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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1998
I almost choked on my breakfast when I read your story "El Toro Jet Noise Analysis Isn't Sound, Critics Say" (Aug. 12). Vince Mestre, a nationally recognized acoustics expert, told the Board of Supervisors recently that most of the noise from commercial airplanes would be contained on the El Toro base. According to Mestre, commercial airplanes will have a minimal impact on surrounding communities. In fact, most residents will be exposed to much less noise than they are now because commercial airplanes are much quieter than the military jets that currently use El Toro.
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OPINION
June 10, 2003
Re "L.A. Asks for Airport at El Toro," June 6: Silly me! I was one of those naive south Orange County voters who assumed that a 58% vote against the establishment of a commercial airport at El Toro would actually lay the issue to rest. Now, arrogant Los Angeles airport commissioners and self-serving north Orange County representatives are reportedly teaming up to nullify the votes of our community and build one anyway. Anyone who has bought a home in Inglewood or Newport Beach/Costa Mesa during the last several decades has known that an airport and its accompanying pollutants were part of the package.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1998
Hugh Hewitt, articulate Republican leader and Chapman University law professor, seems to have had an intellectual conversion following the recent election. In his Nov. 15 "Orange County Voices" article, "Local Party Still Packs Power," while bemoaning the hits local Republican legislators took on Nov. 3, Hewitt focuses on two issues that he believes were clearly instrumental in what he described as a "disappointing outcome." One is the failure of the GOP to effect a minority outreach; the other is the opposition to the airport at El Toro.
OPINION
September 22, 2002
Toll roads solve nothing. They are just a way to open land to development. With the Irvine Co.'s recent gift of 11,000 acres of protected open space and the demise of the El Toro airport plan, there is even less need for a new toll road. The Foothill South toll road will be too expensive to build and too expensive to use. It will not end congestion on Interstate 5 and will not be convenient to most South County commuters. Nimey Alishaw Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three Orange County supervisors who have been guiding plans for a large commercial airport at El Toro abruptly agreed Tuesday that they would vote for a much smaller facility--one that would handle a third fewer passengers. The unexpected announcement by the pro-airport majority on the Board of Supervisors followed statements by Supervisor Cynthia Coad that an airport serving 18 million passengers a year--instead of 29 million--at the former Marine Corps Air Station is big enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996
A March ballot initiative that would block development of a commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station faces another legal challenge from airport supporters, an attorney said Thursday. Proponents of the commercial airport have filed an appeal to reverse a Superior Court's decision keeping Measure S on the March ballot. "We're asking the Court of Appeal to hear what we have to say," said attorney Darryl R. Wold, who is representing airport backers.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
September 22, 2002
Toll roads solve nothing. They are just a way to open land to development. With the Irvine Co.'s recent gift of 11,000 acres of protected open space and the demise of the El Toro airport plan, there is even less need for a new toll road. The Foothill South toll road will be too expensive to build and too expensive to use. It will not end congestion on Interstate 5 and will not be convenient to most South County commuters. Nimey Alishaw Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1997
LAGUNA NIGUEL Mayor Patricia C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2000
With one week to go before the March 7 election, voters appear ready to pass a ballot measure aimed at blocking a commercial airport at El Toro, despite a campaign blitz by airport supporters who have tried to change their minds, a new poll shows. Nearly three in five voters--58%--said they intend to vote yes on Measure F, which would require two-thirds of voters to approve any new airport projects, jails with at least 1,000 beds half a mile from homes, and hazardous waste landfills.
OPINION
February 3, 2002 | ALLAN SONGSTAD, Alan Songstad is chairman of the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority and a Laguna Hills City Council member.
Measure W finally will end the fight over a commercial airport at El Toro. After eight years and more than $50 million, the county has come up with a politically driven airport plan that has no merit from an aviation standpoint. It is, quite simply, unwanted, unneeded and unsafe. To accommodate the community, the Marines operated El Toro at nearly banker's hours, with nighttime and weekend curfews except in times of national emergency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego court Friday barred Orange County from spending any money to oppose a March ballot measure that would end plans for an airport at El Toro. But what, exactly, that means depends on which side of the El Toro airport debate you're on. Airport opponents immediately seized on the tentative ruling by Superior Court Judge Charles R. Hayes as ordering an end to the county's "Just the Facts" information program on its El Toro airport plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Huntington Beach Mayor Pam Julien Houchen has joined several other North County officials in opposing Orange County's plans for an airport at the closed El Toro Marine base. The county's plans for operating the airport "will have a significant negative impact on Huntington Beach and its neighboring cities to the north," Houchen said in a written statement. Specifically, jets preparing to land from the west at El Toro during windy conditions would pass over Huntington Beach, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2001
Last week's El Toro vote by county supervisors leaves as many questions locally as answers. Proponents have paid a very high price to ensure victory in the effort to win approval for an airport plan. Now they must confront strong doubts that could affect the larger struggle over what becomes of a closed Marine air base. The county faces significant obstacles in three general areas. These can be described roughly as follows: 1. A persistent concern voiced within the aviation establishment. 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2001
Re "Both El Toro Camps Cheer FAA Report," Oct. 10: Only a complete fool, or one of our pro-airport supervisors, could take the Federal Aviation Administration's stinging condemnation of the entire El Toro airport plan as good news. For example, the report notes that the results of the additional analysis indicate that, while the proposed civilian aircraft operations at the former Marine base can be conducted in a safe manner, overall system efficiency in Southern California will be affected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2001 | From Times staff writers
The fourth in a series of public hearings on the county's plan to build an international airport at the former El Toro Marine base will be held tonight. The session, to be hosted by county Supervisor Jim Silva, will include a panel discussion and presentations by county administrators. Past hearings have drawn hundreds of airport supporters and opponents. The supervisors have backed plans for an airport on a 3-2 vote. Tonight's public hearing begins at 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking another step toward converting El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to a commercial airport, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to officially ask the Navy Department to set aside the 2,000 acres it will take to build the facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2001
Unless the ruling by Judge James Gray is overturned, the pro-El Toro airport group, with its three supervisor allies, may have achieved its goal to keep the Great Park initiative off the ballot in March. By doing so they will be invalidating the signatures of tens of thousands of people and the dream of owning a place of beauty in the center of Orange County. That dream of a Great Park--on par with many of the great parks of the world--cannot be erased from people's minds. The war over El Toro will drag on for years to come.
NEWS
April 25, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wealthy Orange County businessman George Argyros' appointment as U.S. ambassador to Spain could come from the White House as early as today, sources told The Times. If Argyros is confirmed by the Senate, it would mean the departure from Orange County of the most visible and aggressive supporter for the county's most contentious public works project: building a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine base.
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