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PHOTOS: Small Protest Against Apartments Near San Juan Hills Begins

Demonstrators are encouraging parents to show up at next week's San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting.

Residents protest a proposed 100-unit apartment complex in San Juan Capistrano L-R, Mike Johnson and Trevor Dale talk to Al Scappaticci of Coto de Caza, a parent at San Juan Hills High. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Residents protest a proposed 100-unit apartment complex in San Juan Capistrano L-R, Mike Johnson and Trevor Dale talk to Al Scappaticci of Coto de Caza, a parent at San Juan Hills High. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo

Two men are trying to rally San Juan Hills High parents and taxpayers in Capistrano Unified against a 100-unit apartment complex proposed next to the high school.

Last week, the Capistrano Unified school board unanimously passed a resolution urging the San Juan Capistrano City Council to reject the apartment proposal. District officials said they would like the opportunity to negotiate to buy or trade the property so San Juan Hills High could eventually expand.

The 9-acre site – on which current zoning would allow four homes – is the last buildable, undeveloped property adjacent to school. 

If the school cannot expand, eventually, San Juan Capistrano students may be forced to schools outside their city as residents of Ladera Ranch and Talega have priority enrollment, the school board's resolution states. Mello Roos taxes from those areas helped build the school, giving them legal first priority.

San Juan Capistrano resident Mike Johnson worries that a zoning change to allow 100 units will price the district out of contention and that eventually, the apartments will be built, adding more traffic to an already congested area.

He says protesters will be out again Friday and Tuesday morning near the school. Passers-by asked questions, while some thanked the men for coming out.

The City Council is expected to take up the matter when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano.

See past Patch coverage of the Rancho San Juan Apartments:

shelly January 17, 2014 at 04:00 PM
I understand that affordable housing must be build in SJC but why pick such an area way out of town that has no current bus routes, no food shopping, no easy way to walk to shopping, next to a street with barreling trash trucks, etc. It is not even a mile from the dump. Why here and not at the other areas that have been considered that would be better for everyone.
shelly January 17, 2014 at 04:03 PM
I will say it again. I do not understand why anyone for any amount of money would put housing under power lines when it has been linked to childhood cancers. The school would be prohibited from building buildings on this land because of this but a developer can put in affordable housing on it? Is anyone looking out for these kids?
shelly January 17, 2014 at 04:09 PM
If they vote for rezoning our city council will be responsible for this rezoning and for allowing children to live under power lines and next to a street that will be extremely busy when La Pata opens up and is already busy with big trash trucks and school traffic. If they vote for rezoning the SJC City Council will knowingly vote against the children of SJC because CUSD is sending them a resolutions telling them this.
Robert Fisher January 17, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Penny- What is considered the minimum and maximum income in Orange County that would allow someone to qualify to live in affordable housing?
Penny Arévalo January 17, 2014 at 09:05 PM
I'll have to research those exact numbers for this area. It would be built around the median income.

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