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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
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Learn about the Open Space & Wildlife Corridor that borders our City
See how the General Plan was truly a Community effort & must not be ignored by City Officials
*The General Plan is the "Constitution" of the City.
Setbacks, Grading, Lot Coverage, Retaining Walls, etc, is in Article 7.
City and Other Government Info
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."
This was read into the public record by Julia Higgs at the August 12, 2002 GPAC Town Hall Meeting
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...................
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 Bill of Rights - the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution
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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Lost Animal Network - Call 691-1920 if you lost an animal or found a lost one.
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.
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