Working together to Preserve our Hills
Website updated February 5, 2016
Tax ID Number - 27-2784841
We are a group of homeowners and residents concerned about the effects of oil drilling to the environment and our community. We are Opposed to Oil Drilling in our Hills.
In Loving Memory of Pete Fischer. A True Friend that will be Greatly Missed. Thank you Pete
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the World. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Guess this sounds like WHOW. We still have work to do.
Did Whittier Seriously Damage its Finances Due to the
Whittier.......We want our Hills Back........NOW
Now that the oil project is dead its time for Whittier and the oil companies to remove their monuments of the failed oil project. The land also needs to be restored to its natural state prior to the construction of the test well site.
E-mail your Whittier City Council members today and let them know you want it Back NOW.
Below are pictures of what that site looks like today. I think you will agree that the City needs to return it back to its natural state. The left picture shows the overall view of the site and the right show the actual test well site pad and a fence that was place around it after the they lost the court case in June of 2013.
Is the Oil Project Really Over?
Click here to find out
Whittier....Where did the the Money Go?
We are being told that not enough money was set aside for water and sewer line replace. We budget money to mow lawns because they grow. Why didn't we set money aside for water and sewer line replacement because we know pipes do get old and fail?
Watch some very interesting public comments below that are revealing about what is going on inside of City Hall. We should be concerned because these rates can continue to rise beyond what we were told.
HOW MUCH MONEY WAS SPENT ON THE OIL PROJECT?
added June 17, 2015
What's Going on with Whittier's City Attorney?
Final court order slams Whittier Hills Oil Project, leaving city
with few options
The City Ignored the County's Requirements
The two videos below demonstrate why the City never had a chance for the oil project. Listen to the City's lawyers ignore the terms that were set forward in the lease requiring the City to get the County's permission for the lease and to change the land use which is what ONLY the L.A. County Board of Supervisors could do. Notice the dates on the Videos. Posted June 3, 2015
FINAL APPELLATE COURT RULING GOES AGAINST WHITTIER AND ITS
OIL PROJECT IS STOPPED AND COUNTY GETS REIMBURSED FOR ITS
Read Deposition below (The DISTRICT is the L.A. County Board of Supervisors).
Posted June 2, 2015
The amended judgment filed December 10, 2013 is modified. Paragraph 1 of the amended judgment is deleted and replaced with the following:
“1. Judgment is entered in favor of the District and against Whittier on the Second and Fourth Causes of Action of the Cross-Complaint and the following relief is hereby issued in favor of the District:
(a) A permanent injunction restraining and enjoining Whittier and Matrix, and each of them and their agents, servants, employees, and representatives and all persons acting in concert or participating with them from engaging in, committing or performing, directly or indirectly, any activity or disturbance whatsoever on the Property in pursuit of, or related to, the Lease; and
(b) A declaration that Whittier is not entitled to spend any rental income, royalties, or other proceeds obtained pursuant to the Lease in a manner that violates the Project Agreement.”
Further, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 923, Matrix and Whittier are temporarily enjoined, pending the finality of this appeal, from engaging in, committing or performing, directly or indirectly, any activity or disturbance whatsoever on the Property in pursuit of, or related to, the Lease.
Whittier is also temporarily enjoined, pending the finality of this appeal, from spending any rental income, royalties, or other proceeds obtained pursuant to the Lease in a manner that violates the Project Agreement.
As modified, the judgment is affirmed. The matter is remanded to the trial court to determine the disposition of monies, if any, received by Whittier, or for its benefit, from or related to the Lease.
The District is entitled to recover its costs on appeal.
Click here to read document
What's Going on with Whittier's Water?
A WHOW Investigation.
Posted June 1, 2015
If you don't know by now Whittier's contractor City Attorney Richard Jones is Chairman of the Board of Cal Domestic Water which is located in Whittier and our City does business with.
Whittier sells some of its water leases to Cal Domestic Water. As far as we can tell that has been going on since 2009. Currently the City has a four year contract with Cal Domestic Water (2012 to 2016, see excerpts from contract below). The contract allows for the sale of up to 6,000 acre feet of water. That might not seem like a large number but in fact its a huge number.
One acre foot of water is 326,000 gallons of water.
One thousand acre feet is 326 million gallons of water.
Two thousand acre feet is 652 millions gallons of water
Four thousand acre feet of water is 1 billion 304 million gallons of water.
Six thousand acre feet is 1 billion 956 million gallons of water.
An average family of four uses approximately 208 thousand gallons of water a year. The six thousand acre feet works out to be enough water for 9,404 households for an average family of four.
So why are our rates going up? Maybe we need to stop selling our water to our contractor City Attorney's water company.
Click here to see excerpt from the Contract
WHITTIER'S OIL PROJECT IS HERE
In the event you have not heard the oil project goes back to court next Wednesday. This is for the appeal that the City of Whittier and the oil companies filed when they lost the case back on June 6, 2013.
All are welcome to attend. Below is the information regarding time and place. Wish the County well.
May 20, 2015 at 9 am, at the:
Ronald Reagan State Building
300 S. Spring Street
2nd Floor, North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Click here to see appellate case for the oil project
Topics of Interest:
- THE DROUGHT IN PICTURES - Click here
- WHITTIER LATINO COALITION FUND RAISER - Click here
- WDN Article, IS THE EARTH TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING? May 26, 2015 - Click here
- WDN Article, APPELLATE COURT RULES AGAINST WHITTIER OIL DRILLING PROJECT May 20, 2015 - Click here
- WDN Article, WHITTIER OIL CASE HINGES ON MEANING OF WORD "IN PERPETUITY May 19, 2015 - Click here
- WDN Article, WHITTIER APPEALS OIL DRILLING TO HIGHER COURT; MORE LAWSUITS TO COME May 16, 2015 - Click here
- La Habra Heights - HOW (Heights Oil Watch) gets anti oil initiative on the ballot for March 3, 2015 election. (November 4, 2014) - Click here
- LA HABRA HEIGHTS CITIZENS. IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO UNITE WITH WHOW. LETS STOP THE OIL PROJECT ONCE AND FOR ALL. Click here.
- What's going on in La Habra Heights with Matrix Oil - Click here
- Henderson Insults WHOW's President at Whittier College Candidate Forum - April 2, 2014, See Video - Click here
- 2014 Election Events - Click here
- Stay Up-to-date on the 2014 Election and the Candidates at "Election 2014" - Click here
- Whittier Voting Rights Lawsuit. visit Whittier Voters Coalition - click here
- L.A. County Board of Supervisors Kill Oil Project - Click here
- We Won the Legal Fight - Click here
- History of the Oil Project - Click here
- Fracking and Earthquake Connection - Whittier's Oil Field and Baldwin Hills Oil Field are Featured. KCET Investigative Report 11/27/2012 Click here to see Story (10 min)
- The City's Check to Los Angeles County that was returned to Whittier June 6, 2012. Click here
- Los Angeles County's Lawsuit against Whittier and the Oil Project Filed October 25, 2012. Click here
- Latest Lawsuit filed by California's State Attorney General Kamala Harris against
Whittier's Oil Project August 31, 2012. Click here
- Here is What the State of California says about Prop "A". Click Here
- Letter from L.A. County that says Esther did Lobby for the City of Whittier but never registered as a Lobbyist. Click here
- Whittier Oil Project Stopped by Judge - Click here
- Friends of WHOW - Click here
WHOW......I did not know that.
Your Property Value Will Drop.
Will Residences of Whittier see their property values drop because of Whittier's proposed Oil Project?
Take 16 minutes to watch the video of Laurie Gral as she speaks about property values around drill sites. It affects Loans, Insurance and your Property Value.. A must watch if you live in Whittier, La Habra Heights, Fullerton or Brea.
U.S. Geological Survey:
Fracking Waste is the Primary Cause of
the Dramatic Rise in Earthquakes
To read article Click here
CITY OF WHITTIER PLANS TO
RESTART OIL DRILLING PROJECT IN
THE WHITTIER HILLS JUNE 2015
Yes, its true. The City of Whittier plans to defy the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. On October 29, 2013 they voted 5/0 not to release the land from Open Space Status. Thus preventing the City from going forward. The Supervisors have always had the power to release the land from Open Space Status. The City new that and had acknowledged that in e-mails between the City and the County.
The problem is the City made a deal with the oil companies before they ever secured the land. This entire project has been based on the City's interpretation of Prop "A". With all of their court looses its clear they have been wrong.
So now they have signed a lease to drill for oil on land that they never had the right to drill on. This is why I say the City has put themselves in a position for bankruptcy. The oil companies will sue Whittier based off of lost revenue not the lease.
So who benefits if the oil project would have gone through. Our City Attorney's water company Cal Domestic Water. They will be one of the water suppliers to the oil project. He is the same attorney that has been advising the City on the oil project. Gee, who is our attorney really working for? The Habitat Authority who has been taking oil money since at least 2004 and has an agreement(s) with Matrix oil to use Habitat Land for equipment storage in Sycamore Canyon. Whittier City Councilman Bob Henderson has been the Chairman of the Board of the Habitat Authority since its inception in 1994.
We as Citizens are expected to live by the rules of our community. Yet, our City Council does not feel the same. They have ignored agreements and the L.A. County Board Supervisors. How can they be respected when they don't lead by example.
Lets ban together to end this project once and for all. Follow us here and our website for updated information and documents on the oil project. Checkout our website to see the documents on the Habitat Authority taking money from oil companies. Go to PUENTE HILLS HABITAT AUTHORITY
Also see the following video below from one of Whittier's contract attorney's who is also working on the oil project James Markman.
Orange County Against Fracking - Click here