I normally do not post on FB pages other than the official pages associated with Historic Wintersburg. It’s more a matter of not having the time; there are thousands of hours invested in saving a historical site and not enough hours in the day.
I will post this one statement. My apologies I do not have time for an ongoing thread.
I saw statements attributed to me that are simply not accurate, as well as “historical facts” that are not accurate. If anyone wants the factual history, please read the Historic Wintersburg blog, my book (my 2nd book in progress), or go to our Facebook page.
Please be cautious of Facebook “experts.” Please be respectful of those who are represented by this history. We work very hard to get things “right.”
We are not advocating for re-zoning or destruction of any of the historical structures. We would love a heritage park, something I have stated many times over the past 8+ years I have worked to save Historic Wintersburg. Anyone who has actually known me for the past 8+ years knows I have advocated for full preservation. And that I expressed concern publicly about the impact of development proposals in Oak View (included in my statements made part of the public record during years of City hearings.
The reality is we do not own the property. The property owner has rights. The concepts proposed by the upcoming Urban Land Institute technical study are just that: CONCEPTS for discussion. Yes, they come at this effort with a particular point of view, but their concepts are not “the plan.” One concept I particularly like is preservation with restoration of farm uses at the property.
However, until the day I win the Powerball, it is not my decision!
The number one recommendation from the ULI is the creation of a community council to discuss concepts. As they noted there is a severe polarization of views. This council would include residents from Oak View who live there 24-7, the property owner, the preservationists, non profits who work in the neighborhood, school officials. This would be a respectful, facilitated process by which we can work toward feasible concepts.
The ULI recommendations are ONE set of ideas, a proof of concept that shows preservation can work in many forms and that it can include uses that generate revenue to maintain it. Preservationists are ready to fund raise for the preservation projects and we are partnering with our country’s number one expert, the National Trust.
Are we working on other paths to achieve preservation? Yes. I’ve just learned not to share things publicly until they become more reality, to avoid misinformation, disruption, tweeting and Facebook-ing.
As someone who served on this City’s human relations task force and on a number of humanitarian/civil rights issues over several decades, please know I will not participate in throwing anyone under the bus. I am concerned about all the parties coming together and healing a rift. I’m an optimist and will continue working toward that.
I do want to thank the large number of people here, in Huntington Beach (and nationally) who have expressed concern and that they want to see Historic Wintersburg preserved. That to me shows a lot of heart. You’re good people.
We’d love to see all of you at our next fundraising event on Dec. 4 at the Newland House. It is a joint event with the Huntington Beach Historical Society, Holidays in Huntington Beach, circa 1915. Find your 100-year-old clothes, come talk with us face-to-face and have some fun!