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Update on West Coyote Hills

I would like to provide an update on the Path Forward plan announced at the April 15 City Council meeting pertaining to the future of the West Coyote Hills property.

The Path Forward plan was the result of talks between Pacific Coast Homes, the Friends of Coyote Hills, Open Coyote Hills and the City. It called for Pacific Coast Homes to sell the Coyote Hills property if the parties can agree on a fair price and reasonable terms.

I am happy to report that there has been a considerable amount of progress.

First, the City and the interested parties are focused on acquisition of the planned development area – known as Neighborhood 2 – which is adjacent to the City-owned Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve. This newly preserved land would combine with existing open space to double the size of the Ward Preserve. This represents a significant increase in contiguous open space that will benefit the residents of Fullerton.

Second, discussions are also focused on establishing clear parameters to acquire all or a portion of the remainder of the site if funds are available.

Lastly, as part of the Path Forward plan, Pacific Coast Homes has filed a revised development application with the City that is currently being processed. If approved, implementation of the development plans would be delayed for a reasonable yet definitive amount of time. This will allow additional time for interested parties to locate funding sources to acquire the land.

I am optimistic today that these acquisition discussions – which have now lasted 16 months – will lead to a significant increase in land preservation. I want to thank all the parties involved in helping to move this issue along toward a positive outcome.

City Council Seeks Proposals for Labor Negotiations and Related Services
The City of Fullerton is seeking request for proposals for labor negotiation and related services. The City of Fullerton City Council is seeking experienced professionals to serve in the role of Principal Negotiator for the City for labor negotiations with one or more of the recognized bargaining units and to provide other related services including but not limited to assisting the City with planning negotiation strategy, advising the City on contract interpretation questions, and representation of the City in Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) actions or other legal actions relating to the City's negotiated agreements with collective bargaining units. See PDF.

“Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison” to Open at Fullerton Museum
Celebrating Children will be the theme as visitors to the Fullerton Museum Center will get a unique look at children from many different countries in their latest exhibit, "Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison" which opens Saturday, November 22, 2014 through January 25, 2015.

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