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Ryan Cantor has penned an excellent blog post about the prospect of the Orange County Water District leasing its Ball Road Basin property to Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) for the construction of a major power plant next to Anaheim businesses and residential neighborhoods. The OCWD Board of Directors is set to vote at its meeting on Monday, December 9 (it starts at 5:30 p.m.).

Ryan raises some interesting questions, including the wisdom of situating youth soccer fields next to a power plant – which is what CPV is proposing with its “Orange County Energy Park.”

An excerpt from Ryan’s post:

The [Anaheim] Chamber [of Commerce] has it right . . . on this one  This proposed plant is a poor fit for this site and the OCWD has no business entertaining a long-term land deal without issuing an RFP.  Considering Anaheim has made it known that they’re willing to purchase the property outright, turning down a large chunk of capital now to improve our water infrastructure in favor of structured lease payments seems a bit . . . wait for it . . . shocking.  Accepting this lease amounts to nothing more than burdening Anaheim residents with a tax.  It’s their neighborhood that will pay the price of hosting this plant, yet those same neighborhoods receive nothing . . . NOTHING in return for their public investment.  While it’s great to hear that OCWD customers in Lake Forest will see a rate cut as a result of this project, it isn’t right that park starved Anaheim residents get to pay more of their time and space to make that happen.

I sympathize with the aesthetic objections or even concerns with emissions from the power plant stacks, but what I’m most perplexed with is why no one is discussing the safety implications of storing massive ammonia tanks in a rather dense urban environment.  A thousand feet isn’t exactly a lot of space for an accidental vapor cloud to travel.

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Diane Singer

Diane Singer

Orange Unified School District Trustee Diane Quezada Singer is holding a fundraiser this Thursday, October 17 at The Catch in Anaheim. The event runs the customary 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and state Senator Lou Correa will be on hand as Diane kicks off her 2014 re-election fundraising.

Diane was elected to the seven-member OUSD Board of Trustees in 2010, representing Area 1. She also serves on the Anaheim Public Utilities Board, to which she was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacancy created by Jordan  Brandman’s election to the City Council.

For the uninitiated, members of the OUSD Board of Trustees are elected at-large from residency-based districts. And what do you know: 3 of the 7 trustees are Hispanic! Shhh! Nobody tell the ACLU that Latinos are able to get elected absent court-ordered re-structuring of local governance!

As the OUSD website states:

“Board members are elected by Trustee Area; however, they each represent 
all schools within the District.”

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