Working together to Preserve our Hills
We are a Non-Partisan Organization
Website updated March 6, 2014
Tax ID Number - 27-2784841
We are a group of homeowners and residents concerned about the effects of oil drilling to the environment and our community. We are Opposed to Oil Drilling in our Hills.
In Loving Memory of Pete Fischer. A True Friend that will be Greatly Missed. Thank you Pete
WHOW Endorses Nick Donovan for Whittier City Council 2014.
Whittier needs a leader with vision. Nick fills the bill.
TWO MORE LAWSUITS FILLED REGARDING THE OIL PROJECT.
This is why Henderson and Dutra must not be re-elected and elected to
office. They have gotten this City into a big mess. The City is
involved in 6 major lawsuits that involves the oil project, money that
could have been received from the oil project, Voters rights and
violation of the Brown Act. Are these the people we want in charge? I
Matrix Oil is suing the Open Space District (which is the L.A. County Board of Supervisors).
The Open Space District (which is the L.A. County Board of Supervisors) is suing the City of Whittier.
Below is the information on Matrix's lawsuit.
Case Number: BS146928 MATRIX OIL CORPORATION ET AL VS LOS ANGELES COUNTY REGIONAL
Filing Date: 01/24/2014
Case Type: Writ - Administrative Mandamus (General Jurisdiction)
05/27/2014 at 09:30 am in department 82 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Trial Setting Conference
CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY INC. - Plaintiff/Petitioner
DOES 1 THROUGH 10 - Defendant/Respondent
LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISROS - Defendant/Respondent
LOS ANGELES COUNTY REGIONAL PARK AND OPEN - Defendant/Respondent
MATRIX OIL CORPORATION - Plaintiff/Petitioner
MOUNTAINS RECREATION AND CONSERVATION - Real Party in Interest
PUENTE HILLS HABITAT PRESERVATION AUTHO- - Real Party in Interest
ROES 1 THROUGH 10 - Defendant/Respondent
WHITTIER CITY OF - Real Party in Interest
WOOSLEY ERIC A. ESQ. - Attorney for Plaintiff/Petitioner
WHOW Board member NICK DONOVAN pulls papers to run for Whittier City Council - December 16, 2013.
City of Whittier and Oil Companies file appeal - December 19, 2013.
L.A. COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTES 5/0 TO KILL OIL PROJECT
October 29, 2013
If you have not heard by now the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted 5/0 not grant a change a "Land Use" change. Zev told Matrix that the financial mechanism stops in 2015 but the land stays as open space in perpetuity. When is Whittier going to get it right?
City of Whittier Looses Lawsuit
June 6, 2013
Please read the letters that was sent from WHOW to MRCA, SMMC. L.A. County Board of Supervisors and the City of Whittier regarding the settlement. Posted Sept 5, 2013
ARTICLE FROM RL MILLER (WRITTEN ON HER OWN) CHAIRPERSON OF
THE ENVIRONMENTAL CAUCUS
of the California Democratic Party
Click here to read article
HERE ARE EXCERPTS FROM THE WHITTIER DAILY NEWS ARTICLE ON JULY 8, 2013
The left-for-dead Whittier oil project could be heading back on track.
"There is a lot of money on the table," Markman said. "Perhaps that might meet everybody's needs."
Markman has repeatedly suggested that the MRCA would settle for some amount
of cash instead of sticking to its principles.
"I'm sure there will be a substantial amount of money involved" during the talks, Markman said.
What could be bringing the MRCA to the table is the promise of dollars to purchase other plots of land for future preservation. Also, if the oil drilling was allowed to go forward, Matrix would have to spend $15
million on land it would purchase elsewhere, to make up for damaging the seven acres needed for drilling in the Whittier nature preserve.
He said Whittier has spoken to the MRCA about the "environmental value" of making a deal.
Settlement Agreement session will be July 30, 2013 in close session. Soon as we hear something we will get the word out. Contact the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and let them know not to vote for the oil project.
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Fracking and Earthquake Connection.
Whittier's Oil Field and Baldwin Hills Oil Field are Featured. KCET Investigative Report 11/27/2012 Click here to see Story (10 min)
The City's Check to Los Angeles County that was returned to Whittier June 6, 2012.
Los Angeles County's Lawsuit against Whittier and the Oil Project Filed October 25, 2012.
Latest Lawsuit filed by California's State Attorney General Kamala Harris against
Whittier's Oil Project
August 31, 2012.
L.A.County Council finds that the City of Whittier and Esther Feldman did fail to register for lobbying.
August 8, 2012
This is to inform you that the County of Los Angeles( "County"), through the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors, recently concluded a second. investigation to determine whether a possible violation of the County Lobbyist Ordinance by Esther Feldman, Feldman &Associates, Community Conservancy International, and the City of Whittier occurred. As explained in the enclosed written findings, the Executive Office concluded that Esther Feldman, Feldman & Associates, and the City of Whittier failed to register within 10 days of May 25, 2010, and subsequently failed to file quarterly reports
City gives Environmental Compliance Coordinator Contract for Oil Project to MRS.
But wait, how can the City award a contract they are not paying for?
Council meeting minutes from August 14, 2012 for Environmental
Compliance Coordinator - Whittier Main Oilfield
funding for the Environmental Compliance Coordinator will be bome by Matrix
Oil, including administrative costs accrued by the City. There will be no fiscal
impact on the General Fund.
This is the same company that did the EIR for the oil project. Matrix is paying for MRS to be the Environmental Compliance Coordinator.
The RFP (request for proposal) which was put together by the City describes what services the City needs provided by the Vendor that wins the bid. I find it a bit unusual that one of the statements in the RFP is (see below).
consultant work will depend on core tasks that can be anticipated
and work that cannot be anticipated (e.g., supplemental construction,
accidents/spills or other
emergency-response-related activities, etc.)
which will only be undertaken on an as-needed basis. Therefore, the
consultant's familiarity with the project sites and permit requirements, the
ability to perform the field monitoring efficiently, and cost rates are three
major factors in our consideration of proposals.
That statement appears to give MRS an unfair advantage over the other companies since they wrote the EIR. Of course they have familiarity with the sites.
Whittier Oil Project Stopped by Judge.
Posted Thursday June 6, 2013
Click below to read the Whittier Daily News articles on the Trial and Recall of the Whittier City Council.
"It this something that Matrix should do in order to maybe "curry favor" with Knabe reo Prop A?"
(Curry Favor is a Political Favor) posted 5/12/13
IS ARE TWO E-MAILS DATED OCTOBER 27, 2009 BETWEEN J C MCFARLAND
CONSULTANT/LIAISON FOR MATRIX OIL AND FORMER CITY MANAGER STEVE HELVEY
AND COUNCILMAN BOB HENDERSON. IN THIS E-MAIL MCFARLAND IS ASKING STEVE
HELVEY AND BOB HENDERSON IS THEY (MATRIX OIL) SHOULD ASK L.A. COUNTY
SUPERVISOR DON KNABE FOR A CURRY FAVOR (POLITICAL FAVOR). READ THE
ACTUAL E-MAILS BELOW. Mike Mc Caskey is the VP of Matrix Oil.
From: J.e. McFarland [mailto:email@example.comJ
sent: Tuesday, October 27,20091:40 PM
To: Bob Henderson; Steve Helvey
Cc: Mike McCaskey
Subject: Fwd: Supervisor's State of the County Address (11/4/09) - A don't miss event!!!
Importance: High Bob and Steve,
It this something that Matrix should do in order to maybe "curry favor" with Knabe reo Prop A? Frankly,
that's the only basis on which I or they would be interested.
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 14:21 :49 -0700
To: firstname.lastname@example.org<email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org<email@example.com>
Cc: Mike McCaskey<MMcCaskey@matrixoil.com>
Subject: RE: Supervisor's State of the County Address (1114/09) - A don't miss event!!!
Mac probably not yet.
There was a meeting between the City of Whittier, both oil companies and the habitat authority to share information on the oil project. This happen eights months before the project went to bid. The big question is since the project was a bid why did the City work with Matrix prior to the bid? Click above to read the e-mail.
Posted March 24, 2013
National Fracking and Oil Watch
A source you can go to that provides information on Fracking, oil drilling and organizations that are fighting to save our environment.
Click here to visit the website
Click on MAPS on the Tool Bar. Look to see that Matrix oil has two oil facilities and one proposed oil facility in Whittier now and the forth on Whittier's border in La Habra Heights.
posted Feb. 23, 2013
Damage is being done to the Preserve now.
posted February 5, 2013
Here is your first look at the damage that is being done to the preserve by the brush cleaning. It's obscene the City and the Habitat Authority are allowing this to happen.
Click on image to enlarge
Oil Project STOPPED
January 31, 2013
January 30, 2013 it was reported that equipment was being moved in
to clear brush to start the oil project.
On the morning of Thursday
January 31, 2013 work commenced.
Supervisor Gloria Molina sent staffers out to stop the project.
At the same time both
MRCA and Los Angles
County filed an emergency
injunction to stop the project. They
were successful. An injunction was
issued that only allows for brush clearing.
Equipment that is used in the test drilling process is banned from the
site. On Monday January 28, 2013 a hearing was scheduled for MRCA's
injunction to be heard that was filed in mid December 2012.
Matrix disqualified the judge that was
scheduled to hear MRCA's injunction. A
new hearing date had not been set. For
now we do have an injunction and they don't have an oil project. Congratulations to MRCA, Los Angeles County
and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
Please e-mail the Supervisor and thank her for her help and the help of
her staff. Gloria Molina
It's Not Over
Despite what you may have heard the oil project is no closer to starting today than it was in 2008. The City of Whittier has been creating smoke and mirrors to make you think this is a done deal – IT ISN’T! On October 25, 2012 L.A. County and the Board of Supervisors joined MRCA’s lawsuit against the oil project. There are currently two pending lawsuits against the City of Whittier to stop the oil project – including one from the State Attorney General.
Since the money that was used to purchase the hills was funded by Prop “A”, a 1992 measure that taxed all county properties to fund land acquisition and parks, all 88 cities in the County of Los Angeles are entitled to any revenue generated by the oil project. That also means that the City of Whittier will only receive a fraction of what the City Council claims we will receive.
We as Citizens should be concerned with the financial liability that the Council has taken on by spending millions of dollars of the oil company’s money without getting proper authorization for the oil project. THEY STILL DO NOT HAVE APPROVAL FOR THIS PROJECT. Who is going to pay the oil company back the millions of dollars that the City has spent when this project is stopped?
L.A. County jumps on-board with MRCA's Lawsuit against Whittier and the Oil Project (10/25/12). See article below.Click here for link to article or below to pdf of article
Two Injunctions have been filed against Oil Project. One by MRCA and the second by Los Angeles County (December 2012)
This is the Newest Lawsuit filed against the Oil Project on December 14, 2012. It is Lawsuit Number 4 filed by a Taxpayers Group. Click Below
Take a peak at Josh Fox's Gasland 2. Very educational , more problems then we thought. Whittier may hae those same problem. Please watch.
Location of Proposed Whittier OiL Project
New Matrix Oil and Gas Facility boarders Whittier's Friendly Hills. (January 23, 2012).
Matrix Oil Fire at their Whittier Honolulu Terrace Oil Facility May 19, 2005. There was one fatality. Do we want to take this kind of risk again?
MRCA Settles for CASH and Annual Payments of 11.25 million dollars. There goes the Environmental organizations that were trusted to protect the land. Who can you Trust.