Recognitions and Achievements
The Jose Dolores Garcia/ Albert Pryor House
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Inventory – The Jose Dolores Garcia/ Albert Pryor House in San Juan Capistrano
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Recognition of Lorie Porter
August 2018: Lorie Porter, Director of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Walking Tour Guides and the Apolonia Montano (Montanez) Adobe Docents, met with the Blas Aguilar Adobe Foundation Board of Directors and as a result is being welcomed with opened arms. As said by Lorie, “For those of you who might not know, we have severed our relationship with the Historical Society and will now be a team with the Blas Aguilar Adobe Foundation Board of Directors. The city owns both adobes, and we are hoping that our new association will be beneficial for all of us.”
Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee congratulates Lorie, Walking Tour Guides, and Montanez Adobe Docents! New Adventures for a great group!
Protecting our historic and sacred lands – Removal of the Zoomars Dinosaur
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Dinosaur
Jerry Nieblas, president of the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee makes his case on why the new attraction at Zoomars should be removed.
By Penny Arévalo, Patch Staff | Jun 21, 2012, 11:06 pm ET | Updated Jun 21, 2012, 11:07 pm ET
To begin, please allow us to share our mission statement of the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee: “With integrity, the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee proudly recognizes, respects and honors ALL the historical elements of San Juan Capistrano — its land, its structures, its families and its traditions…” That being said, in San Juan Capistrano, and it’s caused quite a “roar,” no pun intended. Two facets exist in this controversy, the historical and the factual. First, the historical — is one of the oldest, historical neighborhoods in the state of California and is designated as such with the National Historic Register. The National Historic Register has its own set of guidelines which must be upheld. Sacred land and memories are being violated.
June 21, 2012: Click the following link to view this article in the San Juan Capistrano Patch: https://patch.com/california/sanjuancapistrano/letter-to-the-editor-the-dinosaur
Council rejects attempt to save Zoomars’ dinosaur statue
Jerry Nieblas, president of the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee, and Carolyn Franks, owner of Zoomars, exchange kind words and hug after a nearly year-long battle that pitted the two against each other.
A large dinosaur statue that’s led to divisive debate in San Juan Capistrano has got to go. The City Council on Tuesday turned down an attempt by Carolyn Franks, owner of the Zoomars Petting Zoo, to appeal the city Planning Commission’s rejection of the replica apatosaurus. The City Council’s vote was 2 to 2. Franks said she was stunned by the decision and wasn’t ready to say how she’ll move forward, including whether she’ll remove the statue or keep fighting. But Jerry Nieblas, the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee president who led the move against the statue, said he hopes Franks will move on. Nieblas and Franks hugged after the meeting, which included public testimony from about 30 people, about two-thirds of whom supported the dinosaur. “It’s a huge disappointment. I wasn’t expecting it, so I really don’t know what to say,” Franks said after the meeting. “I feel like I let the kids down.”
Click on the following link to read the full article in the Orange County Register: https://www.ocregister.com/2013/04/03/council-rejects-attempt-to-save-zoomars-dinosaur-statue/
The City of San Juan Capistrano presented Jerry Nieblas, President of the Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee, with the Mayor’s Speical Commendation for Dedicated Collaboration in the design of the Putuidem Village Cultural Center on December 5th, 2017. This is for Jerry Nieblas’ achievements towards the North West open space Putuidem Village site.