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Q & A WITH GOV. WILSON : Governor Discusses Orange County Issues

August 11, 1993| Apart from the topic of immigration, Gov. Pete Wilson gave his thoughts on several other local issues Tuesday during an interview with the Times Orange County Edition editorial board. Here are some excerpts:

Q: How do you assess your political standing in Orange County right now?

A: It's impossible for me to say beyond looking at the most recent polls. I think polls are what they've always been . . . "frozen snapshots in time." Currently, I happen to know mine are down and I understand why they are.

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Q: Why the ($60-million) special allocation from the state for the Disney ($3-billion expansion) project and what criteria (will the state use in the future to decide about) jump-starting a particular development?

A: You'll probably find me willing to do that for any project that promises 27,000 jobs and billions in economic development to a five-county area in a time of a severe recession. That's the quick answer. What we actually did was to provide some gas tax money, about half of which came from savings on a scheduled lane-widening project.

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Q: So if somebody else comes up with a good plan for a major development?

A: If I could be assured that we would get 27,000 jobs for every 60-grand of transportation money, I would delighted.

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Q: How do you assess the Orange County (legislative) delegation in Sacramento?

A: In terms of interest and performance and seniority, you're losing one of the very best (in state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach)) . . . I expect you will get her back as a supervisor. I think Marian Bergeson has been one of the best public servants I've ever encountered. You're lucky she wants to come back and be a supervisor. Which proves that she is an incurable masochist, but then who the hell is talking.

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