Welcome to the Neighborhood

DOWNLOAD THE WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD FLYER, HERE

Chapman University’s Fall semester is about to begin and students will arrive back to our wonderful city.  RespectOrange would like to take this opportunity to welcome students back to Orange and share some helpful hints for residents and homeowners to get to know your potential student neighbor and help them integrate into the family neighborhood.

RespectOrange believes college is the chance to find out how far you can go, to see what your potentials are, and to discover how much you can accomplish — and all the time having the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing it on your own.  For many students, this is the first time away from home or the first time living in a family neighborhood with peers.

RespectOrange always tries to have the best interest and safety for our Chapman University neighbors in mind while they plan for their future and RespectOrange wants to do everything we can to help individual students succeed. This is the reason why RespectOrange has created a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” flyer that can be found by clicking here.  We highly recommend printing the flyer, writing your name and contact information on it, and giving it to your student neighbor in case they need to contact you.

The intent of this flyer is for residents to meet their student neighbor and to pass along information that can be used throughout the school year to be a good neighbor.  By establishing neighbor communication and passing along helpful hints, residents and students can work together to keep our community wonderful.

 

DOWNLOAD THE WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD FLYER, HERE

BOARDING HOUSE FORM

If you suspect a boarding house and don’t feel comfortable contacting the City of Orange or want to remain anonymous, fill out the form below and Respect Orange will submit the information on your behalf.

A boarding house is a residence or dwelling, other than a hotel, wherein three or more rooms are rented under three or more separate written or oral rental agreements, leases or subleases or combination thereof, whether or not the owner, agent or rental manager resides within the residence. Communal Housing is for nonfamily groups with common kitchen and dining facilities but without medical, psychiatric or other care including boardinghouses, lodging houses, dormitories, fraternity/sorority houses, communes, and religious homes (O.M.C. 17.04.021)

Help Wanted

Respect Orange is looking for one or two people who have the poise, networking, and time to help formulate an actionable plan where the Orange community can engage our city leaders on code enforcement, specifically the “mini dorms” that have popped up in Orange neighborhoods.  The collateral damage of the “mini dorms” include, but are not limited to: increase population density, added noise, residential parking issues, etc.  Respect Orange believes the energy directed at “mini dorm” should not be directed at Chapman University, but rather we need to look to our city leaders on how to better enforce the current codes.

Respect Orange believes in individual property rights and does not fault Chapman University for the actions of private individuals and businesses buying homes and converting them into “mini dorms”.   While this action changes the make up and consistency of the neighborhood, our city leaders should educate these owners of the laws and safety statues to ensure these measures do not occur.

Meeting Recap with CU

Over the past few months Respect Orange has had much communication with Chapman University by attending many of the same events, meetings, and groups.  Wednesday, Respect Orange had the official opportunity to meet with Chapman University.  We are happy to report that we had a good, positive conversation by sharing ideas, materials, and plans.  Respect Orange was very pleased with our time with Chapman University and the organization is looking forward to what is ahead.

Our meeting lasted a few hours and we plan on meeting on a regular basis to help build bridges between the residents of Orange and Chapman University.  Respect Orange strongly believes in this approach and is looking forward to the future.

 

A REMINDER OF WHY RESPECT ORANGE WAS STARTED

“Greet everyone you meet with Respect and a smile”  This was a phrase one of the Respect Orange board members heard as a boy and it has stuck with him.

 

The Respect Orange organization really started from what we were personally experiencing with our neighbors and what we witnessed at a few city council meetings.  It was amazing all of the emotion and passion we were seeing and it was also a little frightening. It really needed to be channeled in a positive and constructive manner.

One of the reasons Respect Orange was started and given the name it has was to bring all sides together.  We are really trying to create an organization that does not create an “us vs them” mentality, no matter the issue, but one that brings people together over commonalities, such as our wonderful city, to foster communication.  This is one of the reasons why we have started selling Respect Orange Gear. Similar to how someone identifies with a stranger who is wearing a favorite sports team jersey, we believe the Respect Orange shirts, stickers, and tote bags can accomplish the same thing and strike up conversation between residents and CU students.

Respect Orange wants to bring action in a positive manner where both the homeowners and the Chapman University community could get behind and show support.  While making relationships better with residents and the CU community, this is not the only issue we have taken up in our city. There will be more details on these at a later date.

As we have sat down with students, city officials, elected officials, CU employees, residents, etc we are doing a lot of listening and learning more each day. The “student” issues in the residential family areas that pop up are byproducts or symptoms of circumstances and decisions that were made prior to today. Whether through the decisions (or lack thereof) by City Officials or by Chapman, we think taking a solutions based approach works a lot better than pointing fingers. Inaction and finger pointing does not accomplish much and this is one of the many reasons why we wanted to tackle this issue from a macro level and create an organization that everyone can get behind to show their support for their city: Residents, CU students, business owners, CU alumni, etc.

We would welcome any suggestions on how we can make our city great, increase the morale, and bring mutual respect to our community.

Meeting with Chapman University

Respect Orange wants to thank the many Orange community members who have shared their stories, situations, and suggestions that affect them and this is the reason why Respect Orange has spent a lot of time and energy talking with Chapman University student leaders involved in student government, Greek organizations, athletics, etc. Respect Orange has also had many informal phone calls, emails, and face-to-face conversations with Chapman University administration the past few months.  This week Respect Orange is planning on sitting down formally with administration at Chapman University.  We are anticipating this meeting to go well and to build bridges between the community and Chapman University.  We will keep you updated on this process.

City of Orange Election Information

Respect Orange appreciates the incumbent council members who have stood up and are tackling the party ordinance, an issue that Respect Orange cares deeply about.

Each of the incumbent council members demonstrated leadership for, and respect of, Orange.

Respect Orange encourages our friends who agree with supporting such leadership, demonstrated by the three incumbent council up for re-election in the 2016.  For this reason, we are happy to provide the following campaign information for these three incumbents to assist in considering the possibility of supporting each of these city leaders in the democratic election process in November 2016.

 

The three current council members that are up for re-election are:

Council Member Mike Alvarez

http://www.facebook.com/MikeAlvarezOrangeCityCouncilman

Councilman Alvarez has a 2016 Campaign Kick-Off event on Wednesday, June 8.  More information on the event can be found by clicking here.

 

 

Mayor Tita Smith http://www.titasmith.com

 

Council Member Mark Murphy – http://www.markamurphy.com

 

We respect each Orange resident’s freedom to exercise their own individual rights to participate in our city’s election process and encourage each of our neighbors and friends to participate in this vital public service.

Killefer School – Private Student Housing

Respect Orange had the opportunity recently to sit down with a local developer who is proposing a solution to the student housing crisis that is occurring at Chapman University.  Named Killefer Square, the privately owned project is occurring at the site of the former Killefer School, located between North Lemon and North Olive Street, North of Walnut Avenue.  This historically significant property opened in 1931 and was integrated in 1941, three years before integration became mandatory in California.

Both the school and the proposed privately owned project is named after Lydia Killefer, an Orange school teacher and principal.

The Killefer project is going through its environmental review process right now, but the goal is to develop dorm-style housing that will take more than 350 Chapman students out of residential homes in the community and offer a safe and secure location for them just one block away from the University.  It’ll have two levels of underground parking to alleviate parking issues and because it is privately operated, will provide tax revenue to the city.  The developers are hopeful the project will secure all of its city approvals by the end of this year or the beginning of 2017.

While this project still has many hurdles to clear and processes to go through, the thought of preserving this historic resource is very enchanting.

If there are any questions regarding the project, please view the Killefer Square Fact Sheet, by clicking here, and direct any questions to Mr. Brian Locherie.  Mr. Locherie can be contacted through email and his email address is brian@communicationslab.com.  If there is any community interest in viewing the project or seeing the renderings, then please reach out to Respect Orange.  We are working with Mr. Locherie on a date for an unofficial public presentation of the project.

RespectOrange has met and communicated with OTPA members regarding this project and OTPA has concerns regarding the impact on the surrounding community, specifically with vehicular traffic, commercial traffic (food service delivery and trash removal) foot traffic, noise, street parking, etc.  Additionally, OTPA has concerns that privatized housing would not be subject to the same oversight as Chapman-owned on campus housing.

While RespectOrange is not taking a position on this project, the organization believes the community should be aware of the project to research and find additional information to form individual opinions.

Party Ordinance Vote- June 14, 2016

Tuesday, June 14 is the second and (hopefully) final reading of Ord 03-16.A, otherwise known as “the party ordinance”.  Our City Council, based upon input from the public and city staff, recognizes loud and unruly conduct is an increasing problem in our city.  The City Council has requested changes to the current ordinance that include:

• Adding a provision to make it a violation to attend a loud or unruly gathering,

• Extend the time period for a second response to be issued beyond the current ten days to the next June 30,

• Add provisions for Private Right of Abatement and attorney fees,

• Close possible loopholes for self-reporting parties.

The full ordinance can be found by clicking here. 

While we are expecting our elected leaders to unanimously pass this ordinance, you are invited to attend the council meeting to show your support.  Information on the event can be found on the Respect Orange Event page, by clicking here.  

 

Tim the Turkey and Respect Orange Update

Friends, Neighbors, and the Respect Orange Community:

We wanted to give a quick update this morning about four topics: Tim the Turkey, City Ordinance 03-16.A (the Party Ordinance), Chapman University, and Respect Orange Gear

 

  1. Tim the Turkey

Respect Orange has been in regular communication with the caregiver for Tim the Turkey and the OHS FFA animals.  While Tim is still not out of the woods yet, he is steadily improving and is getting stronger and getting back to daily life.  Because of his strength and improvement, Tim has stopped taking his medication and has been spending more time out in the pasture with the other animals.  Tim has been “talking”, which is a good thing and Tim has been especially excited to spend more time with his buddy Bonkers, the Donkey, that is pictured in the photo.  Respect Orange wishes Tim a healthy recovery and will keep everyone updated as he continues to make progress.

 

2. City Ordinance 03-16.A (The Party Ordinance)

The second and potential final vote for The Party Ordinance was suppose to take place last Tuesday, May 10.  However, the vote was taken off of the agenda at the last minute.  While this made for interesting conspiracy theories, two high level city officials have confirmed the issue was with public notice, specifically publishing information to the public about the issue.  If the vote went forward without the proper publishing, then the issue could be challenged in court.  The second and final vote is scheduled to be on June’s agenda for the June 14 Council Meeting.

 

3. Chapman University

Respect Orange sat down with incoming SGA President Annabell Liao on Friday.  This was a great meeting and there were many topics discussed.  SGA is in really good hands with Ms. Liao and we have started laying the ground work for the 2016-2017 school year together.  Ms. Liao is on the same page as Respect Orange – building bridges between the community and Chapman students.  She understands there are issues and wants to address them together to improve quality of life, quality of her degree, and to leave our community in a better place than when she started at Chapman.  You may see Annabell around Old Towne this summer in her new Respect Orange t-shirt.  Don’t forget to say “Hi” to her!

Outgoing SGA President Josh Nudelman is scheduled to graduate this weekend and we want to wish him the best as he moves to Washington, DC to work on Capitol Hill.  As Respect Orange has worked closely with Josh the past few months, we know that he will do amazing things in his professional career.  We just hope Josh comes back to Orange from time to time to keep us updated.

Tonight, May 18, is the semi-annual Undie Run.  This is a non-sanctioned University event that will occur around 11:45pm.  While there have been some issues in previous years with this unofficial event, we are expecting CU students to Respect Orange, Respect The Plaza, and Respect our Fountain.  It is our hope that CU students donate the clothes they strip off, as was originally intended by the Undie Run founders.

This weekend is graduation weekend at CU and there will be a lot more people walking around Old Towne.  On Friday, May 20 there will be a fireworks show around 8:15pm.  It may be a good idea to keep your animals inside so they don’t get spooked.

 

4. Respect Orange Gear

We have completely sold out of Respect Orange Totes and a few of the Respect Orange t-shirt sizes. We are getting ready to print another run of Respect Orange Gear, so if you don’t have yours yet, order today!

Respect Orange Shirt Tote Combo