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posted Oct 12, 2014, 8:42 AM by Betty Hill   [ updated Nov 27, 2014, 11:46 PM ]

City Council To Hear Doheny Hotel Appeal

posted Aug 3, 2014, 10:45 PM by Betty Hill   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 10:49 PM ]

On September 16, the Dana Point City Council will meet to hear the appeal by the Doheny Hotel developer to overturn the denial by the Dana Point Planning Commission.  The meeting will be held at the Dana Point City Hall and is currently scheduled  at 5:30 PM.

Farmers Market Comes to Doheny Village

posted Jul 9, 2014, 11:32 AM by Betty Hill   [ updated Jul 12, 2014, 7:20 PM ]

A Farmers Market and Craft Fair will be held every Wednesday in Doheny Village from 3-7 PM at the Capo Beach Church, 25975 Domingo Ave.

Planning Commission Meeting 9/8/2014

posted Jul 8, 2014, 11:46 PM by Betty Hill   [ updated Aug 24, 2014, 8:42 PM ]

This third meeting will discuss changes proposed by Majestic Development to the project on PCH and Del Prado along Amber Lantern.   Project requests 4 stories, heights up to 56 feet, 110 condo units, and assigning their part of their obligation for parking spaces to the City,   See details in Town Center Project section.

CONTROVERSY AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 17

posted Jun 20, 2014, 10:47 PM by Betty Hill   [ updated Jun 20, 2014, 10:48 PM ]

Town Center Committee rams through $7.7 million in deficit spending in 2014-2015 budget.  See details in Town Center Project category on left.

See Above

posted Jun 10, 2014, 10:02 PM by Betty Hill   [ updated Jun 20, 2014, 10:59 PM ]


Homeless Shelter

posted May 5, 2014, 12:09 PM by Betty Hill   [ updated May 5, 2014, 12:11 PM ]

Homeless shelter considered for KMart center by San Clemente at May 7 meeting

            Please see discussion under Save Capistrano Beach section.

City Council votes to spend $600,000 on Del Prado entrance

posted Apr 27, 2014, 4:54 PM by Betty Hill

At the last City Council meeting, many residents came forward objecting to the city's  plan to spend approximately $600,000 on the planning and construction of an entry feature for Del Prado's Lantern District.  This expenditure is in addition to the $21 million allocation for the Town Center project.

Many community residents came forward stating that this feature did not have enough planning and only had one architect submitting a design and cost proposal.  Residents felt that a decision on this feature should not be rushed since it will be in place for decades.  Originally the city planned on spending $250,000 for a feature.

Councilman Olvera, Brough and Weinburg voted to go ahead with the plan.  Schoefel and Bartlett voted against.      

Planning Commission Rejects Doheny Hotel Proposal

posted Apr 27, 2014, 4:39 PM by Betty Hill   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 9:56 AM ]

The planning Commission voted 4-0 to reject the Doheny Hotel Proposal citing the high density of the project; the doubling of the height limit; the lack of required setback; and the traffic that would be generated on PCH and at the already congested intersection.

Why did the developer spend so much money on his proposal and an Environmental Impact Report when approval by the commission was highly unlikely?  Why did the city staff spend so much time supporting this project?  Why did the developer feel he could use city parkland for the entrance to his hotel?  It is particularly interesting to note that the developer can take this project directly to the city council, which can overturn the commission's ruling.

If the developer does go to the council, each councilman should act responsibly and reaffirm the rejection of the Doheny Hotel Proposal.  Failure to do so will make the council appear to be under the influence of the developer or a special interest group.      

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