February 1994 -- More than 20 developers submitted applications to build
July 1995 -- Negotiations for an exclusive lease with Home Depot. Home
Depot, through Developer Pacific Retail Partners, was the district's
December 1995-- Home Depot decides to build a store on property owned by
the Huntington Beach Union High School District, nixing the Ocean View
School District's plan.
Supt. Jim Tarwater says at a Planning Commission meeting that the
district is not interested in having a "big box" built at the Crest View
January 1996 -- Series of Ocean View School District open school board
meetings discussing Crest View site. Residents attend meetings to express
concerns about site during public comments session.
Tarwater meets with Crest View United leaders Marvin Josephson, Robert
Cronk and Debbie Josephson to hear their concerns.
April 1996 -- School board approves developer Arnel Retail Group.
October 1996 -- Agreement to lease Crest View site to Arnel signed by
February 1997 -- Councilman Tom Harman presents potential Wal-Mart deal
to school district. Board of trustees begins discussing possible lease to
December 1998 -- City Council approves environmental report recommending
the project and rezones the site from public and semipublic uses such as
hospitals churches and schools to commercial.
April 1999 -- Council approves plans by Wal-Mart to open a
August 1999 -- Wal-Mart developer Arnel Retail Group files a lawsuit
challenging citizen-sponsored petition drive for Measure I, which would
rezone the area to residential.
September 1999 -- County registrar of voters verifies enough signatures
on petition to qualify for Measure I.
October 1999 -- Arnel agrees to hold off on lawsuit so residents can have
their say on measure.
January 2000 -- City Council told in closed session that Arnel may still
pursue lawsuit even if voters pass measure.