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FOCUS: ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS

Mission Viejo

November 18, 1998|Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2155

Over objections from dozens of residents, the City Council unanimously approved $41.6 million in bonds Monday to help revitalize Mission Viejo Mall.

Brad Morton, with the Committee for Integrity in Government, said he was opposed to the subsidization of private business. Council members countered that the improvements will pay for themselves with increased tax revenue. City Manager Dan Joseph said the improvements were vital to save the mall. The bonds will pay for a new parking garage and road improvements. Mall owners said that they, along with the major department stores, are committing $250 million in other improvements. The mall will have a grand reopening in September 1999, with a new food court marking its completion in 2000.

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