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January 7, 2012 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come on out to our first demo of 2012. We continue to connect with lots of folks in support of preserving the Sexlinger Orange Orchard. Come on by to say hello, sign our petition or, leave a message to the Santa Ana Planning Department and City Council on a paper “orange.” We will have the signed oranges with your message attached to “trees” as a representation of our “orchard of support” to keep this orchard alive and well. Together we can stop the development project that has been proposed to the city of Santa Ana by TAVA Development Company and the owners of the orchard, Concordia University Irvine and Orange Lutheran High School.

Let’s preserve this last intact orchard that represents the rich agricultural history of Orange County.

New DEIR Information Requires Additional Public Comment Period

The new information was received by the city before they closed for the holidays and the 45-day clock is ticking. We now have until Monday, January 30, 2012 to submit our comments to the Santa Ana Planning & Building Agency.

Attn: Vince Fregoso, Principal Planner
via email:

via USPS:
Vince Fregoso, Principal Planner
Santa Ana Planning & Buiding Agency, M-20
P.O. Box 1988
Santa Ana, CA 92702

or, hand delivery:
Vince Fregoso, Prinicipal Planner
Santa Ana Planning & Buiding Agency
20 Civic Center Plaza, Ross Annex
Santa Ana, CA

Thank-you for taking the time to review this new information and send in your comments. Remember, all comments received will become a part of the final EIR which is a legal document, and as such, will be part of any legal proceeding should a lawsuit be filed against the city.

Volunteer Your Time to Help Save Our Orchard
Please let us know if you are available to help with various activities to save the orchard: from canvasing your neighborhood letting people know about the possible destruction of the orchard; to helping out at various local outreach events; to getting students at local schools involved in letter writing campaigns to the Planning Commission and City Council of Santa Ana.


Get Informed, Get Involved, Help SAVE OUR Historic Orchard.

Go to our website where you can sign our petition, see who supports our efforts, find interesting links, learn more about the orchard and how you can help.

Like us on facebook and spread the word to help save the orchard.

E-mail us with your comments and questions. We love hearing from you!

You can make a tax deductible donation to save the orchard…

Make your check payable to Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society (SAHPS) with SOOC in the memo section and mail to

Save Our Orchard Coalition

c/o Jeannie Gillett

P.O. Box 10038

Santa Ana, CA 92711-0038

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

3 thoughts on “Save the Sexlinger Orchard demonstration set for this Sat., Jan. 7”
  1. Just went through the SOOC website and their proposal…perhaps someone can tell me how the owners of this private property are going to be compensated if it is saved?

    I can’t imagine that SOOC is expecting the owners to just abandon their 5 acres without compensation, but I am definitely not up to speed on this topic. Is SOOC trying to raise money to buy the property at a fair price or do they expect the owners to just give the property up?

  2. These people need to put on the ballot a property tax measure for self assessment to raise the cash to buy the property. Then they can deed the property to the city as a restricted park land.

    The city could sale the oranges to pay for the water and maintenance of the area and the local property owners can take pride in saving this plot of land with their own money.

  3. Got it…if the public deems it appropriate, then we will all pay for it through ppty taxes and we will all be able to enjoy it. I was unclear as to whether the SOOC feels that they thought that the private land owners should just give the city their land.

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