I think so, but the more frightening question is why.
As of June 2012, Chevron has spent $74,259.73 on their pro-Measure W campaign. I suspect it'll be at least double that before the election is over. That'll put their campaign spending at about $150,000 to $200,000. Has any one side of a measure ever spent that much money on an election in this city? Makes you wonder what's in it for them. I mean I know they say they want to give us jobs, millions of dollars and lots of open space, but does it make sense that they'd pay all that money to give us all of those "benefits"?
I hope by now you've had a chance to review our website. We think the W in Measure W stands for the Wrong plan for Fullerton, and that's why Fullerton voters should vote No to stop Chevron from muscling their way into this community for their profit.
Measure W will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot for Fullerton voters. If you don't think one vote - your vote - can make a difference, think again. Plenty of elections have been lost on a few votes. If you are not registered to vote or are not sure you are registered to vote in Fullerton, you can register to vote or check/update your registration status online at the Orange County Registrar of Voters' website. It doesn't get any easier than this!
Click on the below links to:
- Register to vote now
- Verify your voter registration information
- Updating your voter registration
- View more voter registration information
Here are some key dates to keep in mind. A detailed calendar is available at the Orange County Registrar of Voters' website
- October 8, 2012
First day vote-by-mail ballots will be available.
- October 22, 2012
Last day to register to vote for the November 6, 2012 election.
- October 30, 2012
Last day to apply for regular vote-by-mail ballots.
- October 31, 2012
Emergency vote-by-mail ballots issued at the Registrar of Voters' office
- November 6, 2012
- November 6, 2012, 8:00 PM
Deadline for the Registrar of Voters to receive vote-by-mail ballots by mail or in person. You can turn in your vote-by-mail ballot in person to any polling place in the county by the close of the polls on Election Day.
If you, because of illness or other physical disability, are unable to return the ballot, you may designate your spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or a person residing in the same household to return the ballot.
Measure W is Fullerton voters' veto referendum on the 2011 Fullerton City Council approval of Chevron's development plan for West Coyote Hills, a 510-acre natural open space that provides this city with its unique natural and rural character. Measure W is not about giving Fullerton parks and jobs! It's about Chevron building one of the biggest developments in the history of Fullerton: 760 houses (on top of more than 300 oil wells leaking natural gas) and a shopping center on West Coyote Hills.
We want a better Fullerton for now and the future so urge you to Vote No on Measure W-- Say No to Chevron. This is our last chance to save West Coyote Hills for a park for now and all of our future generations.
A No Vote on Measure W will overturn the City Council's Wrong decision, and put a stop to Chevron's development plan for West Coyote Hills (read below on why this is a bad plan for Fullerton). Chevron is so scared of our veto, they are telling voters that Measure W does not have anything do with approving their giant housing tract. Wrong!
A No Vote on Measure W will not raise your taxes or cut public services.
- PUT THE BRAKES ON MASSIVE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS: The city forecasted Chevron's development will add 9,300 additional car trips a day to our local streets. No new streets are planned! If you drive on Beach, Imperial, Gilbert, Euclid, Harbor, Bastanchury, Rosecrans, Commonwealth or any streets near those, you will be impacted with more traffic.
- PREVENT WATER SHORTAGE: This development is so big that Fullerton does not have enough water for it. Fullerton has to purchase water from another city and another water district to address the water shortage. The City acknowledges that this purchase agreement does not guarantee a fixed or minimum water supply and is temporary. When supplies run short or when the agreement ends, there is no guarantee our water bills won’t go up.
- AVOID OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS: More than 1,000 additional students will be added to our schools if Chevron gets its way. No new schools are planned, only budget cuts.
- PROTECT RESIDENTS FROM YEARS OF POLLUTION: During the 15 years of planned construction, residents will be assaulted by dirt, dust, chemical residue, noise and pollution from Chevron’s development. Our children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to air pollution.
- KEEP FAMILIES SAFE FROM LIVING ON "ONE OF THE WORST POTENTIAL EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS": Chevron’s development is a safety hazard for residents. The California Geological Survey declared the hills to be one of the worst potential earthquake hazards in California.
In May 2010, Chevron's development plan was rejected by the Fullerton City Council (thanks to Councilmembers Sharon Quirk-Silva, Pam Keller and Shawn Nelson) who cited concerns of lack of water supply and risks to public safety. Chevron then sued the City for one million dollars (they made $26,900,000,000 dollars in profit last year but every penny counts, right?) demanding it review and approve the same plan that was just denied, or face a battle in court. On July 2011, a new City Council majority (Whitaker, Jones-recalled, Bankhead-recalled, McKinley-recalled), under the threat of Chevron's lawsuit, caved in and handed Chevron an approval.
Following that forced approval, the Friends of Coyote Hills, a non-profit community volunteer group, organized a referendum petition drive to gather nearly 40,000 signatures from outraged Fullerton voters who were not afraid to stand up to a big, multi-billion dollar oil company.
Chevron's plan for a massive development on West Coyote Hills is the Wrong plan for Fullerton. This 510-acre jewel is our region's last remaining natural open space, and our last opportunity for a much needed unique nature park. When it's gone, it's gone forever.
Measure W will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot for Fullerton voters. Here are some key dates to keep in mind. A detailed calendar is available at the Orange County Registrar of Voters' website.
October 8, 2012 - First day vote-by-mail ballots will be available.
October 22, 2012 - Last day to register to vote for the November 6, 2012 election.
October 30, 2012 - Last day to apply for regular vote-by-mail ballots.
October 31, 2012 - Emergency vote-by-mail ballots issued at the Registrar of Voters' office.
November 6, 2012 - Election day.
If you miss the deadline to turn in your absentee ballot to the Registrar, you can always vote in person on 11/6/12. Just take your absentee ballot and a government ID to a polling place. You can look up your polling place at this site SmartVoter.org.
Did Chevron put it on the ballot for us to vote on? Is it a parks measure?A:
No. Measure W is not a parks plan. Chevron did not put it on the ballot. They would like the public to think it is a parks plan so they can get it passed.
Measure W was put on the Fullerton ballot through a people's referendum process to overturn the 2011 Fullerton City Council's approval of Chevron's development plan for West Coyote Hills, a 510-acre open space area in the northwest area of Fullerton. The resolution we are voting on is the Development Agreement (Ordinance 3169) that will give Chevron a vested right to develop West Coyote Hills. Voting No means you reject the Development Agreement and do not grant Chevron a vested right to develop West Coyote Hills.
Measure W was placed on the ballot by the non-profit volunteer group called Friends of Coyote Hills, who worked with Fullerton residents and neighbors to collect over 40,000 signatures in 2011 after the City Council caved in to Chevron's bullying tactics (they sued our City because we rejected their development plan in 2010 over water supply and public safety issues).
We the people have the constitutional right to overturn the decisions of our elected officials through the referendum process. By putting this measure on the ballot, we are giving Fullerton residents a say in their future. Should we allow Chevron to build a massive development on West Coyote Hills, the last natural open space in the region, and lose the opportunity for a unique nature park forever? Should we put up with virtually unmitigated traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, water shortage, the safety hazards of putting 760 families on top of an earthquake fault and 300+ oil wells leaking natural gas? Our answer is a resounding NO.
You can also read lots more about Measure W here.
- What is Measure W?
- What is the full name of Measure W?
- Who is behind Yes on W?
- Does a No vote on Measure W raise my taxes or cut public services?
- Hasn't Chevron's development plan already been approved?
- Chevron's flyers say that Measure W has nothing to do with their plan to develop 760 houses
- I'm confused. To Save Coyote Hills I have to vote No on Measure W?
- Why would the largest coalition of environmentalists, nature lovers and educators support Measure W?
- But what about Chevron's property rights?
- When can I vote on this?
- I am not sure I am registered to vote in Fullerton. How I can verify this?
- Is it too late to register to vote?