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DECISION '94 : Orange County Contests

May 29, 1994

The Los Angeles Times sent questionnaires to candidates for the nonpartisan Orange County Board of Supervisors, asking them about themselves and posing several questions. Here are the questions:

* Do you favor or oppose development of a commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station?

* How can the county solve the jail overcrowding problem?

* What can the county do to prevent the exodus of businesses?

* Please list two other issues you feel are important to voters.

(Only candidates in contested races are listed here. For a complete ballot see Page V12.)


Costa Mesa, Cypress, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton


Raymond Thomas Littrell

Age: 59

Occupation: President, Midway City Sanitary District

Background: Former Garden Grove city councilman, 1982-1990; member of 1991-92 Orange County Grand jury; retired supervisor at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Democrat.

Issues: Supports commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station; seeks development of additional sites across the county for location of major county jail expansion.


Linda Moulton Patterson

Age: 50

Occupation: Mayor, Huntington Beach

Background: Huntington Beach Union School District board member, 1983-90; California Coastal Commission member; Huntington Beach councilwoman since 1990. Democrat.

Issues: Favors more careful examination of commercial airport at El Toro; supports deportation of illegal immigrants to reduce overcrowding of local jails; seeks to expand her city's job- and business-retention program to apply countywide.


Jim Silva

Age: 50

Occupation: High school economics and civics teacher; Huntington Beach city councilman

Background: Huntington Beach planning commissioner, 1987-88; Huntington Beach mayor, 1992; city councilman since 1988. Republican.

Issues: Supports commercial airport at El Toro; believes city of Santa Ana should provide additional jail space; seeks simplification of permit processes and reduction of sales tax rate to pre-1992 levels to keep businesses from leaving Orange County.


John A. Thomas

Age: 54

Occupation: Founder, Thomas Crane and Trucking Co., Huntington Beach

Background: Huntington Beach city councilman, 1978-86. Republican.

Issues: Supports conversion of El Toro to youth sports complex and area for commercial development; favors construction of new county jail in east Orange County.


Haydee V. Tillotson

Age: 55

Occupation: Partner in Huntington Beach property management and transportation companies.

Background: Orange County planning commissioner, 1993; chairwoman of Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1991-92. Republican.

Issues: Favors conversion of El Toro to commercial airport, provided that concerns over traffic and air safety are resolved; supports creation of site-selection process for new jail; proposes to keep businesses in Orange County by voting against additional taxes.


Anaheim, Buena Park, La Palma, Orange and Placentia


William G. Steiner

Age: 57

Occupation: Orange County supervisor

Background: Orange city councilman, 1988-93; Orangewood Children's Foundation executive director, 1986-93; Orange Unified School District treasurer, 1983-1988. Republican.

Issues: Favors commercial airport at El Toro; favors expansion of existing jail facilities; supports "one-stop" permit process for local businesses.


Phillip L. Knypstra

Age: 57

Occupation: El Camino College professor

Background: Anaheim Police Department officer/detective/ sergeant, 1961-69; El Camino College police chief, 1969-73.

Issues: No position on El Toro; favors creation of planning process for new jail construction or expansion of existing facilities; favors reduction in government costs that apply to business regulation.




Bradley L. Jacobs

Age: 62

Occupation: Orange County assessor

Background: Assessor since 1975. Says he has a background as a physicist. During past year, has been criticized when his office experienced delays in processing a backlog of appeals from residents seeking property value reductions; county officials have moved to correct problem. Republican.

Issues: Says first priority will be to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and equitably. Vows to continue introducing tax-saving legislation and to use technology to serve people and save money. Says tax reform legislation that he has proposed could help retain business. No position on El Toro or jail overcrowding.


Larry L. Bales

Age: 51

Occupation: Auditor appraiser with Orange County assessor's office

Background: U.S. Navy veteran, including a year's service in Vietnam. Has worked 25 years in assessor's office, and had made a previous unsuccessful bid for the top office. Republican.

Issues: Says fair taxation will stem business exodus. Plans to correct overassessed properties; wants to make taxpayers more aware of their rights to appeal high tax bills. Favors development of El Toro to increase the tax base. Supports cities building own jails to help solve overcrowding.


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