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February 24, 1994 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High-technology projects led by California companies and public organizations won 38% of the funding announced by the Pentagon on Wednesday under its Technology Reinvestment Program, the cornerstone of the Clinton Administration's defense conversion effort. The Pentagon awarded 50 projects nationwide a total of $190 million in federal funds, which must also be matched by private funding. The California share of the awards amounts to about $72 million for 14 projects.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine's mayor and its newest councilman want to boost the city's arsenal against a proposed commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station by spending $2 million to challenge airport plans in court and take other action to block it. Mayor Christina L. Shea and Councilman Larry Agran will ask the council Tuesday to approve the creation of a special $2-million El Toro Reuse Fund to be used for court action and attempts to annex the base or buy the property outright.
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BUSINESS
June 18, 1993 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The High Technology Council, a cornerstone of Los Angeles County's defense conversion effort, was launched Thursday, and the first federal loans to assist small businesses attempting to commercialize military technology were announced. The council is supposed to have broad responsibility for setting defense conversion policy in the region, to monitor federal legislation affecting Los Angeles firms and to facilitate joint efforts among universities, government and private companies.
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June 2, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Snowballing anti-China sentiment on Capitol Hill could deal a death blow to an industrial development project that supporters say would create hundreds of jobs for U.S. workers at the Port of Long Beach. In coming days, the Senate will debate a legislative proposal that would bar Cosco, a shipping company owned by the Chinese government, from leasing a significant portion of what was once the Long Beach Naval Station. The prohibition already has been adopted by the House.
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June 2, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Snowballing anti-China sentiment on Capitol Hill could deal a death blow to an industrial development project that supporters say would create hundreds of jobs for U.S. workers at the Port of Long Beach. In coming days, the Senate will debate a legislative proposal that would bar Cosco, a shipping company owned by the Chinese government, from leasing a significant portion of what was once the Long Beach Naval Station. The prohibition already has been adopted by the House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine's mayor and its newest councilman want to boost the city's arsenal against a proposed commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station by spending $2 million to challenge airport plans in court and take other action to block it. Mayor Christina L. Shea and Councilman Larry Agran will ask the council Tuesday to approve the creation of a special $2-million El Toro Reuse Fund to be used for court action and attempts to annex the base or buy the property outright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Leisure World homeowners on Thursday sued the Laguna Hills retirement community for donating $542,000 to the fight against building a commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Warren T. Finley and Donald H. Rez, both trustees of Leisure World estates, filed suit in Orange County Superior Court asking that the Yes on Measure S campaign be barred from spending any more of the funds, which came from mandatory property assessments at Leisure World.
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March 28, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of a commercial airport proposed for the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station admitted defeat Wednesday, but vowed that--despite the surprisingly decisive failure of Measure S--their fight is far from over. "This match goes 15 rounds and they only won the first two," said Laguna Niguel City Councilman Mark Goodman, who argued against an airport at community debates before Tuesday's election.
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March 17, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pity the Orange County voter trying to make heads or tails of Measure S. Opponents say it's all about killing a commercial airport proposed for El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Supporters say it's all about carefully planning the future of the base. And they're both right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Supervisor Marian Bergeson on Thursday denounced the flurry of last-minute Measure S campaign mailers, accusing both sides of conjuring up "misleading" images of prisons and planes flying overhead to sway voters before Tuesday's election. The passage of Measure S would repeal a proposal to develop a commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station when the military abandons the base by 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1998 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Port of Long Beach and a group of preservationists intent on saving part of the Long Beach Naval Station declared a truce Friday in the rancorous dispute over the port's effort to build cargo terminals on the closed base. As part of a wide-ranging agreement, port officials promised to establish a $4.5-million trust fund to buy historical properties in Long Beach if architecturally significant buildings at the base are demolished to make room for new facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1998 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with anti-Chinese demonstrators outside and catcalls and boos inside, Long Beach's business establishment turned out in force Wednesday night to appeal for Navy support to demolish the closed Roosevelt Naval Base. The issue is "jobs, jobs, jobs," said Tom Bussa, chairman of the Long Beach Economic Development Commission, who spoke over a chorus of boos.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1997 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There has been much debate over the future of the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center. Whether it will remain open and how to best use it have been popular topics of discussion in recent years. Officials of the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County, however, are quite clear on what they would like to get from the military base and its personnel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the sharpest criticisms against groups opposed to building a civilian airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is that they've acted independently and failed to coordinate their efforts. Now that's changing. The Taxpayers for Responsible Planning, Project 99 and the recently created Coalition of Homeowners Assns. have formed an umbrella organization to come up with joint strategies to defeat the proposed civilian airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1997
A House committee early Thursday approved legislation that would forbid Long Beach harbor officials from leasing a planned shipping terminal on the site of a closed naval station to their most promising customer, a Chinese shipping line. An amendment to the annual defense authorization bill would bar cities from selling or leasing former military property to any foreign-controlled shipping company. The committee approved the bill by a 51-3 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wealthy developer George Argyros was sued Thursday by three Leisure World homeowner associations for allegedly funding a "mean-spirited" lawsuit against association board members to chill their opposition to a proposed civilian airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. "We're trying to protect our freedom of speech, our health and our property values," said Robert Ring, president of the Third Laguna Hills Mutual Homeowners Assn. "With the landing pattern right over Leisure World . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1997
A House committee early Thursday approved legislation that would forbid Long Beach harbor officials from leasing a planned shipping terminal on the site of a closed naval station to their most promising customer, a Chinese shipping line. An amendment to the annual defense authorization bill would bar cities from selling or leasing former military property to any foreign-controlled shipping company. The committee approved the bill by a 51-3 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1997
Long Beach's plan to raze its closed Naval Station and build a $200-million cargo terminal suffered another legal setback Friday when a judge ruled that the city's port commission must consider the project a third time. Acting on a request by preservationists, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien ordered the commission to consider the project "free and clear" of any predisposition and report back to him by mid-May.
NEWS
April 18, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a finding sure to raise the fiery debate over a proposed El Toro airport another notch, a new study concludes that housing values near El Toro Marine Corps Air Station haven't suffered when compared with other parts of Orange County. The Anaheim information services firm Experian found house and condominium prices within a 6.5-mile radius of the site appreciated 0.7% over a 13-month period through February, while values elsewhere in the county rose 1.1%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1997
Long Beach's plan to raze its closed Naval Station and build a $200-million cargo terminal suffered another legal setback Friday when a judge ruled that the city's port commission must consider the project a third time. Acting on a request by preservationists, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien ordered the commission to consider the project "free and clear" of any predisposition and report back to him by mid-May.
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