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Friday, July 1, 2011

Old Town Orcutt July 4th Flag Raising

Please help me spread the good news.

Caltrans has approved OTORA’s permit to fly the American flag in the State right-of-way (State Highway 135 & Clark Ave).

We will officially raise the American flag on July 4th at 9:00 a.m.

This interim flagpole came from the Orcutt School District. It is a 30’ tall wooden pole that has been refurbished.

According to Caltrans the process is underway to sell this small piece of property for the Orcutt Veterans’ Memorial to the County of Santa Barbara for a nominal amount. OTORA will be writing the check. This process should take about 4 months.

The good news is that we have established that the American flag is allowed in the State right-of-way regardless of Caltrans' interpretation of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Brown v. Caltrans.

From the beginning I thought that Caltrans was just plain wrong. And just recently I discovered that Caltrans allowed a mural of Fidel Castro in the State Right-of-way by calling it “Transportation Art”.

I wonder if Caltrans would have approved our Old Town Orcutt Veterans’ Memorial if I had submitted the project as “Transportation Art” and called the memorial “The Protectors of Our Freedom”. After all, that’s exactly what it is.

Thank you for your support,
Steve LeBard
OTORA President

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