On October 1, 2008, HOSEC representatives had the opportunity to make a presentation to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Environmental Oversight Committee in an attempt to acquire funding to purchase open space.
On November 7, 2006, nearly 70% of O.C. voters approved the renewal of Measure M, a half-cent local transportation sales tax. Of the $11.8 billion in revenue anticipated revenue from Renewed Measure M, $243.5 million has been designated to mitigate the environmental impacts of freeway improvements through the Mitigation and Resource Protection Program. The purpose of the Environmental Oversight Committee is to make recommendations to the Board of Directors on the allocation of environmental freeway mitigation funds, as well as monitor the implementation of a master agreement between OCTA and state and federal resource agencies.
Brea Mayor Pro Tem John Beauman, City of La Habra Councilmember Steve Simonian and Brea City Manager Tim O’Donnell reviewed HOSEC’s mission, efforts to date, the significance of the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor, and how helping HOSEC preserve open space, would mitigate impacts of OCTA’s freeway projects. Please click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.