Knowing that preserving the historic character and unique charm of Old Towne Orange depends on the support of elected city officials, the Old Towne Preservation Association formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) to consider candidate endorsements for City of Orange Mayor and the four District Council seats on this year’s ballot.
“Starting next year, our City Council will be divided into geographical districts,” said former Orange City Councilman Dan Slater, the PAC chairman and a member of the Old Towne Preservation Association’s Board of Directors. “It’s important that whoever represents Old Towne, as well as the other districts outside of Old Towne, be committed to preserving the the rich tapestry of architecture found in the Plaza and the more than 1,400 Old Towne homes and business structures built in and before 1940, and some dating back to the late 1800s,” Slater said.
The OTPA PAC Board invited all candidates for personal interviews to determine their appreciation and knowledge of the historic assets in Orange. Endorsements are based on their stated commitment to historic preservation, support of the City’s Historic Preservation Design Standards, and the protection of the historic charm and unique character of Old Towne Orange -and the Plaza.
The Old Towne Preservation Association PAC endorsements are:
Individuals and businesses can make donations to the PAC, and there is no limit on the amount. The PAC may decide to assist endorsed candidates with financial donations.
Checks should be payable to the OTPA Political Action Committee ID1426215 and sent to the Old Towne Preservation Association, Post Office Box 828, Orange, CA 92856.
The PAC's Board of Directors includes Dan Slater as Chair, and members Adam
Duberstein, Adam Feliz, Jeff Frankel, Sandy Quinn, Tita Smith and Diana Zdenek.
For more information, email PAC Chair Dan Slater at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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