Dear VoMB members and Friends:

It has been more than 3 years since the Voices of Monarch Beach and other neighbors objected in great detail to numerous aspects of the South Shores Baptist Church’s proposed 10-year building project. The Dana Point City Clerk reported receiving 660 pages of concerned submissions by the Mar. 22, 2010 deadline.

Since then we've updated you on a few developments while we all awaited the Draft Environmental Impact Report [EIR] that was to be produced by an independent consulting firm, LSA. In particular, we were shocked to learn that the City permitted the SSBC, rather than the independent consultant, to arrange for geo-tech studies that will be incorporated into the Draft EIR. We entered public comments on this dubious development into the record at a meeting of the City Council.

As you can see in the email below from the City's Senior Planner, the City has received and is reviewing that geo-tech study. We have no other information about when the independent consultants will complete and deliver the entire Draft EIR to the City, which must precede release to the public.

When the Draft EIR is released, we might have as little as 30 days before we must submit detailed comments on what will be a very large, complex document. We will need to be ready -- with both volunteers and money for experts -- to do crucial work within a short deadline. We will need to comment fully and effectively if we are to protect our homes and community.

Please email me to confirm your willingness to be involved in this next stage of the effort. Volunteer your help, any thoughts you may have, and your contribution to fund the experts. For us to act in time, we'll need to be poised with all the help we can get. We will keep you advised of developments.

Please make your checks out to R. Brian Hazelbaker, Atty at Law Client Trust Account. Write V.O.M.B on the reference line of the check. Mail check to:

R. Brian Hazelbaker
Law Offices
32325 South Coast Highway Suite 204
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Email from DanaPoint City Panner
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2013 9:26 AM
To: Roxanne Willinger
Subject: RE: Draft EIR South Shores Baptist Church

Ms. Willinger – The City is reviewing geo-tech studies and it will then be incorporated in the draft EIR. As I stated in my previous email we do not have a specific date as to when the draft EIR will be released for the public review, but we will notify you its release date as soon as we have any specifics on it.

Thank you.
Saima Qureshy, AICP
Senior Planner
City of Dana Point, CA