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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1988
As a 10-year resident of Santa Ana, I'm appalled that we have a city councilman as bigoted and narrow-minded as John Acosta. In The Times report on the protest against the showing of "The Last Temptation of Christ" at MainPlace (Aug. 20), Acosta was quoted as equating the film with pornography, claiming that the First Amendment does not apply to this film, blaming our city's problems on a low state of morality created by "atheists and near-atheists," and threatening to propose a City Council resolution condemning the picture.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bitter mayoral election in Anaheim appeared headed for a surprise ending late Tuesday as City Councilman Tom Daly neared an upset victory over two-term incumbent Fred Hunter. With 66 of 180 precincts reporting, Daly led by a healthy margin over the mayor, who only weeks ago had predicted a landslide in his favor. In Santa Ana, meanwhile, Mayor Daniel H.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1990 | LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office has filed a misdemeanor charge against veteran Santa Ana City Councilman John Acosta, alleging that he forced the removal of a city administrator and violated a city law prohibiting the council from interfering with administrative appointments. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As one who frequently finds himself in the minority when his fellow City Council members cast their votes, John Acosta did not expect to win council support when he presented a list of suggested political campaign reforms. Still, he became irritated when Mayor Daniel H. Young began snickering before he could finish his presentation. That, said Acosta, was "like walking up to the plate and the umpire saying I'm out before I'm in the batter's box."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With contributions primarily from development interests, Mayor Daniel H. Young and his three allies on the Nov. 3 City Council election ballot have greatly outdistanced their rivals in campaign fund-raising and spending, according to financial statements filed at City Hall this week. In the mayoral race, Young has outspent his opponent, Councilman John Acosta, by an almost 9-to-1 margin.
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September 20, 1991 | Dave Lesher
LATINO LINEUP: If you build a Latino district, who will come? The first locally elected Latino to express interest in redistricting opportunities is Santa Ana Councilman John Acosta, who is prevented from seeking reelection by the city's term limit. . . . Republican Acosta is particularly eyeing the seat of outgoing Sen. Edward R. Royce, whose Santa Ana-based district may become nearly half Latino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1986
Santa Ana City Council member John Acosta's toilet humor made this All-America city the nation's laughingstock on a recent "Today" show on the council's decision to build private bathrooms. Of course, what can one expect from a person like Acosta, who judges nudist contests and is printed up in such magazines as Oui. The city spends in excess of $1 million to promote the city on TV and in insipid magazines, which Acosta completely negates by his grammar-school bathroom humor. F. FREEMAN Santa Ana
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1988
Santa Ana City Councilman John Acosta gave land developers a brazen reminder Monday of the rules of the political game: Send a campaign contribution now or cross off his phone number for future use. Acosta is trying to choose between running for reelection or running for mayor in November. Either way he needs money. But Acosta says some developers have told him they are being pressured by his opponents on the council to withhold contributions from him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1990
City Councilman John Acosta pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of forcing the removal of a city administrator by violating a city law blocking council members from interfering with administrative appointments. According to the complaint, filed last month by the Orange County district attorney, Acosta had asked city officials to remove a city building and safety manager from his position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 13 City Council candidates in the Nov. 3 election answered questions Wednesday on issues ranging from controlling homelessness to improving neighborhoods, but the two mayoral candidates were not asked about gangs, one of the city's most pressing problems. In a forum that allowed candidates to be given the questions nine days in advance, the two neighborhood associations sponsoring the event determined that the mayoral candidates would not be questioned about their plans to reduce gangs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ
A letter on City of Santa Ana stationery signed by City Councilman John Acosta, who praised the character of a local gang leader facing sentencing on drug charges, is becoming a campaign issue in the mayoral contest between Acosta and incumbent Daniel H. Young.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With contributions primarily from development interests, Mayor Daniel H. Young and his three allies on the Nov. 3 City Council election ballot have greatly outdistanced their rivals in campaign fund-raising and spending, according to financial statements filed at City Hall this week. In the mayoral race, Young has outspent his opponent, Councilman John Acosta, by an almost 9-to-1 margin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Community leaders, including the president of the Santa Ana Police Officers Assn., sternly criticized Councilman John Acosta for reportedly telling a large group of gang members that "the Police Department's biggest fear is that the gangs are uniting so they can come after (police)." During a meeting of gang members last Saturday at El Salvador Park, Acosta also said that city officials are opposed to recent peacemaking efforts by rival Orange County gangs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Setting the stage for a political showdown with the mayor, Councilman John Acosta on Monday became the first candidate to officially announce for the Nov. 3 mayoral race. Accompanied by supporters, Acosta acknowledged that recent personal problems, including a divorce and the financial collapse of his masonry business, are expected to be used against him by Mayor Daniel H. Young in the upcoming campaign. But calling himself "Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Two major election-reform proposals, which would require the election of City Council members from districts and limit the mayor to two four-year terms, have drawn opposition from Mayor Daniel H. Young. The mayor said he was leaning against Councilman John Acosta's request that the council place the items on the November ballot because they already have been publicly discussed and voted on in recent years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Exonerated of charges that he used improper influence to block the hiring of a city administrator, Councilman John Acosta will ask the city this week to pay his $15,000 legal bill. The decision on whether to pay the bill will be made by Acosta's colleagues on the council, City Atty. Edward J. Cooper said Monday. Acosta was accused of violating the City Charter in January, 1989, when he told City Manager David N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1988 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
Nine bids to build a new, $1.5-million fire station in Santa Ana will have to be dismissed because all of them included a subcontractor's bid by City Council member John Acosta to do the masonry work on the project. City Atty. Edward J. Cooper said Friday that the bids by John Acosta & Sons masonry contractors violated no laws because the job has not been awarded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ
A bold election-reform package that would limit the mayor's term in office and would call for City Council members to be elected through single-member districts was proposed Monday by Councilman John Acosta. In presenting the proposals to his colleagues during their regular meeting, Acosta asked that they be placed on the November ballot. Although the councilman is considering running against Mayor Daniel H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There he sat in an Orange County courtroom last week, his head in his hands, behind the wire mesh separating the accused from the accusers. Dressed in mustard-colored jail clothing, the slender man with a slight mustache did not stand out among other prisoners. But Uciel T. Murgo, 19, is different.
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