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January 12, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
The public is invited to attend a display of the latest in military equipment and technology from the nation's leading defense firms this week at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The list of firms participating in the annual event reads like a "who's who" of industry giants: Boeing and Litton Data Systems are represented, as are General Dynamics, Hughes Aircraft and General Motors. More than 50 companies in all plan to show something.
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November 30, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
The first memory Emile Haddad has of what would become the site of the Orange County Great Park and the location of his biggest development project dates from 1986, not long after he and his family fled their home in Lebanon. Then it was still the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, and as he tried to make a phone call from the roadside the quiet was shattered by the sound of an F/A-18 fighter jet screaming overhead. Haddad, 51, had grown up amid the nearly constant bloodshed of a sectarian Beirut, and his first instinct was to hit the ground.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
A lawsuit filed Friday alleges that the developer responsible for building homes and businesses on the former El Toro Marine base in Irvine reneged on an agreement to commit 73 acres for a cemetery. Forest Lawn sued various entities of Lennar Corp., saying that executives of the housing giant told it last month that they had "moved on" from a plan to have the cemetery group build and run a memorial park, cemetery and mortuary, in violation of a 2004 written agreement. Since 2004, the suit states, Forest Lawn has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in architectural, design and engineering costs and worked with Lennar to obtain city approvals to build the memorial park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
A lawsuit filed Friday alleges that the developer responsible for building homes and businesses on the former El Toro Marine base in Irvine reneged on an agreement to commit 73 acres for a cemetery. Forest Lawn sued various entities of Lennar Corp., saying that executives of the housing giant told it last month that they had "moved on" from a plan to have the cemetery group build and run a memorial park, cemetery and mortuary, in violation of a 2004 written agreement. Since 2004, the suit states, Forest Lawn has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in architectural, design and engineering costs and worked with Lennar to obtain city approvals to build the memorial park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
The Navy Blue Angels flight team, a soaring air ballet, will return to the El Toro Air Show after a two-year absence. Because of a Pentagon policy that prohibits the jet squad from performing at an air show two years in a row, the Blue Angels were absent from El Toro last year for the first time in a dozen seasons. Understandably, El Toro Marine Corps Air Station officials are happy to see them return. "The Blue Angels have been a tradition here in El Toro," base spokesman Master Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1994 | JAIME ABDO
Officials at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station are alerting residents in an off-base housing area that their tap water could be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria. The base's preventive medicine team discovered the bacteria Monday after residents at one home noticed a foul odor in their tap water. Base spokeswoman Lt. Beth Newman said the contamination appears to be confined to that one home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
They went in as heroes and left with the sound of gunfire ringing in their ears. For Marine Corps sergeants Brian Busch and Ronald Rowe, tours of duty in Somalia ended early when they were wounded in separate incidents last year. Both Purple Heart recipients were honored for their service Monday with American flags presented by Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. After visiting Somalia in October, Dornan had 196 U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
Officials at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station are awaiting lab results that might determine what substances have contaminated the ground water under a large swath of the base. Scientists are now analyzing water and soil samples collected from more than 100 monitoring wells, both on and off the base, which were installed over the last year, said Col. Ronald Lard, the base's assistant chief of staff for environment and safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1993
Now the pressure begins. The Orange County Cities Airport Authority, a self-titled, self-appointed clique led by Newport Beach, is about to exert its influence and wishes about the conversion of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro. The American Heritage Dictionary, paperback edition, defines authority as "the right and power to command, enforce laws, exact obedience, determine, influence, or judge." In other words, dictate the future use of the base. Those members of the Airport Authority, with one exception, are neither adjacent to nor near to the base.
NEWS
October 1, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who frequently contributes to The Times Orange County Edition. This column will appear regularly in OC Live!
The El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is a big place. Consider this: You can run 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) just on the runways, without ever retracing your steps. The station's annual Run of the Runways will prove that fact again Sunday. The event offers a 5K run, a 10K run and a half-marathon (13.1 miles). The two shorter runs are held entirely on the runways; the half-marathon takes runners onto the station's perimeter roads.
OPINION
April 16, 2008
Re "Irvine's Great Park hasn't exactly earned its name," April 12 I read with a great deal of shock your story about the lack of progress on the Great Park at El Toro Marine base. I was shocked that anyone really believed that the park would happen in the first place. I also was shocked that the shortsighted attitude of the people in south Orange County deprived us of a badly needed international airport. We can look forward to years of idle property and further hopeless congestion in airports throughout Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2007 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's Great Park will begin taking shape this summer with helium balloon rides and the digging of a massive canyon, according to a proposal unveiled Thursday. At a meeting of the park's board of directors at Irvine City Hall, park architect Ken Smith outlined the first two years of his plan for 1,350 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
With the naming of a master designer this week for the Orange County Great Park, supporters are agleam with its potential. Now comes the hard part: dealing with toxic leftovers at the former El Toro Marine base in Irvine where the park will be located. About 900 acres of concrete and asphalt runways must be pulverized and carted away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors, which once was split on whether the former El Toro Marine base should be developed as a commercial airport, now wants a hand in governing redevelopment of the base as the Great Park. The board on Tuesday asked that its chairman, Bill Campbell, be appointed to the board of the Orange County Great Park Corp., a quasi-governmental agency overseen by a panel that consists of the five Irvine City Council members and four public members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2005 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
A Colorado recycling company was chosen Thursday to demolish the runways at the former El Toro Marine base, marking yet another step toward redevelopment of the 3,700-acre facility. Recycled Materials Co. -- based in Arvada, Colo. -- will soon begin negotiations with the Orange County Great Park Corp., a nonprofit firm created by Irvine to oversee public-use construction at the former Marine base, city officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bidding continued Tuesday on two remaining parcels of land being auctioned at the former El Toro Marine base, keeping the auction open at least one more day. The parcels total about 2,600 acres of the 3,700-acre former airfield, which is slated for redevelopment. Bids for the two parcels totaled $464.5 million at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Homebuilder Lennar Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
They still file into the Officer's Club at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in their neatly pressed uniforms. But the club scene isn't what it once was. "In the 1940s and 1950s, the Officer's Club was the place to be," said Capt. Margaret Kuhn, El Toro's public affairs officer. "In the last 10 years, it's not been as popular a place as it was in the past."
NEWS
August 28, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Marine general who reprimanded the ex-commander of the Marine Corps' western air bases last week rejected the conclusions of a scathing report by military investigators who found his conduct "a dereliction of duty." A Marine Corps Inspector General's report, obtained by The Times, said that Brig. Gen. Wayne T.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2005 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Lennar Corp., one of the nation's largest home builders, emerged Wednesday as a victor in the auction of the closed El Toro Marine base in Orange County, winning about 1,100 acres of the 3,700-acre former military airfield with bids totaling $185 million. Until Wednesday, Lennar had been the only bidder for the entire base, but the auction for the remainder of the land was continued to at least 3 p.m. today because of eleventh-hour bids by other parties. The deadline for bids had been 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The city of Irvine has approved general guidelines of a redevelopment zone for the closed El Toro Marine base that could provide as much as $978 million to turn it into a complex of parks, homes and businesses. The money will come from borrowing against tax increments over the next 30 to 45 years that Irvine officials expect the 3,700-acre facility to generate once it is redeveloped and property values rise.
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