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August 5, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a seven-month audit of the Huntington Beach city attorney's office, consultants noted "significant improvements" in recent years and offered 33 recommendations for better management, according to a report the city released Friday. The audit was approved by the City Council in June 1999 after some officials said they had received complaints from department heads that the office was not responding promptly to requests for legal advice. At the time, City Atty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
In a 6-0 vote, the City Council gave final approval to an ordinance aimed at curbing political "hit pieces." "Hit pieces" are last-minute flyers or mailers that make serious or misleading charges against candidates. The flyers and mailers usually are timed so that the accused candidates have no chance to respond before an election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO and THERESA MOREAU and MEG JAMES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For five years, activists in Huntington Beach have grumbled about the unseemly appearance of their councilman--now mayor--voting on city projects that involved advertisers in his local newspaper and the city's annual Visitors Guide, which he also publishes. At the same time, City Atty. Gail Hutton tried to look at Mayor Dave Garofalo's possible conflicts of interest without fully addressing whether his votes, affecting scores of advertisers, were proper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The controversial Pierside Village project hit a snag Monday night when the City Council learned that the development might be considered "waterfront property" and therefore subject to new rules. City Administrator Michael T. Uberuaga told the council that state law requires a four-fifths vote before a governing body may transfer "waterfront property" to another entity. Uberuaga said that City Atty. Gail C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Irvine lawyers admitted Thursday that they illegally disguised their contributions to the 1986 campaign of Huntington Beach City Atty. Gail C. Hutton and agreed to pay penalties of $15,000 each, Deputy Dist. Atty. Craig McKinnon said. Lawyers Wesley L. Davis and Peter J. DiGrazia were charged in 1990 with jointly funneling about $3,000 in donations to Hutton's campaign, despite a Huntington Beach city law that allows just $300 per contributor.
NEWS
October 28, 1990 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1910, land was cheap in this seaside city, particularly in the eroded gullies northwest of downtown. So Encyclopedia Americana bought some tracts of "worthless land" and gave away small plots to anyone who bought a $126 set of books. Though the venture was not a huge marketing success, some 600 lots were handed out to people across the nation--enough to give modern-day Huntington Beach a chronic headache.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than two years of investigation, the state Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday that it has found no evidence of conflicts of interest by three city officials who had ties with a bank linked to downtown redevelopment. The three, who stood accused in a citizen's complaint filed in May, 1989, are then-city Planning Commissioner Roger Slates, City Councilman Don MacAllister and City Atty. Gail C. Hutton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO and THERESA MOREAU and MEG JAMES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For five years, activists in Huntington Beach have grumbled about the unseemly appearance of their councilman--now mayor--voting on city projects that involved advertisers in his local newspaper and the city's annual Visitors Guide, which he also publishes. At the same time, City Atty. Gail Hutton tried to look at Mayor Dave Garofalo's possible conflicts of interest without fully addressing whether his votes, affecting scores of advertisers, were proper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1990 | BILL BILLITER and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two Irvine lawyers have been charged with making illegal contributions to City Atty. Gail Hutton's 1986 campaign, but one said Wednesday they had complied with the law. The Orange County district attorney's office this week filed 31 misdemeanor charges against attorneys Wesley L. Davis and Peter J. DiGrazia, accusing them of disguising corporate campaign donations by using law firm employees as the nominal donors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Irvine lawyers admitted Thursday that they illegally disguised their contributions to the 1986 campaign of Huntington Beach City Atty. Gail C. Hutton and agreed to pay penalties of $15,000 each, Deputy Dist. Atty. Craig McKinnon said. Lawyers Wesley L. Davis and Peter J. DiGrazia were charged in 1990 with jointly funneling about $3,000 in donations to Hutton's campaign, despite a Huntington Beach city law that allows just $300 per contributor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than two years of investigation, the state Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday that it has found no evidence of conflicts of interest by three city officials who had ties with a bank linked to downtown redevelopment. The three, who stood accused in a citizen's complaint filed in May, 1989, are then-city Planning Commissioner Roger Slates, City Councilman Don MacAllister and City Atty. Gail C. Hutton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
In a 6-0 vote, the City Council gave final approval to an ordinance aimed at curbing political "hit pieces." "Hit pieces" are last-minute flyers or mailers that make serious or misleading charges against candidates. The flyers and mailers usually are timed so that the accused candidates have no chance to respond before an election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The controversial Pierside Village project hit a snag Monday night when the City Council learned that the development might be considered "waterfront property" and therefore subject to new rules. City Administrator Michael T. Uberuaga told the council that state law requires a four-fifths vote before a governing body may transfer "waterfront property" to another entity. Uberuaga said that City Atty. Gail C.
NEWS
October 28, 1990 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1910, land was cheap in this seaside city, particularly in the eroded gullies northwest of downtown. So Encyclopedia Americana bought some tracts of "worthless land" and gave away small plots to anyone who bought a $126 set of books. Though the venture was not a huge marketing success, some 600 lots were handed out to people across the nation--enough to give modern-day Huntington Beach a chronic headache.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1990 | BILL BILLITER and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two Irvine lawyers have been charged with making illegal contributions to City Atty. Gail Hutton's 1986 campaign, but one said Wednesday they had complied with the law. The Orange County district attorney's office this week filed 31 misdemeanor charges against attorneys Wesley L. Davis and Peter J. DiGrazia, accusing them of disguising corporate campaign donations by using law firm employees as the nominal donors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a seven-month audit of the Huntington Beach city attorney's office, consultants noted "significant improvements" in recent years and offered 33 recommendations for better management, according to a report the city released Friday. The audit was approved by the City Council in June 1999 after some officials said they had received complaints from department heads that the office was not responding promptly to requests for legal advice. At the time, City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
Have we got trouble? Right here in Ocean City? Well, it starts with "P," as in pool, but it doesn't rhyme with "T," as in trouble, city officials said. Pool and billiard halls are the subject of an ordinance that is scheduled to be introduced today, but City Administrator Michael T. Uberuaga said it's not that they're a problem. "We don't have any trouble," Uberuaga said. "It's just because the city needed a (legal) definition."
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