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January 24, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
The meeting was starting to degenerate into name-calling. One resident labeled the opposition "a flock of locusts," which prompted a loud chorus of boos. He then shot back: "Sometimes I think I live in Jersey City." It was not the kind of behavior associated with normally serene Leisure World, a community of 21,000 where life tends to revolve around the golf course and shuffleboard court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Advocates of cityhood for Leisure World said Friday they will turn in a petition next week with 4,000 signatures supporting incorporation of the retirement community. Coupling the petition with a full financial review of the community, expected in the next two weeks, Leisure World officials say they will have a completed application before the Local Agency Formation Commission by early October.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Advocates of cityhood for Leisure World said Friday they will turn in a petition next week with 4,000 signatures supporting incorporation of the retirement community. Coupling the petition with a full financial review of the community, expected in the next two weeks, Leisure World officials say they will have a completed application before the Local Agency Formation Commission by early October.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In another attempt to turn one of the nation's largest retirement communities into a city, Leisure World officials have commissioned a $25,000 study to determine the costs and benefits of incorporation. The study, to be completed by the end of the year or early next year, also will investigate whether cityhood would give the community more political muscle to deal with controversial issues such as the proposed commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Nick Ugrin and Wallace Bjornson live within the same walled confines of the sprawling Leisure World retirement complex in Laguna Hills. Yet they were on opposite sides Wednesday at an acrimonious public hearing on south Orange County cityhood issues. Ugrin, president of the governing foundation of the retirement community of 21,000 residents, testified in favor of a merger with the proposed city of Laguna Hills; Bjornson threw cold water on it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting the stage for a territorial battle with Laguna Hills cityhood proponents, Leisure World leaders said Thursday that they are considering a proposal to form a city out of the retirement community. "We may decide to incorporate," said John W. Luhring, a spokesman for the Golden Rain Foundation, the retirement community's governing body. "We have done a quick and dirty study about finances, and it looks like it (cityhood) would be very viable."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In another attempt to turn one of the nation's largest retirement communities into a city, Leisure World officials have commissioned a $25,000 study to determine the costs and benefits of incorporation. The study, to be completed by the end of the year or early next year, also will investigate whether cityhood would give the community more political muscle to deal with controversial issues such as the proposed commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
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January 26, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Overruling its own staff and the objections of numerous residents, a county commission voted Wednesday to put the fate of the proposed city of Laguna Hills before voters in June. The surprise action by the Local Agency Formation Commission sets up a major political confrontation between well-organized backers of the cityhood plan and scores of vocal opponents, many of them embittered leaders of a doomed attempt to incorporate the entire Saddleback Valley, including Laguna Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The nation's largest gated retirement community took a major step toward self-rule Wednesday with the release of a yearlong study showing that Leisure World could be financially independent. Bolstered by the report's findings, community leaders launched a cityhood drive to create Orange County's 32nd city and the state's first incorporated retirement community.
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March 9, 1992 | Davan Maharaj
HOT TOPIC: Leisure World in Laguna Hills, population 22,000, is the nation's largest gated retirement community--so large it's considering becoming the county's 32nd city. . . . Doyle Selden, of the incorporation committee, says he can't predict how a cityhood vote would go, but he knows one thing: Naming the new city might be the most controversial issue. . . . "Some people get violent when you mention a name they don't like. We want to put off the question of a name as long as possible."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The nation's largest gated retirement community took a major step toward self-rule Wednesday with the release of a yearlong study showing that Leisure World could be financially independent. Bolstered by the report's findings, community leaders launched a cityhood drive to create Orange County's 32nd city and the state's first incorporated retirement community.
NEWS
March 9, 1992 | Davan Maharaj
HOT TOPIC: Leisure World in Laguna Hills, population 22,000, is the nation's largest gated retirement community--so large it's considering becoming the county's 32nd city. . . . Doyle Selden, of the incorporation committee, says he can't predict how a cityhood vote would go, but he knows one thing: Naming the new city might be the most controversial issue. . . . "Some people get violent when you mention a name they don't like. We want to put off the question of a name as long as possible."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting the stage for a territorial battle with Laguna Hills cityhood proponents, Leisure World leaders said Thursday that they are considering a proposal to form a city out of the retirement community. "We may decide to incorporate," said John W. Luhring, a spokesman for the Golden Rain Foundation, the retirement community's governing body. "We have done a quick and dirty study about finances, and it looks like it (cityhood) would be very viable."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Battle lines were drawn Wednesday in the campaign for Laguna Hills cityhood as supporters and opponents of the measure beat a deadline to file ballot arguments and 15 people filed to run for what could become the proposed municipality's city council. Judging from the candidates and the sponsors of both sides, residents of the Leisure World retirement community are taking an active, if not dominant, role in the June 6 special election.
NEWS
January 26, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Overruling its own staff and the objections of numerous residents, a county commission voted Wednesday to put the fate of the proposed city of Laguna Hills before voters in June. The surprise action by the Local Agency Formation Commission sets up a major political confrontation between well-organized backers of the cityhood plan and scores of vocal opponents, many of them embittered leaders of a doomed attempt to incorporate the entire Saddleback Valley, including Laguna Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
The meeting was starting to degenerate into name-calling. One resident labeled the opposition "a flock of locusts," which prompted a loud chorus of boos. He then shot back: "Sometimes I think I live in Jersey City." It was not the kind of behavior associated with normally serene Leisure World, a community of 21,000 where life tends to revolve around the golf course and shuffleboard court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Battle lines were drawn Wednesday in the campaign for Laguna Hills cityhood as supporters and opponents of the measure beat a deadline to file ballot arguments and 15 people filed to run for what could become the proposed municipality's city council. Judging from the candidates and the sponsors of both sides, residents of the Leisure World retirement community are taking an active, if not dominant, role in the June 6 special election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Nick Ugrin and Wallace Bjornson live within the same walled confines of the sprawling Leisure World retirement complex in Laguna Hills. Yet they were on opposite sides Wednesday at an acrimonious public hearing on south Orange County cityhood issues. Ugrin, president of the governing foundation of the retirement community of 21,000 residents, testified in favor of a merger with the proposed city of Laguna Hills; Bjornson threw cold water on it.
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