Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Preservation, citrus strikes & veterans

Hats off to the Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society, which continues its fight to retain at least a little of Downtown's historic character. Read about the latest battleground (across from the Reagan Building) in this article from yesterday's L.A. Times. I understand the City gave this land to the developer for next to nothing. The least the developer can do is consider the surrounding environment and like a responsible citizen.

O.C. Weekly's Gustavo "Ask A Mexican" Arellano will discuss the 1936 Citrus Strike at this month's meeting of the O.C. Mexican American Historical Society. The meeting will be held Jan. 27 from 10am to Noon at El Centro Cultural, 310 W. 5th Street, Santa Ana.

This year's schedule of programs for the Civil War Roundtable of Orange County is now posted to their website. For details, click here and follow the link to "Events." In addition to their programs and meetings, these folks are involved in some excellent ongoing projects, like marking the graves of Civil War veterans here in O.C.

The O.C. Genealogical Society is offering a variety of how-to seminars at the Huntington Beach Public Library on Feb. 3 and March 3.

A group of Irvine residents is promoting the creation of a new permanent veterans memorial in Northwood Community Park. This would be in addition to the existing memorial at Col. Bill Barber Memorial Park and the memorial already planned for the "Great Park." How interesting that the people of Irvine -- who pay HOAs to take their personal freedoms away -- feel so strongly about honoring the men and women who fought and died to give us our freedom in the first place.

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