(Cypress, 8/25/2013) A couple weeks ago Cypress voters began receiving polling calls indicating some developer was looking to build on Measure D-controlled land, possibly one of Cypress’ vacant schools.
Turns out, it’s actually the 9.7 acre former Mackay School site at 8721 Cypress St and the 6.3 acre District headquarters at 9470 Moody, as one of our many alert readers pointed out to me in an e-mail a couple hours ago:
Dave, for the blog, calling all Cypress watchdogs!!
On the Cypress City Council Agenda tomorrow (August 25, 2013, 7 pm):
Item #3 on the consent calendar Is to get rid of Measure D open space at two vacant schools!
It will be a ballot measure but could be tricky depending on how the city attorney writes the measure.
Cypress residents should be asking the Council at the 7 pm meeting why the City is not trying to buy this property from the School District to keep this land as open space.
The Council or at least City Staff want to develop it. Do the Cypress residence want it developed? Especially the ones that live near the schools?
The city of Los Alamitos had an opportunity when their School District wanted to sell property at the corner of Katella and Bloomfield. The City bought the property and It continues to be a park, Laurel Park, which is used extensively by Los Alamitos, Cypress, and Rossmoor residents. It would have been
an ideal site for retail, but the City bought it from the School District to preserve much needed open space and provide parkland for all area residents to enjoy!
Thanks go to those smart Los Al Council Members and City staffers about ten years ago for the lovely park all can enjoy today!
Monday’s Consent Item #3, “Reimbursement agreement for election and pre-planning costs associated with the development of 2 Cypress School District Properties. . . .” is the first step to put it on the ballot.
Cypress will need to be vigilant on this because the City Attorney will be writing up the ballot measure and he’s the one who wrote up Measure M two years ago, mentioning a Senior Housing Community multiple times in the ballot argument, but making no mention of any possible trucking, warehousing, or logistics facilities, which the owner switched it to so he could make more money selling it to ProLogis.
Our astute reader is correct. Just like Measure L two years ago, and Measure A last year. As Ronald Reagan might have said, “There you go again!!”
Perhaps it’s what residents from a City Staff and City Council that seems to pride itself most on being “business friendly.” After all, the # 1 goal listed on the Cypress City Website City Council page is “Pursue retail development and continue to diversify the City’s economic base.” (adopted in April, 2007 at a Council goal setting workshop.)
Particularly irritating is that, like the Council’s Measure A Endorsement, this item is placed on the “Consent Calendar,” meaning the Council is expected to rubber stamp it without discussion. Apparently City Staff, at least, thinks it’s already a done deal!
Of course, any single Council Member could “pull” the item for further discussion. In the case of the Council’s unanimous endorsement of Measure A, which the voters rejected my more than 3 to 1 despite massive spending by the “Yes” side.
Maybe before spending District and City time and money on another election to try to void Prop D’s Open Space requirement the Council should at least open the topic up for citizen input at their Council Meeting Monday night?
Hopefully some observant Cypress residents will request that be done.
And hopefully a majority of Cypress City Council Members will agree, and send the matter back to staff for additional consideration and more options.
I guess we’ll see Monday night!
In the mean time, concerned Cypress residents may want to diplomatically express their concerns about yet another effort to rezone Measure D Open & Public Space with their Council Members in at least one of the following ways:
- E-mail the City Council (Click link or e-mail email@example.com
- Leave a message for “all the City Council Members at 714-229-6699
- Click this link for e-mail & phone contact info on all five Cypress City Council Members, then click the link to connect with your preferred Council Member(s).
You might also want to use the various “share” buttons below to e-mail or use your Twitter or Facebook account to notify your friends and neighbors about what’s going on at Cypress City Hall at 7 Monday evening!
As always, your comments, diplomatically stated in language appropriate to our family friendly West Orange County community, are encouraged.
We’ll get a post up Monday afternoon for your reporting on either or both of the two Council Meetings at Cypress City Hall. Click here for the agenda, with links to agenda reports and attachments.
For the record: The original version of this post mistakenly confused Cypress Measure L, which passed in 2012 and removed what is now ProLogis’ “33 Acre Project,” from Cypress Measure D’s public/semi-public [primarily open space] zoning with Cypress Measure M, a $53,600,000 School District bond which passed in 2008.