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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1993
Am I the only one to have thought of this? If El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is to be closed (as a military dependent who uses its facilities regularly, I hope not), then I suggest you dash the plans to turn it into a commercial airport and use it for something far more practical and far more needful--a jail. The Orange County supervisors have been looking for a jail site for over 10 years. Who wants it in their back yard? No one? Well, El Toro is the perfect location. It's not far from the Orange County courthouses; it has acres of land with buildings that can be easily and inexpensively converted to jails; there are security gates, fences and undeveloped land (that should remain undeveloped surrounding the base)
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OPINION
March 9, 2003
Re "Long-Awaited Great Park Can Take Shape Quickly," Feb. 16: Irvine Mayor Larry Agran envisions his Great Park, a giant playground for affluent South County residents. I would prefer to see this windfall of open land at the former El Toro air base used to address some important social and economic issues. Specifically, the land should be zoned to permit a combination of heavy industry and high-density housing. In Orange County, the increasing gap between rich and poor is directly related to the loss of manufacturing jobs, traditionally the ticket to the middle class for "regular folks" who are not educated professionals.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
As he eyed with reverence the green camouflage-covered computers and models of high-powered rockets on display Thursday, Lonn Baker couldn't help but feel like a child on a diet in a candy store. "This stuff is incredible. It's amazing what they can do with technology," said the 61-year-old ex-Marine from Huntington Beach. "I don't know if our country can afford all this stuff with our deficit. . . . But it is sure something to look at."
NEWS
August 18, 2002
Re "County to Fund Study of Military Museum," Aug. 8: I read with interest the idea of turning the Tustin airship hangar into a military museum. This may be a good idea, but I have a better one. Why not honor our veterans by reopening the El Toro commissary for military veterans who were promised this? My husband retired from the Marines after 20 years. Why must we drive to Camp Pendleton to get to a commissary? Other closed bases have kept their commissaries open because they care about their veterans.
OPINION
March 9, 2003
Re "Long-Awaited Great Park Can Take Shape Quickly," Feb. 16: Irvine Mayor Larry Agran envisions his Great Park, a giant playground for affluent South County residents. I would prefer to see this windfall of open land at the former El Toro air base used to address some important social and economic issues. Specifically, the land should be zoned to permit a combination of heavy industry and high-density housing. In Orange County, the increasing gap between rich and poor is directly related to the loss of manufacturing jobs, traditionally the ticket to the middle class for "regular folks" who are not educated professionals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1994
Here's an idea to solve some of Orange County's most pressing problems at once. Use the El Toro Air Base to build a new state-of-the-art ballpark for the Angels a la Baltimore's successful Camden Yards. The setting would be beautiful with the Saddleback Mountains towering over the outfield. Pay for it with a countywide tax on alcohol and cigarettes. It has been done elsewhere. Then Anaheim could refurbish the "Big A" to keep the Rams and make it a better stadium for football fans.
NEWS
January 11, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brigadier general who commands the Marine air station here said Thursday that his troops have been running extra security drills to guard against possible terrorist attack and now somberly await any news of combat from overseas. "The 15th is somewhat of a magic date and beyond that things can happen," Brig. Gen. Wayne T. Adams said in his first interview since taking over in September as head of the Marine Corps' four western air bases. "War is very possible in this scenario."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1993 | DAVID A. AVILA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tommy Hoefler can't speak much these days because he suffers from neurofibromatosis, a crippling illness that is more commonly known as "Elephant Man's" disease. Yet even in silence, it was clear to those around him that the 7-year old La Mirada boy always dreamed of one day flying in a military helicopter. "His eyes lit up as he pointed to a poster of a helicopter," said Aileen Foster of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
NEWS
August 18, 2002
Re "County to Fund Study of Military Museum," Aug. 8: I read with interest the idea of turning the Tustin airship hangar into a military museum. This may be a good idea, but I have a better one. Why not honor our veterans by reopening the El Toro commissary for military veterans who were promised this? My husband retired from the Marines after 20 years. Why must we drive to Camp Pendleton to get to a commissary? Other closed bases have kept their commissaries open because they care about their veterans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1990 | TOM McQUEENEY
The City Council tonight will consider writing letters to the U.S. Defense Department and congressional delegates to oppose any civilian use of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, where federal inspectors are due Wednesday to explore that idea. The letters, proposed by outgoing Mayor Larry Agran, were prompted by the scheduled visit by representatives of the General Accounting Office to the El Toro base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1998 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arming themselves with more statistics that they say demonstrate the need for a commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, county planners Wednesday released a new aviation forecast suggesting that passenger demand in the region will nearly double by 2020. In unveiling the findings, the county's aviation experts said they need to rely on their own information to ensure accuracy when they draw up the airport master plan, scheduled to be completed in the fall of 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997 | CHRISTINA SHEA, Christina Shea is mayor of Irvine
It's been almost three years since professional football left Orange County, when the Rams abandoned Anaheim for St. Louis. The Raiders were right behind them, leaving the Los Angeles Coliseum for their ancestral homeland in Oakland. For the first time in almost 50 years, the Los Angeles basin was left without professional football. There's been much public debate in Los Angeles and Orange counties about building a new stadium to lure back the National Football League. You've read the proposals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hampered by bad weather and rugged canyon terrain, crews began the daunting task Thursday of examining and removing the wreckage of a Marine Corps plane that crashed a night earlier, killing two aboard. Dense fog and drizzle cloaked the remote, wooded area where a two-seat, T-34C Beechcraft turboprop plane crashed Wednesday night after taking off from El Toro Marine Corps Air Station about 5 p.m., officials said. The two Navy aviators killed in the crash were Lt. Michael Edward Moffat Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1995 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly two-thirds of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is free of toxic waste contaminants and can be turned over to the county with only minimal cleanup costs, a military environmental study showed. The findings suggest that Orange County officials can sell or lease most of the 4,700-acre base not included for a commercial airport when the base closes. The Marines are scheduled to leave El Toro for Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego by 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1995
Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hubbard's Orange County Voices piece ("A Chance To Rethink El Toro's Fate," April 6) was right on target but I wish more light had been shed on a couple of issues. Remember Kobe, Japan, and then picture Orange County. Then think what 80 to 100 Marine helicopters could mean if the county suffered a similar massive earthquake. What good is El Toro if not for an airport? It is the only land remaining that could easily be adapted as a future Orange County airport and it is fairly certain that the present John Wayne Airport will be outgrown at some time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1995 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher clashed Thursday over the Orange County congressman's new legislation that would block the Interior Department's plan to swap part of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station for wilderness owned by the Irvine Co. As the bill was being introduced, Babbitt said that Rohrabacher's opposition to the land swap "is another example of congressmen going to Washington and deciding they know what's best."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1994
Your editorial ("The Supes in Full Retreat," Nov. 19) was quite politically naive. The supervisors are now doing what they should have done long before Measure A was even envisioned. (Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas F.) Riley didn't want anything to tarnish his $89-million boondoggle of John Wayne airport. The other supervisors, not knowing which way the political winds were blowing, bowed to his wishes, and those of a vocal minority of South Countians, and set up the nine-member El Toro Planning Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1994
Here's an idea to solve some of Orange County's most pressing problems at once. Use the El Toro Air Base to build a new state-of-the-art ballpark for the Angels a la Baltimore's successful Camden Yards. The setting would be beautiful with the Saddleback Mountains towering over the outfield. Pay for it with a countywide tax on alcohol and cigarettes. It has been done elsewhere. Then Anaheim could refurbish the "Big A" to keep the Rams and make it a better stadium for football fans.
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