Walnut’s Mission Statement
Walnut is a place where small town values are respected and blended with contemporary ideals. It is a community that considers the lessons of the past, understands current and future realities, and shares a sense of cultural belonging.
Mt Sac’s Mission Statement
The mission of Mt. San Antonio College is to support students in achieving their full educational potential in an environment of academic excellence.
Mt. SAC strives to be regarded as one of the premier community colleges in the nation. We will be viewed as a leader in community college teaching, programs, and services.
As a premier community college, we will provide access to quality educational programs and services, focusing on student success within a climate of integrity and respect. We will earn this reputation by consistently exceeding the expectations of our students, our staff, and our community.
Mt Sac Core Values
Integrity: We treat each other honestly, ethically, and respectfully in an atmosphere of trust.
Community Building: We work in responsible partnerships through open communication, caring, and a cooperative spirit.
Court’s Reasoning behind Its Ruling on the Injunction
1. The Court finds that the parking structure is a nonclassroom facility that cannot be exempted from the City’s zoning laws under Section 53094. A parking structure is ordinarily used for parking purposes, not for student instruction.
2. As a separate basis for granting the injunction, the Court finds that Plaintiff is also likely to succeed on its first cause of action alleging that the parking structure was not sufficiently identified in Measure RR when it was presented to the voters. See
Taxpayers for Accountable School Bond Spending v. San Diego Unified School Dist., (2013) 215 Cal. App. 4th 1013.
After weighing the relative interim harm to the parties from the issuance or nonissuance of the injunction, the Court finds that an injunction should issue. As stated in the City’s zoning codes, the restrictions on land for properties zoned RPD, (“residential planned development”) which includes the Mt. San Antonio’s campus, is to encourage the “appropriate and desirable use of land which is sufficiently unique in its physical characteristics and other circumstances to warrant special methods of development.” Walnut City Code § 25-88. If the project is permitted to go forward, Plaintiff and the community will lose their interest in the enforcement of the City’s zoning codes and in the orderly development of their community. In contrast, the District’s harm is primarily financial. As for its students having to look for other parking spots pending this litigation, that harm is less severe than the harm that Plaintiff’s members will suffer.
Mt Sac has not lived up to its core values. Mt Sac was wrong when it exempted the peaking structure from Walnut’s zoning laws. The restrictions on land for properties zoned RPD, (“residential planned development”) which includes the Mt. San Antonio’s campus, is to encourage the “appropriate and desirable use of land which is sufficiently unique in its physical characteristics and other circumstances to warrant special methods of development.” Walnut City Code § 25-88. If the project is permitted to go forward, Plaintiff and the community will lose their interest in the enforcement of the City’s zoning codes and in the orderly development of their community.
Mt Sac was wrong when it failed to identity that taxpayers dollars were going to be used for a 5 story parking structure. Mt Sac was wrong when it alleged that here was community involvement and input.
PLEASE be advised these decisions now become the preliminary law of the case. There are other projects that Mt Sac wants to exempt, Solar Generating Plant, within 125 of The Willows and Stoneybrooke Lane. A fire training station and burn tower within 150 feet of Snowcreek and a new stadium for 11,000 to 20,000, seats, for rap, rage and rock concerts, and sporting events.
To create a harmony between the mission statements of Walnut and Mt Sac, Mt Sac will have to review its past actions and bring them into conformity with the law. Otherwise, their failure to immediately address these legal violations will subject it to greater legal liability and problems in the future. These liabilities may increase on a daily basis. The taxpayers will not be surcharged for any headedness or stubbornness of Mt Sac. The extent to which the City of Walnut allows Mt Sac to violate its zoning laws may subject it to future liability too. Mt Sac can no longer threaten the City of Walnut with a lawsuit, a ruling on the issue of zoning has already been made. The City and UWT have won that fight.
The Way Forward
Working together, the City of Walnut and United Walnut Taxpayers can start the process of restoring Walnut to its missions statement: Walnut is a place where small town values are respected and blended with contemporary ideals. It is a community that considers the lessons of the past, understands current and future realities, and shares a sense of cultural belonging.
Those who were out of touch with Walnut’s mission statement have called UWT 7 people losing a view. The judge didn’t see it that way. Well, now you have seen the other expanded Mt Sac projects that will hit The Willows, Snowcreek and on Concert nights, all of Walnut! Hundreds of homes and thousands of people. Moreover, Mt Sac’s violation and misuse of measure RR bond money affects nearly 100,000 people who voted for or against it in its 7 area districts. Now, Mt Sac wants more money for a new bond measure RRR. We I have learned a lot and I doubt an eagerness to give Mt Sac more money until they have fully corrected and apologized for their violations of Measure RR money and make commitments not to violate Walnut’s mission statement and zoning laws in the future.
MT SAC YOU CAN NO LONGER VIEW YOURSELF AS AN ISLAND SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE CITY OF WALNUT. WE HAVE NO REPRESENTATION ON YOUR BOARD. WE HAVE NO DIRECT CITIZEN INPUT FROM WALNUT SUBDIVISIONS AFFECTED BY YOUR EXPANSION. WE HAVE NO PLANS TO MITIGATE THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRAFFIC RISKS CREATED BY YOUR EXPANSION.