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Santiago Hills II Development Update
October 20, 2016  The Irvine Company will have surveyors working at the Santiago Hills II project site beginning October 21.

On October 25, equipment will begin staging in anticipation of site grading, which will begin shortly after. A biologist will monitor the work during initial vegetation clearing.

This initial stage of work will consist of grading a small area north of Santiago Canyon Road to accept fill dirt. Grading of the entire site will occur in phases in the future, but this work has not yet been scheduled.

Orange City Council Cancels Local Municipal Election
August 24, 2016  At a special meeting, held on August 23, the Orange City Council approved a resolution cancelling the November 2016 local elections for citywide offices, and appointed the current incumbents to their respective offices for another term.

There were five offices up for re-election on November 8; Mayor, two City Council seats, City Clerk, and City Treasurer. The filing period for residents to declare their candidacy began on July 18, but as of the August 12 deadline, the Orange City Clerk's office had only received verified candidate filings from the current office holders. With no other residents filing, the incumbents would be the only candidates on the ballot in November.

By cancelling the municipal election, Orange will save taxpayers $70,000 in election-related costs.

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Drought Regulations Modified
August 10, 2016  During their August 9 meeting, the Orange City Council approved a Resolution that lifts the restriction on watering exterior residential landscaping, which previously was only allowed on Tuesdays and Fridays during the months of April through October, or Tuesdays only from November through March.

Residents may now water their landscaping on any day of the week, as long as they are in compliance with current City water usage regulations, including:
  • Watering of landscape is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and is limited to no more than 15 minutes per day per station.
  • Washing down hard or paved surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, etc. is prohibited.
  • Watering of landscaping with excessive run-off is prohibited.
  • Washing vehicles is prohibited, except by hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle.

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