Association Closes Doors to Public at Annual Meeting
Probably Better than Inviting Public, then Attacking Them As Happened 1 Year Ago Today - June 2011 National Story

Improvement Association 'Peeps' get raided!
County Issues Notices of Violation- Story
Crackdown on Residents Escalates in Final Days of Baroldi Administration
Raid!, Kill Switch and Blackout of Public Comments - March 2011 Story
2010 US Census shows Heights population fell 387 people to 5325- See Stats
Most of Decline in Children - See Stories Below for Council Actions Against Kids
LHHIA Improvement Association Makes National News
Caught in a Lie?- Story
Update: City Manager Responds
Anonymous Packages Sent to Local News Editors - Investigation Underway
Improvement Association Connection? - Story Dec 2010
Whittier Daily News Story on Expensive City Business Cards
Symptom of Wasteful Spending
In LHH Hundred$ Spent on Fancy Gold Embossed Cards for Staff & Council

City Edits Lowell Joint School Board Candidates Forum Broadcast - Election Tampering? Oct 10
Recommendations for Lowell Joint School Board - Here
Oct 10
Officials Arraigned for Wining & Dining On the Public Dime
"La Habra Heights Water District Board Deja Vu" - Story Oct 10
Banned in La Habra Heights!!
Mayor Calls for Criticism of City Manager to be "Off Camera" Story Oct 10
See League of Women Voters - Lowell Joint School Board Candidates' Debate to - Cable Broadcast in the Works Oct 10 - See Webcast- Updated Story
"Skids Greased" for Mayor's 3 Level Addition - Procedures Waved?
See Pictures from the 2010 Avocado Festival - here
Follow-Up Improvement Association Story - "That is definitely Mail Fraud."- Nov 09
Contributors to Improvement Association at Risk - Organization May Not Be as Claimed - Oct 09
Water District Board Wines and Dines at Your Expense - Story Here
Follow-up - 40 More Pages of Water Board Hotels & Meals, including $1000 Weekend in Long Beach - Story here
Hacienda Closure an Awakening for All October 2009
Investigation - Water Board Candidate Jeffrey Heintz Under Investigation by L.A. County Recorder for Ballot Designation - Too Late to Change - Update: October 7th

Too Close for Comfort?

Improvement Association, City Council, & Water Board Axis of Influence?


Commissoner Ray Fernandez states checking plans for Code compliance is
"Above My Pay Grade"Commission also votes 3-2 to allow a Fire Hydrant to be behind a private gate. Aug 09
Story here


Crackdown Escalates
New City Policy:
Residents prohibited from submitting correspondence to Planning Commission Prior to Meeting
Serious concerns of legality

Park Trail & Parking Area Dedication

August 19, 2009
Crackdown Continues
Bike Ban at Park Passed
August 13 Council Meeting


Don't Cross the Improvement Association?


Water District Board Election November 3, 2009
All Elected Offices are important for Voters to become educated about candidates and issues.

See Candidate Statements


Vipperman Files Papers Initiating 2011 Re-Election Effort - July 09

Announces intent to run again at August 13, 2009 CC Meeting


Back to the Future

Residents Suffering Again Under Planning Process

Commissioner Ray Fernandez Says That Residents should defend themselves against excessive runoff from new development.
Commissioner McCoy "shocked"

See Story and Video here


Council Majority 3 Unhappy With Simple "Call for Review" Process to Correct Planning Approval Errors which violate Residents' Property Rights.

Will They Change it to Protect Builders?


Vipperman Chronicles

News Stories about the Outrages & Exploits of Mayor Vipperman moved here


City Council Axes Public Works Committee 3-2

In Another Blow to Citizen Oversight of City Spending

July 2009



Power Line Expansion Through the City and Powder Canyon

Last Chance to Do Anything. Deadline for Comments to Draft EIR April 6, 2009

Quiet Overhead

Have you noticed that the planes inbound to LAX are much quieter than they used to be?

That is because they are silently gliding in now, not descending and repowering in steps.

Read the story in the February 28, 2009 Los Angeles Times

City Council Election

March 3, 2009 Results

Congratulations to

Stan Carroll

Brian Bergman

Carl Westerhoff

Plans for Harbor Blvd to be widened to 6 lanes, with Bus Route.

What Did City Officials Know?

Council Unanimously passes opposition Resolution at Jan 15 Meeting!

Fire Tax Increase Double That Allowed by Codes

What do residents think about $25,000 overcharge?

Fires Burn November 15th
in Brea, Yorba Linda

Vehicle is Likely Cause

Hacienda Rd not closed to reduce Fire Danger

City Committees in Limbo

Council passes Handbook at Feb 09 meeting.

Update July 09
All Commissions abolished except Parks & Rec, which changed from an oversight committee to event planning, chaired by Mayor's wife

Residents Seek Solutions To Reduce Hacienda Traffic
View Protection Under Attack A Simple Way to Prevent the Most Likely Wildfire

Public Records Requests City Council Meetings Broadcast Live on Internet Starting November 13 Effective "Poll Tax" on City Council Candidates?

Invasive & Unwanted Vegetation


A Special Place & Special People

La Habra Heights is defined by the rural environment, lack of street lights, and low density.

La Habra Heights residents have vigorously and successfully defended our community against threats to our rural environment from within and adjacent to our community.

Residents have fought off high density housing, the 39 Freeway, condos in the hills of Whittier, development in Powder Canyon, the widening of Hacienda Blvd. and many others over the years.

As stated by a prominent resident, one of the most insidious and damaging threats is the one by one exceptions and variances to our Zoning Code which slowly, but surely, erodes the rural environment and quality of life.

Those interested in the history of the City can borrow the tape or DVD "The Story of La Habra Heights" at City Hall.


 "Beware of those who tout "individual property rights"

"Beware of those who tout "individual property rights" because that usually translates into"let's destroy the zoning and make this place look like the rest Los Angeles County". Experience has taught me that those people usually want no controls on their development, but want to tell everyone else what to do."

The first part of the Mayor's column written for the April 1990 Heights Life, by the outgoing four time mayor, who was instrumental in the founding of the City.

This was read into the public record by Julia Higgs at the August 12, 2002 GPAC Town Hall Meeting

 

MAYOR'S COLUMN

THE BATTLE IS NEVER OVER

Time and people have been kind to La Habra Heights. Always, it has seemed that we are in the right place at the right time to save this special place from high density development and preserve it for future generations. One needs only to look at Hacienda Heights to the north or the newly emerging Shea development in Rowland Heights to the east to understand why we became a city. This hillside village is too beautiful to allow it to go the way of neighboring communities.

 

The battle to preserve La Habra Heights will continue. I remember turning to James Littlejohn when we had just won the incorporation struggle and saying, 'It's over, La Habra Heights is safe!." and James replied, "It will never he over, Jean, as long as there is money to be made here." And he was right! Often, people appear in front of the Council saying, "I love this community. I want to keep it the way it is - except for my home which I am going to build four stories high, in a stream bed, and by the way I am going to have to exceed the grading ordinance by 100%, and I would like to run an asphalt plant in the backyard- but I want to keep La Habra Heights the way it is"

 

Well, take it from an old mayor, you can't have it both ways my friends. Either you maintain your strict standards for development or you lose it all. The most beautiful communities in California; Santa Barbara, Rancho Santa Fe, Rolling Hills, etc., all have strict development standards. Beware of those who tout "individual property rights" because that usually translates into"let's destroy the zoning and make this place look like the rest Los Angeles County". Experience has taught me that those people usually want no controls on their development, but want to tell everyone else what to do. The future of this community depends upon you. It is your choice to make. But, I can assure you, I will always be there when I feel the community we first envisioned is in trouble...................


 


Republic

Our Country is a "republic", from Latin "res publica" - public thing.

It is up to each of us to learn about what your governments are doing, and be involved.

It is important for everyone to know their rights to participate in and find out about their governments activities. Find out the facts:

The Brown Act, also known as the "Open Meeting Law" or Anti-Corruption Act

The Public Records Act, another good Records Act link

"The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist they may retain control over the instruments they have created."

Preamble to the California Public Records Act


As James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, said,

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governers must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a tragedy or a farce, or perhaps both."


Find out what happened today in U.S. History - A Library of Congress site


Why does this even matter?.........Read these

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States

The Bill of Rights - the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution

The Federalist Papers



There's A Lot Going On In Town - You Need To Get Involved To Preserve Our Rural Environment

Don't Take It For Granted Or We Will Lose It


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See the Wonderful Video "Story of La Habra Heights", telling the story that our rural oasis was hard fought for, and residents must continue to fight to protect it. Also available as a FREE DVD.

Be Inspired. Get Involved.


Does it snow in La Habra Heights?

Development vs. Over-development

GPAC Community Survey Results

City's Original General Plan

Lost Animal Network - Call 691-1920 if you lost an animal or found a lost one.

Phone Numbers
City Hall 694-6302
Fire Dept 694-8283
Water District 697-6769
Sheriff 694-5923
Lost Animal Network 691-1920
Gas Leak 800-427-2200
Edison Emergency 800-611-1911
Time Warner Cable 888-892-2253
Park Ranger 698-1446
Fish & Game 888-334-2258
To Report Illegal Grading or Building on Fridays & Weekends 694-5923
Waste Management Trash 626-960-7551
Haulway 323-721-0371
La Habra Post Office 714-992-0580



La Habra Journal 90631
News about La Habra & LHH

Back to the Future

Find out why LHH incorporated. In the 1990s, a publication called "The Sentinel" was the place for news and information about the Heights. Many of the issues are pertinent again today, as we face the same threats to our rural environment.
Read the Sentinel Articles here.

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From 1999-2003, Heights Town News published in-depth, researched articles on City issues, and news of interest to the community.

Read past Heights Town News Articles here


The History Of La Habra Heights Has Long Been Intertwined With The Avocado

An early version of the symbol for the city was the avocado

History Of The Avocado
Avocado Recipes
The Remarkable Avocado Flower
Avocado Fertilization
How To Prune An Avocado
Avocados In The Heights - 1972 (good reading, even in 2009)
The Original Haas Avocado Tree On West Rd.
Interesting Avocado Story from "The Vancouver Sun"


Find out about the original "Roads Project" from the City publication "Top of the Heights" that describe them.

This was a 5 year long project to restore the roads that ended in 2001.

We now pay the annual "Roads Assessment" to keep the roads maintained.


See More La Habra Heights controversies at www.theavocadoexpress.com

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Find Low Gas Prices at:

www.lhhfirewatch.com

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See the 2007 Los Angeles Times Article about
La Habra Heights


See the 1990 Los Angeles Times Article about La Habra Heights