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April 11, 1995 | DEBRA CANO and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Huntington Beach and Buena Park on Monday became the latest investors in the county's collapsed pool to accept a settlement offer, agreeing to take 76% of their money now but vowing to gain the remainder through litigation. "The council is not happy with any of the options," Huntington Beach Mayor Victor Leipzig said, "but we could not in good conscience risk the loss of $30 million of Huntington Beach taxpayers' money."
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July 25, 2000 | Andre Briscoe, (714) 966-5848
During tonight's meeting, the city manager will recommend that the City Council approve payment to the city of La Mirada for a cooperative agreement reached last year to rehabilitate Alondra Boulevard from La Mirada Boulevard to Ocaso Avenue. Buena Park's portion of the project comes to $72,682. The city had originally allocated $65,000 for the project.
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March 5, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The city's water officials are preparing to jump into the technological age with a $1.9-million program to replace thousands of aged meters. About 17,000 residential meters are so old that the city is losing nearly $200,000 per year in revenue, said Loren Tuthill, deputy director of the Public Works Department. Pistons in the meters, which are 20 to 25 years old, tend to slow down in their old age and register less water than is actually used, he said.
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September 24, 1999 | Ana Cholo-Tipton, (714) 966-5890
Thus far, the city has put aside $488,465 to renovate 40-year-old William Peak Park pool at Knott and La Palma avenues. At the regular City Council meeting Tuesday, members will finally vote on the project they have been talking about for years, said Deputy City Manager Wes Morgan. The 50-meter pool is still working well, Morgan said, but heavy use over the years has taken its toll on the heating, chlorinating, filtration and plumbing systems.
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April 29, 1999 | Regina Hong, (714) 966-5912
The City Council on Tuesday approved up to $106,000 for "loop detectors," devices that help improve traffic flow at intersections. Traffic engineers expect to go to bid next week on devices for nine intersections. The detectors show when there are cars at an intersection and allow the signal lights to adjust accordingly. Once the bids are awarded, probably in May, crews will install five detectors on Valley View Street, two on Knott Avenue, one on Western Avenue and one on Crescent Avenue.
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January 29, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City officials have devised a two-pronged approach to drafting their next budget. They intend to approve one budget based on last year's $38-million spending plan as if the financial life of the city were normal. At the same time, they will also introduce $2 million worth of cuts in city services to fill what they know is a gaping hole in revenue sources.
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May 7, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and LESLEY WRIGHT
Kids and parents who go to George Bellis Park this spring will find $40,000 worth of new playground equipment. Made of metal and heavy plastic, the new playground gear will include a suspension bridge, decks, spiral slides and other state-of-the-art kid stuff. The city had budgeted federal block grant money to pay for the new equipment, but the council was able to save those dollars when the county awarded residents a $50,000 urban parks grant.
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June 7, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The city will back a partnership of investors with a $1.7-million loan to build an affordable housing complex for seniors. City Council members unanimously agreed Monday to loan the developers redevelopment funds, to be repaid at a 3% interest rate over 40 years. The developers, in turn, have promised to rent all 59 of the apartments at rates affordable to tenants over the age of 62 whose income is below the county median. Those rents will remain affordable for 55 years.
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December 5, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Art Brown has been chosen by his colleagues on the City Council to serve as mayor for the coming year. Brown, 59, was elected to the council in 1990, at the onset of the recession in Southern California. For Buena Park, recovery has been slow, with the city facing a budget deficit this fiscal year that officials say could run as high as $2 million. "I seem to get the prize of going into really horrendous times," Brown quipped as took the gavel Monday night.
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March 6, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Programs that improve playgrounds and provide clothes to the homeless will receive federal money awarded to the city, but the City Council held off a decision to fund expansion of a popular program that seeks to improve deteriorating neighborhoods. The city received $1.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds, but council members declined to award the $150,000 the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force had requested.
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October 27, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
With three seats available and only two challengers, at least one of the three incumbents in this year's City Council race is destined to win. Paul D. Gonzales, 40, a businessman, and Dannue L. Mayo, the 47-year-old head of a nonprofit youth group, are challenging the incumbents, primarily on cuts made to civic programs during lean years. But an improved local economy is giving the incumbents something to fight back with.
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April 16, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS
Forgoing a competitive bid process, the City Council has agreed to pay a cardiology clinic $12,745 to ensure the city's 79 police officers stay fit. The council on Tuesday waived the usual process of seeking competitive bids because the Orange County Heart Center, which has held the contract for three years, provides a cardiologist to personally monitor treadmill tests for officers older than 40. The center also holds three years of data on officers' health.
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November 11, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Eager to expand the city's lucrative Auto Row, the Redevelopment Agency has struck a deal with a private company to build a 20-acre used-car lot on the northeast corner of the business district. Under the plan, CarMax, a unit of Circuit City, will lend the agency $13.3 million to buy the property and to relocate tenants and buildings from the site. A gas station, some empty buildings and miscellaneous car shops will have to make way for the project.
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March 30, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Concerned about budget shortfalls in coming years, officials have decided to pay cash, rather than issue bonds, to cover the city's share of a new countywide emergency communications system. The city's tab will come to about $1.7 million. Officials said they have already set aside more than $1 million toward the $84-million radio system, which fire and police officers say is urgently needed to replace the aging equipment now being used.
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November 27, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A spending and hiring freeze that would take effect early next year is among solutions city officials are considering in the face of a budget deficit that could reach $2 million. At a workshop this week, City Council members also discussed a proposal that would limit the power of the city manager and other finance officials to control the budget. Councilman Don Griffin, who did not seek reelection this year and will leave his seat Dec.
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