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Let The Orange County Water District Know You Want A Sports Field Not A Power Plant
Make Your Voice Heard Today!
ANAHEIM, CA - (September 17, 2013) - The City of Anaheim is calling upon residents to make your voice heard today in support of future park space and sports fields at Ball Road Basin, located near Ball Road and the 57 Freeway. The 20-acre property, currently owned by the Orange County Water District (OCWD), is being considered for sale to a private company to construct a 300-600 MW power plant. In fact, the OCWD has already entered into an exclusive agreement to negotiate with the private company to discuss terms and space.

The City of Anaheim has asked to be included in negotiations on the Ball Road Basin property, for any use, not just for a power plant. Anaheim stated at the Aug. 21 OCWD Board meeting, and several times since, that we do not believe this is a good site for a power plant. We agree with the need for new generation of power to offset the closure of San Onofre, however Southern California is a very large geographic area, and we would certainly work with the power company to identify alternative locations for their construction of a new power plant.

Anaheim is not the only viable location for a power plant.

BUT IT’S NOT A DONE DEAL YET. YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

The City wants to build park space and sports fields on this land, and is asking to meet with the OCWD to discuss this opportunity. We feel the land use is compatible for community use rather than for a power plant within close proximity to homes and neighborhoods. If a power plant is built, it will not serve Anaheim Public Utility customers, but supply power to the statewide power grid. A typical 300-600 MW power plant could be as large as four or five football fields, with up to 12 exhaust stacks reaching as high as 85 feet tall for each stack.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Tell the OCWD you support parks and sports fields, and you encourage their Board of Directors to meet with City of Anaheim officials to discuss selling the land to the City for this positive and needed community space. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Attend the OCWD Board of Directors meeting, to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the OCWD offices (18700 Ward St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708)
  2. Call the OCWD at (714) 378-3200 or submit comments via email, by clicking here
  3. Voice your concerns directly to the City of Anaheim at (714) 765-4695 or visit anaheim.net/powerplant

To learn more about this issue and how you can support the City’s position on the use of this land, click here.


Media Contact: Ruth Ruiz 714.765.5060more city news

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