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ORANGE COUNTY NEWSWATCH

March 02, 1995|Jerry Hicks and Mimi Ko and Frank Messina

GETTING GORED: Fountain Valley Councilman John Collins figures that even vice presidents should follow their own advice. In Vice President Al Gore's letter to Fountain Valley officials praising their recycled-products program, Gore vowed that he and President Clinton have "a commitment to recycling." Then the U.S. Treasury issued some documents with a cover letter apologizing for using recycled paper instead of "virgin-grade paper." . . . Collins recently wrote Gore: "A commitment is only meaningful if it is implemented." The message: Your agencies should promote recycling, not apologize for it.

NO NORBY TRAILS? Chris Norby may be stepping on some sensitive toes. The Fullerton councilman, who plans to oppose Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez next year, says he would try to put an end to the supervisors' habit of naming public facilities after each other. Former Supervisor Thomas F. Riley, for example, has a park and an airport terminal named after him. . . . Says Norby: "There will be no Chris Norby Park." He says he'd even want to make the change retroactive.

PRO BONO PRO: Anaheim attorney Jeffrey L. Farano donated his services when helping pave the legal path so the Eli Home for Abused Children could settle into its new house in Anaheim Hills. He got rewarded anyway. . . . The neighbors weren't too happy about the move. Says Farano: "It was an immediate knee-jerk reaction, that this would be bad for the neighborhood. Actually, the Eli Home took an eyesore and cleaned it up." . . . The nonprofit children's home has named Farano as its Humanitarian of the Year.

LIFE SUPPORT: The Dana Point Neighborhood Watch program didn't grow 500% over the past six years by offering coffee and cookies at its regular meetings. Speaking at tonight's meeting at City Hall: members of the sheriff's bomb squad. A few meetings ago it was a SWAT team. Says spokesman Yomar Cleary: "We're just trying to put a little life into our meetings."

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