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May 26, 1990 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Share Our Selves will be allowed to keep its dental clinic at the Rea Community Center at least until next January while the rest of the organization relocates, according to an agreement reached with the City Council this week. "That was a crucial point with us," said Jean Forbath, founder and executive director of SOS, which provides emergency food, clothing and financial assistance to about 5,000 Orange County families.
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October 16, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office is looking into whether Costa Mesa officials violated the state open meeting law during discussions earlier this year about the Home Ranch development proposal. The prosecutor is studying complaints by a Costa Mesa resident that the city violated the Brown Act when two members of the City Council, two members of the Planning Commission, city staff and representatives of developer C.J.
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September 24, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Former City Councilman Orville Amburgey filed a lawsuit Monday claiming that three city officials conspired to destroy his reelection bid by sending conflict-of-interest allegations to the district attorney just before the election. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, names Mayor Mary Hornbuckle, City Atty. Thomas Kathe and City Manager Allan L. Roeder. It was also filed against the city as a whole.
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October 16, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office is looking into whether Costa Mesa officials violated a state open-meeting law during discussions this year about the proposed Home Ranch development. The agency is studying complaints by a Costa Mesa resident that the city violated the Brown Act when two members of the City Council and two members of the Planning Commission, city staff and representatives of developer C.J. Segerstrom & Sons met without providing notice to the public, Deputy Dist.
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October 16, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office is looking into whether Costa Mesa officials violated a state open-meeting law during discussions this year about the proposed Home Ranch development. The agency is studying complaints by a Costa Mesa resident that the city violated the Brown Act when two members of the City Council and two members of the Planning Commission, city staff and representatives of developer C.J. Segerstrom & Sons met without providing notice to the public, Deputy Dist.
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July 18, 1990 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The City Council, or what was left of it at 2 a.m. Tuesday, voted down a proposal to pay $20,000 for a performance by the Pacific Symphony at a black-tie, VIP reception for the John Wayne Airport dedication. Citing budget constraints and the event's exclusivity, Councilwoman Sandra L. Genis presented what she called "the Marie Antoinette Memorial Let 'em Eat Cake Award" and handed out spongecake snacks to council members.
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October 5, 1990 | JON NALICK
Councilman Orville Amburgey on Thursday dismissed an allegation that he improperly accepted a $1,000 campaign contribution earlier this year. Amburgey, who is running for reelection, received the contribution from Robert Zeimer, owner of Henry n' Harry's Goat Hill Tavern, soon after voting in favor of Zeimer's appeal of restrictions placed on the bar. "That wasn't the first time I voted on it and wasn't the last time," Amburgey said. "My votes have been consistent.
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July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff, Wire Reports
A Superior Court judge dismissed civil charges Wednesday against Costa Mesa City Councilman Chris Steel, citing insufficient evidence that he intentionally committed election fraud. Steel still faces state charges on similar complaints, which will be heard July 31. Michael Szkaradek, a Costa Mesa attorney and accountant who brought the civil suit, said the district attorney's office will be able to make a stronger case than he could in the civil trial.
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October 6, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal for a scaled-down version of the airport planned for El Toro Marine base failed to win endorsement Monday from the Costa Mesa City Council. Councilman Joe Erickson had suggested that his colleagues support a plan for a facility the size of John Wayne Airport, with the same passenger limitations and hours of operation. A cap on air travel, which will expire early in the next century, allows John Wayne to serve 8.4 million passengers annually.
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February 9, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Mayor Joe Erickson and Sandy Pinkerton, president of the board of the Costa Mesa Senior Corp., have been chosen man and woman of the year by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce for their commitment to making Costa Mesa a nicer place to live and work. Erickson, who has served as mayor since 1994, "is out there working to improve the athletic programs one day and is out there trying to deal with gangs the next," said Tony Petros, president of the chamber.
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July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff, Wire Reports
A Superior Court judge dismissed civil charges Wednesday against Costa Mesa City Councilman Chris Steel, citing insufficient evidence that he intentionally committed election fraud. Steel still faces state charges on similar complaints, which will be heard July 31. Michael Szkaradek, a Costa Mesa attorney and accountant who brought the civil suit, said the district attorney's office will be able to make a stronger case than he could in the civil trial.
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July 19, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA and JASON SONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Superior Court judge Wednesday dismissed civil charges against Costa Mesa City Councilman Chris Steel, citing insufficient evidence that he intentionally committed election fraud. Steel still faces state charges on similar complaints, which will be heard July 31. "One down, one to go," Steel said after the ruling, which followed three days of hearings in a Santa Ana courtroom.
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July 17, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The civil case accusing Costa Mesa City Council member Chris Steel of forgery was delayed Monday after a judge recused himself. Orange County Superior Court Judge William M. Monroe said that, when he was a lawyer almost 15 years ago, he had professional dealings with Ron Cordova, Steel's lawyer in the current case.
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July 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A civil trial is set to begin Monday for City Councilman Chris Steel, who is accused in a lawsuit of submitting forged signatures on his 1998 and 2000 nomination papers. Michael Szkaradek, a Costa Mesa lawyer and accountant, filed suit May 29 in Orange County Superior Court asking that Steel be removed from the council. Steel is also in the middle of a criminal trial over the same issue, and is charged with two felony counts of perjury.
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May 17, 2001
Orange County prosecutors charged a city councilman Wednesday with two felony counts for allegedly submitting campaign nomination papers with forged signatures before the 1998 and 2000 elections. The charges cap a lengthy investigation by the district attorney's office and Costa Mesa police that could result in Councilman Chris Steel losing his seat and facing a three-year prison sentence if convicted.
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December 21, 2000 | Jennifer Kho, (949) 574-4275
Two planning commissioners and three parks commissioners will have their terms cut short by two years and be forced to reapply if they want to keep their posts, the City Council decided this week. The commissioners' terms will end in February. "I wanted to keep open the possibility that we could appoint people more updated on the issues that got [Karen] Robinson and I elected," Councilman Chris Steel said. "I also want to have different views and diversity on the commissions.
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December 4, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS
City Council members Sandra L. Genis and Mary Hornbuckle, elected officials for eight and 12 years respectively, stepped down this week during a short ceremony at which their colleagues described them as two of the most dedicated and sincere women in local politics. "One thing the citizens of Costa Mesa will never know is how much these women cared about you, about this community," Councilman Peter Buffa said. Genis and Hornbuckle both decided not to seek another term.
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January 31, 1994 | WILLSON CUMMER
The city's Human Relations Committee decided last week to try to create a call-in cable television show on which residents may ask questions of public officials and others in the city. Tentatively called "Open Line Costa Mesa," the show would let people talk anonymously about their concerns, said committee chairwoman Karen McGlen, who is also the director of Share Our Selves, the county's largest direct aid charity.
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July 21, 2000 | Andrew Glazer, (949) 475-4275
The city's next mayor will serve only a one-year term, the council decided Monday. Councilwoman Libby Cowan proposed shortening the two-year term after seeing how much time previous Mayor Joe Erickson and Mayor Gary Monahan spent at City Hall. She also said shortening the term would allow more council members the opportunity to serve as mayor, which is largely a ceremonial position. Monahan, who cast the only dissenting vote, said a mayor should be prepared to work hard.
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