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Letter to Editor: Deep-Six the Dinosaur

The Planning Commission was right to reject a bid to preserve the statue, says the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee.

The Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee is extremely pleased with the to support and uphold city staff recommendations that the dinosaur is in direct violation of the Los Rios Specific Plan and the National Registry of Historic Places -- and compromises the historical integrity and makeup of Los Rios Street.  

Based on our mission statement, we stand committed and would like to thank the commissioners for the opportunity to voice our concerns over ' disregard for policies and procedures set forth by the city of San Juan Capistrano.

We will continue to monitor the situation, remain viligant in our oppostion and are prepared to go before the City Council should Zoomars appeal the decision.

On behalf of the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee,

Jerry Nieblas, president

wschrimp August 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM
The dinosaur is a statue, not a building, not an amusement ride, but basically a large piece of yard art. Since when do we need permits and approvals for this type of item. The Lois Rios district is very nice, but it is filled with inconsistent history, just look at the City installed playground just to name one example. All though the designers tried, it looks like a modern playground that was made to look somewhat historic. The playground it 'self is out of place with the history, but I know the city wanted to bring more families into the district. Well isn't that what Zoomars is doing, and I must say they are doing a much better job of it. The so-called Historical Alliance Committee needs walk the district and be consistent, since I am sure anyone can walk thru and fine dozens of items that should not be there. This is not meant to sound like a personal attack, but Mr. Nieblas just sounds like a petulant child that had his feeling hurt and is now too embarrassed or too proud to back down. This does not hurt the Los Rios district in any way, but it has helped by bringing more families into town to spend their money. Wayne Schrimp, Proud supporter of the dinosaur and common sense!
Dusty W Otero August 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I was there last night,,and I understand The Historical alliance concerns,but I do not agree with what was said on a statue on a commercial business that is for children and many folks to enjoy and have such memories about,,,to me that is just down right too old fashion and not with today's times of change,,,I am from one of the oldest family,s here on this street called Rios,My great great grandma is a Rios and Steve who lives next door is all for it,,,Why such a strict law to follow when you have a modern play ground built in that same neighborhood,,,
wschrimp August 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
It seems funny that some are saying that the dinosaur is just the beginning of turning the Los Rios District into Las Vegas. Are you kidding me? It is a large statue, plain and simple. It cannot be seen from anywhere in the heart of the Los Rios District. Zoomars already has a train ride, I say they add a large Ferris wheel, but that probably won't be approved unless it is western themed. Oh I know bumper cars decorated like horses? If you would like some Vegas, I can string Juan with some great lighting for Zoomars, all they have to do is ask. Do they need approval for lighting also? Oh imagine the Christmas possibilities!!! I know just how to settle this dispute. Just like the new Park in the Los Rios District is a modern park made to look historic, lets put a saddle and cowboy hat on Juan and then it will be the exactly the same! Problem Solved! Zoomars, get on that would you. Wayne Schrimp, proud supporter of Zoomars, Juan and common Sense!
Dusty W Otero August 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Hey that's a good Idea...lol a cowboy Hat and dont 4 get the boots....
Sondra Ulbrich August 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
It needs to be said that Ms. Franks, although clearly in violation of the city's permitting process, is sincerely motivated to improve the family oriented nature of San Juan Capistrano. In case you are not familiar with some of her volunteer efforts, please read on. Ms. Franks has provided numerous delightful and rather generous zoo experiences for children of deceased Iraq war soldiers. She has empowered and enabled developmentally delayed adolescents to secure meaningful work in various facets of animal care. And she consistently provides opportunities for misguided youths to refocus their energies toward nature in a positive way. In light of all she has done and continues to do for the children of Orange County, I believe this oversight on her part was due to sincere enthusiasm for her chosen path in life. To anyone who has ever met her, this is nothing but obvious. If you are in the least bit confused by this city matter and the politics involved, just stop by the zoo and meet Ms. Franks. She and her staff of dedicated animal lovers will fill you with the warmth she is trying to spread throughout our town. She deserves our support.
wschrimp August 16, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Everyone keeps saying, "although Ms. Franks is clearly in violation of the city's permitting process" please someone point out EXACTLY what she has violated? Can someone please have the city site exactly what she did not do? Everyone makes her sound like some kind of devious criminal. What part of our cities sacred rules did she break? The dinosaur IS NOT a building, it is a STATUE, a piece of art. Since when do statues on private property need to be permitted? She did not disturb sacred grounds since that area has been dug up and turned over long before Zoomars was there. So again, what did she not do??? Did she not ask the right person? Did she not smile at the right person? Did she not donate enough money to the Historical Committee? I ask again, where is the violation? Can someone please spell out for the public, exactly what she is being accused of not doing? That is other than upsetting some people in town. She is not the first person in this town, nor will she be the last that may not have submitted for a concrete pour or an addition to their yard. I say lets go get the original home and landscape plans of the members of Planning Committee and Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee, and see if everything there has been properly permitted? Who's ready to go???
thejellyfish August 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
It is unfortunate that you are so against children Mr. Nieblas. If that is your home at Del Obispo and Alipaz, please keep in mind that chickens and roosters are illegal in residential neighborhoods.
wschrimp August 16, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Oh Really? He who lives in a glass house, should not throw stones!
Eric Bergstrom August 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Trying to find the "like" button here...
Rena Chevalier April 01, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Wow people up in arms about a statue for kids? Slow week and you cant find anything else to complain about? Husband or wife not listening to you? Nit pickers should be living on the streets so they can find a whole bunch of things to NIT PICK about..
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 07:42 PM
This has been an ongoing controversy since the dinosaur first appeared in June. Made the front page of the LA Times, even.

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