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November 29, 1994 | LYNN FRANEY
The City Council has asked the county Transportation Corridor Agencies for $197,000 to narrow Greenfield Drive where it intersects the San Joaquin Hills tollway, as well as adding trees and fences there to give the appearance of a gated community. The changes were proposed last week to discourage drivers who leave the tollway from mistakenly entering the Nellie Gail Ranch neighborhood.
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July 12, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The city this week picked a different financial institution: Bank of America. Two financial institutions, Union Bank and Bank of America, submitted bids for the Laguna Hills account, which totals about $3 million. Following a staff recommendation, the City Council chose Bank of America, citing its expertise in handling government finances. "They have an office in Costa Mesa that deals with government affairs," Assistant City Manager Don White said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
From police to potholes, the responsibility of caring for about 75,000 people fell fully on the shoulders of Orange County's newest cities on Wednesday. Although both Lake Forest and Laguna Hills officially incorporated last December, the state arranges for new municipalities to ease into cityhood by requiring counties to maintain essential services for a six-month grace period. Lake Forest and Laguna Hills officials say they are more than ready to stand on their own two feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The city may end its support of a regional gang prevention program tonight. Saying that Laguna Hills is getting little return for its $18,000 contribution to the county Probation Department's gang suppression program, Councilwoman Melody Carruth wants the funds spent elsewhere. "We continue to be a donor city," Carruth said. "We are not seeing the benefits from this program, and I'd prefer to direct the allocated funds" to the Sheriff's Department gang prevention program.
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February 11, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
City staff will now calculate finances on a two-year budget instead of using the traditional one-year approach, the City Council decided this week. The new method will provide a long-range view of finance management and project planning during a time of fiscal uncertainty, said City Manager Bruce Channing, who recommended the change. "I think as the belt-tightening times continue for all levels of government that we should extend financial planning further into the future," Channing said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
The City Council last week approved spending $9,200 to purchase 125 banners for patriotic holidays. The 3-by-8-foot banners are made of sail canvas and bear both a vertical flag design and the city's name across the bottom, said Parks and Recreation Director Dave Lewis. The banners will be hung along major thoroughfares, such as Moulton and Alicia parkways. "They are very attractive, durable banners we can use for six or seven years," Lewis said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1990 | LEN HALL
If Laguna Hills became a city, it would have the financial ability to pay for its own police, fire department, animal control and library services without the county's help, according to a study presented to the Local Agency Formation Commission this week. Ellen Martin, co-chairman of the Citizens to Save Laguna Hills, said the latest study commissioned by her group proves that the proposed city of Laguna Hills is feasible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The city may end its support of a regional gang prevention program tonight. Saying that Laguna Hills is getting little return for its $18,000 contribution to the county Probation Department's gang suppression program, Councilwoman Melody Carruth wants the funds spent elsewhere. "We continue to be a donor city," Carruth said. "We are not seeing the benefits from this program, and I'd prefer to direct the allocated funds" to the Sheriff's Department gang prevention program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The city this week picked a different financial institution: Bank of America. Two financial institutions, Union Bank and Bank of America, submitted bids for the Laguna Hills account, which totals about $3 million. Following a staff recommendation, the City Council chose Bank of America, citing its expertise in handling government finances. "They have an office in Costa Mesa that deals with government affairs," Assistant City Manager Don White said.
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March 15, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ
Leaders of an effort to create Orange County's 30th city in the Laguna Hills area announced this week that they have collected enough signatures to place the issue on the November ballot. The petitions call for the creation of an eight-square-mile city bounded by Irvine, El Toro, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo. Ellen Martin, head of Citizens to Save Laguna Hills, said the group has collected more than 4,200 signatures.
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June 2, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The city will keep its outside auditor despite opposition from two City Council members who wanted a different company to take a fresh look at the books. In a 3-2 vote last week, the council approved retaining Moreland & Associates of Newport Beach to conduct the city's annual audits at a cost of up to $21,600 for two years. The auditing firm has handled the audits since 1993, when it beat out five competitors for the job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
Neighbors of several city parks are hoping Christmas comes early this year as the City Council continues to look at park improvements such as picnic tables, barbecues, security lighting and restrooms. Considering $381,000 in amenities for seven neighborhood parks, the council decided to wait for a master plan on Costeau Park from the city Parks and Recreation Committee before making a decision. City Engineer Ken Rosenfield said the master plan should be completed by the end of the year.
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June 16, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
Concerned that Laguna Hills is paying for more than it's getting, the City Council this week postponed a decision on whether to continue participating in the South County Gang Suppression program. Council member Melody Carruth said she is concerned that Laguna Hills pays the same as cities that have far greater gang problems. "This is the time to send a message to other cities that [the South County Gang Suppression program] ought to be restructured to be effective," Carruth said.
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March 20, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council has agreed to donate $3,000 to support Laguna Hills High School's drug and alcohol-free graduation night in June. The council will spent about $500 more than last year on Grad Night, an on-campus celebration for seniors that offers an alternative to private parties where drugs and alcohol might be used. The council donated the money in the name of Tracy Myers, Heather Zito and Brian Voight, three Laguna Hills High School students who died in a car crash on April 5, 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1994 | LYNN FRANEY
The City Council has asked the county Transportation Corridor Agencies for $197,000 to narrow Greenfield Drive where it intersects the San Joaquin Hills tollway, as well as adding trees and fences there to give the appearance of a gated community. The changes were proposed last week to discourage drivers who leave the tollway from mistakenly entering the Nellie Gail Ranch neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
The City Council last week approved spending $9,200 to purchase 125 banners for patriotic holidays. The 3-by-8-foot banners are made of sail canvas and bear both a vertical flag design and the city's name across the bottom, said Parks and Recreation Director Dave Lewis. The banners will be hung along major thoroughfares, such as Moulton and Alicia parkways. "They are very attractive, durable banners we can use for six or seven years," Lewis said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The city will keep its outside auditor despite opposition from two City Council members who wanted a different company to take a fresh look at the books. In a 3-2 vote last week, the council approved retaining Moreland & Associates of Newport Beach to conduct the city's annual audits at a cost of up to $21,600 for two years. The auditing firm has handled the audits since 1993, when it beat out five competitors for the job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Cost overruns for the nuts and bolts of putting a new city together might increase the city budget about $247,000 more than projected, municipal officials said Monday. Unforeseen expenses to maintain city parks and medians, as well as expenditures for computer hardware and sound equipment for the City Council chambers apparently caused the increase in the budget. "It's basically all fine-tuning," said Don White, the administrative services director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
City staff will now calculate finances on a two-year budget instead of using the traditional one-year approach, the City Council decided this week. The new method will provide a long-range view of finance management and project planning during a time of fiscal uncertainty, said City Manager Bruce Channing, who recommended the change. "I think as the belt-tightening times continue for all levels of government that we should extend financial planning further into the future," Channing said.
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