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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1990 | TOM McQUEENEY
The City Council gave preliminary approval this week to an Irvine Co. plan to build up to 830 more homes in Westpark Village in an area originally set aside for offices. The council approved the plan despite protests from a few residents that the new homes near the southwest corner of Harvard Avenue and Main Street would create more traffic problems. The council is expected to grant routine final approval to the plan in January.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
A very preliminary and completely unofficial model depicting a new high-rise home for the Orange County Museum of Art made an appearance Thursday morning in a Costa Mesa hotel ballroom. For the moment the museum, to be built next to the Orange County Performing Arts-center, resembles a lipstick -- but that's only the conception of an anonymous model-maker. "It's just a place holder" until the museum gets around to deciding how its building should look, said Anton Segerstrom, a partner in C.J.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1988
Your editorial states that three out of four people in the county are paying more for housing than they "can really afford." This is a wonderful play on words. If they can't really afford it, then how are they managing to do it? It sounds like The Times (or maybe some government agency) thinks it is in a better position than the people themselves to judge what people can afford. Maybe these people have chosen to sacrifice in some other ways so they can live where they want. If that's the case, then isn't that what our country is all about?
BUSINESS
November 30, 2000 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New home building activity in California remained sluggish in October, dismaying state officials and exacerbating the housing shortage troubling most coastal counties. Builders statewide pulled permits last month at a rate that would result in 132,500 homes being built this year, well below the 156,000 housing units originally anticipated by the state Finance Department, the agency said Wednesday. "It was a disappointing month," said Ted Gibson, chief economist at the state agency.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1991 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two men in tailored suits arrived about 15 minutes apart--one in a top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz, the other in one of BMW's more luxurious models. As they got out of their cars, they were watched by a group of men in T-shirts lounging in the shade of a tree across the street. Down the block, several teens adjusting a car stereo made the air vibrate with booming bass notes. The contrast was stark: Two obviously well-to-do businessmen in fancy cars do not blend inconspicuously into this low-income neighborhood at the base of the foothills in Orange.
NEWS
March 1, 1985 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Six months ago, Christopher DeClue was transferred from Orange County to a new job as a power plant operator near Oxnard. But he has to rent a room near his new job because he can't sell his family's El Toro condominium. "It's frustrating," said his wife, Jean, who has stayed behind with her 2-month-old daughter.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1989 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Ken Karlstad lived in Orange County for 17 years before he learned that there are families living without homes or in substandard dwellings. What's more, he learned that most of these people are not lazy, footloose or irresponsible. "Many of the adults have steady jobs," he said. "They just can't make it." So now Karlstad, a former aerospace engineer, is dedicated to helping those people obtain decent and affordable housing.
NEWS
May 26, 1999 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The late Chief Justice Earl Warren's name is indelibly linked to the commission that investigated President Kennedy's assassination. Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is known for his exhaustive account of President Clinton's extramarital affair. Now an Orange County congressman has given America a 1,016-page treatise on Chinese espionage, likely to be known hereafter as the Cox Report. When Rep.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At a time when "For Rent" signs are a common lawn ornament, bringing tenants to landlords has become a growing business. To would-be renters, apartment-locating companies offer vacancy listings and guidance--free. To apartment managers, who pay a fee, they send people who know what they are about to see and are thus likely to sign a lease.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2000 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rising home prices and interest rates left a growing number of Californians unable to afford homes in February and turned Orange County into one of the least affordable areas in Southern California, according to an industry survey released Thursday. Only 28% of the county's households could afford to buy the typical home, down from 31% in January and 36% a year earlier, according to the survey by the California Assn. of Realtors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2000
A year ago the Southern California Assn. of Governments estimated the county's population would increase so much that 75,000 new housing units would be needed by 2005. The association said more than one-third of those units would have to be affordable to households with incomes of $47,800 or less. The cities are replying, with most claiming an inability to provide anywhere near the apartments needed. They argue the goal should be lowered.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2000 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rising home prices and interest rates left a growing number of Californians unable to afford homes in February and turned Orange County into one of the least affordable areas in Southern California, according to an industry survey released Thursday. Only 28% of the county's households could afford to buy the typical home, down from 31% in January and 36% a year earlier, according to the survey by the California Assn. of Realtors.
NEWS
May 26, 1999 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The late Chief Justice Earl Warren's name is indelibly linked to the commission that investigated President Kennedy's assassination. Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is known for his exhaustive account of President Clinton's extramarital affair. Now an Orange County congressman has given America a 1,016-page treatise on Chinese espionage, likely to be known hereafter as the Cox Report. When Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this county where real estate is king, they are the court jesters. They call themselves human arrows, and they are the people you don't know what to make of when you spy them at a red light. There they are, outside this development or that, wielding giant, arrow-shaped signs pointing to what could be YOUR NEW HOME! But not content to just stand there waving the things, the best of the human arrows flip the signs in the air, spin around and catch them on their way down. They dance.
BUSINESS
December 3, 1996 | MELINDA FULMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County's rebounding economy this year has sparked confidence in its long-struggling housing market, according to the Orange County Annual Survey released Monday by UC Irvine. Sixty percent of homeowners surveyed earlier this fall said they thought buying a home in Orange County was an excellent or good investment, up 10% from last year.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At a time when "For Rent" signs are a common lawn ornament, bringing tenants to landlords has become a growing business. To would-be renters, apartment-locating companies offer vacancy listings and guidance--free. To apartment managers, who pay a fee, they send people who know what they are about to see and are thus likely to sign a lease.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1988 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
The median price of a new detached home in Orange County recently hit $273,000, but yes, you still can buy a new home in Orange County for under $200,000--if you don't insist on a detached unit. The answer is a condominium. According to a recent survey of all new condo developments in the county, the average price is a mere $169,154, and the median is an even lower $146,990. The condo study, conducted from mid-May through early June by First American Title Insurance Co.
NEWS
October 5, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having fled their Cambodian homeland, Meas Van Roen and his ballerina wife, Voan Savoy, settled in a refugee camp on the Thailand border more than a decade ago to resuscitate what they feared was a dying culture. There, in dirt-floor huts with occasional mortar fire popping around them, they fashioned an exposition of Cambodian dance and music worthy of export.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1991 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two men in tailored suits arrived about 15 minutes apart--one in a top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz, the other in one of BMW's more luxurious models. As they got out of their cars, they were watched by a group of men in T-shirts lounging in the shade of a tree across the street. Down the block, several teens adjusting a car stereo made the air vibrate with booming bass notes. The contrast was stark: Two obviously well-to-do businessmen in fancy cars do not blend inconspicuously into this low-income neighborhood at the base of the foothills in Orange.
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