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Keep Fairview park natural and Pacific Avenue safe.

Keep Fairview park natural and Pacific Avenue safe.

    1. Petition by

      Benjamin Yessayian

      Costa Mesa, CA

Petition against Parking Lot and Playground in Fairview Park (southwest quadrant) at the north end of Pacific Ave, Costa Mesa, CA.

We, the undersigned residents of Costa Mesa, CA request the reversal of the Parks and Recreation Commission’s  Aug. 22, 2013 approval of the Fairview Park Entryway Concept Plans (agenda 8) which includes the following changes in the southwest quadrant of the park at the end of Pacific Avenue. Changes are; A)parking lot, B)playground, and C) entrance and exit driveways. This approval by the Parks and Recreation should be reversed because: 

1. Proposed parking lot exceeds Master Plan size and is not warranted.

2. A playground is active use and would degrade the mesa even more.

3. There is no need for a community playground, there is one a block away at Vista Park.

4. There is no need for emergency access at Pacific as there already exists two emergency access routes; one at the end of Canyon Drive (closer to the fire station), the other on Victoria St. (which allows access below)

5. Traffic and Speed of traffic will increase on Pacific Ave. from people coming up from Huntington Beach since Pacific Ave. is next to Huntington Beach border. Pacific Ave is an already negatively impacted residential street. It is a windy street with blind corners - safety will be even more of an issue.

6. There is no need for handicap access since it already exists at Placentia Street and Canyon Street. 

7. There is a much higher need for restoration of native flora and fauna on the mesa, vernal pools, and vernal marsh, thus taking steps to enhance Fairview Park as a truly Passive Nature Park as the Fairview Park Master Plan envisioned.

To:
Keep Fairview park natural and Pacific Avenue safe.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 1 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--
      Letter sent to the city of Costa Mesa earlier today from an archaeologist who studied ORA-58 in the 1960's. Dr. Dixon is very clear about the importance of maintaining Fairview Park as an open space park (especially in the areas Mayor Righeimer wants to pave it). All other archaeologists we have talked to agree that all of Fairview Park was once part of one very large Native American Village, one of the largest in Orange County. Nearby sites such as ORA-506 and ORA-165 are related as well.

      This letter also raises questions about how and why the city of Costa Mesa chose SRS for archaeological work:

      Dear Mayor Righeimer and Council Members:

      I am writing to urge you to preserve the archaeological site and the open space as the city intended when the Fairview Park was established. The proposed plans for development were formulated without following the appropriate guidelines and would seriously damage the park's resources.

    2. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 2 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      I conducted archaeological excavations at Ora-58 in the 1960s. On the basis of my research, and reports of earlier excavations as well, I found that the site met the criteria for the National Register of Historic Places and submitted the application in 1972, which was then evaluated and approved at the state and federal levels. The city approved the entry with the goal of preserving the sites from damage or exploitation as part of open space to be used for passive non-invasive recreation, but not for team sports, constructed facilities, parking lots, and the like. Maintaining the open space and its natural resources would protect the archaeological site as well. However, there are often people who do not appreciate the value of "open space" and view it -- not as a precious asset -- but as an opportunity for development or for other uses by people with special interests.

    3. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 3 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      It appears that the current development plans were formulated without prior due diligence, such as insuring compliance with CEQA, contacting the state Office of Historic Preservation, consulting the Native American Historical Commission and the local Tongva and Acjachemen peoples, or seeking advice from a number of knowledgeable local archaeologists. I would suggest there are ample grounds for canceling the proposed plans and inquiring into the circumstances that gave rise to the present problems. Also, as I will explain below, I do not believe any new archaeological work is needed or advisable by contract with any archaeological firm. (I have no affiliation of any kind with any archaeological firm.)

    4. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 4 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      Boundaries and site numbers:

      The Ora-58 and -506 site numbers are merely recording conveniences; the whole area could have been given one number, perhaps with -A, -B, -C, etc. subareas, but that would be cumbersome. The idea of establishing "boundaries" for the archaeological deposits has led to some misunderstanding. In the park area, there were no boundaries in our usual use of the term. Rather, there were areas of greater or lesser concentration of prehistoric remains, depending on the associated activities; and their locations may even vary over time within the archaeological layers. The boundary lines indicated on the maps are merely the areas where prehistoric deposits were seen by surface inspection to be most concentrated -- that is, what was visible at the time the survey forms were filled out. Those sketch lines are approximations and do not necessarily reflect lower levels of deposits outside the lines.

    5. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 5 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      As shown by the very small portions of the sites that were analyzed in previous excavations, there are certain to be more burials in cemetery and activity areas anywhere within or outside the outlined areas.

    6. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 6 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--
      Subsurface testing for site boundaries and deposits:

      This usually involves either trenching or using mechanical augers or digging small pits at intervals according to a sampling scheme. It's usually intended as a first step to clear property for development. In my opinion, such a procedure is likely to yield little reliable information for a variety of reasons, including false positives, false negatives, sampling problems, and damage to burials or other contents that are likely to be disturbed by the process. In this case, I believe it would likely do more damage without yielding reliable information. It would be preferable to protect the site simply by respecting the open space goal and canceling the proposed development projects.

    7. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 7 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      Previous damage to Ora-58 by the city:

      Years ago the city was dredging the river below and needed some place to dump some of the huge amount of accumulated mud and trash. So they trucked tons of it up to the bluff top and spread it on the west part of Ora-58 over a cemetery area. There was talk of lawsuits because of the damage. How did that happen? The city person in charge said he had a "vague memory" that archaeological sites can be protected by covering them. Although he had good intentions, he acted just on that vague memory, without consulting the guidelines in his files and without first asking for advice from any of the archaeologists or organizations known to be available. Properly covering a site to protect it is a highly technical operation. It was never recommended because the plan was to maintain open space -- the site would have been protected with no need for impacting its surface.

    8. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 8 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      Someday it will cost the city considerable money to remove the overburden of mud and trash and clean it up, under careful guidance by a knowledgeable archaeologist. It appears that now there was a similar lack of due diligence prior to formulating the current development plans. If the city has already allocated funds for the projects, and if those plans can be canceled, perhaps the funds can be applied to the long-delayed clean-up of the dangerous and unsightly mess on that part of Ora-58.

      I hope these explanations and comments will be useful in your deliberations.

      Sincerely,

      Keith A. Dixon, Ph.D.
      professor of anthropology emeritus,
      California State University, Long Beach

    9. Councilwoman requests rehearing on Fairview Park turnaround - Part 1 of 2

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      Make sure to show up at city hall on October 15th to demand a rehearing for the entryway concept that includes paving a huge section of Fairview Park unnecessarily.

      The original parking lot design was for 42 spaces, then when the city got caught violating the master plan it went down to 10 spaces but had the same foot print. It was later revealed in public record requests that this 10 space design would likely be converted to 42 spaces in the future.

      The turnaround they approved sounds like the previous shenanigan and will end up being another parking lot.

      The fire department did not ask for the turnaround. It is unnecessary. The council voted to approve the re-designed turnaround without having a special hearing to go over the new design.

    10. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 2 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      I conducted archaeological excavations at Ora-58 in the 1960s. On the basis of my research, and reports of earlier excavations as well, I found that the site met the criteria for the National Register of Historic Places and submitted the application in 1972, which was then evaluated and approved at the state and federal levels. The city approved the entry with the goal of preserving the sites from damage or exploitation as part of open space to be used for passive non-invasive recreation, but not for team sports, constructed facilities, parking lots, and the like. Maintaining the open space and its natural resources would protect the archaeological site as well. However, there are often people who do not appreciate the value of "open space" and view it -- not as a precious asset -- but as an opportunity for development or for other uses by people with special interests.

    11. A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 1 of 8

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--
      Letter sent to the city of Costa Mesa earlier today from an archaeologist who studied ORA-58 in the 1960's. Dr. Dixon is very clear about the importance of maintaining Fairview Park as an open space park (especially in the areas Mayor Righeimer wants to pave it). All other archaeologists we have talked to agree that all of Fairview Park was once part of one very large Native American Village, one of the largest in Orange County. Nearby sites such as ORA-506 and ORA-165 are related as well.

      This letter also raises questions about how and why the city of Costa Mesa chose SRS for archaeological work:

      Dear Mayor Righeimer and Council Members:

      I am writing to urge you to preserve the archaeological site and the open space as the city intended when the Fairview Park was established. The proposed plans for development were formulated without following the appropriate guidelines and would seriously damage the park's resources.

    12. Councilwoman requests rehearing on Fairview Park turnaround - Part 2 of 2

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      Even worse is that all of Fairview is one big Native American archaeological site as it was a former village dating back to 9,000 years ago.

      That is reason enough to not build the turnaround. However, it will also negatively impact wildlife in the area and impact the quiet peaceful nature of the park.

      Furthermore there is no good reason to rush this through unless of the course the city is hiding something else we don't know about:

      http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-1010-pacific-avenue-turnaround-20131009,0,3200870.story

    13. City denies Fairview public records request - Part 1 of 2

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      We want to know why and how SRS was chosen when every single archaeologist and Native American group in attendance opposed the selection of SRS when it was announced at the last FPCAC meeting. Furthermore, the same people opposed to SRS were not allowed to speak about the valid reasons why this was such a horrible choice.

      Not long ago SRS was found hiding artifacts at Bolsa Chica (a sister site to Fairview with cog stones), not using Native American monitors, disturbing 16 sites, and getting their client fined $430,000.

    14. City denies Fairview public records request - Part 2 of 2

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      It appears the city of Costa Mesa does not want to do all they can to protect the cultural significance of the last undeveloped Native American site in Orange County. Far from it. Honoring the history of this area with a turnaround or parking lot would be the lowest thing the city could do. This area is too important. Not just for Native Americans, but all people wanting a connection to the past as human occupation of Fairview goes back to 9,000 years ago:

      http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-1009-fairview-park-records-request-20131007,0,6668507.story

    15. Native American tribes visit a 'sacred place' in Fairview Park

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      For the Friends of Fairview Nature Park members that were able to attend, it was an incredible emotional and spiritual experience. We are very thankful and grateful for the Tongva-Gabrielino and Acjachemen-Juaneno for coming out today in prayer.

      It was a beautiful day with various raptors soaring above and a clear blue sky above them.

      It's apparent that all of Fairview Park is part of one of the largest Native American villages in Orange County and the only place in Costa Mesa you can go to imagine what life would be like for humans living on the bluffs overlooking the floodplain of the river 9,000 years ago.

      It's also apparent that the best way to honor this village, the people that are buried there, and the cultural resources discovered within is to leave the park the way it is, a nature park:

      http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-1006-fairview-park-native-american-20131005,0,7421553.story

    16. Group says park area includes burial ground

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      Native Americans and their cultural record of living in this area should be respected which, so far, the city of Costa Mesa has not been doing:

      http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-1006-nahc-letter-20131004,0,1582001.story

    17. Summary of October 2nd Meeting - Part 1 of 2

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      The presenters along with the Native-American tribes and individuals in attendance agreed that in situ preservation was recommended. This is the right thing to do and the only option we support. Unfortunately, the same city that has been violating all kinds of rules regarding the protection of biological and cultural resources of the most loved park in Costa Mesa announced they hired SRS to investigate the archaeology of Fairview Park. None of the good archaeologists or Native-American representatives in attendance had anything good to say about that decision.

    18. Summary of October 2nd Meeting - Part 2 of 2

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      This is just another poor reflection of the decisions being made by the city of Costa Mesa:

      Newsletter link about SRS:

      http://www.bolsachicalandtrust.org/NewsletterSpring-2012.pdf

      Blog link about SRS:

      http://www.surfcityvoice.org/2010/06/free-the-bolsa-chica-mesa-now-not-likely-but-theres-always-purposeful-grading/

    19. Costa Mesa hopes mysterious walkway doesn't lead to fine

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      How does council member Steve Mensinger know it was volunteers who made the trail that goes through critical federally protected habitat? If so, which volunteers? It sure looks like a professional trail to us. Who gave them the ok to do it? Most professionals aren't going to just show up at a nature park and put in a DG trail without permission, especially in an area marked with 5 signs that say "BIOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE AREA KEEP OUT."
      Plus, it's rather interesting how the $650,000 worth of parking lot lighting that Mensinger wanted for Fairview (a park that closes at dusk) links up to these same trails.
      By the way, we are just out to protect the parks biological and cultural resources and don't think it's right to destroy endangered wildlife or wildlife habitat. The last bit of nature and undeveloped open space we have left in our otherwise built-out city is priceless and should be protected for generations to come.
      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-529336-path-granite.html

    20. Righeimers 7th Cavalry Rides into Fairview Park and Here Come the Indians

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      Blog article about tying in recent events that have damaged the park's ecosystem and put cultural resources at risk. It also includes a reference that ties in the $650,000 worth of lighting and the illegal trails:

      http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2013/09/righeimers-7th-cavalry-rides-into-fairview-park-and-here-come-the-indians/

      Righeimer's 7th Cavalry Rides into Fairview Park - and Here Come the Indians!

      1. The Glory that Was - and Is - Fairview Costa Mesa's Fairview Park is like an un-polished gem. For those of you who have never heard of it, it is 208 natural acres on the west side of the mesa, set up high on an ocean view bluff.

    21. Archaeological Concerns Fuel Fairview Debate

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

      Great article about the most culturally and historically significant area of undeveloped land we have in our city. Not only is "avoiding the site" the most respectful thing to do to honor this village but it's the only option to protect Fairview Park's biological resources and the wellbeing humans get from being part of nature:

      http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-0929-fairview-park-archeology-20130927,0,3553934.story

    22. Reached 750 signatures
    23. A letter from The Office of Historic Preservation

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

      A letter from The Office of Historic Preservation (http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/) has been sent to Costa Mesa’s CEO, Tom Hatch on September 24th and has been posted online.

      http://www.savefairviewpark.org/documents/SHPO-letter-no-turnaround-no-parking-lot.pdf

      OFFICE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

      Information Center Procedural Advisory Committee Meeting - Sept. 27, 2013 A meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission's Information Center Procedural Advisory Committee (ICPAC) is scheduled for September 27, 2013, from 10:30 to noon. See the meeting's Notice and Agenda for information about attending the meeting, which will be held by teleconference.

    24. Reached 500 signatures
    25. Banning Ranch group opposes Fairview parking lot

      Benjamin Yessayian
      Petition Organizer

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Erica Silzle COSTA MESA, CA
      • 30 days ago

      We need more parks and less buildings. Ruining this park will further ruin our environment.

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    • chris lehman COSTA MESA, CA
      • 4 months ago

      this is my local park don't want to see it distroyed

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    • Eva Scholtz HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • 5 months ago

      For all the reasons mentioned in the petition as well as for protection of the native American archaeological sites.

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    • sosan mik COSTA MESA, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Fairview park is a nature preserve and should be left in it's natural setting.

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    • Victoria Waessil-Seaborn NEWPORT BEACH, CA
      • 6 months ago

      The Costa Mesa Bluffs - Nature Natural Heal Me so I may return more whole to my city life, thank you for being. I love all of the bluffs natural dresses. After lots of rain, the frogs get to jump there. With almost no rain, its bare smooth landscape reminds of walking in a original natural times of where walking was first. Additionally, with the 360 degree vista views - perfect, perfect, perfect.

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