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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1988
John Erskine, Huntington Beach mayor and executive director for the Orange County Building Assn., recently said the Orange County traffic problem is not caused by development, it's a lack of roadways. Erskine seemingly doesn't understand or is letting his own objective of massive development distort the issue. Almost everyone knows the simple formula: development equals housing; housing equals people; people equal cars; cars equal traffic. Almost everyone knows, too, that no matter how many roadways are built, they can't catch up with galloping unchecked housing development.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than two years of investigation, the state Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday that it has found no evidence of conflicts of interest by three city officials who had ties with a bank linked to downtown redevelopment. The three, who stood accused in a citizen's complaint filed in May, 1989, are then-city Planning Commissioner Roger Slates, City Councilman Don MacAllister and City Atty. Gail C. Hutton.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1988
1988 brings with it the promise of passage of a traffic control initiative for Orange County. Even as we qualify this initiative for the ballot, we read about legal funds being amassed by the Building Industry Assn. for the purpose of challenging the public wishes in court. This is to be expected. The BIA represents those interests that have given large donations to political campaigns, trying to guarantee development on their own terms. Huntington Beach is one of the cities hoping to qualify the traffic control initiative for the 1988 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
Councilman John Erskine, who decided last week not to seek reelection this year, said in an interview that he plans to spend his political hiatus lobbying for issues he has championed during his council term. Erskine, who plans to leave city politics for a few years to spend more time with his family, said that after leaving office in November he may help promote Pierside Village and an outdoor youth sports complex planned for Huntington Central Park, among other projects.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1989 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, Times Staff Writer
Christine Diemer Reed, the state's top housing official, will leave that post to take over next month as the executive director of the Orange County Region of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California, the organization said Wednesday. Reed, 36, will replace John Erskine, 37, who is returning to the private practice of law in Orange County. Reed will manage the association and lobby before local and state government bodies for its 1,100 member companies. Reed has been director of the state Department of Housing and Community Development for the past three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
Plans for twin condominium projects on Pacific Coast Highway were rejected by the City Council at the request of Councilman John Erskine, who said he hopes that the council will now review the entire downtown land-use plan. The council voted unanimously to uphold Erskine's appeal of a pair of four-unit complexes proposed for the highway at 13th and 14th streets. The councilman charged that the buildings would be architecturally unsightly and too sparsely landscaped.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1985
As a member of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission, I found "Facing the County's Crowded Future" (March 17) interesting, for it was written by John Erskine, a fellow Huntington Beach planning commissioner. Erskine's unhappiness with Orange County Tomorrow and its "Ph.D.s of urban elitism" prompts this response, for I had attended the organizational meeting of Orange County Tomorrow the previous day and I hold a Ph.D. in American history (not urban elitism). Erskine's article presented a detailed case for constructing three proposed freeways in south Orange County to allow growth to continue unimpeded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
Councilman John Erskine, who decided last week not to seek reelection this year, said in an interview that he plans to spend his political hiatus lobbying for issues he has championed during his council term. Erskine, who plans to leave city politics for a few years to spend more time with his family, said that after leaving office in November he may help promote Pierside Village and an outdoor youth sports complex planned for Huntington Central Park, among other projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than two years of investigation, the state Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday that it has found no evidence of conflicts of interest by three city officials who had ties with a bank linked to downtown redevelopment. The three, who stood accused in a citizen's complaint filed in May, 1989, are then-city Planning Commissioner Roger Slates, City Councilman Don MacAllister and City Atty. Gail C. Hutton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1987 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
Huntington Beach freshman City Councilman John Erskine, executive director of the Building Industry Assn.'s Orange County chapter and the highest vote-getter in the November, 1986, city election, was appointed mayor Monday night. The City Council's 4-3 vote for Erskine came quickly before a smaller-than-normal crowd of about 100 people. The council selected Tom Mays to succeed Erskine as mayor pro tem by the same vote. The appointments ended the city's yearly ritual of jockeying for votes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
Plans for twin condominium projects on Pacific Coast Highway were rejected by the City Council at the request of Councilman John Erskine, who said he hopes that the council will now review the entire downtown land-use plan. The council voted unanimously to uphold Erskine's appeal of a pair of four-unit complexes proposed for the highway at 13th and 14th streets. The councilman charged that the buildings would be architecturally unsightly and too sparsely landscaped.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1989 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, Times Staff Writer
Christine Diemer Reed, the state's top housing official, will leave that post to take over next month as the executive director of the Orange County Region of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California, the organization said Wednesday. Reed, 36, will replace John Erskine, 37, who is returning to the private practice of law in Orange County. Reed will manage the association and lobby before local and state government bodies for its 1,100 member companies. Reed has been director of the state Department of Housing and Community Development for the past three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1988
John Erskine, Huntington Beach mayor and executive director for the Orange County Building Assn., recently said the Orange County traffic problem is not caused by development, it's a lack of roadways. Erskine seemingly doesn't understand or is letting his own objective of massive development distort the issue. Almost everyone knows the simple formula: development equals housing; housing equals people; people equal cars; cars equal traffic. Almost everyone knows, too, that no matter how many roadways are built, they can't catch up with galloping unchecked housing development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1988
1988 brings with it the promise of passage of a traffic control initiative for Orange County. Even as we qualify this initiative for the ballot, we read about legal funds being amassed by the Building Industry Assn. for the purpose of challenging the public wishes in court. This is to be expected. The BIA represents those interests that have given large donations to political campaigns, trying to guarantee development on their own terms. Huntington Beach is one of the cities hoping to qualify the traffic control initiative for the 1988 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1987 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
Huntington Beach freshman City Councilman John Erskine, executive director of the Building Industry Assn.'s Orange County chapter and the highest vote-getter in the November, 1986, city election, was appointed mayor Monday night. The City Council's 4-3 vote for Erskine came quickly before a smaller-than-normal crowd of about 100 people. The council selected Tom Mays to succeed Erskine as mayor pro tem by the same vote. The appointments ended the city's yearly ritual of jockeying for votes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1985
As a member of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission, I found "Facing the County's Crowded Future" (March 17) interesting, for it was written by John Erskine, a fellow Huntington Beach planning commissioner. Erskine's unhappiness with Orange County Tomorrow and its "Ph.D.s of urban elitism" prompts this response, for I had attended the organizational meeting of Orange County Tomorrow the previous day and I hold a Ph.D. in American history (not urban elitism). Erskine's article presented a detailed case for constructing three proposed freeways in south Orange County to allow growth to continue unimpeded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1988
With such laborers of the developers as County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, State Sen. Marian Bergeson, and Huntington Beach Mayor John Erskine involved with Bolsa Chica (Oct. 28), we can look forward to the great pelican shoot and fox hunt there. BRUCE M. STARK Seal Beach
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