The 2022 Board includes six additions to extend its reach and resources. Elections were held at the 35-year-old organization’s annual meeting.
New members include former Board member Steve Bennett, Old Towne restaurant owner Wil Dee, retired school administrator Carrie Frisby, business executive Jim Karras, Communications Lab President Brian Lochrie, accounting executive Katie Mansfield, and Chapman law professor Dr. Luke Nichter. Nichter is a member of the President’s Council on Historic Preservation and Chair of the federal agency’s Communications, Education and Outreach Committee and host its podcasts.
All 14 members of OTPA’s Board were reelected including Ted Albert, Janet Clinkscales, Adam Duberstein, Chris Glos, Adam Feliz, Chris Glos, Guy Hinrichs, Vickie Laughlin, Joe Peters, Sandy Quinn, Dan Slater, Tita Smith, Tony Trabucco and Mignon Whitaker.
Sandy Quinn was elected President; Tita Smith, Vice President; Mignon Whitaker, Secretary/Treasurer; and Tony Trabucco, Past President.
Committee chairs include Jim Karras, Communications; Janet Clinkscales, Community Development; Chris Glos, Fund Development; Carrie Frisby, Membership; Adam Duberstein, Political Action; Tony Trabucco and Adam Feliz, Preservation; and Guy Hinrichs, Special Events.
OTPA will host its 7th Annual State of Old Towne Forum at 6:00 pm on April 14 in the Council Chambers of City Hall featuring Mayor Mark Murphy, District One Council member Arianna Barrios, interim City Manager Tom Hatch, Police Chief Dan Adams, and Chapman VP Alison Driscoll. If you’d like to attend, let us know at otpa.org.
On Sunday, May 15, OTPA will host its 25th Annual Preservation Awards Garden Party & Dinner Gala at the Orange Woman’s Club. It’s always a sell out and considered the social event of the spring for Old Towne residents, civic and business leaders. Save the date!
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To Members of the Old Towne Preservation Association:
Here’s an update on the City Council meeting Tuesday, September 10th regarding proposals for the districting of City Council seats. Council members are currently elected at-large, but future members will represent specific “communities of interest.”
Several maps have been presented dividing Orange into various proposed districts.
Old Towne Preservation Association members spoke at the meeting, including OTPA Treasurer Ted Albert, Brian Lochrie, Arianna Barrios and others. We all supported Map 135 (a better map than 108). In my remarks, I urged that all of Old Towne be included in one district. I said it was unacceptable for Old Towne to be divided and split-up. The largest Residential Historic District in the State of California should be represented in one district.
The Council discussed several proposed maps, some spreading Old Towne into different districts, but apparently finally agreed that Old Towne should be in its own district and Orange Park Acres should be in its own district as well. Council asked consultants to review Map 135 and to make adjustments so it could be considered for final vote at City Council on Tuesday, October 22.
If you agree that our Old Towne should not be divided politically, and should be represented in one strong City Council District, then voice your opinion to City Council members and plan on attending the important Council meeting October 22 where the decision of Old Towne’s City Council representation will be decided.
Let me know how you feel,
The Old Towne Preservation Association
Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual State of Old Towne Forum!
We would especially like to thank our panelists:
Thank you for discussing the issues impacting Old Towne now and in the future.
Attention all historic preservation students! The Old Towne Preservation Association is now accepting applications for the 2019 Anne Siebert Academic Scholarship.
OTPA established the Anne Siebert Schlarship to provide financial assistance to individuals pursuing degrees or certificates in the field of historic preservation at educational institutions in Southern California.
Did you know....Orange has a history from the Wild West?
"On the night of March 3, 1880 six masked bandits accosted eight to ten persons at gunpoint and tied them up while robbing them, including a Mrs. Marian Crowder of Crowder's Store, then located at the Northeast corner of the Plaza in Orange (where Citizen's Business Bank is today). The bandits made off with valuables and $276.15 in cash, and warned Mrs. Crowder to wait 15 minutes before untying the prisoners, to allow an escape. Some of the bandits were later imprisoned at San Quentin."
OTPA worked closely with the City’s Community Development staff on updating the Historic Preservation Design Standards, the first update in decades. The Design Standards spell out for residents, businesses and developers what can and cannot be done when rehabilitating or preserving an historic Old Towne structure. OTPA thanks City’s Historic Planner Marissa Moshier for leading the project and inviting OTPA’s input.
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