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July 10, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday filled the long vacant post of county counsel with Laurence "Lon" M. Watson, a veteran county attorney who has held the job on an interim basis for the last year. Watson, 57, replaces Terry C. Andrus, who resigned last year amid criticism over his handling of events leading up to the county's December 1994 bankruptcy. The board unanimously appointed Watson to the $126,000-a-year job.
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August 25, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His bags were supposed to have been packed last month. But July 31 came and went, and County Counsel Laurence M. Watson still found himself at his desk this week, signing off on legal documents. Not only had the Orange County Board of Supervisors been unable to hire a successor, which it finally did last week, but a judge had ruled against an initiative sought by opponents of an El Toro airport because its ballot title and summary--completed by Watson's office--were faulty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His bags were supposed to have been packed last month. But July 31 came and went, and County Counsel Laurence M. Watson still found himself at his desk this week, signing off on legal documents. Not only had the Orange County Board of Supervisors been unable to hire a successor, which it finally did last week, but a judge had ruled against an initiative sought by opponents of an El Toro airport because its ballot title and summary--completed by Watson's office--were faulty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday filled the long vacant post of county counsel with Laurence "Lon" M. Watson, a veteran county attorney who has held the job on an interim basis for the last year. Watson, 57, replaces Terry C. Andrus, who resigned last year amid criticism over his handling of events leading up to the county's December 1994 bankruptcy. The board unanimously appointed Watson to the $126,000-a-year job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1996
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled today to fill the position of county counsel, which has been vacant since Terry Andrus resigned about a year ago. Officials have narrowed the field of candidates down to a few finalists including Acting County Counsel Laurence M. Watson, a veteran county attorney who is considered a strong contender. The county counsel's office prosecutes and defends civil actions involving Orange County and the Board of Supervisors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Supporters of a ballot measure to build an urban park at the closed El Toro Marine base said Thursday they will stop collecting signatures temporarily after a challenge to their petitions. Attorneys for Citizens for Jobs and the Economy, which supports an international airport at the former military base, said a revised copy of the park initiative was submitted to county officials without a required map of new zoning proposed for the 4,700-acre base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Superior Court judge ordered Orange County to pay $85,000 in attorney fees in a civil case brought by an anti-airport coalition. The group had won a settlement in January from the county over its hiring of a Carlsbad attorney to do pro-airport legal work. Attorney Michael Gatzke's work had been challenged by the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, a coalition of nine South County cities opposed to plans for a commercial airport at the closed Marine base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Public funds cannot be used to advocate for or against a proposed initiative on the fate of the closed El Toro Marine base once the measure is placed on the March 2002 ballot, according to a legal opinion by Orange County Counsel Laurence M. Watson. That is expected to happen this summer, after at least 71,206 voter signatures are gathered. The Orange County Central Park and Nature Preserve Initiative would replace the county's zoning for an airport with that of a large park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Proponents of an international airport at the closed El Toro Marine base sued the county Tuesday, saying the title and summary of an anti-airport initiative on the March ballot are inadequate. Bruce Nestande of pro-airport Citizens for Jobs and the Economy said County Counsel Laurence M. Watson failed to disclose that the proposed Orange County Central Park initiative would allow extensive development on the former base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Public funds cannot be used to advocate for or against a proposed initiative on the fate of the closed El Toro Marine base once the measure is placed on the March 2002 ballot, according to a legal opinion by County Counsel Laurence M. Watson. That is expected to happen this summer, after enough valid voter signatures--at least 71,206--are gathered to qualify the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ruled Friday that South County cities fighting a proposed airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station are entitled to hundreds of pages of preliminary documents prepared by airport planners. But county officials will have a month to appeal the ruling, said Superior Court Judge H. Warren Siegal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county announced a settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit it filed against a water district accused of damaging a county park and destroying sensitive wetlands as part of an illegal mining operation. County Counsel Laurence M. Watson declined to discuss the settlement, reached during a closed meeting, saying details are still being worked out. The lawsuit stemmed from an excavation behind the Villa Park Dam that a contractor carried out for the Serrano Irrigation District from 1985 to 1991.
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