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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The eight-year fight over El Toro has made for some strange alliances. Among them: retired Marine Col. Bill Kogerman of Laguna Hills and longtime peace activist Marion Pack of Fullerton, who joined to battle Orange County's plans to build an airport at the closed Marine base. The pro-airport quest also allied George Argyros, a billionaire Republican from Newport Beach, with Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), who lobbied in Sacramento for an airport.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Suddenly, it seems, everyone wants a piece of El Toro. Even the Marines. The latest proposal, by Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Escondido), calls for moving the Marines' West Coast boot camp from San Diego to a portion of the former El Toro Marine base. That, in turn, would allow San Diego's airport, Lindbergh Field, to expand onto the depot property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2002 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Orange County supervisors want to reel in the powerful El Toro airport agency and order a massive study on what to do with the former El Toro Marine base. Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Board Chairwoman Cynthia P. Coad, usually at opposite ends of the airport battle, have proposed moving the El Toro Local Redevelopment Authority under the county's chief executive, rather than the Board of Supervisors, which has been polarized for years with three members supporting an airport and two opposed.
NEWS
March 11, 2002 | SCOTT MARTELLE EVAN HALPER and JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Peter Buffa looks at the El Toro debate--the whole wrangling, two-fisted brawl--and sees a movie. "Jaws," to be exact. "When 'Jaws' came along . . . it became bigger than just a film," said Buffa, a political analyst and former Costa Mesa City Council member. "And El Toro has become much bigger than just a political issue." In the near-decade since the Pentagon announced that it would close the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the fate of the 4,700-acre airfield has dominated local politics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO and SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Irvine officials plan to forge ahead with their bid to annex the former El Toro Marine air base and convert it into a sprawling park, despite the U.S. Navy's plan to sell off the prime suburban real estate to the highest bidder. Irvine City Councilman Chris Mears said that, because of Tuesday's passage of Measure W, the Navy's announcement does not trump the city's hopes to replace the base with a park.
NEWS
March 7, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO and SCOTT MARTELLE and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hours after Orange County voters rezoned a proposed international airport out of existence, Navy officials unexpectedly announced Wednesday that they intend to auction off the El Toro Marine base where it would have been built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opposition to a new airport at El Toro continues to grow in Orange County, boosting the chances for approval of an anti-airport measure by voters next month, according to a Los Angeles Times-commissioned poll. The election March 5 marks the fourth time county voters will be asked to decide the airport issue. Measure W would rescind the airport's approval by voters in 1994 and rezone the 4,700-acre base to public parkland and other development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's "Just the Facts" program promoting a new airport at El Toro was suspended Friday by a San Diego County judge. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Charles R. Hayes comes three months before a critical March vote that could replace an airfield at the former Marine base with a large urban park. The pro-airport majority on the Board of Supervisors had authorized about $6 million this fiscal year for an El Toro public information campaign.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a place in limbo, neither what it was nor what it will be. Weedy ghost towns of World War II-era Army barracks and thousands of acres of target ranges riddled with live ammunition are reminders of its past. Raspberry-colored college dorms, hiking trails winding over coastal hills and piles of development blueprints offer a glimpse of its future. Nearly the size of San Francisco, Ft. Ord is one of the largest military bases to close in the United States.
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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