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