Planning commissioners have moved forward with a plan to build houses on the old Sexlinger property, and to save the century-old farmhouse and to preserve 10 orange trees of the more than 200 on the property, according to the O.C. Register.
But one Planning Commissioner voted against the compromise. Patrick Yrarrazaval, a Principal at the SAUSD’s Valley High School, spoke in favor of the conservancy’s 50/50 alternative as he voted against the compromise.
“I ask the question to the applicants, how much money do the two schools need to fulfill the desires of Martha Sexlinger?” Yrarrazaval said.
“The 50/50 option really puts a lot of money in the pocket of Orange Lutheran High School and Concordia University. At what time do we weigh those needs of the community and the desires for preservation against simply the desire to have more money in the coffers of the two schools?” he added.
Wow! So a public school principal wants to take money away from two terrific private schools?
The reality is that the lady who died and left her land to these schools, Martha Sexlinger, wanted the land to be sold to benefit Lutheran education in Orange County. There was nothing historic about her old orange orchard or the dilapidated farmhouse, which is really more of a shack, that she used to live in. Her wishes were clear and should have been followed to the letter.
Shame on the NIMBY’s who tried to stop these private schools from benefiting from the proposed development of the old Sexlinger orchard. And shame on Yrarrazaval who you can bet would be screaming mad if anyone tried to cut his public school’s budget.