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|"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.|
|Higgins/Miller notified of public grant for their private foundation||Purpose of $28, 734 grant of public funds for Jaws of Life||City Staff report accepting "donation" and thanking Higgins/Miller Foundation, without mention funds are our tax dollars via Supervisor Don Knabe|
|Item 17 Fire Tax Increase||Council has diverted funds for non-fire suppression purposes.
Now wants you to pay a higher Fire Tax.
|Item 18 Election Consolidation||Council to extend their terms 9 months WITHOUT vote of the people.
Rationale: It will "save money"
|Item 20 Pavement Management Plan||Council laying groundwork for New Road Tax, after their neglecting to maintain roads.|
|Item 23 Initiate General Plan Update||Council likely to allow high density housing and ease spec building.
Rural environment, privacy, views, agriculture, and animal keeping to suffer.
Water Conservation Ordinance
|Competitive bidding is favored by a strong public policy "to eliminate favoritism, fraud and corruption; avoid misuse of public funds; and stimulate advantageous marketplace competition." [Citation.]” (Marshall v. Pasadena Unified School Dist. (2004) 119 Cal.App.4th 1241, 1256-1257.)|
* Allow "Gray" Water Use for Irrigation
Cut Pork & Waste
to Fund Roads
|Source - Annual amounts||Amount||
|Gas Tax, Prop C, Measure R||$250,000||
|General Fund Contribution||$250,000||
|End Builder Subsidy. You pay more so builders can pay less.||$100,000||
|Use 1/2 of New Trash Fee (Tax)||$40,000||
|Use 1/2 of New Oil Tax||$80,000||
|Reduce Council travel to 2012 level||$3,000||
|Have Volunteers Assist with Public Records Requests||$60,000||
|Switch 4 day workweek to Tues-Friday eliminate paid Monday holidays||$30,000||
|What is your idea? Send to us|
|VBM West||VBM East||Preceinct 1 West||Precinct 3 East||2nd VBM 1 West||2nd VBM 3 East||3rd VBM Prov 1 West||3rd VBM Prov 3 East||total|
|Measure A Yes||91||132||191||200||47||47||35||59||802|
|Measure A No||104||343||218||257||48||55||18||18||1061|
|Potential Votes||Actual Votes||Analysis|
|City Council||1560 Ballots x 2 possible votes||3120||2404||716 votes not used. Voted for only one candidate or none.|
|Measure A||1 vote per ballot||1560||1536||Almost everyone voted on Measure A|
|City Gets 13% of General Fund Revenue from Oil||Page 8 of a City report says the General Fund could lose 13%, consisting of $62,000 in secured and unsecured property tax, $150- $227,000 in resource extraction taxes and $84,000 in oil well inspection fees.
However, property taxes would need to be paid no matter who owns the property. The city report did not specify the amount of secured and unsecured taxes.
|Oil royalties will stop||Measure A does not affect current operations, or thereby, royalties|
|The City will be sued for takings of oil property rights||Measure A has a mechanism for the oil company to have a hearing before the City Council if they feel they have a legitimate takings claim, without going to court.|
|City will go bankrupt,
City will disincorporate,
City will go bankrupt and disincorporate.
|Municipal bankruptcy reorganize debts, some are discharged, then come out of bankruptcy.
Measure A has nothing to do with bankruptcy.
Disincorporation has to be initiated by the city itself, a county, or by 25% of registered voters. All of contracts and debts of the city would have to be met.
Bankruptcy and disincorporation are not tied.
|Sheriff and Paramedic services will have to be cut if oil revenue lost||See above for explanation of oil revenue and General Fund.
Residents voted for Measure B in 2005 for Paramedic services to be funded by the Fire Tax.
In any spending decision it is up to the City Council to decide what to increase or cut.
|City lost a lawsuit for attempting to mislead voters regarding Measure A.||True|
|Measure A Opponents including oil companies, lobbying firms and special interests have raised over $500,000 to defeat Measure A.||True|
|Measure A opponents have paid phone banks and paid door-to-door campaigners||True|
|On January 8th, the Council passed Code changes giving Staff more discretion, over resident objections.
Councilmember Roy Francis voted against the changes.
The changes were characterized by resident Bill Phelps as "special interest legislation for builders."
The code changes were initiated after the City lost a court case for not following its own codes.
"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.
Residents have 30 days to collect about 450 signatures of registered voters.
Thursday Jan 8th Council Agenda
If you were thinking of speaking would an Armed Deputy standing behind you dissuade you from speaking?
Outside Interests Contribute $200,000 to Defeat Measure A -
|Read Google Report on malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent from La Habra Heights Improvement Association Website|
|The City owned vacant property at Hacienda Rd and West Rd is just under 3 acres. According to City Codes, only 2 house lots could be created.
The November 25 City Council Special Meeting Agenda includes an item on this lot for "Terms and price" with Watt Communities a larger scale developer.
The recently approved Trash Contract requires the hauler to provide service to "apartments, condominiums, and town homes" even though none currently exist in the City.
Planning Commissioner Ray Fernandez, currently appointed by Commercial Real Estate Broker Kyle Miller, said, "We have that land on West Rd. Why can't we rezone that to multi-family, high density."
The President of Watt Residential is also President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Councilmember Kyle Miller's Planning Commissioner was also President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California.
Notice of Planning Commission Meeting November 25 - 6 P.M.
North Orange County
|Yes - 465||Yes - 434||Yes - 527|
|No - 497||No - 527||No - 648|
|City Announces Public Meeting on Roads, but doesn't tell what time it is.||If they don't even tell you the time, do they really want to hear from you?
Not shown on City website or Calendar either (as of November 5th).
Do they just want to be able to say they gave an opportunity to participate but no one showed up, and raise your taxes anyway?
By the way, 9 AM - 12 PM, Sat Nov 15
|City Hall Cost. After saying city hall cost $1.6-$2.2M at Sept Council meeting, November Heights Life Mayor's column, city hall cost stated as $2.2 Million. Latest City mailer says $2.45 Million and admits related costs not included in total.||Residents have independently estimated total cost is just over $3 Million.|
|City admonishes that drainages and creeks should not be filled in, nor hazardous materials to be dumped.||City allows developers to fill in drainage courses, creeks and illegally dump runoff on streets and neighbors. City dumped hazardous asphalt grindings adjacent to blue line stream.|
|City charged Matrix Oil $307, 086, and counting, for City consultants and staff time.||Are we supposed to be happy about this?
Is it unreasonable for Matrix Oil to expect a positive outcome after paying expected $500,000+ to City consultants to process their application?
"Free speech is not something that needs to get fixed.
Government censorship is never the way to reply to a disaffected populace."
Is this what PC looks like after 6 months in hiding?
Planning Commission Trick on Residents
|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.
|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.
|$2.24 million||Direct building costs per City report|
|Ewing Architect $195,000 plus MPR estimate per contract|
|Staff time and permits estimate; Public works mgr, City Mgr, engineer, planning, building inspector, imputed permit costs.|
|Moving and storage associated costs estimate. Repairs and improvements to temp city hall and grounds, security, Rent of temp quarters.|
|Council estimated remodel associated legal costs. City Budget page 9**|
|* 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.
|* 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.
|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.
|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|
Prior Councils - Resident Committees and Commissions
|* 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
|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.
|* 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.
|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.
|Front Counter and Lobby||MultiPurpose Room||Staff Cubicles|
|City Manager Office||City Manager Office 2||Records Room|
|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.
For comparison's sake, this is how it was handled before Council instituted "efficiency" procedures.
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.
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
- Dexterity - Ability to Rubber Stamp Developer and Council Friend's Plans with left or right hands,
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.
Job includes a salary, benefits and vacation.
November 12, 2009 Joint CC/PC meeting, on bringing low income housing to LHH:Planning Commissioner Ray Fernandez (appointed by Layne Baroldi) said,
|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
|Do you have what it takes to be the 5th City Attorney in just over a year?
Sheriff Investigates at City Hall July 1, 2014
Looking Southbound - East Rd Behind
Advertising info blurred
Is this good leadership or abuse of power?
|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.
|Letter from City denying a Claim against City exists||Actual Claim with City Date Stamp|
|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"
Some Residents to Boycott Trash Service & Back-Room Rate Doubling
Help Stop Mail Theft!
Bait & Switch?
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
Pick up your Free window decal at the booth.
Tax Increase Survey in the Mail today (4/18) from
Pic courtesy Eden the Llama
Water coming out of driveway from City/School water line for weeks.
Breaking! - View Matrix Oil Meeting City Council doesn't want you to see
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?
City Council's Spin website "Facts", aka "Fibs", has new tale about how new Trash Hauler chosen.
Residents Protest Back Room Trash Meeting.
Seen leaving meeting resident, Water Board director and Edco Trash Rep Mark Perumean.
Concerned about increase in crime, burglaries and mail theft? Want to make a difference ?
|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?|
|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
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.
|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
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.
|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.
Workers on Roof Next to Pre-School Dec 30, 2013
After Claiming All Asbestos Removed, City Now admits extensive asbestos remains
|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.
|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
|Sheriffs trying to retrieve evidence of possible Brown Act violation
|* 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 discusses Bankruptcy and Disincorporation
* Council uses Sheriff Dept to try to retrieve incriminating evidence of possible City Brown Act violation
|* 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
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.
Council Posts Armed Sheriff Deputies to Prevent Public & Press
|From: Shauna Clark <firstname.lastname@example.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 <email@example.com>, Staff Email <CityHallEmail@lhhcity.org>, "Holly Whatley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
|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)
I approve of paying more taxes so builders & developers can get a discount on building fees
I'd rather my tax dollars be spent on Roads, Public Safety, or just returned to me.
Councilmembers Higgins & Miller + Their Wives Attended
|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|
|Video of Ballot Day Attack||Karen Vipperman Lawsuit Against George Edwards|
Last Planning Commission Meeting
Number of New House or Remodel Projects brought to Commission by Staff since 2008
Another Vipperman Lawsuit!
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
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)
La Habra Heights was founded as a Volunteer Community
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.
New City Council Records Residents at Front Counter with Surreptitious Surveillance Camera
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
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??
|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.
Elizabeth A. Uremovic
Edison Towers About to Loom over City
|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 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
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
Safety Info for Your Evaluation
Los Angeles County Animal Emergency Response Manual
La Habra Wildfire Response Plan- with info for Heights Residents - See Here
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Buying a house? See
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Learn about the Open Space & Wildlife Corridor that borders our City
Powers & Limitations of a City, including Brown Act, Recalls, Initiatives & Referendum
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.
*Use our server copy when City website is down, then confirm later with city in case of changes.
See the OLD Municipal Code, 2000 Grading and Zoning version, here
This Code was valid through 2006, not many/any changes from 2000 version
See the La Habra Heights Fire Dept Map, which shows driveways, hydrants and pools.
City and Other Government Info
Ray Fernandez echoes National Association of Homebuilders 2008 "Threat" Letter to the City
After announcing they were leaving City last year
Read Whittier Daily News Article on Chester Jeng Record Spending
What is a Seat on City Council Worth?
Senders of "Hit Piece" Mailer against candidate Edwards include
League of Women Voters Forum February 12, 2013 - All Candidates Show Up
See Whittier Daily News story on "No Show" candidates to Candidate Forum
Measure B Will REDUCE Your Oil Royalty Payments
Successful June 30, 2012 Car Show - 94 Cars of All Kinds
Residents Sad at Last Days of Waste Management Trash Pick-up
Fatal Avocado Disease Found in La Habra Heights - May 2012
Waste Management to Cease Trash Pick-Up on June 3, 2012
May 7, 2012 - Lowell Joint Schools $76 Million Estimate for Modernization Revealed by Consultant
Council Touts Property Value Benefit of Roads Assessment, However State Constitution Article 13D Says
April 2012 - New $500+ Per Year Roads Tax
City Council Offers Phone-In Time For Resident Comment at Council Meetings
Watch April 12, 2012 Water Board Meeting on Rate Hike & Wheeling Deal - Here.
Watch 1st Ever Live Water Board Broadcast - Watch Excerpt
St. Patrick's Day Raid - One Year Anniversary
CM Shauna Clark, "The goal of Code Enforcement is compliance." Huh? March 2012
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
Would the Easter Bunny Approve?
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 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"
Council Votes that Residents Must Subsidize Builders with $80,000 per year so
City Spending Binge Unabated
"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
Roadside Clearance & Entire Lot Clearance Remain as Major Issues -July 2011 Story
What is City Trying to Hide?
See the City Council describe what they are looking for in Roadside Clearance from April 2009
City Reveals "Sgt. Schultz" Type Code Enforcement Policy
"I See Nothing!" - May 2011 Story
2011 Car Show Builds on Success May 2011 Story & Pictures
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
Majority 3 Vote Against the Community; More concerned with Tower Owner Profit
2004 Agreement called for tower removal this year. Important Story details here.
Members Now Play No Role Other than Paying Dues
Focus of Improvement Association VP arrest story shifts to LHHIA
La Habra Heights Improvement Association
Vice-President Arrested on charges including Identity Theft & Forgery
See Story on Topix
Water Board Approves Rate Increase, Raises & Bonus
Download Form Letter to Protest Water Rate Increase
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.
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
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
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
Draft 2012 SCAG Regional Plan Expects AERA approval
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
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
Water Board Balances Budget with Unsigned, Controversial Trafficking Deal
Just Released! Read Draft Water Trafficking Agreement - Here
Water Board Pres Says, "Aera Dead"
Update: Wheeling & Dealing on the Water Board.
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
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
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
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
Bike Ban at Park Passed
August 13 Council Meeting
Water District Board Election November 3, 2009
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.
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?
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.
|City Council Election
||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.
|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?
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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