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12/13/14 - Correction: 'You Are
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on the fence on this one.
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13, 2014 LHH City Council Public Comments Period
Exclusive unedited HD, all ROBO CAM and Apple product friendly
Daily News Editorial: La Habra Heights Council members
Higgins/Miller 'Censorship Twins' plan to shut off broadcast
of comments made by public. (click to read)
-October 16th, 2014 La
Habra Heights City Council Meeting- In
La Habra Heights it's a lot of work fighting for Open & Transparent
when the City Council does not want it!
Heights City Council comes close to banning Public Comments
As we reported, embattled Council Member Kyle Miller
(pictured right) has a plan to eliminate television viewers'
exposure to residents concerns brought forward during the
Public Comment period of City meetings (a Brown Act requirement).
Despite a 5-0 vote to table the item until January of 2015,
our bet is the City will eventually ban all recording of
public comments in order to muzzle anti-oil, anti-tax government
and trash rate complaints. We were there to record the
meeting despite the City putting up obstacles to keep viewers
in the dark. The City Attorney asked that the microphone
placed on the podium be removed. We said NO!
more about the City Council's issue with free speech by visiting
our friends at The Whittier Daily News. (Click Here) You
can watch our exclusive coverage of public comments and
discussion to delete public comments on your HD set, iPhone/iPad
& computer by clinking on this link.
to Ban Broadcast of Public Comments
In a precedent setting move, two La Habra Heights Council
Kyle Miller & Michael Higgins, have asked for an item be
placed on the agenda for a Special Meeting of the City Council
to be held on Sept. 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Both seek discussion and action to eliminate broadcast of
public comments made by residents at City meetings.
can learn more by visiting (clicking): LaHabraHeights.net
Madre Tattler. This move is supported by rather intolerant
members of the Improvement Association, Government Officials
and Planning Commissioners seeking to muzzle broadcast of free
those concerned with fire safety, recent crime wave &
wasteful spending be silenced?
Should be Taxed, Not Heard.'
Specialist says oil drilling does not cause earthquakes!
Apparently that claim was not meant for
public consumption. We now understand why representatives with
the Central Basin Municipal Water District asked us not to
record a presentation made to local water officials regarding
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking). Click
here to view meeting the MWD did not want you to see.
In a developing story the La Habra Heights County Water
District Board of Directors is expected to declare a stage 1
water emergency for community of 6,200. Back in 2011
rate payers questioned a controversial Water Trafficking deal
fearing it would lead to wells running dry and water rationing.
The board will meet on Tuesday, August 12th at 4:00 p.m. You
can read our exclusive 2011 story and view video by clicking
here to view August 12th Water Board Agenda
the July 19, 2014 Brea Fracking Forum Exclusively on our
Does oil drilling lead to earthquakes, ground water contamination?
Learn about the history
of oil drilling in La Habra, La Habra Heights, Fullerton and
Stranger than Fiction:
How does an investigation into Public Record Act Violations
turn into BabyGate?
our comprehensive report the City once again does not want you
2010 report on the City of Bell scandal. Is La Habra Heights
the new Bell? Can you see the similarities? (click to watch report)
You won't read this in the La Habra Journal:
Matrix Oil document La Habra Heights City Council
does not want the public to see. Letter to City of La Habra
Heights from City of La Habra regarding the dangers of
restarting production at abandoned well site. (earthquake,
ground water contamination and explosion!) Needless to
so say our neighbor is not happy. (click to read PDF file)
City of La Habra Heights Denies Documents
in Discrimination Lawsuit exist. Wrong! Despite multiple
Public Records Requests for information, the City continued to
withhold public documents. Late last week
TheAvocadoExpress.com obtained the records the City denied
here to read Public Record Response Letters and lawsuit
against City. ...And Bad Government Plays On.
NEW! Exclusive: Proposition
A Excess funds could be used to convert abandoned oil field in
La Habra Heights into a Wilderness Park!
Click here to watch and learn how.
6/12/14 - La Habra Heights property owners turn out to
protest unfair trash deal and to say No to a plan by Matrix
Oil to operate up to 30 well in Pristine La Habra Heights.
Have you heard about Matrix Oil's plan to drill
up to 30 wells in pristine La Habra Heights? If not, it's
because Matrix Oil and the City of La Habra Heights does not
want you to know. TheAvocadoExpress.com has the videos the
City Council does not want you to see online or on TV!
Link: Exclusive! April 16, 2014 Matrix Oil Scoping Meeting
(The Meeting the City Council does not want you to see)
Link: January 21, 2012 Matrix Oil Community Outreach Meeting
(The Meeting Matrix Oil did not want you to see)
4/24/14 Town Hall Meeting on Recent 5.1 Earthquake in La Habra
Presentations by City of La Habra, City Police
Department, Los Angeles County Fire Dept., Red Cross and Ready
to Sheriff's Contract Blamed for Spike in La Habra Heights
Restore funding for Law Enforcement or Expand City Hall?
Unfortunately you were not given the choice.
Hall Expansion Halted Amid Talk of Disincorporation (9/14/13)
on Tape: La Habra Heights County Water District Employee
Admits Wrongdoing Against Ratepayers. (6/23/13)
La Habra Heights property owners can
protest the proposed "Rain Tax" by submitting a protest (no
Download an official protest form
and locate your
Assessor’s Parcel Number call (800) 218-0018 to request a duplicate copy. Note:
Property owners must submit their protest vote by March 12th
and they do not have to be a registered voter to submit a no
All La Habra Heights Candidates support the City's
General Plan? Not true, four of the five candidates are no
shows to forum discussing General Plan. Only Candidate
George Edwards(z) attended, taking numerous uncensored
questions from audience. Read more & watch what happened at:
County Agency (Habitat Authority) plans to use new (2008)
state law, to no longer follow county/local fire code.
SB 1595 allow vacant parcel owners to no longer conduct weed abatement
to benefit an adjacent property owners habitable structures.
Editor's Note: Firefighters say the new law will result in the
loss of Life and Property. We would agree.
Updated July 20, 2012 New Road Tax Information
to read 2nd Road Tax Informational Flyer. Taxpayers who have
submitted a YES vote but now feel misled by the City and wish
to change their Vote to NO can do so by requesting a new
ballot (see below) Reminder:
You do not have to be a registered voter or U.S. citizen to
vote NO on the Road Tax.
To Obtain a replacement Assessment Ballot for Street
Maintenance District (TAX) NO. 5. Or if you have any questions regarding the
assessment ballot procedure, please contact: Trevor Speer NBS,
32605 Temecula Parkway, Suite 100 Temecula, CA 92592.
Telephone: (800) 676-7516, www.nbsgov.com
Who is NBS? NBS is an independent consulting firm hired
by the City of La Habra Heights to facilitate the Assessment
(TAX) Ballot process.
TIP Sheet (Here's what we are working on)
Exclusive! 15% percent pay raises for City Employees
while slashing Sheriff coverage to 14 hours a day. 911
calls going unanswered. Fire Department reports staffing
only one engine despite Fire Tax increase. New Management
Analysis position funded by Fire Tax to blame?
Heights Life editor violates non-profit status by "getting political"
Los Angeles District Attorneys Office investigation into
City's Brown Act Violations
City of La Habra Heights reports Water District's shoddy
workmanship to blame for road damage.
(Pictured: Valle Road)
Misuse, by government officials of unmarked City vehicles and
Fuel for personal use.
Reports of a
large number of former La Habra Heights volunteer Firefighters
are seeking PERS (retirement) contributions from the
City. The City Council met on Thursday June 28th, during
a poorly noticed closed session to discuss the issue. For
months we have been hearing unconfirmed reports the City has
not been paying into PERS for firefighters retirement.
It is speculated that since some volunteer firefighters were
paid, it made them eligible for a pricey retirement on the
Heights dime. It is unclear if Hundreds of past volunteers
are eligible. A government source reports "the City
has no money to pay". The use of past and current
"paid volunteers" is feared could bankrupt the City.
The Council is looking into options to replace the volunteer
fire department. More to follow.
Exclusive! Do politicians lie to get votes?
Water board set to raise rates despite incumbent claim
"No Rate Increases for 5 Years" Click
here to view video report
Proposed Water Rate Increase Notice (PDF file)
Above: Incumbent Campaign Flyers (click to enlarge)
April 24, 2012, Water Board Meeting: Rate Increase Study &
Rowland Water Agreement. (Board members asked to resign after
View: An Outsider's Look Inside the Improvement Association
Uninvited we go undercover to attend the organizations
"Meet & Greet" Event.
Engineering Behind Rowland's Thirst for More Water
information on a pipeline agreement between two water districts
that could fuel development of open space and bidding war for
On January 23, 2012, Matrix Oil Corporation
scheduled a Community Outreach meeting for residents of La
Habra Heights. They are seeking to restart resource production
within the City. Watch as a Matrix Oil Goon attempts to
stop us from recording and reporting on the public meeting
that was being held in a public place. Editors Note:
Can you really trust any organization, corporation or
individual that works this hard to keep you in the dark?
Click here to view video.
Water Board candidate Judy Hathaway Francis obtains document
confirming Water Board held special meeting behind gates of private
country club to discuss controversial Water Trafficking agreement.
Water district continues to claim they are an open and transparent
government body. We do not agree.
Read minutes of special meeting
by clicking here.
Heights Trafficking Deal Could Lead to Bidding War! Water
District agreement would open Water Market to Rowland Water
District. La Habra Heights facilities to be used as
"Pack Mules" for Rowland's Water.
Grows Water Board Agreement with Rowland Water Could Pump La
Habra Heights Dry. An agreement that could require La
Habra Heights County Water District to traffic 70% more water
than ratepayers use. Is illegally being withheld from
public release. This despite President Brad Cooke
confirming the agreement has already been approved by a 5-0
vote of the water board. Click
here to read Brad Cooke's public comments Mr. Cooke contradicted
comments he made previously when on September 27th, told a
room full of La Habra Heights ratepayers and press that
the agreement had not yet been approved.
Heights Politicians vote 5-0 to move forward on Water Trafficking
Deal. (Hey it's just Business!) Editors Note: Bet
you did not see this coming...but we did.
La Habra Heights County Water District Candidate
Statements for November 8th 2011Election 3 incumbents
vs. 1 three term former La Habra Heights Councilwoman!
City Slashes Sheriff’s Budget $175,000, seeks to launch
Spending Spree with Savings! Confirmation the City's is mismanaged?
Los Angeles County Dumps on La Habra Heights. Read our
exclusive multipart report on the dumping of hundreds of yards
of contaminated dirt East of Harbor Blvd.
La Habra Heights may have it's very own Super Fund Site!
Exclusive! News crew video capturing
wrongdoing by La Habra Heights City Attorney, code enforcement
personal and the alleged roughing up of two children by City
Manager Shauna Clark. Leads family to file four official
complaints with City.
Note: We are told this is a necessary step before a lawsuit
can be filed. Click here to
read official complaints.
La Habra Heights Man Claims City Stole his Bridge!
Editors Note: We have no problem believing his story.
Not So Confidential Report on Lough Raid Suggests City
Exceeded Scope of Search Warrant.
Dysfunctional La Habra Heights Park & Recreation Chair Calls
Special Meeting and later Resigns. Click to read
complete story including video excerpt
Dysfunctional La Habra
Heights Park & Wreck Commission has been scheduled for April 7
at 1 PM tomorrow. Item to be discussed: Televising of Park &
Recreation Meetings. View agenda exclusively at:
And here are the Exclusive videos that forced the City to
call a special meeting
Click here to
view the 2/7 Park and Recreation video the City does not want
the public to see.
We were rolling when
Park and Recreation Chair Karen Vipperman ordered cameras
turned off from recording comments made by attendees at a
April 4th public meeting
Learn more and join the discussion by click the following
Topix La Habra Heights News
April 1st -Just released on the internet!
Inaugural issue of "The Heights Bite"
Proverb: "The more things change the more they remain the
City Cracks Down on Animal
Read our report and view exclusive photos of City serving
a search warrant on residence for having one too many goats.
Today: Canvass of La
Habra Heights City Council election placed Roy Francis
finishing at top!
Click here to view final
"Adios Three Amigos"
We Support Open
and Transparent Government, Shouldn't You?
Read our publication to the Community of La Habra Heights here
Editor: TheAvocadoExpress.com joins a growing list of news
organizations and publications that endorse retired fire
captain Roy Francis and educator Phil Lough for a seat on the
City Council. We feel both will bring residents protection
from from heavy handed code enforcement and prosecution
actions by City staff.
In addition both have pledged to bring much needed openness and
transparency to the La Habra Heights City Government.
Ask yourself, should you be made to fear your government?
Learn more about Embattled Incumbent Howard Vipperman and his
helicopter surveillance of you at:
www.LHHNET.com or at
The Vipperman Chronicles
and First Amendment Coalition Team up to protect media's right
to access tonight's La Habra Heights Candidate' Forum.
Complete story at:
www.WhittierDailyNews.com (Unfortunately the wholesale
crackdown on residents rights continues unabated by our
oppressive local government)
City teams up with League of
Woman Voters to violate First Amendment Rights! La Habra Heights, CA- The City of La Habra
Heights reportedly, strong-armed the Whittier League of Woman
Voters to exclude press from covering City Council Candidate
Forum. ACLU intervenes to protect public's/media's first
amendment right to attend public forum.
Read exclusive letters
and emails to City by clicking this link.
Editor Note: Can you really trust a government that fights
this hard to keep residents in the dark?
Special Event Coverage!
Coalition to Protect the General Plan
Candidate Forum Recorded January 27, 2011 at the McCoy
Residence in La Habra Heights. March 8, 2011 City
NEW Webcast Part
1 (Questions 1-7) Webcast Part
2 (Questions 8-17)
Download audio of 2nd Candidate Forum
recorded live via telephone on 1/27/11 (36 MB, WMA audio file)
Good Lietzau "…all the terrible things I've done" (part 1)
Scary Paranoid Former Heights Councilwoman Goes on the Attack
There is nothing like a 'has been' politician going after
folks that report the local news and a candidate who dares
challenge her authority.
Exclusive Investigation! City asks for investigation
into City Attorneys conduct at Candidates animal keeping
from City Manager Shauna Clark regarding investigation.
Video of event available at:
Motorist will want to steer clear of Harbor Blvd Wednesday
January 18th to avoid getting caught in Sheriff sting/speed
trap. Click link to read exclusive report.
Yes we do get mail! Thankfully no bomb went off when we
opened an anonymous package that was also received at the
homes of other local news editors'. Click to read story.
Complete report and pictures at:
2011 La Habra Heights City Council Election Filing Status (DEC
13, 2010) PDF
Note: Document edited from including email address/telephone
number of candidate by the Editor.
Breaking development: Planning Commissioner Larry Black,
appointed by embattled incumbent Howard Vipperman becomes 4th
and final candidate to file for 2011 City Council Race.
Larry Black and Howard Vipperman expected to be tag team
Read it here First!
La Habra Heights Councilman will not seek re election! Click
to read story.
Planning Commission Chair Larry Black expected to run.
Exclusive Special Event Coverage!
The Coalition to Protect the General Plan (CPGP) held a "Meet
the Candidates Night" on December 1, 2010 for the March 8,
2011 City Council Election.
A big thanks goes to the CPGP steering committee for their
assistance with coverage of the forum. They are committed to
transparency in their organization and local government.
We are also happy to report that no journalists or residents
were harmed in covering this event unlike the well documented
beating Improvement Association thugs offered up at their June
2010 "Open Meeting." you can read that story at the:
Perilous Nation website
Protect the General Plan (CPGP)
"Meet the Candidates Night" Webcast
Webcast Part 1
Webcast Part 2
Download list of eight questions here (pdf
La Habra Heights City Manager Shauna Clark Misrepresents Fire
Ignorant or incompetent, you decide!
in depth report here!
here to get up to the minute election results on the Lowell
Joint School District race. Updates begin November 2nd
La Habra Heights Good Samaritan
Three good people stop to reader aid at an accident scene,
what happened next should worry everyone.
Note: No word why the La Habra Heights Fire Department
interfered with news media personal attempting to report on
Click here to read exclusive story
League of Women Voters of North Orange
County Lowell Joint School District Candidates Forum Webcast
(recorded live on October 13, 2010) View webcast
exclusively at the following web site:
League of Woman Voters to hold
Candidates Forum for Lowell Joint School District Board.
Best part is it will be recorded, webcast and televised! read
Open government begins with an open forum!
Exclusive report! Have you driven an overweight
vehicle lately? City manager aims to fight overweight
vehicles that tear up the streets by going after pickup trucks
and SUV's? No mention in the report about the City going
after real trucks in excess of 20,000 lbs.
here to read story.
Area Cities Post Employee’s Salaries with One Notable Holdout,
an August 3rd press release outlining new reporting
rules for salary disclosure State Controller John Chiang
stated, “The absence of transparency is a breeding ground for
waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars.” Mr. Chiang
describes La Habra Heights perfectly!
Click to read story.
City of Bell's holdout on public record requests cost
The City of Bell operated on a "need to know basis" when it
came to public record requests and felt the people did not
need to know. Strangely similar to La Habra Heights
Los Angeles District Attorney's Office Investigates Reporters
Question connected to May 2010 house fire in La Habra Heights.
click to read more.
City of La Habra Heights does not take kindly to getting
found out. Apparently the City has been misrepresenting the
true level of fire protection residents can expect, should
we be surprised? Just a month ago the City was
advertising that they staffed two fire engines each day, opps
caught in a lie. City website now states at least one fire
engine is staffed everyday, residents should be thankful for
at least that! What's to blame for the willful endangerment of
the community and the firefighters that depended on the second
engine? Most suspect bloated City administrative
salaries that reach deep into the Fire Fund (TAX) cookie jar.
You can read more about those findings at
Bell soon toll for La Habra Heights government
keeping with our mission to inform, the following offsite link
is provided: La Habra Heights Improvement Association
Feeling like you missed something?
You did! The LHHIA does more than just scare children by dressing an adult
to look like a demented 6 foot tall rabbit. View how the
"Welcome Wagon" can be used to trample those who do not comply!
Read more at
the following link:
An email, written by La Habra Heights Mayor Howard Vipperman,
asking staff to "craft" an agenda item against a resident, is
cited as a key finding in a lawsuit against the City. The
first of several rumored lawsuits was filed on June 12, 2009, in Los
Angeles Superior Court.
Email written by Howard Vipperman to City
Staff and Councilmember Layne Baroldi can be viewed at the "The
Vipperman Chronicles" site.
"I would like to put it back on the agenda," Vipperman
stated in the April 28 e-mail. "I would like to not take
public comments if possible. I would like an agenda item
crafted to amend our previous decision by removing any
conditions. Specifically deny the appeal" -Howard
Click here to read the complaint filed against the City of La
Habra Heights (PDF.file)
Exclusive! Los Angeles District
Attorney warns La Habra Heights Mayor Howard Vipperman not to
violate state law by suggesting Agenda items be "Crafted" in
order to deny residents appeals.
Click here to read District Attorney letter to Mayor (PDF File) May 29,
La Habra Heights Couple Still Behind
Bars, Preliminary Hearing Postponed. Click to read
Judge Vickie Nix allowed a news media request for cameras
in the courtroom. Both television and still cameras were
allowed as long as the faces of the defendants were not shown.
The pictures below must then be considered illustrations,
since they include alterations to comply with Judge Nix's
Pictured: Kimberly Soares in "cage."
Pictured: Judge Vickie Nix and Kimberly Soares seen at the far
Pictured: Kimberly Soares TOPIX news wire photo
Pictured: Joseph Perry Soares talks with his attorney, Michael
La Habra Heights Improvement Association Vice President
Click here to read Orange County Register news article.
Exclusive photos, documents and criminal
findings only on the AvocadoExpress.com!
Booking Photo of Kimberly Soares (LHHIA Vice President)
Booking Photo of Joseph Perry Soares
View Criminal Complaint (PDF.file)
Shocking information only available here!
Complete complaint (Witch Hunt) and possible witness list
submitted to the Fair Political Practices Commission by Howard
Vipperman. (PDF.file click here)
EXCLUSIVE AGAIN! Fair Political Practices
Commission, clears informational mailers.
Click here to view FPPC letter (PDF.FILE)
Yet another exclusive!
La Habra Heights “Three Amigos“ Flyer Not In Violation of
Click here for complete story.
Click here to view Heights Hiccups editorial cartoon
series on La Habra Heights Three Amigos.
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Link: Topix Special Report - La Habra Heights Fire Chief John
Nielsen being named in Sexual Harassment claim against the
Chief Nielsen can't seem to
keep himself out of trouble. News story suggests the City may
be forced to settle or risk bankruptcy.
-Link to Lawsuit filed against the City of La Habra
Heights, Fire Chief John J. Nielsen and former Fire Marshall
Kenneth Hill. (PDF FILE)
-Link to MEMO suggesting Fire Chief Nielsen
will sue the City of La Habra Heights
Editor Note: Reports that a multimillion dollar settlement
is possible with half being paid out of the city's general
Link: TOPIX news story "La
Habra Heights' City Council slaps homeowners with record 6%
tax increase!" -original story by Mike Sprague,
Whittier Daily News
Stan Carroll, an expected incumbent for the 2009 La Habra
Heights city council race. Leads the 5-0 vote to increase
taxes for property owners. He also voted to impose a roads tax
and a franchise tax on trash haulers that will be passed on to
residents, as confirmed by the trash haulers of the Heights.
No reopening of the Westside and Eastside fire stations are
expected with the tax increase.
to supporting findings: Establishment of the special fire tax
for 2008-2009 PDF FILE
Heights Fire Watch has their own website! www.LhhFireWatch.com
La Habra Heights Residents can now actively get
involved in fire prevention within La Habra Heights and
Fire, weather warnings, Emergency Alerts for LA and Orange
county and community announcements can be heard daily on the
"La Habra Heights Fire Watch Radio"
To join, visit the La Habra Heights Fire Watch /FSC Inc. on
the web at:
LA Times Story - "La Habra Heights Tussle over
2004 La Habra Heights Fire Chief Nielsen reported to the La
Habra Heights City Council that 350 homes would burn in a wind
driven (Santa Ana) fire storm. Is your home on the
list? Call city hall and ask to hear and see the findings
by the La Habra Heights Fire department.
to supporting findings: Minutes
of April 8, 2004 La Habra Heights City Council Meeting (Fire Chief's
Report) ) PDF FILE
TOPIX Story - "Residents use private fire engine
to save 12 homes!"
In 2006, a
wildfire threat was extinguished by one of two privately owned
fire engines within the city of La Habra Heights. The city attorney
warned the resident firefighter not to put out any more fires
in La Habra Heights because it creates competition for the La
Habra Heights Fire Department...Huh? A recently affirmed city ordnance
Millsap and Brian
Bergman makes it a misdemeanor to extinguish any fires
within the City of La Habra Heights.
Note: In 2009 concerned and informed citizens for the fire safety
of La Habra Heights plan to extinguish the political careers
of the above mentioned council members.
to: "Exclusive wire" story on TOPIX First
and most complete news story!
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Automatic-Aid, effective Sept. 1st, 2007 at 12:01am.
Supporting documentation to wire story:
Aid Agreement with Los Angeles County Fire Department
of "Auto-Aid" area.. Note: not an official
La Habra Heights termination letter to La Habra for paramedic
service (PDF FILE)
La Habra letter confirming they would no longer respond into La Habra Heights
under Automatic-Aid (PDF FILE)
-March 13, 1997 City of La Habra Heights Agenda Report.
Paramedic Services with the City of La Habra (PDF file)
La Habra Heights City
Manager to propose "Tuff Shed" approach for new fire
A solution on how to build the city hall complex has apparently
been reached. Use metal building techniques for the
firefighters now, and conventional construction for the New City Hall at Hacienda at West location. The
savings of building the fire station within a metal garage
will also give the city additional options to pursue development opportunities
within the city limits for high density housing and possible commercial
development. The item will be on the September 13,
2007 La Habra Heights City Council Agenda.
TOPIX "Exclusive" Wire Story - "LA County
key to commercial development in La Habra Heights"
Plan to acquire 30
plus acres for a fire station to go with a new mini-mall?
continue to remain silent as to why the city is trying to acquire
31 acres (pictured above) east of Harbor Boulevard within the
city of La Habra Heights.
Note: An inquiry with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's
Division" has been made regarding any possible
violation of the Brown Act by the City of La Habra Heights. Apparently,
the City made no attempt to notify the news media of the
special "secret" meeting with Supervisor Don Knabe.
(see 2003 Brown Act link here PDF File)
Los Angeles County map removes major roadblock for AERA's
La Habra Heights Project (PDF File)
to grow as to a connection between AERA Energy's plan to
build a new housing project in La Habra Heights, and the lack
of proper fire suppression ability by the city's volunteer
fire department. In order to Annex the property that is currently
Los Angeles County, LAFCO would want to see the that the city
has adequate fire and rescue services in place prior to a city
proposal to annex the AERA property into La Habra Heights. Aid towards fire
protection to the area is coming from the Los Angeles
Board of Supervisors who's staff have taken a great interest
and gone to great lengths to ensure La Habra Heights gets
free fire service, this per an unidentified LACO source speaking
on the condition of anonymity. The expected approval
of Automatic Aid at the July 31, 2007 Board of Supervisors
meeting will will give AERA a firmer foothold into the
city of La Habra Heights and further AERA's housing development
plans of over 3600 new homes for the immediate area East of
Harbor Blvd. La Habra Heights residents will
not have to pay for the additional free fire protection plan.
Aid for La Habra Heights held per Fire Chief Freeman (PDF
Item 51 (Auto
Aid for the City of La Habra Heights) on the Los Angeles Board
of Supervisions agenda was held/continued until July 31, 2007
per the Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman. Item
51 will once again be on the agenda for the July 31, 2007
board meeting. The lopsided agreement is expected to be
Aid Agenda Report (PDF File)
Note: On location reports will once again be available
via the "Heights Fire Watch" radio repeater
beginning at 9:00am.
is a fire bug in the area."
is a fire bug in the area. Had 2 fires by the Catholic Church,
, Industry & near the Water District offices. Fire Captain
reported 4-5 occurrences within the last week."
report, RHCCC General minutes June 11, 2007
Editor Note: So what steps are the
City of La Habra Heights and the Fire Department taking as a
result of the sheriffs' report? Absolutely nothing, but
keeping this information from the public's view.
Example: At the June 14, 2007 City Council Meeting, Fire
Chief Nielsen failed to report the recent brush fires may all
be connected and a result of an arsonist. A report was made
three days prior to the Rowland Heights Coordinating Council
by Los Angeles County Sheriff officials of arson activity in
hits La Habra Heights/Rowland Heights (click here to see the raw news
One of 3
fires taking place within a one hour period during the early
afternoon of June 7, 2007 is under investigation as arson. La
Habra Heights fire department was only able to man one engine
company for an initial response. Overwhelmed with thick brush,
lack of adequate water and extremely steep terrain, triggered
a call to the county to fight the fire. Los Angeles County
provided 2 water dropping helicopters and a Battalion Chief to
command the incident. The fire was along Fullerton Road, in
the city's extreme eastern area and adjacent to what is now
being referred to as Powder Keg Canyon, a name given by local
residents that view the area as an extreme wildfire risk.
2006, La Habra Heights City Manager Ron Bates laughs up his
good fortune. New never released news video of a brush fire in
La Habra Heights (click here for video)
Heights residents have often complained about of a lack of
fire suppression resources on the East and West sides of the
community. The deficiency was confirmed by an independent
review and audit welcomed by LHH Fire Chief Nielsen and authorized
by City Manager Ron Bates in mid 2006. The 2007 ISO
report confirmed that we no longer have 5 engine companies to respond
to fires but only have 1 engine company. Meanwhile, the
city manager received a pay increase, a portion from
the fire fund, since 10 percent of his salary comes from
monies set aside for fire suppression. Fire Chief Nielsen also
confirms in a report that he only had one engine available to respond
prior to June 5, 2007 (see
report here). Watch as Ron Bates spins the
truth and states a 90 second response time. The correct information
is that a Los Angles County Sheriff Deputy patrolling
along Harbor Blvd. attempted to extinguish the fast moving
fire using 2 fire extinguishers. The fire department response
was in excess of 10 minutes per an eyewitness. Mr. Bates has
come under growing criticism for spinning the truth in an
attempt to get the funding for a New City Hall project.
Los Angeles County residents also view Mr. Bates' attempt to
obtain free fire service from surrounding communities as "highly
Madre's new Paramedic program may have a dramatic impact on La
Habra Heights medical services
Cities of La Habra Heights and Sierra Madre share the same
pool of ambulance company paramedics to service their citizens
with Paramedic Services. La Habra Heights already has serious
staffing issues to run their fire department. Will the
city also add paramedic service to their staffing problems?
La Habra Heights uses a pool of 50 paramedics and Sierra Madre
uses a pool of 40. From the same pool? (see
list on PDF file)
Editor Note: Incident reports obtained by this website
already show a lack of a properly staffed Paramedic unit in
2006. The Sierra Madre VFD is a highly respected and well run
fire department that is led and staffed by resident volunteers
to protect their community of approx. 11,000 citizens. Keeping
cost to a minimum with excellent service is their primary
goal. And no they do not pay the City Manager's salary from
monies set aside for fire protection, unlike La Habra Heights.
La Habra and Los Angeles County taxpayers to pay for
"Already Paid For" or better known as
"free" fire and rescue service for La Habra Heights
- Agenda Report (PDF file)
You read about it
here first back in February 2007, La Habra Heights City
Manager's plan for using paid for fire service is confirmed! "The
benefits of this agreement will improve response times for all
area residents and more efficient use of tax payer resources.
Said another way, fire and emergency rescue services are
improved without an increase in taxpayer cost."
We assume he means no additional cost to La Habra Heights
residents. The city of La Habra pays millions for service from
Los Angeles County and Whittier pays additional taxes for
improved fire and rescue services for their residents.
Editor Note: So who are the losers? Fire services for
the area surrounding La Habra Heights. Since the plan calls
for stretching already thin fire and rescue services from Los Angeles
County Fire Department to cover the City of La Habra Heights
at no additional cost to their residents.
Habra Heights asks for bid from Los Angles County Fire
Deptment (PDF file)
Agenda report for the May 10th 2007 City of La Habra Heights
Regular City Council Meeting.
Habra Heights residents circulate petition
for Los Angeles County Fire Services
of the city's fire departments poor performance and 20 year regression
in the recent ISO's evaluation of fire services for La Habra
Heights. Residents have started to circulate a petition asking
the City Council to get an estimate on services from the Los
Angeles County Fire Department.
(click here for
press release) PDF
service rating for City of La Habra Heights takes a
office confirms new pending rating of 5/9 for fire prone
community. Link to wire story on La Habra Heights 40% drop in
fire protection ability and a 20 year "regression"
in ISO classification for community.
(Click here for story)
ISO Report for the City of La Habra Heights (PDF file)
ISO report detailing: "The
new classification is a regression from the former Class
3/9." The City of La Habra Heights fire service
has a pending split classification of 5/9 and was only .03%
from an ISO 6 classification. A key finding of the independent
report is that the city now only averages one engine company, down from 5 engine companies as shown in
the previous 2001 ISO Report.
Editor Note: The new classification is a direct result
of the closure of all but 1 fire station and the elimination
of the resident firefighter program needed to respond to
fires. Another factor is the continued reallocation of fire
equipment replacement funds and fire tax revenues to the building
fund otherwise known as the $8.1 million Civic Center Complex.
La Habra Heights fire chief invites ISO to "Come on
down" (click for video)
At the October 12, 2006 City Council meeting.
Fire Chief Nielsen stated he did not invite the Insurance
Services Office (ISO) for reclassification of La Habra
Heights, from an ISO 3/9, viewed as a good rating by firefighting professionals.
The results of ISO's August 2006 City of La Habra Heights
inspection and findings is a "regression" in
classification to a pending rating of 5/9. This
represents a drop of 40% in the level of fire protection available
to the community by the fire department per ISO standards.
Here is the public records copy of Chief Nielsen at the June
8, 2006 City Council meeting informing the Council that he had
indeed contacted ISO. This despite resident firefighter's
pleas to the fire chief and city manager that it would only
result in a lower rating and subject the community to
additional scrutiny and possible cancellation of insurance
polices. The information that ISO gathers is supplied to "...insurance
companies to use as they see fit." -John Coleman ISO
(11/9/06 presentation, CC Mtg. minutes)
You have heard references to a communities' "ISO
Rating". It refers to a communities' readiness and
resources to suppress fire emergencies. Fire stations
and certified draft points are big winners when trying to
improve a communities' ISO Rating. Ratings are from 1 to
10 with a rating of 10 not meeting minimum ISO standards for
fire service. Wondering what La Habra Heights' "ISO Rating"
is? It's a pending 5/9. Are you one of homes in the
"9"?, call city hall and ask for the ISO report (get a
Note: We could improve our "ISO Rating" by reopening
2 fire stations, getting residents to volunteer their
time to respond to fires and purchasing a Type
II water tender. The
positive results for the entire city would be lower insurance
rates and a safer community.
ISO Report for the City of La Habra Heights
(referred to at the Nov. 9, 2006 City Council Meeting)
This report obtained from the La Habra Heights County Water
District details the city's ISO rating.
In 2001 the community had an split ISO classification of 3/9. An
ISO classification of 10 would indicate no fire protection
meeting minimum ISO standards. Also, in 2001 La
Habra Heights Fire Department had 5 engine companies. Today
the city only averages 1 engine company per the current ISO
ISO Report for the City of La Habra Heights (PDF file)
The last time La Habra Heights had an ISO 5 classification was
over 20 years ago in 1985! No evidence can be located that it was
a split classification, unlike the pending ISO 5/9
classification. This may be due to the fire department having
a water tender available during the ISO inspection back in
Orange County Fire Authority's new fire
station 29 in the high rent district of The OC.
Building cost for the near 10,000 square foot station on a 1/3 acre
lot, under $4 million!
At the March 8, 2007 regular meeting of the La Habra
Heights City Council, the true nature of the city council's
plan was revealed. The plan is for a new "Civic
Center" for the city of less than 1,970 homes, not
the new fire station as has been spun by the city manager and
city council. This would explain how both Los Angeles County
Fire Department and Orange County can build fire stations for
less than $4 million, when La Habra Heights city manager wants
$6.3 million to do the same. In addition, adding the city hall
and civic center has driven the price to over $10 million and
the need to move to a bigger lot.
Note: So who was the architect that was able to produce
such a large fire station on 1/3 of an acre, deep in Orange County for under $4
million but 1 million over budget? WLC Architect Inc.,
the same high priced firm the city has paid over $60,000 to
come up with a $8.1 million civic center complex.
to Fire Orange County Fire Station 29 (then and now)
Great background on
how a fire station was rebuilt on the existing site and for
under $4 million.
County Register link: Orange gets high end firehouse for $3.4
Yet another under $4
million fire station. The City Councils desire to add a civic center to go
along with better housing for firefighters, has "muddied up" the
waters on what a new firehouse should cost a rural community
that averages less than one emergency call a day!
Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman's letter to the Whittier
Former Councilman Fred Klein's statement about using "already paid
for" fire services for La Habra Heights is viewed as
"erroneous and seriously
of La Habra Heights 2/8/07 Agenda Report on City Hall Complex
pages 1-4 (PDF)
The actual true cost the city council is willing to
spend is 8.1 million dollars on top of what has already been
spent. Many reports had fixed the price at 6.3
million. Those reports are incomplete since they fail to
mention the new city hall portion attached to the "City
Hall Complex" plan.
The residents "...will likely have a
longer response time as fire/paramedic units will need to
travel further..." The city manager warns
that the new location will also put the complex on a 2 lane
road vs. the 4 lane road of the current location. No mention
is made of how the city plans to address fire and rescue
protection for the affected areas.
City Council Votes 4-1 to
move forward on a record 8.9 million dollar proposed City Hall Complex
at the Hacienda and West location.
City of La Habra (yes La Habra) citizens to be
made responsible for paying for fire protection of the West
and East ends of La Habra Heights! This is as a result of the new
fire station location increasing response time by over a minute!.....more
The city council voted to move forward with the Hacienda and
location for a new City Hall Complex that would include a fire
station. Councilman Fred Klein led the 4-1 vote to
build the project 1/3 of a mile north of the present location despite
firefighter and resident protest
and testimony that it would increase response times thus further
endangering their community as well as possibly increasing insurance rates to
homeowners. Also, promises to listen to the public and put it
out to a community survey as stated in an official City of La
Habra Heights "Top of the Heights" mailing
in order to push the project through before the March 6, 2007
The project would involve the City of La Habra since
they have contracted with the Los Angeles
County Fire Department for fire and rescue protection for their
citizens in a multi-million dollar agreement. The plan is to have them respond into La Habra
Heights free of charge via a currently nonexistent "Automatic
Aid" agreement. Two La Habra council members have
protested the La Habra Heights plan for free fire service.
When asked why the change from building multiple fire stations
to a new city hall complex, councilman Fred Klein
responded, "Things have changed".
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department contract with the City
of La Habra Heights. (PDF) file
Note: As requested, here is copy of the current LASO contract
for police protection to the community of La Habra
Heights. This may help explain our occurrences of
mail theft, vandalism, burglary, assault, graffiti and an alarming
amount of arson incidents.
Editor Note: Still think we need to spend millions on a New
of La Habra Heights suggestion on how to prevent mail theft
and what to do if you become a likely victim of "Identity
Theft" PDF file
In an attempt to mitigate the epidemic
level of mail theft and subsequent "Identity Theft",
the city has provided this handout to the community.
Note: Identity Theft can cost a resident thousands of dollars. At
the same time the La Habra Heights City Council is saving
thousands by denying the community adequate police protection
and prevention of crime.
The resulting savings will be used to build a new city
Drawing of the then 6.7
million dollar City Hall Complex. Today it's over 9 million,
additional 1.5 million in soil mitigation, another
purchase, design and test the property, include a very large undisclosed amount in legal fees
and the price tag keeps growing!
Back in March of 2006 the new city hall added
over 2 million dollars to the cost of the complex. Today
the cost of a new city hall is estimated to add 3.2 million to
the cost of the complex.
Note: This is based on our own best estimates. The City Council
and city manager have not provided us with the actual cost to
share with the public on this website or any website. It seems
the public in the dark and outside the new proposed security
gate is a top priority of the La Habra Heights City Council.
of January 8, 2004 La Habra Heights City Council Meeting
(Consent Calendar Item 10). First questions about a rumored
move of the La Habra Heights City Hall
where the idea of a "New City Hall" came from?
The idea came from a sub-committee formed by the City Council
to get the firefighters better housing. La Habra Heights Council
member Fred Klein is a member of the
attached a New City Hall to better facilities for our volunteer
1, 2004, Whittier Daily News article mentioning La Habra disbanding
its fire department
and La Habra Heights building a new city hall.
In 2004 the city of La Habra Heights still had
fire and paramedic service from the City of La Habra to
respond and protect the community. In early 2005 the city lost
its fire and rescue agreement with La Habra. Today the community
of La Habra Heights fire service is at its lowest level in
over a decade as a result of the loss of the "1992 Automatic
Aid Agreement" with the City of La Habra.
verified mention of a "possible re-location of the city
Monthly Height Christian Report (letter) dated: December 22,
2003 (PDF FILE)
was made of better fire facilities, only about moving City
offices, in this letter to the City of La Habra Heights.
This letter states that the city manager met with
the Heights Christian Church about re-locating the City offices. No
public mention had been made about moving city hall, only that
the fire department was in need of better facilities.
Note: Letter/report obtained from the Jan. 8, 2004 La
Habra Heights City Council meeting agenda packet.
of September 12, 2002 La Habra Heights City Council Meeting
(New Business, Item 14) Formation of a subcommittee for the
city's possible future fire department building site.
Mayor Millsap appointed Council member Fred
Klein as a member of the sub-committee.
Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Borrowe's opinion was that residents of
La Habra Heights also be appointed to serve on the sub-committee..
Note: Surprise, no citizens were ever appointed to serve on the
sub-committee that would result in the purposed new city hall
complex that may cost the community over 12 million dollars
(our best estimate) before construction ever begins.
of June 10, 2004 La Habra Heights City Council Meeting (Page
14-16) Item 12 asks the city council to authorize city manager
to purchase 2.96 acre lot for fire station not to exceed
Note: Report states that property was
"found suitable to build a Fire Station and City
Hall". After the purchase of the county property it was
later realized that the property was in need of 1.5 million dollars
of soil mitigation in order to build a fire station.
La Habra Heights
residents, former Mayor, City Council members and firefighters
plan to reduce response times for all residents and meet Los
Angeles County Fire Department Standards.
District Map (small)
District Map (large file)
Having only one fire station will not
result in any additional lives or property saved, but 3
small stations with Paramedic Rescue will. In addition
the units would also carry water to suppress a small fire from
becoming a large out of control brush fire.
Note: 3 small stations would also reduce the
size of the main station by 60 percent. Equipment would be distributed
throughout the city rather than all housed in one location.
Plan was presented to La Habra Heights city management.
MOTS Survey Results: Firefighters agree they do not
need a new city hall to provide fire and rescue services to
residents of La Habra Heights.
of the City
of La Habra Heights
April 2002 GPAC Residential Household Survey
This document was mailed out to every
household in La Habra Heights. Its purpose was to help
identify issues that were important to the community. Question (n) asks "We need a fully staffed fire
station in the East Heights". Agree, Disagree or No
Opinion (50% of the respondents who
had an opinion, agreed with question (n) on the survey)
Note: This survey was done
prior to the 2005 loss of automatic aid services from
the neighboring fire department (La Habra). Today the city
does not have any "Automatic Aid" agreements for
Paramedic, Rescue, Structure Fire or Wildfire response into
the city limits of La Habra Heights.
16, 2006 Third Town Hall Meeting Announcement and exhibit by
the City of La Habra Heights on a New City Hall Complex
$480,000 land parcel purchase quickly becomes
a 7.8 million dollar City Hall Complex.
Note: Originally (Sept. 2003) only a fire station was to be
built for under 2 million dollars
28, 2005, First Town Hall meeting invite and exhibit for a new
City Hall/fire station
In April of 2005 the La Habra Heights City Council
mailed an invitation for the first "Town Hall"
meeting to discuss the proposal to build a new fire station
with the addition of a new city hall to go with the project.
Option 1 and 3 allow for the existing location to be
remodeled to better facilitate the Volunteer Fire Department's
Note: Option 1 and 3 keep the fire department's response time
the same and on a 4 lane road vs. Option 2 moves north onto a 2 lane
road with an increase in response time by 1 minute to portions
of our community.
mailed to all La Habra Heights residences. Inviting them to
get the facts and plan to attend the "Town Hall
Meeting" on November 16, 2006
Privately financed mailing to insure the
entire community was notified of the "Town Hall
of expired 1992 Automatic Aid Agreement with City of La Habra
Agreement between the City of La Habra and La
Habra Heights to have automatic responses into the city of La Habra
Heights. Exhibit "B" states that La Habra Fire
Department would respond "For any structure fire, medical
aid or wildland fire".
In early 2005 The La Habra Fire Department was taken
over by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The agreement
became null and void with the takeover. Overnight, La
Habra Heights Fire Department's response times in many
cases doubled and tripled. No Town Hall Meeting, announcement,
nor Special City Council meeting was held to discuss this
development that would affect the health and welfare of a significant
portion of the residents of La Habra Heights. Today
Los Angeles County Fire Department does not, and has not had,
an automatic aid agreement to respond to structure fires,
medical aid or wildfires within La Habra Heights city limits.
of the map used by residents to locate the closest fire station to
The 2003 Thomas Guide still showed 6 listed
fire stations in the City of La Habra Heights. Residents used that information
to determine their fire and safety protection level before
they purchased homes in the Heights. Many areas even had a fire station sign
along the road indicating a fire station close by. It was
later found out in
2005 that all the fire stations, except for 1 that did not
ever exist, were closed. Today The La Habra Heights Volunteer
Fire Department only responds from one station located in the
back of City Hall and response times now vary from 3 minutes
to 19 minutes depending on
location, nature of the call and available resources.
La Habra Heights
Incident Report 06-197 "Structure Fire on Skyline
The official City of La Habra Heights Incident
Report for a Structure fire on July 25, 2006, Time: 16:47 (4:47pm)
Only one engine, a squad and command vehicle, were dispatched.
call for mutual aid from Area E or Los Angeles County was
made. The staffing of this incident is puzzling and needs additional
Here is a map of
the route taken at 4:52pm. The distance traveled was
5.1 miles. The average speed would have been 43.7 MPH to get
there in 7 minutes as the report states. (PDF
of April 8, 2004 La Habra Heights City Council Meeting (Fire Chief's
Fire Chief Nielsen stating that La Habra
Heights would lose an estimated 350 homes
to a wind
driven fire storm. (wind driven = Santa Ana Winds)
Note: 350 homes would make up approximately 18.5% of the total
residences of La Habra Heights. With losses estimated at close
to half a billion dollars.
Hills Fire Station 89 "Ready to Roll"
10 years (Oct. 1996) and 4 millions dollars
later Fire Station 89 is operational in June of 2006.
Hills Fire Station 89 set to open
Los Angeles County Fire Departments newest
station opens on June 1, 2006
Hills Fire Station 89 construction bogs down.
3.2 million dollar project quickly get to 4
Hills Fire Station 89 construction yet to begin
Article states that project started out at 1.5
million dollar back in 2001.
Hills Fire Station 89 building contract awarded press release
Press release indicates a 3 million dollar
Habra Heights County Water District 2005 Water Master Plan
Page V-1 of the Water Master Plan suggests
that hydrants close to the reservoirs "shall be
designated as Draft Hydrants". The structure fire incident
on Skyline drive is adjacent to a reservoir.
The only units that currently carry draft hoses in La Habra
Heights are the OES engine and the East Heights engine.
Los Angles County Fire Department still equips new engines
with 20 feet of 4 inch hard suction hose (draft hose).
La Habra Heights has a "Draft Hydrant" (as needed) requirement
on all new swimming pools. (PDF
of La Habra Heights letter stating they do not have a copy of
the ISO report
After two release of public information
requests and an appearance in front of the La Habra Heights
City Council with the City Attorney present, city management
responded with a letter on October 5, 2006 stating that they
did not have a copy of the ISO report. So following City
management instructions and being a good citizens, we contacted
ISO and asked them to send them over a copy so the community
could review it. (PDF
fire threatens La Habra Heights October 4, 2006
A fire that broke out over the hill in unincorporated
Los Angeles County (northern side) made for a sleepless night
in La Habra Heights. Our fire department assisted as best as
they could but rugged terrain and a lack of man power made for
a delayed full response to the brush fire. Favorable
weather conditions aided in the quick work of the small fire
that broke out in an area that has had an active fire history.
sets out to demystify "Draft/Dry Hydrants" (Video)
version (click here)
A rough edit version of a satellite news feed
was provided to the La Habra Heights Fire Department,
city manager and city council. We would like to thank
the Los Angeles County Fire Department for their cooperation
in demonstrating the "Draft Hydrant" system that our
city has adopted but neglects to enforce. Now the city manager
is asking the city council to weaken the fire
code so they do not have to enforce compliance uniformly.
Note: This is the same video that has been entered in
as part of the public record.
of La Habra Heights September 14, 2006 Agenda Report
Once again the City Manager asks that the
section dealing with "Dry Hydrants" on new swimming
pools be eliminated from article
7 (Page 71).
Note: Since the city adopted the Los Angeles County fire code
in 1999, not one swimming pool has been constructed with the
"draft" hydrant system that is being installed in other high fire danger communities. A reason that may be given
to not enforce the ordinance now is:
that are adequately served by access roads that comply with
fire department standards, and have a properly spaced fire
capable of flowing a minimum of 1250 Gallons Per Minute (GPM)
for 2 hours, may be exempted."
Even though a residence can meet the requirements for
exemption, firefighters and the community still need the backup
water source in case of earthquake or large brushfire emergency
as stated in our
of La Habra Heights August 24, 2006 Agenda Report
City Manager asks that the
section dealing with "Dry Hydrants" on new swimming
pools be eliminated.
Note: Making it more difficult for firefighters to access pool
water supplies will only serve to further endanger our
community that is within the highest fire risk zone in Los
Angeles County (PDF file)
News story of a home saved twice by it's swimming pool
"They say you never make your money back on your
pool" (play the video portion of story)
Wildfire press release
Statement about the property owners responsibility for the safety
of their home in regards to wildfires (brushfires) "Protecting your home from wildfire is your responsibility"
government report on communities at high risk of wildfire
Information on communities at risk (Yes, La Habra Heights is
one of them)
Angeles County Fire Department hazardous wildfire areas in
need of mitigation
La Habra Heights is in extreme danger of a wildfire
coming from the east. (Tonner Canyon)
a reminder that you live in an extreme fire danger area? (click
History of fires responded to by Los Angeles County Fire Department
One of the 15 deadliest fires in Los Angeles County burned
through La Habra Heights
Magazine story on La Habra Heights
resident regarding response times by fire department
Retired veteran fire captain Roy Francis sends letter to neighbors
warning of poor response times.
of letter click here (PDF file)
La Habra Heights residents ask for quicker response (PDF
and KCAL visit La Habra Heights residents who have offered to
donate a new fire station
See what the mayor really thinks of the fire danger in La
La Habra Heights couple build fire rig after learning
that their fire station had moved out!
News visits La Habra Heights own tractor fire rig!
It's not a Ferrari but it just maybe the most responsible thing to sport
in La Habra Heights!
(add it to your "must have" holiday wish list)
Edwardz goes before Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
George goes downtown seeking assistance in building a joint
fire station to benefit the communities of La Habra Heights,
La Habra, Rowland Heights and the Puente Hills Habitat Authority
protected lands. Mr. Don Knabe is open to working with the
City of La Habra Heights in JPA (Joint Powers
George follows the highly spirited lady.
DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST
Habra Heights Fire Department District Map (PDF file)
This is the same map that is used by the LHH fire
department to respond to fire and rescue calls. A rectangle
around an address indicate a swimming pool.
Note: Swimming pools are viewed as extremely valuable
sources of water since the use of regular fire hydrants is considered
questionable during brush fires. Why? Lack of pressure or
of La Habra Heights April 2002 GPAC Residential Household Survey
This document was mailed out to every
household in La Habra Heights. It's purpose was to help
identify issues that were important to the community.
Question (n) asks "We need a fully staffed fire
station in the East Heights". Agree, Disagree or No
Topanga Incident Report (Malibu 1993)
At the October 12, 2006 La Habra Heights City Council
Meeting. The chairperson of the La Habra Heights Emergency
Preparedness Committee stated that La Habra Heights is a Malibu
waiting to happen. She is correct, the professional
firefighting community is in agreement with that statement.
To quote a La Habra Heights Volunteer fire Department captain
"It's not if it will happen, it's when will it
happen" The link above discusses the incident that La
Habra Heights residents should do everything possible to
prevent from occurring in the community.
to UniSat from the La Habra Heights City Council denying an
offer to bring the Town Hall Meeting live into the homes of
October 19, 2006 letter from the City of La
Habra Heights "Thanks but no Thanks letter" to
UniSat had offered to donate services to bring
city council meetings live into the communities' homes as far
back as 2003. (See
Note: The current City Council and City Manager do edit
residents comment's at City Council Meetings when they
deem it warranted.
to La Habra Heights City Council offering to bring the Town
Hall Meeting live into the homes of the community.
October 17, 2006 letter from UniSat offering
to donate production and airtime in order broadcast the
November 16, 2006 Town Hall on the new city hall project LIVE,
completely free of charge. Our offer included a live broadcast
on both cable and direct satellite systems so the entire community
could participate by calling in or emailing questions. This
offer would have also aided thee elderly and infirmed members
of the community by allowing them to actively participate in
the town hall meeting.
of Fire Map for La Habra Heights 1928 to 2005 (PDF File)
Most of our fires have come from the eastern and northern
ends. The map also shows a significant fire history for the
"Flat Top" area in the western end of La Habra
Note I: Map only show large fires not the numerous small fires
that the resident volunteers quickly put out in the past from
1928-2002. La Habra Heights no longer has a resident
volunteer firefighter program
Note II: Map is upside down (Thankz Kinko's) also a large file
version is available for those who want it, just let us know
and we will send it to you.
of Fire Map for Los Angeles County 1878-2005
This map shows the areas in LA County that have burned in
wildfires. La Habra Heights really stands out in this
map. (right side of map on the Los Angeles Orange County line)
Habra Heights Incident Report OX 99289 8 (response time of 12 minutes!)
Fire Chief Nielsen says he can be anywhere in La Habra Heights
in 7 minutes. Then why did it take a full 12 minutes to
get to the corner of Harbor and Fullerton Road? If this would
have been a heart attack or stroke it would have resulted in tragedy.
(Still think we don't need a fire station on the East Side?)
proposal to build a fire station and provide a rescue unit for
Here is our family's proposal that was provided to the La
Habra Heights City Council to privately finance a fire
station. They have refused to put the item on the agenda.
(very accurate assessment of our fire service included) (PDF
of email sent to Mayor Milsap and Councilman Bergman asking
for assistance in placing an offer to build a fire
station on the east side of La Habra Heights on the agenda
Even though the entire community pays 2 fire taxes, the
services are not equally distributed throughout the city. Ever
hear that line "If you want it so bad build it
yourself"? We can't even get the city council to
even consider an offer to do just that (no strings attached) (PDF
Francis letter to community regarding response times
Copy of a May 9th, 2006 letter sent to neighbors urging for
their assistance in getting the La Habra Heights city council
to hear resident's concerns and solutions. (way to go Roy!)
Note: Roy Francis is a retired veteran firefighter of
our own fire department. (PDF
Los Angeles County Fire Department Mutual Aid agreement with
the City of La Habra Heights
This is the only agreement with Los
Angeles County Fire Department and states within that it does
not relieve the city from providing adequate fire and rescue
Angeles County Fire Department "Draft Hydrant" requirements
for Fire Zone 4 communities.
The City of Malibu and La Habra Heights both have one
thing in common, they are within a high risk fire zone. After
the last devastating wildfire in 1996 Malibu adopted stringent safety measures
and in 1999 La Habra Heights did as well.
Currently Fire Chief Nielsen and the city manager of La Habra
Heights are attempting to strike key provisions in Article
7 (page 71) of the proposed draft ordnances that would
insure reliable and accessible backup water supplies in case of fire or as a result
of a earthquake damaging our water mains that feed the fire
hydrants. (fact: a fire engine can hold 500 gallons of
water and an average pool holds 30,000 gallons of water. Do
the math. how many trucks can be filled? Now exactly why
would the community not be interested in a reliable water reserve?
of La Habra Heights General Plan (Final) Safety Element
Within the city's general plan it states that our water
storage is inadequate and that swimming pools should be inventoried
for use in fire suppression in case of emergency. (PDF
Habra Heights County Water Department fire flow test report
(as of Sept. 12, 2006)
Our water department does a great job getting
us the water we need on a daily basis. Most of the hydrants
flow well for our rural community but still others do not flow
the minimum of 1250 GPM.
Angeles County Fire Department "Pre-Fire" plan
Extreme fire danger has always been part of living in La Habra Heights.
In our case should extreme measures be taken by our city to
protect our families and homes? Los Angeles County Fire
Department has some very helpful facts about our level of
response times graded ISO (News Article)
La Habra Heights Fire Chief Nielson stated that the ISO rating
for the city was not important or relevant in determining homeowners
insurance rates. Someone should tell that to State Farm
Topanga/Chatsworth Fire picture diary
Interesting link on what can result from a brush fire burning
through La Habra Heights
List of the most serious wildfires in US history, sixteen of
them burned in California. Oakland Hills in October of 1991 burned
1,500 acres, 2,900 homes and took 25 lives including the fire chief.
La Habra Heights is 4,000 acres with 1,951 homes per the 2000
Professional opinion suggest that a wildfire in La Habra
Heights would burn though the 4,000 acres in a few hours.
of Brea Fire Department
Brea fire department operates a rural fire station
(station 4), one firefighter/EMT and one brush engine with
medical equipment capable of administering critical first
responder services to the community know as Olinda Village.
Angeles County Fire Code
Section 903.5*Pool Draft System in Very High Fire Hazard
Severity Zones La Habra Heights has adopted the
V.H.F.H.S.Z requirements (And that would be a good thing)
Website location to watch the 2007 La Habra
Heights Candidate Forum
This independent presentation is free of government control
and censorship. Up to the minute election results to begin
March 6th at 8:00pm
Note: All candidates, with the exception
of City Council incumbent Fred Klein, support having 24/7 sheriff
patrols, equal fire/rescue services to all members of
the community and added measures to protect our fire prone community
from the threat of wildfire.
With the exception of City Council incumbent Fred Klein, all
are opposed to a New City Hall.
Where we go to learn to prevent and fight wildfires from
burning down communities.
Here is a copy of the original invitation handed out at the
2006 Avocado Festival, urging La Habra Heights
residents to learn to protect their family's and property. (PDF
Hondo Fire Academy
This is where we received our California State Fire Marshall certification
to drive, operate and pump rescue engines ( a longtime La Habra
Heights resident was the instructor)
Angeles County Fire Department "Call Firefighter"
This program could save La Habra Heights millions of dollars.
EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
Fire Equipment Inc.
Great local place to get swimming pool pumps, hoses and fire resistant
clothing to keep you safe!
They have everything from Kevlar shoelaces to fire engines!
Great resource for water storage for earthquake or fire
motors (fire engines)
OK you have the Jaguar and Hummer great, but how exactly is
that going to help protect your family? So for the family or individual
that has everything here is a tool that every responsible La
Habra Heights resident ....or group of residents should own
and get trained on!
Fire Equipment (fire engines and other apparatus)
Good source of used equipment available throughout the
county. If you got the cash they have the rig!
(Note: Automatic transmission and diesel powered is preferred
and keep it small, big engines have no business in the
"Your Letters, Your
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we have here is a failure to communicate"
12/14/06 letter sent to this website
Santa Letter- "Please bring us two...NEW Council
2/13/07 letter provided to this website
need a change"
Letter from past La Habra Heights mayor Ed Borrowe
2/21/07 letter sent to this website
Letter to Editor of
Whittier Daily News - Questions newspaper's "Top
Picks" for city council.
link to Whittier Daily News
tax was never needed for Paramedic service but to build
and hide the cost of building a new city hall"
2/28/07 letter sent
to this website