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FOCUS: ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS

City Guide / Laguna Hills

January 10, 1998

Mayor R. Craig Scott

Age: 44

Occupation: Attorney

First elected: November 1991

Term expires: November 1998

Key issues: Development of community center; vigorous opposition to proposed El Toro airport; ensure the safety and economic health of the community.

Councilman L. Allan Songstad Jr.

Age: 51

Occupation: Attorney

First elected: March 1991

Term expires: November 2000

Key issues: Work to stop construction of proposed commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station; oversee and complete community center project; maintain constant vigilance over public safety issues.

Councilwoman Cindy Greengold

Age: 44

Occupation: Registered nurse

First elected: November 1994

Term expires: November 1998

Key issues: Support development of community center; promote nonaviation alternatives to proposal for an airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station; continue to support local crime- and gang-prevention programs.

Councilman Joel T. Lautenschleger

Age: 53

Occupation: Hospital administrator

First elected: March 1991

Term expires: November 2000

Key issues: Develop solutions for current and future traffic problems in Laguna Hills and surrounding areas; continue to oppose development of commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station; ensure that community center is developed as focal point of Laguna Hills.

Councilman Randal J. Bressette

Age: 44

Occupation: Financial planner

First elected: March 1991

Term expires: November 1998

Key issues: Successful completion of community center; assure planning process for El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is completed properly; make sure Laguna Hills remains great place to live and raise families.

Other Key Officials

City Manager: Bruce Channing

Age: 43

Time in office: Five years

City Attorney: Lois E. Jeffrey

Age: 54

Time in office: Five years

Police services: Provided under contract with Orange County Sheriff's Department; Lt. Rex Hatch is chief.

Age: 49

Time in office: Two years

Fire services: Provided under contract with the Orange County Fire Authority.

How to Reach Them

Council meets: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 25201 Paseo de Alicia, Suite 150

Hours: City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Phone: (714) 707-2600

Fax: (714) 707-2614

Factoids

Incorporated: December 1991

Population: 30,000

Legislative Districts:

* 47th Congressional

* 38th State Senate

* 73rd State Assembly

* 5th County Supervisorial.

Operating budget: $10.2 million

Number of employees: 17

Highest-paid employee: City manager, $125,000 annually.

Council pay: Members receive $295 monthly stipend.

RESEARCHED BY FRANK MESSINA / For The Times

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