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City Council Minutes 1998-2008

*New* City Council Minutes - See the minutes for past meetings 1998 - 2008

Planning Commission Minutes 1998-2008

*New* Planning Commission Minutes - Minutes for 1998-2008

Current Issues

Community Alert !

Code Changes to Increase Building and Reduce View Protection

Planning Commission January 27, 2009 7 p.m.
Meeting Cancelled Due to Lack of Proper Noticing

Parking Lot Master Plan for the Park

What started as an effort to restore the Blue Line Stream and connect to the Schabarum Trail, has morphed into a plan to turn much of the park into auxiliary parking.

Trail Grant to be used to create Parking Lot next to stream

Fire Tax Increase Double That Allowed by Codes

What do residents think about $25,000 overcharge?

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!

City Council Meetings Broadcast Live on Internet Starting November 13
Effective "Poll Tax" on City Council Candidates?
Fires Burn November 15th
in Brea, Yorba Linda

Vehicle is Likely Cause

Hacienda Rd not closed to reduce Fire Danger

City Committees in Limbo

Decision postponed again until February..

Updated Jan 22 09
See City Attorney comments

KOCE Antenna Expansion
City Spending & Revenue - Is it a revenue problem or a spending problem?
View Protection Under Attack A Simple Way to Prevent the Most Likely Wildfire

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




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...................



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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November 4, 2008 LHH Election Results

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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

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.


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 2008)
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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See the 2007 Los Angeles Times Article about
La Habra Heights