MOORLACH UPDATE — Good News — March 30, 2010

This is Easter week.  It’s a week for many to reflect on death and miraculous resurrection. 

Today’s Daily Pilot has a story on the proposed Legacy Aviation hangar at John Wayne Airport and how Legacy has put the project on hold.

The next article is from the Long Beach Press-Telegram informing us that the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base has canceled its composting project.

On paper, both of these projects had merit.  

However, taking a closer analysis of the costs and benefits of each doesn’t warrant their continuance.  Especially when you consider their impacts on the health, lifestyles, and aesthetics of the neighboring communities.

Both will be more of a potential public nuisance, in the legal sense of an interference in the use and enjoyment of their neighbors’ property, than was appropriate.

These two projects may be very difficult to resurrect. 

JWA hangar project held

Company that proposed using a hangar for luxury jets has put the project off for now without any reasons given.

By Mona Shadia

A proposal to build a luxury corporate jet hangar at John Wayne Airport has been delayed.

Although Newport Beach-based Legacy Aviation never officially submitted a plan, the company placed the project on hold from its end, Costa Mesa city officials said Monday.

Calls to Richard M. Janisse, executive vice president of Legacy Aviation, were not returned.

Legacy Aviation introduced its project to the Costa Mesa City Council during a study session earlier this month.

Janisse told the council the project would bring more than $300,000 in property taxes to Costa Mesa and $1.7 million to the county, which owns and operates JWA.

It’s not clear why Legacy Aviation placed the project on hold, but the proposal was met with hurdles from the beginning.

Although Janisse argued otherwise, the proposal appeared to initiate the groundwork for a possible expansion of the airport’s footprint, something surrounding cities and neighbors are united against.

Councilman Eric Bever has said that he can’t support the project unless it’s proven that it will not expand the footprint of the airport.

The board of AirFair, a group committed to blocking any expansion at JWA, voted unanimously against Legacy Aviation’s proposal.

And Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach wrote a recent op-ed piece in the Daily Pilot opposing Legacy’s proposal.

“I don’t know what to say,” Moorlach said Monday. “It just seems to me that they drove into a neighborhood they didn’t understand and probably didn’t have the right tour guides. And if you go to the wrong neighborhood, you could get hurt. They were probably told it’s going to be a really difficult process based on just the emotions that [are] sort of pent up and so putting it on hold might be a good idea.”

Composting program at Los Alamitos base canceled

By Joe Segura, Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO – California National Guard officials have decided to cancel their pilot composting program at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

The decision comes on the heels of an assessment of the program, officials said Monday, adding that the brass are "exercising the cancellation clause contained within the Memorandum of Agreement authorizing the pilot composting program on the facility."

Los Alamitos and several of its neighboring communities, including Seal Beach, had been pressing to halt the compost facility’s operation.

The city officials – including those from Rossmoor, Cypress and Garden Grove – were strongly hinting at a possible lawsuit to stop the operation, contending it presented a number of noise and pollution problems.

Last June, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) James P. Combs took the brunt of the heat from Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Cypress residents irked by large trucks rumbling through their neighborhoods.

Combs decided to halt the operation temporarily last summer, saying the five-year pilot composting program would be reviewed by federal attorneys to assure that it’s not been selectively restricted by Seal Beach’s municipal codes, which ban the use of trucks weighing more than 3 tons.

The commander’s decision followed the Seal Beach Council’s unanimous vote in June to prohibit "gross weight vehicles over 3 tons" on Lampson Avenue, from Seal Beach Boulevard to the city’s east limits.

The base intended to have 15 to 18 semi-truck daily deliveries on Lampson – or about one truck every 30 minutes in an eight-hour work day.

Following the council action, Combs told reporters that he wasn’t sure if the vote constituted selective enforcement.

In early October, after more than five months of effort, a West Orange County consortium of mayors announced it had been successful in working with the base to order a cessation of the composting project "until further notice."

The decision was outlined during a meeting Oct. 7 between the mayors of Cypress, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach, base commander Maj. Gen. John Harrel, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and Alfred Coletta, president of the Rossmoor Community Services District.

Monday’s decision was based on a desire to focus the military’s energies on military operations.

"The California National Guard is committed to ensuring the success at JFTB Los Alamitos, while weighing the balance between the needs of the community and our desire to move forward with environmental projects," said Brig. Gen. Louis Antonetti, commander of the California Army National Guard.

The Joint Forces Training base will continue to focus on the primary mission of ensuring the successful training of our citizen soldiers in support of the global war on terror, officials said.

FIVE-YEAR LOOK BACKS

March 29

2000

Danette Goulet of the Daily Pilot wrote “School board forms panel to oversee bond – Citizens group, with 29 members, would be sure the $110 million is properly used.”  I was the closer.

                Orange County Treasurer John Moorlach, a Costa Mesa resident and district parent, commended the board members’ actions.

“I am pleased that they set up a charter before the passage of the bond measure, showing foresight that also specifies size and selects who will be on it by categories,” Moorlach said.  “When you look at a community like Costa Mesa, with about 100,000 [people], and Newport Beach with another 100,000 – with a population the size like we have, it seems 29 out of 200,000 is not too unwieldy.”

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