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March 24, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A little more than a year ago, Orange County's longest-serving City Council was facing the prospect of political change. Two of the five men who had ruled this city without interruption for 11 years ultimately would decide not to seek reelection in the fall of 1990. A third, Councilman Gary L. Hausdorfer, was also uncertain whether he would run again.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998
Some call them community activists. Others label them gadflies. And a few simply call them pests. But no matter what you call them, they get noticed, and they get involved in their cities. They seem to have these things in common: They are colorful, committed, sometimes eccentric, fervent, often attention-seeking, accomplished and driven. Times correspondent Lisa Addison looks at five of them.
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February 1, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Huntington Beach, David Sullivan regularly scolded the previous City Council for its "wasteful" spending and, just as frequently, the council majority dismissed his criticisms. But last November, the city's voters bought into Sullivan's crusade against waste and elected him to the council. In Mission Viejo, the City Council proposed building an $18-million City Hall. Some residents protested that it was, in their words, a "Taj Mahal"--too big and too expensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD DEBRA CANO and BILL BILLITER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County voters swept at least 10 city council members out of office, including the chairman of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency and a top official with the League of California Cities. Community leaders and others were left stunned Wednesday by the election's dramatic turnover, which they attributed to heated neighborhood issues, voters' desire for change and lingering dissatisfaction with local government in the wake of Orange County's bankruptcy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998
Some call them community activists. Others label them gadflies. And a few simply call them pests. But no matter what you call them, they get noticed, and they get involved in their cities. They seem to have these things in common: They are colorful, committed, sometimes eccentric, fervent, often attention-seeking, accomplished and driven. Times correspondent Lisa Addison looks at five of them.
NEWS
March 24, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's real-estate recession has put a dent in housing prices, but buying a home in the state's more upscale markets can remain a stretch--even on $100,000 a year. For that reason, many cities are trying to cushion the blow for their top municipal executives with forms of assistance that go beyond standard reimbursements for moving vans and other relocation costs. Some cities provide a monthly housing stipend to their city manager. At least six have entered shared-equity arrangements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD DEBRA CANO and BILL BILLITER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County voters swept at least 10 city council members out of office, including the chairman of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency and a top official with the League of California Cities. Community leaders and others were left stunned Wednesday by the election's dramatic turnover, which they attributed to heated neighborhood issues, voters' desire for change and lingering dissatisfaction with local government in the wake of Orange County's bankruptcy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1991 | MARK BALDASSARE and CHERYL KATZ, Mark Baldassare is a professor of social ecology and Cheryl Katz is a research associate , both at UC Irvine. They also conduct the Times Orange County Poll
Measure J, the bid to build a new county jail with a half-cent sales tax increase, was roundly defeated Tuesday. Orange County voters turned the measure down by a 3-1 margin. But this solid rejection does not necessarily mean that tax measures to solve the jail crowding problem are condemned to perpetual doom. It was not the county's notorious fiscal conservatism that caused the measure's downfall. Rather, Measure J failed because of voters' underlying lack of trust in county government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY
The Assembly approved a bill Wednesday that seeks to streamline local government in Orange County by spurring water districts to consolidate with adjoining agencies. The measure by Assembly GOP Leader Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) was approved on a 52-8 vote despite grumbling by labor unions and some of the water agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1987
The article on the political party switchers (May 11) was too misleading to take sitting down. Democrats, for example, have outnumbered Republicans in Orange County four times since 1938, not just once. More surprising were the conclusions that "Republicanism" permeates business and local government in Orange County. There are no facts to support such a conclusion. As Frank Barbaro also told the reporter, quality, not party label, makes a business successful. I don't think the people of Orange County would have it any other way. As for nonpartisan elections, Democrats won almost two-thirds of the city council seats they ran for in 1986.
NEWS
February 1, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Huntington Beach, David Sullivan regularly scolded the previous City Council for its "wasteful" spending and, just as frequently, the council majority dismissed his criticisms. But last November, the city's voters bought into Sullivan's crusade against waste and elected him to the council. In Mission Viejo, the City Council proposed building an $18-million City Hall. Some residents protested that it was, in their words, a "Taj Mahal"--too big and too expensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1991 | MARK BALDASSARE and CHERYL KATZ, Mark Baldassare is a professor of social ecology and Cheryl Katz is a research associate , both at UC Irvine. They also conduct the Times Orange County Poll
Measure J, the bid to build a new county jail with a half-cent sales tax increase, was roundly defeated Tuesday. Orange County voters turned the measure down by a 3-1 margin. But this solid rejection does not necessarily mean that tax measures to solve the jail crowding problem are condemned to perpetual doom. It was not the county's notorious fiscal conservatism that caused the measure's downfall. Rather, Measure J failed because of voters' underlying lack of trust in county government.
NEWS
March 24, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's real-estate recession has put a dent in housing prices, but buying a home in the state's more upscale markets can remain a stretch--even on $100,000 a year. For that reason, many cities are trying to cushion the blow for their top municipal executives with forms of assistance that go beyond standard reimbursements for moving vans and other relocation costs. Some cities provide a monthly housing stipend to their city manager. At least six have entered shared-equity arrangements.
NEWS
March 24, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A little more than a year ago, Orange County's longest-serving City Council was facing the prospect of political change. Two of the five men who had ruled this city without interruption for 11 years ultimately would decide not to seek reelection in the fall of 1990. A third, Councilman Gary L. Hausdorfer, was also uncertain whether he would run again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1991
For many of the 200,000 military reservists in the nation who have been called to active duty, the Persian Gulf War is not their only concern. What happens to families they leave behind and the economic trauma to which their wives, husbands, children and other dependents are exposed because of the drastic loss of income are real fears too. That, however, is one aspect of coping that employers on the homefront can do something about. And, to their credit, some of them are.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1988
One important lesson in the defeat of the slow-growth initiative, Measure A, last June is the need to manage growth on a regional basis. Growth cannot be limited by ordinance to an unincorporated county area or to cities on a hit-or-miss basis. That fragmented approach only creates more confusion, and it simply does not work. An encouraging sign is that local government in Orange County is finally aware of the need for a cooperative effort.
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