Tustin spikes Redlands East Valley

Tustin's Preston McInnes blasts a shot across the net against Redlands East Valley during their CIF playoff game at Tustin High School on Tuesday. // ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ALL NAMES CQ. 5/12/15 01.varsity.tb.volleyball.0512.kt - KENT TREPTOW, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER.

The No. 5-seeded Tustin High volleyball team dominated from start to finish, throttling Redlands East Valley in three sets Tuesday evening in an opening-round match of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs at Tustin High.

The Tillers notched consecutive wins of 25-16, 25-9 and 25-17. Tustin will play Cerritos in the second round tonight at 7 at Tustin.

Sophomore Carlos Perez’s 11 kills, coupled with the outstanding serving by Eric Anderson and Daniel Baker, overwhelmed the Wildcats, the No. 3 team from the Citrus Belt League.

“We were a little flat the last time out but we know it’s all or nothing now,” Baker said.

“It all starts with the serve,” said Anderson, who had six of Tustin’s 16 aces. “We’re very confident and we feel we can compete with the top teams.”

Tustin coach Jo Johnson said her team (21-4-1) came ready to play.

“We were fired up from the start,” Johnson said. “We came out with good vibes and we were talking. Preston (McInnes) put the ball away and Daniel (Baker) made some great athletic plays – we fight to play another day.”

Perez and McInnes made their presence felt early in the first set as the Tillers jumped out to a 10-3 lead following a Perez kill. Perez finished off the first set with an ace.

Anderson and Baker’s serving continued to spark the Tustin offense as the Tillers manhandled Redlands in the second set.

The Wildcats (13-5) led briefly in game three but Perez’s kill tied the score at, 8-8, and then the Tillers shifted into high gear and cruised to the victory.

“Our passing, serving and middle hitters were the difference,” said Perez. “This win shoots our confidence up.”

Brock Acosta bolstered the Tillers offense as he tallied 18 of the Tillers 53 digs.

“We were loose and we were having fun,” Acosta added. “Our offense put the ball in play on the first hit. We realize that each team we play is a top level team and we can’t underestimate anybody.”


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Miguel’s Jr. previews new restaurant


Miguel’s Jr. brought a bit of Corona to Orange County on Friday when it previewed its newest fast food restaurant for reporters and food bloggers.

The new Miguel’s Jr. is in The Market Place, a sprawling shopping center that straddles Tustin and Irvine along Interstate 5.

Miguel’s Jr. is on the Tustin side, a little west of Jamboree Road on El Camino Real.

The new store is the chain’s third in Orange County and 14th quick service restaurant. It also has three full service restaurants called Miguel’s California Mexican Cocina.

The dining room features a soft blue interior with wood ceilings, a slightly different look that company president Javier Vasquez began when it opened its Moreno Valley store in 2013.

Vasquez was on hand to talk to the food writers, as was his mother Mary, who co-founded the company with her husband Mike and who created the recipes.

A wall next to the counter features a large blue mural with a picture of the original restaurant Mary and Mike opened in 1973.

“It makes me sad,” Mary said. “I walked through those doors so many, many times.”

The Tustin store features the same menu as other Miguel’s Jr. restaurants, but with a tweak. It points out that marinated potatoes can be added to any burrito or quesadilla. Early this week, Javier told The Press-Enterprise that Miguel’s menu items could always be customized but now the company is promoting it.

In addition to the Vasquezes, the press event was attended by members of PlainJoe Advertising, the Corona agency that created Miguel’s Jr.’s cartoon mascot, Reynaldo, designed its website and handles social media.

The Tustin store will have a soft opening next week and a grand opening by the end of the month.

It is at 2855 El Camino Real, Tustin.

Information: 714-202-4676.

Contact the writer: fbuck@pe.com or 951-368-9551, http://www.pe.com/articles/miguel-766830-tustin-store.html

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Standard Pacific Homes Announces May 30 Grand Opening Of Greenwood In Tustin Legacy


TUSTIN, Calif., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation’s leaders in homebuilding quality, today announced the highly-anticipated debut of the planned community of Greenwood situated in Tustin Legacy, the area’s newest master-planned community located on the 1,500 acre site of the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin.  Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will offer Orange County home shoppers four distinct neighborhoods, Sheldon, Huntley, Crawford and Stafford, where innovative new home designs will incorporate luxurious design details that meet the tastes and preferences of today’s most discerning move-up buyers. Home shoppers are invited to experience the new home designs by touring the 12 new model homes at the Grand Opening event slated for Saturday, May 30. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

“The debut of Greenwood in Tustin Legacy is meaningful to all of us at Standard Pacific Homes as the community is situated just one mile from where we debuted our first-ever community fifty years ago in 1965,” said Scott Stowell, CEO and President of Standard Pacific Homes. “We are proud to be part of this new era for Tustin Legacy, which represents a milestone in the continued evolution ofOrange County.”

The City of Tustin is honored to work with Standard Pacific Homes to bring this great project to Tustin Legacy,” said Mayor Chuck Puckett. “This dynamic new community is integral to the City’s vision of a vibrant, urban master-planned community where residents can live, work and play.”

Home shoppers will have the choice of four unique neighborhoods within the planned community of Greenwood. All homes will offer stunning design details that cater to today’s casual yet elegant lifestyle. The designs will feature Great Room centered floor plans, gourmet kitchens, outdoor living rooms and spa-like master suites. Prices range from the mid $600,000s to the low $1,000,000s.

Sheldon at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Built by Standard Pacific Homes, Sheldon at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will offer four new home designs ranging from 1,860 to 2,343 square feet and contain up to five bedrooms and three baths. The designs include Great Rooms, gourmet kitchens and spa-like master suites. Sheldon will feature Santa Barbara, Craftsman, Bungalow, Cottage, and Monterey exterior architectural styles that blend to create a street scene that evokes early California architecture.

Huntley at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Built by Brookfield Residential, Huntley at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will provide three spacious new floor plan designs that range from 2,597 to 3,032 square feet and offer up to five bedrooms and four and one-half baths. The homes will include expansive great rooms, chef-inspired kitchens, first floor bedrooms, optional outdoor rooms and flexible upstairs living spaces. Huntley will offer Santa Barbara, American Classic, Cottage and Monterey exterior styles that blend to create a welcoming street scene.

Crawford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Crawford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy encompasses Standard Pacific Homes’ all new architectural concepts through three new designs that range from 3,012 to 4,378 square feet and offer up to five bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths. Home shoppers will be delighted by flexible interiors that provide the opportunity to personalize the home with optional living spaces such as an expansive guest suite or a bonus room. The homes within Crawford will offer Santa Barbara, Monterey, Cottage, and American Farmhouse architectural styles.

Stafford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Stafford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy by Standard Pacific Homes offers three exceptional floor plans that range from 3,711 to 3,964 square feet and offer up to five bedrooms, plus a bonus room, and five-and- one-half baths. The home designs include gourmet kitchens that connect to expansive Great Rooms and outdoor Legacy Rooms with optional panoramic-style doors. The exteriors of the homes will feature Santa Barbara, Monterey, Cottage, Adobe Ranch, Craftsman, Bungalow and American Classic styles.

All residents of Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will enjoy an upscale atmosphere and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities. Tustin’s rich history will be honored throughout Greenwood, most notably at the future six-acre Greenwood Park, which will offer residents access to a multi-functional lawn, an amphitheater, a basketball court, two bocce ball courts and an adventure zone equipped with children’s play structures. The community will incorporate an interconnected trail system that leads to Greenwood’s extensive passive and active parklands, greenery and open spaces. Residents will also have access to The Legacy Club, a 1,455 square foot resort-style Club House that opens to a resort-style pool and spa, an interactive water play area, fire pits, barbeques and private restrooms and showers.

The community boasts a spectacular, one-of-a-kind, location in the center of Orange County. Residents will be close to major transportation corridors including the 241 and 261 Toll Roads, as well as the 405 and 5 freeways. Air travel is made convenient with the community’s close proximity to John Wayne Airport. Plus, Greenwood in Tustin Legacy is within walking distance to The District at Tustin Legacy, a vibrant destination with an array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. This popular cultural hub features a 14-screen AMC movie facility, a variety of upscale restaurants and boutiques as well as larger retailers including Whole Foods Market, Target, Costco and more.

To experience Greenwood at Tustin Legacy, attend the Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 30. For additional details and directions to Greenwood in Tustin Legacy, visit www.greenwoodintustinlegacy.com.

About Standard Pacific Homes
Standard Pacific Homes has been building beautiful, high-quality homes and neighborhoods since its founding in Southern Californiain 1965. With a trusted reputation for quality craftsmanship, an outstanding customer experience and exceptional architectural design, the Company utilizes its decades of land acquisition, development and homebuilding expertise to successfully navigate today’s complex landscape to acquire and build desirable communities in locations that meet the high expectations of the Company’s targeted move-up homebuyers.  Currently offering new homes in major metropolitan areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, we invite you to learn more about us by visiting www.standardpacifichomes.com

About Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Developed by Standard Pacific Homes, Greenwood in Tustin Legacy is a brand new, planned community located within the 1,500-acre, master-planned community of Tustin Legacy in Tustin, CA. Situated at the center of Orange County, the community offers four residential neighborhoods that showcase all new architectural concepts within a thoughtfully planned setting. Greenwood pays tribute to the area’s natural landscape through miles of interconnected walking trails, dedicated green space, parks, heritage trees, picnic pavilions and adventure play zones. Residents will enjoy impeccable craftsmanship, impressive indoor-outdoor living features and extensive neighborhood amenities, including the future Greenwood Park and the residents-only Legacy Club.  For more information, visit www.greenwoodintustinlegacy.com

Contact: Danielle Tocco
Director of Communications
Standard Pacific Homes

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Neighbors organize, push for new Tustin school


Families from Columbus Square are organized and determined, making a push in recent weeks to get Tustin Unified School District to open Heritage Elementary.

The district is responding, with a commitment to open the school as a magnet campus in fall 2016 – as long as a couple of last details take shape as planned.

“As Columbus Square residents, we absolutely love the plan that they have in place and will support it in any way we can,” Cathy Vallevieni, who helped spearhead the neighborhood movement, said March 25.

Organizing through the website OpenHeritageNow.org, 172 residents from the Columbus Square community packed the School Distruct board room March 23 and filled most seats at a recent City Council meeting to show support for opening the school.

The 10-acre elementary campus was built five years ago at 15400 Lansdowne Road as the former Marine Corps Air Station started to transform into the planned Tustin Legacy community. Columbus Square is one neighborhood inside Tustin Legacy.

But home construction stalled, and the district says it still hasn’t hit the target of having at least 350 school-age kids move into Tustin Legacy to justify starting classes at the $12 million campus. Instead, Hillview High continuation school, some adult students and administrator officers have been at Heritage since fall 2011.

Meanwhile, 875 Columbus Square homeowners will pay more than $1 million in extra property taxes during the 2014-15 year to pay off the bond that built Heritage.

“Not having a local school has hurt many Columbus Square families,” resident Paul Callanan told the City Council.

The group did an informal survey and found that families are sending their children to 39 schools throughout Orange County. The average commute was 5.4 miles, the survey found, with 40 percent of children attending schools outside the Tustin Unified School District.

Vallevieni said her grandchildren attend Red Hill Lutheran School, a private school a few miles away. Having local kids spread among so many different schools makes it tough to build a sense of community, she said.

“It’s very hard for my granddaughter to find kids her age to play with,” Vallevieni said.

It’s become a “self-fulfilling prophecy,” Callanan said, with Heritage unable to open because there aren’t enough school-age kids, but local Realtors reporting some families are staying away because the school isn’t open.

That’s where the magnet school plan comes into play. Heritage is being designed to focus on science, technology, engineering and math, and it will serve as a feeder for a planned magnet secondary school that will be built nearby. Columbus Square families will get first priority to attend Heritage Elementary, a letter from Superintendent Gregory Franklin states, with enrollment then open to students outside the neighborhood and district to boost the population for a 2016 opening.

That plan is contingent on two things, Franklin wrote. The district and city have to approve a new community facilities or special tax district for the next round of homes being built at Tustin Legacy to help fund the opening. And the district has to get the magnet program in place so it can attract enough students to the school.

The district plans to have a public hearing on forming the community facilities district April 20, then vote on the plan May 18. Then the community facilities will head to the City Council for final approval May 19.

The city sued the school district in 2011 over the delayed opening of Heritage, though a judge ruled the district had the right to postpone its launch.

“We want to see it open as badly as you do,” Mayor Chuck Puckett assured residents at the recent council meeting.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7963 or BStaggs@OCRegister.com


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After housing slump, 1,100 homes to open at Tustin Legacy

nkylhs-b88350736z.120150309121329000g4o8cjr7.10A prime pocket of real estate, smack in the middle of Orange County, was halfway built out when the recession hit.

Developer Shea Homes bailed in 2010. That left Tustin Legacy — spread over 1,584 acres that were once part of Tustin Marine Corps Air Station — a jarring mix of tightly packed homes and open fields, modern retail and aging military installations.

After five years of planning, infrastructure work and construction, the second half of Tustin Legacy will finally start to welcome its first residents in 2015.

“I’d say the next two to three years are going to be very busy out there,” City Manager Jeff Parker said. “And we’re very happy about that.”

The first residents moved in over the weekend at Anton Legacy, a 225-unit apartment complex across from The District shopping center. The entire complex should be open by mid-April, company CFO Trisha Malone said, with 60 income-restricted units still available for lease.

Amalfi Apartments should finish construction of its 533-unit complex in the spring. Irvine Co. is building the luxury apartments east of Tustin Ranch Road, adjacent to The District, and spokesman Bill Rams with Cornerstone Communications said leasing is strong.

Standard Pacific and its partner builders are also making progress on Greenwood, a 375-home community that marks the first single-family homes to be built at Tustin Legacy in three years. Details are trickling out about spacious floor plans and pricing for Greenwood’s four neighborhoods, with model homes expected to open in April and first residents moving in this summer.

Together, the three developments are expected to add 1,133 homes to the 2,100 or so now in Tustin Legacy. That should boost the population there by around 2,700 people.

With momentum building once again, one major question remains: What will become of the rest of Tustin Legacy?

Original plans by Shea Homes called for building another 1,000 homes, 6.7 million square feet of commercial space and 170 acres of parks on vacant land surrounding the massive blimp hangars at the center of Tustin Legacy.

But city staff has been working for some time on an update to the specific plan for that area, Parker said. While they’re being careful not to make changes that would draw more traffic, Parker said it looks like the new plan will call for a bit less commercial space and a higher density of homes — particularly to the north, near the Metrolink station along Edinger Avenue.

A draft of that specific plan should be complete and ready for public review by the end of March, Parker said.

In two or three months, the city hopes to select a company to develop Cornerstone I and II. Those commercial zones will feature “high-tech, high-end office buildings” at Armstrong Avenue and Barranca Parkway, Parker said.

“Hopefully we can attract some internationally and nationally known companies to come to Tustin,” Parker said.

Construction should also start this summer on Veterans Sports Park at Tustin Legacy, along Valencia Avenue at Severyns Road. It will be the city’s largest park at 31.5 acres, with 23 lighted fields and courts, a skate park, water play area and veteran’s memorial.

The city still has to overcome its biggest challenge in figuring out the best way to reuse the historic blimp hanger that towers over Tustin Legacy, Parker said. The Navy still owns both hangers but plans to transfer one to the city and the other to the county.

So long as final plans firm up and the economy stays on track, Parker said he expects the entire Tustin Legacy area to be built out within the next 10 years.

From Platinum Sponsor the Tustin News & OC Register – http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tustin-653548-legacy-homes.html

Contact the writer: 714-796-7963 or BStaggs@OCRegister.com

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SCE – Stay Aware. Stay Safe.

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Residents In Quiet Tustin Neighborhood Warned Of Spike In Home Burglaries

TUSTIN (CBSLA.com) — Residents in a quiet section of Orange County are being warned of a spike in daytime home burglaries in Tustin.

As KCAL9’s Stacey Butler reports, for the third time in just one month, police said suspects have knocked on the door of a home. The latest burglary attempt occurred about 10 a.m. Monday.

“Someone had knocked at her door. She didn’t answer it thinking she didn’t want to deal with whoever was at the door. She then looks in her backyard and sees some stranger in her backyard. He sees her and then flees the area,” Tustin Police Department Lt. Bob Wright said.

The homeowner was too afraid to speak on camera but said the person who knocked on her door was a woman.

Police said that’s exactly what happened last month just two blocks away. When a woman inside that home didn’t come to the door, police said the suspects entered through a sliding glass door in the back.

Police said they then tied her up, ransacked the home, and made off with her car, which was later recovered in South Los Angeles.

In another incident, police said a woman knocking at the door fled when the resident said her husband was home.

The suspects remain at large.

“I would warn any residents, if you see something unusual or feel something that just doesn’t feel right to you, to always call the police department,” Wright said.

In the meantime, police asked residents to not open doors to strangers but to make their presence known from behind their locked doors.

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Tustin serious crime down, injury crashes up in 2014

The number of serious crimes in Tustin dropped significantly in 2014, new data from the Tustin Police Department show, while injury crashes went up 14 percent.

These figures were included in a “year-in-review” report Chief Charles Celano presented to the City Council on Tuesday.

“It was a challenging year,” Celano acknowledged, with growing tension between the public and police across the country in the wake of high-profile shootings in places such as Ferguson, Mo.

Tustin Police fared better than many in this area, Celano said, with programs including Coffee With a Cop and regular town hall meetings keeping the lines of communication open.

Those relationships helped the department achieve its goal to reduce Part I crimes, which include violent and major property crimes, by at least 5 percent in 2014, Celano said. In the end, these serious crimes fell by 7.5 percent.

Celano also attributed this drop to the department’s first full year of using a proactive model of policing, where officers are assigned to patrol areas where crimes have been occurring rather than being sent out on random patrols.

“So far it’s been successful for us,” he said, with plans to build on that model in 2015.

The department didn’t meet its second 2014 goal to reduce vehicle accidents resulting in injuries. There were 264 injury crashes in 2014, plus 395 non-injury crashes. Sixty of those were DUI related.

“The speeds continue to rise,” Celano said, with more cars on local roads each year.

Reducing crashes is a major focus again this year, he said, with an emphasis on increasing bicycle and pedestrian safety.

In 2015, Celano said the department will also be completely remodeling its Emergency Operations Center, making sure the city is ready for a major disaster.

A committee is also working to get body cameras for officers this year to boost transparency, though Celano cautioned issues such as privacy still need to be addressed.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7963 orBStaggs@OCRegister.com

Here’s the site link: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/celano-654609-year-crashes.html

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Who Needs a Business License?

Any individual, partnership or corporation, wishing to conduct a business within the City of Tustin must first obtain a business license. This applies whether the business is home-based, mobile, “store front” or located out of the City with agents working in the City. In addition, those businesses having more than one branch and/or more than one business venture at the same location must have a separate business license for each branch or venture.

Certain types of businesses require special permits. To determine if you need this type of permit, call the Business License Division.

Business License Tax – The business license tax period is a calendar year beginning January 1 and expiring December 31. The City prorates fees quarterly for new business.

Renewal – Once obtained, a business license renewal will automatically be forwarded to your mailing address approximately one month prior to the expiration date.

Penalty – Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner’s responsibility in renewing the business license. Failure to pay the license tax when due will result in a penalty of twenty five percent (25%) of such license tax on the last day of each month after the due date. The amount of such penalty shall not exceed one hundred percent (100%) of the amount of the license tax due (Ord. No. 328, Sec 27).

In addition to the business license, a business must also comply with all City Zoning and Building regulations. Contact Planning Division at (714) 573-3140 and the Building Division at (714) 573-3131.

County, Regional, State and Federal Agency permits may also be required for certain types of business. For additional information or staff assistance, please call the Business License Clerk at (714) 573-3144.

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Along El Camino Real in Old Town Tustin sits dozens of historic buildings, but there’s one that stands out. Built in 1885, a small, red store is considered one of the oldest buildings in the entire city. A sign on the front of the building denotes that it was home to the first doctor’s office in the town. Locals know it as the Jabberwocky. “This building is the prime building in Orange County,” owner Margaret Pottenger said. In 1959, Pottenger says she fell in love with the store’s large bay windows and began renting it for $75 a month. She opened a clothing store, selling only elegant dresses and apparel for teenage girls, virtually unheard of at that time. The name for the store came from the comic “Gasoline Alley,” she says. “Jabberwocky was the latest teenage jargon at the time,” Pottenger said. Five years later, she bought the store and moved into the house behind it, where she’s lived ever since. She ran the Jabberwocky until 1988, when she began leasing it to other tenants. On December 14, 2011, an unattended candle nearly burned her beloved building down. “They weren’t able to save a lot of the back, but the front they did save,” recalls Pottenger. Over the last few years, Pottenger’s nephew and a team began rebuilding the space, but it hasn’t been cheap. To help offset the costs, Linda Jennings, the president of Tustin’s Preservation Conservancy, started an online fundraiser this week. “People who have contributed to this fund talk about the fact that they remember coming here and shopping and how much they appreciated this building,” Jennings said. Jennings set the goal at $10,000 to help finish the construction and pay bills. They hope to find someone to eventually rent the space. No matter who moves in, Pottenger hopes people don’t ever forget what the Jabberywocky means to her and the community. “I just want them to remember that this is the greatest building in town,” Pottenger said.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/n2riac.

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