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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 500 people from across Southern California jammed a hearing Tuesday on a proposed El Toro airport in what has become a contentious regional battle over whether Orange County will help alleviate growing air-passenger demand through 2025.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2001 | DAVID REYES and JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A San Diego court of appeal on Friday breathed new life into the effort to build an urban park at the El Toro Marine base, staying a lower court ruling that effectively killed the efforts to place the issue on the March ballot. The preliminary ruling means that the 128,000 signatures gathered to place the "Great Park" plan on the ballot can be submitted to the county registrar for certification.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Facing boos and hisses, Orange County's El Toro publicity team ventured behind enemy lines Wednesday night to address an estimated 1,500 people for the second of nine public forums on the county's plans to build an airport at the closed Marine base. The forum was the first to be held in South County, which solidly opposes the proposed airport. It was the only opportunity for residents to be heard on El Toro's fate before a public hearing on the airport in Santa Ana next month.
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