March 11, 1997 |
An Orange County Superior Court judge Monday quashed an attempt to overturn an injunction protecting the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre from demolition. Attorneys for a business associate of Harry Shuster, the Los Angeles businessman who holds permits to demolish the 15,000-seat amphitheater, were attempting to get the lawsuit transferred out of the courtroom of the Orange County Superior Court judge who issued the injunction last month. But Presiding Judge Theodore E.
April 10, 1997 |
Orange County's nastiest tenant-landlord dispute is headed for trial after the Irvine Co. on Wednesday failed to get a judge to evict businessman Harry Shuster from 300 acres of ground near the El Toro Y. The ruling by Orange County Superior Court Judge Mason L. Fenton to deny the Irvine Co. immediate possession of its property means that a jury will now decide who has the right to control the parcel on which Shuster's lease expired Feb. 28.
February 7, 1997 |
An Orange County Superior Court judge Thursday refused to block demolition of the Wild Rivers water park, fueling a high-stakes battle that could put the attraction and neighboring Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in the path of the wrecking ball.
September 1, 1998 |
The Irvine Co. settled a 12-year land-use war Monday over the former site of Lion Country Safari, ensuring the survival of the Wild Rivers Waterpark and Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. The park and amphitheater had faced a threat of extinction from entrepreneur Harry Shuster, who made Lion Country a roadside attraction of some notoriety in the 1970s. Terms of the court settlement were not disclosed.
May 22, 1999 |
Harry Shuster, the flamboyant Beverly Hills entrepreneur who cast his fortunes with passing fads from animal parks to cigar clubs, has been indicted over an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme to profit from fraudulent offshore stock transactions, federal prosecutors said Friday. An indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in New York charges Shuster, 64, with four counts of securities fraud and conspiracy to launder money.
February 5, 1997 |
An attorney for the Wild Rivers water park portrayed a Los Angeles businessman as the "Big Bad Wolf" in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday for threatening to demolish the Irvine facility as part of an ongoing dispute with the Irvine Co. "He's threatening to huff and puff and blow this little water park down," attorney Kathleen McDowell said. "It's an ambush. It's a shakedown," she said.
January 3, 1986 |
Lion Country--which one year ago nudged the word Safari out of its name and the animals out of its park--is trekking into the amusement industry jungle once again. After closing its gates 15 months ago, and nearly a year behind plans to sublease a spot for a $5-million water park on its 100-acre grounds, Lion Country--the Irvine amusement facility--finally appears to be making some headway towards vastly revamping its image from that of a wild animal preserve to a multi-use facility.
December 28, 1996 |
It has been described as one of Orange County's longest and most contentious marriages. Small wonder that a wrecking ball may figure in the breakup. For the better part of three decades, Harry Shuster, the South African-reared businessman and founder of the defunct Lion Country Safari wild animal park, has feuded with his landlord, Irvine Co., over Shuster's attempts to turn a profit on 300 acres of prime land near the intersection of the Santa Ana and San Diego freeways.