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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Helen Wilson ran first in a City Council election three years ago, there was no cause for celebration. Voters had elected her but at the same time overwhelmingly rejected the proposed city of Saddleback Valley. Wilson is now a candidate for the proposed City Council in El Toro, and although she insists that she is not taking anything for granted, many consider it a virtual certainty that she will take office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Helen Wilson ran first in a City Council election three years ago, there was no cause for celebration. Voters had elected her but at the same time overwhelmingly rejected the proposed city of Saddleback Valley. Wilson is now a candidate for the proposed City Council in El Toro, and although she insists that she is not taking anything for granted, many consider it a virtual certainty that she will take office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991
Re "Supervisors OK 1st Step to Privatization," Oct. 30: The article said Supervisors (Don R.) Roth and (Gaddi H.) Vasquez led other supervisors in enthusiastically supporting the contracting out of 56 government operations that cost taxpayers $81.1 million a year. There was no estimate as to how much the county could expect to save. One wonders why the supervisors would lend their support to privatization with no idea of the savings to us taxpayers. I wonder what the blue-ribbon panel based its conclusion on. Was the recommendation based on political considerations for the supervisors rather than monetary savings for us taxpayers?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1990 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty-one residents of El Toro and Laguna Hills have placed their names on the March 5 ballot to become council members if voters approve separate cityhood measures that day. The candidates who filed with the Orange County registrar of voters before Thursday's deadline include several who have campaigned for the creation of Orange County's 30th and 31st cities. With five council seats open in each city, there are 11 candidates in El Toro and 10 in Laguna Hills.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disneyland maintenance workers have soundly rejected a contract proposal to establish working conditions at its new California Adventure theme park in Anaheim. The vote, which was tallied Thursday, is a setback to Disney's efforts to set up some separate work arrangements for the new park and ensure a smooth opening next year without labor strife.
NEWS
December 7, 1994 | J.R. MOEHRINGER and DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It seemed unimaginable at first, like some ridiculous joke, but as news spread that prosperous Orange County had somehow gone bankrupt, dazed taxpayers who didn't know a bond from a burger definitely weren't laughing. "I'm pretty amazed," said Debbie Fields, a 42-year-old planner from Irvine. "I feel speechless. I don't know what to think." At Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza, Christmas shoppers were beyond shocked.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Amy Dawes
"It's fun to use my singing voice as part of a character," says pop superstar Justin Timberlake, describing how he toned down his vibrato and adjusted his guitar-strumming to portray clean-cut, early '60s folk singer Jim Berkey in the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis. " One of the most delightful scenes in the movie, which opened Friday, involves a spirited recording session for a goofy novelty song called "Please Mr. Kennedy" - a plea to not be drafted into the space race. Jim sets the pace, instructing his musician buddy Llewyn (Oscar Isaac)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With voter approval in hand, leaders of the two future south Orange County cities of Laguna Hills and El Toro on Wednesday found a new problem. How do you set up your new governments and hire key city staffers without the legal authority to do so until Dec. 20, when incorporation becomes official? "As a City Council, we have no money and no authority to do anything, and yet we have to go out and set this up," Laguna Hills Councilman-elect Joel Lautenschleger said.
NEWS
December 7, 1994 | GEBE MARTINEZ and J.R. MOEHWRINGER and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For at least a generation now, it has been Southern California's bastion of stability--well-groomed, bountiful in creature comforts, master-planned down to the smallest cul-de-sac. And so in Orange County it was tough at first for people to think the worst. But gradually Tuesday--as grogginess gave way to shock, and shock segued to alarm--the municipality that the BBC once crowned "the culmination of the American Dream" began slowly to absorb its predicament.
NEWS
March 6, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rallying to a cry of "local control," citizens in El Toro and Laguna Hills appeared to be declaring independence from Orange County government Tuesday in referendums to form the county's 30th and 31st cities. "We were confident cityhood would win, but we never wanted to take anything for granted," Ellen Martin, chairwoman of Citizens to Save Laguna Hills, said as early returns showed cityhood winning overwhelming approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2000
Hundreds of political hopefuls across the county have met the final extended filing deadline for the November election. Last Friday's deadline was extended to Wednesday in races where incumbents did not file for reelection, thus giving nonincumbents a grace period for completing the necessary paperwork. Some of the late filings were delayed again by computer problems at the registrar of voters office.
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