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June 26, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Earl Wooden said Thursday that after nearly two decades he is stepping down from the Orange County Planning Commission because of time conflicts with his position as a local union business representative. Wooden said the economic downturn in the county forced layoffs at the Painters and Allied Trades Union, increasing his workload and forcing him to leave the Planning Commission. "I don't think I'd do my best for the county anymore," Wooden said. "I've only been to one meeting since February.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Earl Wooden said Thursday that after nearly two decades he is stepping down from the Orange County Planning Commission because of time conflicts with his position as a local union business representative. Wooden said the economic downturn in the county forced layoffs at the Painters and Allied Trades Union, increasing his workload and forcing him to leave the Planning Commission. "I don't think I'd do my best for the county anymore," Wooden said. "I've only been to one meeting since February.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1990
A majority of the County Planning Commission on Tuesday gave preliminary approval for a new development on the coastal property known as Smithcliffs despite protests from environmentalists and area residents. In a straw vote, three of the five commissioners said they favor the project, which includes plans for 26 homes on a 10-acre parcel. However, there was disagreement about which version of the project should be approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1990
Orange County's own planning consultant has warned that more of a buffer is needed to protect deer and other wildlife at a massive housing development planned near a creek-bed canyon east of Mission Viejo. Orange County planning has been under a microscope in recent months for everything from heavy-handed politicking to shoddy planning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1987
One educational afternoon at the Orange County Planning Commission makes sadly clear why mindless overdevelopment has virtually ruined the former life style of Orange County. I sat as an uninvolved observer while a developer presented his case to build densely on a Santiago Canyon plot of land, then while local residents presented objections. After hearing that the builder intended to remove 1 million cubic feet of sand and gravel from this rural, scenic area, necessitating a trip by a large gravel truck on narrow Santiago Canyon Road every 2 1/2 minutes of every working day for over two years, I was sure that no sane person would approve such an idea.
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March 26, 1986 | LANIE JONES, Times Political Writer
Although he has been supported by labor unions for years and still pays dues to one, Assemblyman Richard Robinson (D-Garden Grove) failed to receive full support for his congressional race Monday from Orange County's major political action committee for unions. Orange County's Committee on Political Education of the AFL-CIO recommended an "open endorsement" for Democrats in the 38th Congressional District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM
The county Planning Commission on Tuesday upheld an earlier recommendation against building a two-lane road in Trabuco Canyon that critics have warned would open hundreds of acres of rugged backcountry to intense development and traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
County officials heard testimony Wednesday about the possible health risks of a power substation proposed for North Tustin, despite Southern California Edison's position that the county has no right to conduct an environmental study of the project. The utility is challenging the county's involvement in an environmental assessment, saying the project is in the jurisdiction of the state Public Utilities Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1990
It's nearly two weeks since the June 5 election, but one aspect of the campaign lingers like a hangover. It's the question of whether two members of the Orange County Planning Commission--Stephen A. Nordeck and Roger D. Slates--violated conflict of interest laws by hosting a dinner at which they reportedly solicited contributions for a Republican Assembly candidate. The matter is under investigation by Dist. Atty. Mike Capizzi.
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October 24, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overruling concerns raised by environmental consultants, the Orange County Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously backed a proposed planned community near Mission Viejo. The proposal, which would allow as many as 2,500 homes and apartments to be built on about 1,000 acres, came under fire from an array of environmental organizations during a 4 1/2-hour meeting.
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March 11, 1987 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times County Bureau Chief
Three months after the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution that its author said meant "no new roads, no new development" in part of south Orange County, there was renewed confusion Tuesday over what the resolution really means. The latest source of confusion was the Orange County Planning Commission's 3-2 vote Tuesday to allow a development in Mission Viejo, even though it would not put new roads in the area before building begins. Planning Commissioner H. G.
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