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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1985 | Julie Anne Dart
The El Toro Marine Air Station has received the Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence, an honor given annually by the Department of Defense to one base in each branch of the Armed Services. In a press release announcing the award, Secretary of Defense Caspar R. Weinberger said El Toro and the other winning bases had "excelled in their continuing effort to provide the best possible places to work and live, as well as excellent base services." Gen. Paul X.
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May 21, 2011 | Jim Newton
In Southern California, there's nothing like a very large piece of real estate to cause discord. And the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is nothing if not a large piece of real estate. Ever since the military decided to unload the base in the 1990s, Orange County residents have been bickering over what to do with the land, and the decision in 2005 to turn it into the Great Park hasn't ended the conflict. But first the history. Even before the military moved out, county residents divided into two bitterly opposing camps: those who supported using the site for a commercial airport and those who envisioned it as a vast and impressive park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may be lean and it may be green. But for South County, it's obscene. Folks opposed to a new airport at El Toro are seeing red over a display in John Wayne Airport's baggage claim area touting the new "lean and green" plan for a regional county park built around the proposed airport at the former Marine base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of an airport planned at the closed El Toro Marine base are gearing up to begin collecting voter signatures this weekend for an initiative that would replace the airport with a large urban park. County officials completed a title and summary late Thursday for the proposed measure, which supporters hope to qualify for the March ballot. Signatures must be collected from at least 71,206 registered voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
South County residents haven't found much to laugh about at the prospect of 747 jetliners flying over their homes to an airport at the El Toro Marine Air Corps base. But with the speed of a one-liner, that could change. Expect the airport satire to be flowing from the stage of the Improv comedy club in Irvine on Sept. 17 at a "Fun-Raiser" to benefit the anti-airport group Taxpayers for Responsible Planning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of an airport planned at the closed El Toro Marine base are gearing up to begin collecting voter signatures this weekend for an initiative that would replace the airport with a large urban park. County officials completed a title and summary late Thursday for the proposed measure, which supporters hope to qualify for the March ballot. Signatures must be collected from at least 71,206 registered voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1993
The recent Department of Defense decision to close the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station has brought with it numerous propositions to make up for the economic void left in its wake. The editorials have been filled with grand plans for malls, offices, factories and even a rapid transit system. Unfortunately, they have been a platform from which to display public ignorance of the military, as well. However, two letters to the editor (March 21) arguing in favor of the base closure caused me to reconsider.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1993
Larry Agran ("Time Is Now to Create El Toro Plan," May 28) has ably articulated a most important agenda for Orange County's future--that of planning and building a "fixed guideway" (light or urban rail) system in the county, and planning for intelligent people-serving land use adjacent to the associated rail stations. The proposed transit system is one that will provide a clean, efficient, comfortable and aesthetic alternative for mobility in the county, and eventually inter-county, for commuters, students, leisure travelers and others.
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July 2, 1993 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton has approved a recommendation by an independent commission to close 35 major unneeded military installations across the United States, including the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and six other bases in California, White House officials said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may be lean and it may be green. But for South County, it's obscene. Folks opposed to a new airport at El Toro are seeing red over a display in John Wayne Airport's baggage claim area touting the new "lean and green" plan for a regional county park built around the proposed airport at the former Marine base.
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June 30, 1999 | JANET WILSON, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, in a time when orange groves still stretched alongside dusty farm roads from the Santa Ana Mountains to the sea, the U.S. Marines put their boots down in the heart of Orange County. They wanted a training ground for hotshot pilots destined to do battle in the Pacific Rim. It would change everything. The site they selected was smack in the middle of James Irvine's finest 28,000-acre lima bean field, then the world's largest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
South County residents haven't found much to laugh about at the prospect of 747 jetliners flying over their homes to an airport at the El Toro Marine Air Corps base. But with the speed of a one-liner, that could change. Expect the airport satire to be flowing from the stage of the Improv comedy club in Irvine on Sept. 17 at a "Fun-Raiser" to benefit the anti-airport group Taxpayers for Responsible Planning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997 | KEN WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For three years, Steve Stavrakakis has flown a jet in the El Toro Air Show and enjoyed a special camaraderie with other pilots whose steel nerves and split-second timing have made the event a thrilling tradition for 47 years. This year, however, is the final show at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, which is closing in 1999. "I hate to see it happen," Stavrakakis, 39, said, adding that the Marines are "like a family to us."
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December 5, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Laguna Niguel City Councilman Thomas W. Wilson was selected Wednesday to succeed Marian Bergeson as Orange County's 5th District supervisor, and he immediately vowed to fight the conversion of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into a commercial airport, the county's most divisive issue. "Many of my constituents want me to vote 'no,' " said the 56-year-old retired Rockwell International aerospace engineer. "I am going to work diligently on their behalf to keep [an airport] from happening."
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June 30, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Navy is studying the possibility that some naval and Marine Corps bases scheduled to be closed could be kept open by showing Congress that the military installations are vital to national defense or that closing them would be too expensive. In a June 1 Navy memo, base commanders were told that they are welcome to "propose changes to the previously approved . . . base recommendations of the . . . (congressionally appointed) commissions."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Grand Jury urged local leaders Wednesday to take control of the decade-long problem of jail overcrowding, warning that further delay could seriously erode the future effectiveness of law enforcement officers. The grand jury found a shortage of 3,615 beds in the county system, which has resulted in the release or turning away of "tens of thousands" of people who would normally spend time in jail.
NEWS
April 27, 1994 | H.G. REZA and JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As if on cue, the brooding skies that hovered over El Toro Marine Corps Air Station Tuesday suddenly burst with sunshine, as the plane carrying Richard Nixon to his final homecoming taxied to a stop. Storm clouds had threatened to dampen an already somber military ceremony planned for the arrival of the former President's body. But the rain that fell on much of Southern California Tuesday eased long enough so the brief ceremony, which is steeped in military tradition, could proceed.
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