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October 28, 1993
I am writing to correct the record regarding a recent story ("Defense Conversion Has Few Converts So Far," Oct. 11), which incorrectly characterizes legislation I authored on defense conversion. In September, the Senate unanimously passed legislation I introduced to target funds to communities "most adversely affected by reduced spending for national defense and by military base closures." This sense-of-the-Congress resolution was incorporated into the 1993 defense authorization bill, and is the first time Congress has ever gone on record to support targeting funds for defense conversion.
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August 26, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
After reaching a settlement, community and environmental activists have agreed to drop their lawsuit to block part of the former March Air Reserve Base from being transformed into a mammoth business park. Along with reducing warehouse space and curtailing truck diesel fumes, the base's Joint Powers Authority agreed to build a regional park and other improvements.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
The group in charge of helping Ventura County deal with its dwindling defense economy has been awarded nearly $3 million in grants by the U.S. Commerce Department. On Monday, Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor announced that two grants have been awarded to the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
After reaching a settlement, community and environmental activists agreed Friday to drop their lawsuit to block part of the former March Air Reserve Base from being transformed into a mammoth business park. Along with reducing warehouse space and trying to curtail truck diesel fumes, the base's Joint Powers Authority agreed to build a regional park and other improvements.
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October 26, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine has landed its second major defense-conversion project involving lasers, and the new, $1.3-million study could result in a new industry in Orange County, a university official said Monday. "We think this research could lead to commercial companies' manufacturing miniaturized lasers here in Orange County," said Michael Berns, director of UCI's Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic.
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February 21, 1996 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Among the mysteries of Southern California's recovering economy is how well or badly the numerous small companies are faring that depended for their livelihoods on supply contracts from defense contractors--the component makers and testing companies that once prospered from Simi Valley to San Diego. Overall employment statistics indicate that business is changing and recovering.
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October 22, 1993 | Susan Christian / Times staff writer
It's a question that many Orange County businesses are asking: How can companies that once relied on government defense contracts parlay their technological resources into private sector work? The Orange County Venture Network will address that issue Thursday night at a seminar: "Commercial Funding and Technology Opportunities in Defense Conversion." Speakers include James Rooney, a program manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and Timothy J.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1993 | Dean Takahashi / Times staff writer
Defense conversion isn't a dirty buzzword anymore. The transfer of technology from government research institutions to private industry has something to offer an economy hurt by reduced military spending and the subsequent elimination of thousands of jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Available for unique public-private partnership: a 17-story fixer on 1,600 acres in the heart of dynamic Orange County. Once housed Navy dirigibles and Marine Corps helicopters. Site listed on National Register of Historic Places. Now home to generations of finches. Owner seeking highly qualified, well-financed companies and organizations to develop for uses ranging from theater to cultural center, sporting facility or movie lot.
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April 6, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Contamination from a hazardous-waste dump on the former El Toro Marine base threatens to complicate the Navy's plan to auction off a portion of the base for new homes this summer. The closed 9-acre dump was used for discarded construction material, and in a recent environmental report, released in draft form, the Navy gave the dump site its worst possible rating for contamination. According to the Navy, that means the land in its present condition cannot be sold or leased.
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March 5, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
In a pivotal vote that ended a 10-month stalemate over the future of the former El Toro Marine base, Orange County supervisors voted 3 to 2 on Tuesday to allow Irvine to annex the 4,700-acre property. Navy and Irvine officials praised the decision, which allows the Navy to move ahead with plans to sell part of the property to developers. "This is a critical step in the process and will ultimately bring greater value to both the city and to the taxpayers," Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr.
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December 20, 2002 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Believing that an airport at El Toro still has a pulse, an obscure state commission decided Thursday to continue a 40-year-old buffer zone limiting development around the closed Marine base -- even though voters have rejected plans for a commercial airport and the military says it will never return to the site. The Airport Land Use Commission voted 6 to 1 to maintain a 14,000-acre noise and crash zone that restricts construction beneath the base's old flight paths.
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December 2, 2002 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The El Toro airport plan is dead. But a state panel wants to keep in place building restrictions on 14,000 acres of prime real estate around the closed military air base. Developers have been eyeing the land since the base closed in July 1999 for upscale homes and higher-density commercial space if limits were to be lifted. The land is near Orange County's "golden triangle"--a vast swath of property where the Santa Ana and San Diego freeways meet in Irvine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2002 | Evan Halper and Ray F. Herndon, Times Staff Writers
Is the Great Park turning into the Great Lot? With the rejection of Proposition 51, Irvine won't get $120 million it had hoped to use to begin transforming the closed El Toro Marine base into a massive open space and recreation area. The ballot measure was resoundingly defeated in every Orange County city -- including Irvine -- as well as statewide, suggesting that even local voters don't want general fund money redirected to the Great Park.
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October 8, 2002 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe it was the words "no new taxes" that that made many voters think Irvine officials were promising to convert the closed El Toro Marine base into one of the largest urban parks in the nation without costing taxpayers a dime. Irvine officials would like to clarify: When they said "no new taxes" in the ballot measure that approved the park, they merely meant no local taxes. They actually want taxpayers statewide to pick up the tab.
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September 21, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last-ditch campaign to keep the El Toro airport plan alive appeared to have collapsed this week, with even some die-hard airport advocates saying it's time to move on. The latest piece of bad news for the pro-airport camp came Friday, when Gov. Gray Davis declared the airport proposal dead and let die a bill that would have pressured Orange County to provide a greater share of the region's air passenger and cargo service.
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