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April 28, 2002
Re "The El Toro Roles of Agran and Correa," Letters, April 14: The allegation made by Frank Lunding that former Mayor Christina Shea opposed the Great Park initiative is simply wrong. For many weekends, Shea volunteered to gather signatures in order to qualify this initiative. Moreover, the afternoon before the March 5 election, we both passed out literature in front of a supermarket and urged shoppers to vote yes on Measure W. Paul Willems Laguna Niguel Re "O.C. Supervisors Vote to Give Closed El Toro Base to Irvine," April 17: It is refreshing to finally see consensus among our county supervisors for the benefit of their residents.
July 2, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The Irvine Planning Commission on Thursday approved higher infrastructure fees for developers of the planned Orange County Great Park at the closed El Toro Marine base. Under the new development agreement, approved on a 4-0 vote, Great Park builders will be required to pay $220 million in fees rather than the $200 million Irvine proposed a year ago. The City Council must ratify the commission's recommendation July 13.
November 18, 2001 | KURT R. SJOBERG, Kurt R. Sjoberg is a former state auditor who is a consultant to the Airport Working Group. and
Over the past two years, Orange County residents have received a number of mailings and heard statements proposing a "Great Park" at the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
May 18, 2003
Prisoners and panhandlers best describe who will be found at Irvine's so-called Great Park. I was perusing the environmental impact report for this boondoggle, and here are some of my findings: First, there is the James A. Musick jail, a minimum-security facility that houses 1,250 inmates. It would be transformed into a maximum-security facility, with a capacity of 7,584 inmates! Then, there are homeless facilities -- a grand total of 155 housing units, plus 272,302 square feet of building space set aside for nine providers of services to the homeless.
January 10, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Two Irvine City Council members filed suit Wednesday against the city they serve, demanding to inspect the resumes of 150 applicants that recruiters say they've received for chief executive of the Orange County Great Park in a search that yielded two top finalists with ties to City Hall. Council members Christina Shea and Steven Choi sued the Orange County Great Park Corp.
June 25, 2003 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The Irvine City Council voted Tuesday to form a nonprofit corporation to develop and manage a large park it envisions at the closed El Toro Marine base. As prospects appeared to dim for Los Angeles city officials' latest efforts to revive an El Toro airport, Irvine moved ahead with plans to turn much of the 4,700-acre base into parkland.
February 24, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
A decorated pilot who once flew out of El Toro Marine base has been named to the board planning to replace it with a large urban park. William G. Kogerman, 67, of Laguna Hills was picked Thursday to replace former Irvine Co. executive Richard G. Sim on the nine-member Orange County Great Park Corp.'s board of directors. Sim resigned abruptly in May after accusing park board leadership of wasteful spending and muddy priorities.
June 8, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Supporters of a ballot measure to build an urban park at the closed El Toro Marine base said Thursday they will stop collecting signatures temporarily after a challenge to their petitions. Attorneys for Citizens for Jobs and the Economy, which supports an international airport at the former military base, said a revised copy of the park initiative was submitted to county officials without a required map of new zoning proposed for the 4,700-acre base.
August 4, 2002
Re "Orange County's 'Great Park' Comes With a Great Price Tag," July 29: The "Great Park" story leaves the reader with conflicting opinions. Pro-airport activists claim the park will be short of money and will be a massive development project. Urban park experts say the Irvine-Navy endowment agreement for El Toro is sound, and is being used successfully in Atlanta, Denver and New York. Gee, whom does one believe? These same Newport Beach activists have proposed a similar park at El Toro, wrapped around a huge unneeded "LAX-south" airport that they falsely said would reduce our county noise levels, traffic and air pollution.
October 16, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
IF the participation of Thom Mayne and Michael Maltzan in the competition for the Cornfield site in Los Angeles suggests the degree to which top architects are drawn to landscape design these days, the latest version of plans for the Orange County Great Park is a reminder that integrating those architects into a larger team -- and a broader vision -- can be tricky.
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