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October 26, 1992 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tacked on the wall of the City Council chambers is a photograph of hilltop property overlooking the Orange County coastline. Superimposed over the vegetation and cactus is a computer simulation of exclusive homes on the ridge. The landowner, Jack B. Binion, who also owns the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, has for several years been seeking city approval to build those homes, each with a stunning view of the seascape below.
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September 17, 1998 | CHRIS CEBALLOS
A development stalled for nearly eight years by legal wrangling and controversy took a step closer to starting Tuesday, but could become the focus of another lawsuit. The City Council voted 4 to 1 to approve a final layout for a project that will include 22 homes built along the ridgeline.
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October 13, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hotel-workers union whose nasty nine-month battle for a casino contract has been marked by spit fights and slugfests on picket lines in Las Vegas has found a way to carry its cause to the rolling hills of south Orange County. For the last several months, union attorneys have quietly assisted a band of homeowners struggling to save from development the last picturesque ridgelines in Laguna Niguel.
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May 5, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ending years of wrangling over development of a Laguna Niguel bluff top, the state Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal to block the project. The decision, announced Monday, clears the way for Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion to begin building 22 hilltop homes above South Laguna Road near Crown Valley Parkway. "We're obviously delighted," Binion representative Phillip Bettencourt said. "There are no more obstacles in the way. The South Laguna Civic Assn.
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September 10, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
A South Laguna homeowners group that filed a lawsuit to block the city-approved Binion housing development has been awarded $50,000 in attorneys' fees by a Superior Court judge. Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion, the project's developer, is responsible for paying the award, officials said. The City Council approved the 22-home project in November, but the South Laguna Civic Assn.
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February 18, 1990
Due process was violated, as proper public notice was not given to the community at large for the hearing that determined the fate of the Jack Binion property in the Laguna Niguel Council Chambers Feb. 6. All other items on the agenda were given specific, detailed descriptions, but the only mention in the agenda of the Binion hearing was "Parcel Map 89-297"--which could be understood only by a developer, and not everyday citizens interested in...
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October 25, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT and KIMBERLY BROWER
The South Laguna Civic Assn. may soon receive $35,000 from the city to help offset legal costs incurred in the ongoing fight against the city of Laguna Niguel and the owner of the Binion property. Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion is proposing to build 22 homes on a hilltop in Laguna Niguel. That city's council approved the plan in September, but the South Laguna homeowners group filed a lawsuit to block the development, saying it would violate coastal laws.
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September 21, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
One day after Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion won final approval for a controversial hilltop development here, his representatives said Wednesday that they would listen to offers to buy the property. After fighting the project for five years, South Laguna residents living below the proposed development urged the City Council at Tuesday's meeting to delay approval while they negotiated to purchase the 22-acre site for use as a wilderness park.
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September 17, 1998 | CHRIS CEBALLOS
A development stalled for nearly eight years by legal wrangling and controversy took a step closer to starting Tuesday, but could become the focus of another lawsuit. The City Council voted 4 to 1 to approve a final layout for a project that will include 22 homes built along the ridgeline.
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July 22, 1995
A Las Vegas casino owner and a group of South Laguna residents did not reach a truce this week in their five-year battle over a ridge-top housing project. The City Council had hoped to resolve the project, but at the request of both sides--a homeowners group and developer Jack Binion--delayed action until September. The housing project is proposed for a 22-acre parcel near Crown Valley Parkway and Pacific Coast Highway.
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February 3, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An appellate court has overturned a lower court's decision favoring a South Laguna citizens group in its long and bitter dispute with Laguna Niguel and Las Vegas developer Jack Binion over plans to build 22 homes atop a bluff overlooking South Coast Highway. The 4th District Court of Appeal reversed Superior Court Judge William F.
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February 12, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Urged on by community groups, the Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to work toward buying a ridgeline where Las Vegas casino-owner Jack Binion plans to build 22 homes. "I think it's time to get the ball moving," said Councilman Steve Dicterow, who has proposed using money from the city's open space fund to help buy the land. While the council endorsed the concept of helping to acquire the Binion property, they did not include a monetary amount in their motion.
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February 8, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Adding a new twist to a six-year battle over the development of a Laguna Niguel ridgeline, the Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday will discuss the possibility of spending up to $1 million to help buy the land, a 22-acre parcel owned by Las Vegas Casino owner Jack Binion. Laguna Beach Councilman Steve Dicterow is recommending that the City Council "approve in concept" the possibility of helping to buy the property with money from a city fund that has been set aside for open space acquisition.
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December 15, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge has ruled that the controversial Binion housing development violates environmental and coastal view laws, a decision foes of the project hailed Saturday as a major victory. Orange County Superior Court Judge William F. McDonald ruled that the 22-home Laguna Niguel project proposed by Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion is not set within proper boundaries, which violates the city's coastal plan.
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October 29, 1996 | By FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City Councilman Mark Goodman's reelection campaign has been boosted by about $2,500 in contributions from Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion and his employees, according to the latest financial disclosure reports. The contributions have angered opponents of a controversial hilltop housing project who have long feuded with Goodman over his support of the development, which is owned by Binion. "I'm not completely surprised," said Michael Beanan, a vice president of the South Laguna Civic Assn.
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October 25, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT and KIMBERLY BROWER
The South Laguna Civic Assn. may soon receive $35,000 from the city to help offset legal costs incurred in the ongoing fight against the city of Laguna Niguel and the owner of the Binion property. Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion is proposing to build 22 homes on a hilltop in Laguna Niguel. That city's council approved the plan in September, but the South Laguna homeowners group filed a lawsuit to block the development, saying it would violate coastal laws.
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December 6, 1992
The Nov. 26 article inaccurately described steeply rolling ridgeline acreage which Jack Binion, poker host, has acquired in hopes of developing 32 level residential pads. Your reporter referred to our beloved ridgeline as a "hilltop overgrown with grass, weeds and cactus"--a put-down description that fails to evoke the uniqueness which may be found by a closer look, a sniff of the sea breeze, and a hand gathering of the fragrant, feathery-leaved wormwood sage. This hillscape is a formation of rounded stones cemented in ancient sand and studded with jewel-like rocks.
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February 9, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
An agreement that absolves the city from having to pay any legal damages for approving a controversial 22-home project won approval from the City Council this week. Developer Jack Binion agreed to take responsibility for any damage awards as a condition of winning approval for his proposed hilltop housing tract. With a community group having filed a lawsuit against the city and Binion in October to halt the development, however, City Atty.
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September 10, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
A South Laguna homeowners group that filed a lawsuit to block the city-approved Binion housing development has been awarded $50,000 in attorneys' fees by a Superior Court judge. Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion, the project's developer, is responsible for paying the award, officials said. The City Council approved the 22-home project in November, but the South Laguna Civic Assn.
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June 4, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A representative of a controversial hilltop development that was halted last week by a Superior Court judge vowed Monday to proceed with the project and called the legal setback a minor problem. John Flynn, the attorney for developer and Las Vegas casino owner Jack Binion, downplayed Judge William F. McDonald's order that portions of plans for a 22-home tract must be redone and submitted to him by Aug. 23.
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