Respect Orange Update

Neighbors, Friends, and the Respect Orange Community:


We should all be very proud of what we did and how the City Council voted unanimously to pass the First Reading of Ordinance 03-16.A at Tuesday’s Council Meeting.  There were a lot of people wearing Respect Orange stickers on their shirts as we spoke and sat in front of our elected leaders and community members.  We should all be very proud.

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Some highlights from Tuesday’s meeting:


– The CU students who spoke did a great job.


– Ordinance 03-16.A is the first step of many that Respect Orange and the community plans on addressing to bring change.  The second reading and potential adoption of this ordinance is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 10.


– Each elected City Council member addressed the “Respect” theme after public comment and before the council vote.  This reinforces that we are on the right path and really on to something big!



Respect Orange Updates:


I was invited by Chapman University Student Neighborhood Relations Committee (comprised exclusively of CU students) to engage in an open discussion on campus with student leaders on Friday, April 15.  These students represent Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Residence Life, Student Athletes, Civic Engagement, etc.  It was a very productive meeting and many of the students want the university to make it attractive for students to live on campus.  A few suggestions from CU students included: having Chapman Public Safety and Resident Advisors (RAs) relax on-campus policing which they think are pushing students off-campus, the addition of a venue for parties on campus that could be loosely monitored by the university and would allow students to hold parties without inconveniencing their neighbors, a campus pub, Greek Row, and educating incoming students on proper behavior. The CU student paper, The Panther ran an article about the Chapman University Student Neighborhood Relations Committee.  It can be found here.  


In the coming weeks Respect Orange should be brining in a student advisor liaison into the executive board.  While this position is still being created and details are not finalized with the Chapman student, Respect Orange has identified and communicated with the current underclassman.  This student leader will be able to act as a voice for Respect Orange with other student leaders and University organizations and give Respect Orange feedback on how Respect Orange can help CU students achieve their on-campus activities and other common goals.  The student has already contributed great ideas to Respect Orange.  More about this at a later date.
Enjoy your Sunday and don’t forget to check out the car show happening in The Plaza today.

Show Your Support for City Council and The Party Ordinance

What: Orange City Council Meeting

Where: 300 East Chapman Ave

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:00 pm

The City Council is scheduled to cast their final vote on the Party Ordinance.  In addition to filling all of the seats, please vocalize your support to the City Council.  Let them know they are doing a good job and you support the passing of the ordinance.

Use this link to download the Party Ordinance Flyer.  Print one for your neighbor to the left and print another for your neigh to the right.

Orange Resident’s City Council Public Comment

On Tuesday, February 9 an Orange Resident gave the public comment below:

Good Evening,

My name is Adam. My wife and I are in our early thirties, are homeowners in Old Towne who are wanting to start a family, and are asking ourselves WHY WOULD WE EVER WANT TO RAISE A FAMILY IN THE CITY OF ORANGE?

My wife and I strongly believe in raising our children in a loving, nurturing, peaceful environment where our children have the ability to grow, learn, and flourish in life and in the community. Old Towne Orange is not the community to raise children, rather Old Towne Orange is a community that is littered with beer bottles and loud music. A community where you have couches sitting in the front yard while you can play beer pong in front of your house. A community where you can pull your pants down in the middle of the day exposing yourself and urinate in the front yard just a few feet away from the bedrooms of school aged girls. These are just a few of the activities my neighbors and I have witnessed in the past 10 days, not in the past few months or years. Who would want to live in an environment like this, let alone raise a family?

Since purchasing our home in 2011, my wife and I have happily spent tens of thousands of dollars in renovations. What we are not happy about is the Chapman “mini dorms” that have popped up since our purchase. 1/2 of the homes on our street are occupied with students, with most homes having more students than bedrooms.

The City of Orange needs residents like my wife and me more than we need the City of Orange. Young couples like us do not live on a fixed income such as retirement or Social Security. We have the high paying jobs and the disposable income to drive the local economy. Most importantly we have the vested interest to make the community better for ourselves, our kids, and those around us because theoretically we should be in the community for decades.

In reality, the City of Orange is becoming a place that can’t compete with neighboring cities and communities. The schools in the City of Orange are in terrible shape and will only get worse with the increase of college students in the community and the decrease of family-occupied homes.

Family-Occupied Homes bring stability to neighborhoods.

Real Estate is one of the most studied asset classes and data has consistently shown the importance of homeownership on the economy and community. Aside from the tangible financial benefits, homeownership brings substantial social benefits for families, communities, and school districts. Homeowners move far less frequently than renters, and thus are embedded into the same neighborhood and community for a longer period. Homeownership boosts the educational performance of children, induces higher participation in civic and volunteering activity, and improves health. Equally important, it lowers crime rates. In other words, Chapman “mini dorms” decrease the quality of life.

I wanted to remind The Council that social cohesion are paths through which social control is made.

Policies to decrease the transient college population can raise positive social outcomes, increase support for our schools, and make the area much more attractive to young families who have the resources to drive the economy and future of this city. I strongly encourage The Council to take decisive, vigorous action on the possible solutions presented later tonight to ensure The City of Orange stays relevant and competitive for years to come and does not experience attrition of people like me and families like mine.

KFI AM 640’s Take On Chapman University Students

On Friday, February 26 KFI AM 640’s Gary Hoffman and Shannon Farren made their thoughts clear about Chapman University students, student behavior, homeowner’s property rights, and the legislation the Orange City Council is reviewing.  Listen to the segment using the media player above.

You can listen to Gary and Shannon from 10am-2pm Monday through Friday on AM640.