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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest twist in the El Toro airport debate, Orange County supervisors on Tuesday unexpectedly delayed for another week a pivotal vote to approve the airfield, bowing to demands that the public needed more time to comment on the plan. Supervisors have been deluged with letters and e-mails asking them to reopen public comments since last week's release of an airspace analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration. The county ended public comment on the plan on Sept.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every flight preparing to land at John Wayne and Long Beach airports would be delayed 15 minutes to make room for each northbound jet leaving an El Toro airport, new figures released Saturday by the Federal Aviation Administration show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As airports across the country postpone expansions in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Orange County is moving ahead with a new airport on the unaltered assumption that demand for flights will double in the next 20 years. The Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on final approval for a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps base, designed to become the second-largest airport in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's proposed airport at El Toro could be operated safely--but it would also create flight delays and inefficiencies across Southern California's already crowded skies, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. At times, as many as 24 flights arriving into John Wayne and Long Beach airports would be delayed up to eight minutes to make room for each flight leaving El Toro to the north, according to the long-awaited analysis of the county's plan, released Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's proposed airport at El Toro could be operated safely--but it would also create flight delays and inefficiencies across Southern California's already crowded skies, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. At times, as many as 24 flights arriving at John Wayne and Long Beach airports would be delayed by up to eight minutes to make room for each flight leaving El Toro to the north, according to the long-awaited analysis of the county's plan, released Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A long-awaited federal report evaluating a key aspect of the proposed El Toro airport has been delayed again, this time by a Florida congressman. The report, analyzing how the new airport would operate within Southern California's crowded airspace, was to have been released today by the Federal Aviation Administration. But its release was stopped by Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, until he could be briefed on its contents. Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the face of heavy pressure, Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva on Tuesday retreated from his support for another public referendum on whether an international airport should be built at the former El Toro Marine base. Silva, long a supporter of an El Toro airport, stunned colleagues Monday by agreeing with airport foes that another vote was needed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County residents remain opposed to converting the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into an international airport, even if the size of the proposal is reduced, a new public opinion poll shows. The survey by UC Irvine and a Bay Area think tank further indicates that a clear majority of residents favor a ballot initiative next March that would bar aviation uses at the base, which closed in 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's plan to build a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine base was approved in concept Tuesday by the Orange County Planning Commission. The five-member board voted 3 to 2 to recommend approval of the county plan to supervisors, who are scheduled to cast their final vote Monday on the environmental report. That study is among several hurdles in a long process its advocates face in getting the airport approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Great Park supporters hauled 175,000 petition signatures in the back of a rented armored truck Wednesday, delivering double the number needed to let Orange County voters decide whether to create an urban preserve rather than build an airport at the former El Toro Marine base. But the validity of the signatures remains in doubt pending a state appeals court decision on whether the language of the proposed March 2002 ballot measure is misleading.
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