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Welcome to The Fairview Park Alliance

Fall 2017

Dear Friends who love Fairview Park,

Welcome to our website!

Fairview Park?forever. That?s one way to look at the very favorable outcome of the 2016 November election in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa voters clearly wanted Fairview Park to remain a nature park and do not want sports fields of any kind to be built there.

A year ago, many of us were busy campaigning all over Costa Mesa talking to our neighbors and asking them to please vote to keep Fairview Park forever a nature park.

Measure AA, ?the City of Costa Mesa Requiring Changes in Use at Fairview Park be Subject to Voter Approval? was approved by more than 2 to 1 with 27,098 ?Yes? votes to 11,149 ?No? votes.

A competing measure BB put up by the City Council majority to confuse voters lost resoundingly with 20,289 ?No? votes to 17,591 ?Yes? votes.

Approval of the measure also allows the Model Engineer Trains to keep trains running which provide free rides for the young and old alike.

To accomplish this feat, a small group of residents got together and formed a board of directors and opened a political action committee called Fairview Park Preservation Alliance. We needed to form a PAC to raise money for our campaign. Our campaign was successful under the wise leadership of our President Dr. Richard Mehren, a longtime resident and Fairview Park preservation advocate. Dr. Mehren led the effort to clean up Fairview Park in 1998, and in recent years served on the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee.

We are proud of our efforts which maximized every dollar donated.

Our Treasurer Terry Koken reported that ?We took in, over the course of two years, a grand total of $11,624.15; $6361.18 in 2015, and $5262.97 in 2016. During 2015 we spent $2989.82, and during 2016, the year of the big push, $8591.87 -- a bit less than the City Council put out for just one of the six or so mailers they sent to try to defeat us and measure Y. We still have $42.46 in the kitty!"

It?s taken about six months for the FPPA Board to shift gears to form a new 501c3 nonprofit organization: Fairview Park Alliance. Since we don?t have to campaign for or against anything, our mission now is to work on projects to restore the Park and educate community members about the uniqueness of Fairview Park. We don?t anticipate any campaigns in the future, but we are going to keep our PAC just in case a project in Fairview Park is put forth which requires a vote of the people as written in the AA Initiative. We are gratefully accepting donations to fund the formation of the new nonprofit; just click the donate button on the website, or send a check to FPA, P.O. Box 2471, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2471.

We encourage you to enjoy the natural beauty of Fairview Park now that we don?t have to worry about it being developed.

We will be announcing future events on our Fairview Park Preservation Alliance Facebook page and on this website. We plan restoration projects and speaker meetings.

If you are interested in attending our board meetings or want to learn more about becoming a board member and helping with events, please contact Kim Hendricks, board member, at Kim Hendricks

Fairview Park Forever!

Sincerely,

The Fairview Park Alliance Board of Directors Dr. Richard Mehren, President Mr. Jay Humphries, Vice President Mr. Terry Koken, Treasurer Ms. Debby Koken, Secretary Ms. Wendy Leece, Communications Director Ms. Kim Hendricks, Board Member Mr. Hank Castignetti, Board Member