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September 4, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
City officials announced Thursday they have selected an interim city manager who will run the city until a permanent manager is found. William F. Cornett Jr. is set to take the post later this month, when outgoing City Manager Ron Thompson retires. Cornett's career in city government spans 37 years. He served as city manager of Riverside and Fullerton and was interim city manager of Twentynine Palms and Rancho Palos Verdes.
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August 31, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange City Councilman Mike Alvarez said he ignored the city attorney's warning and voted several times on a project in the Old Towne area because he disputes claims that his ownership of nearby property is a conflict of interest. At issue is Alvarez's vote to approve a joint request by a property owner and the city to build a walkway at the city's historic circle. Nearby are an apartment complex and a commercial building, owned by Alvarez, who is in the commercial real estate business.
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August 31, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange City Councilman Mike Alvarez said he ignored the city attorney's warning and voted several times on a project in the Old Towne area because he disputes claims that his ownership of nearby property is a conflict of interest. At issue is Alvarez's vote to approve a joint request by a property owner and the city to build a walkway at the city's historic circle. Nearby are an apartment complex and a commercial building, owned by Alvarez, who is in the commercial real estate business.
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April 21, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge Friday delayed ruling for a second day on whether to remove two advisory measures from a June ballot that also includes recall votes on three Orange school trustees. Judge Francisco Firmat, postponing his ruling until Monday, asked Orange Recall Committee attorney Pamela Moore to submit more specific information that would support the committee's claim that the measures violate the 1st Amendment and equal-protection guarantees.
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September 13, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A memorial tribute is planned for former City Manager David F. Dixon, who died Sunday, just two weeks after he resigned from his position. "Unfortunately, for the first time, David lost a battle," said his wife, Elizabeth. The former city official died Sunday night after a recurrence of cancer. The Orange City Council hired Dixon, 57, to be city manager in February, 1994.
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September 4, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City Manager David L. Rudat violated state conflict-of-interest laws when he handled contract issues with Orange's recycling company after his wife sold the house of a top company official, according to a confidential memorandum written by the city attorney. Rudat's alleged conflict came to light in April, when police began investigating Orange Disposal Service Inc., the city's longtime trash hauler, and Orange Resource Recovery Systems Inc.
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April 14, 1999 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A one-time Orange police chief is suing Los Alamitos and its former top cop, who he says defamed him as part of an effort to get him fired. Dean Richards, a longtime Orange police captain who served as interim chief last year, accuses former Los Alamitos Chief Michael Skogh of calling Orange Mayor Joanne Coontz to say that Richards was a "dinosaur" and "incapable of [doing] the job."
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December 10, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
Michael D. Parker, a former police chief who died of cancer earlier this year, will be honored Thursday during a dedication ceremony that will rename the Batavia Street Police Department headquarters in his memory. Parker's family, friends and some city officials will gather for the private ceremony to rename the police complex the Michael Parker Police Facility. The event is closed to the public.
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January 8, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ending nearly three months of tense anticipation, City Manager David L. Rudat has asked that Police Chief John R. Robertson be fired. Rudat made his recommendation to the politically divided City Council on Tuesday night in a closed session that dragged on for four hours. Robertson and his attorney were summoned to a meeting with Rudat and Personnel Director Steven V. Pham at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
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April 21, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge Friday delayed ruling for a second day on whether to remove two advisory measures from a June ballot that also includes recall votes on three Orange school trustees. Judge Francisco Firmat, postponing his ruling until Monday, asked Orange Recall Committee attorney Pamela Moore to submit more specific information that would support the committee's claim that the measures violate the 1st Amendment and equal-protection guarantees.
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August 9, 2000 | Alex Katz, (714) 966-5977
City Councilman Mike Spurgeon announced Tuesday that he will not run for reelection after nearly 10 years on the council. Spurgeon was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the council in 1990 and was elected in 1992 and again in 1996. In a faxed statement, he wrote that it is "time for a new generation of leadership in Orange." "It has been a great ride but it's time to go," the statement said. "I do have a life--a family life and a personal life."
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April 14, 1999 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A one-time Orange police chief is suing Los Alamitos and its former top cop, who he says defamed him as part of an effort to get him fired. Dean Richards, a longtime Orange police captain who served as interim chief last year, accuses former Los Alamitos Chief Michael Skogh of calling Orange Mayor Joanne Coontz to say that Richards was a "dinosaur" and "incapable of [doing] the job."
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March 20, 1999 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange City Manager David L. Rudat has paid a $2,000 fine to settle a civil charge with the Orange County district attorney's office, but he wants the city to pick up nearly $10,000 of his legal bills related to the case. Earlier this month, the district attorney's office found that Rudat broke state law by indirectly earning money from former recycling executive Jeffery Hambarian and then intervening in a dispute between Hambarian and the city over a real estate deal involving Rudat's wife.
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March 5, 1999 | RICHARD MAROSI and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The city manager of Orange has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine to settle a lawsuit alleging a conflict of interest involving a trash recycling firm executive who was recently indicted. In the settlement reached Wednesday, David L.
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February 13, 1999 | ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A subdivision where an unstable hillside is threatening 30 houses was built on land previously damaged by two large landslides--a fact known to developers and city officials, but not to home buyers. The place where geologists 20 years ago documented those landslides was later converted into lots for more than a dozen houses, and the unstable hill now poses a new threat to more homes.
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August 1, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT and DEBRA CANO
City Council members again postponed deciding whether residents will be able to have a direct say in the hiring of the next police chief. Councilman Michael Alvarez, who bitterly opposed the firing of former Chief John R. Robertson in February, had suggested last month that the city form a citizens advisory committee to help assess the candidates. City Manager David L.
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April 4, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
After twice failing, the Orange Political Action Committee this week finally cleared the legal hurdles necessary to launch a recall drive against Mayor Joanne Coontz. In a petition that will have to be signed by 8,000 of the city's 55,000 voters, the group accuses Coontz of covering up financial scandals, firing the police chief on false charges and being an ineffective leader. Coontz refers to the recall leader, community activist Carole Walters, as a failed mayoral candidate.
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October 19, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD
Dave Kiff, an aide to Supervisor Marian Bergeson who worked extensively on the county's bankruptcy recovery effort, is leaving county government for a job with the city of Orange. Kiff, 31, has worked for Bergeson since 1988, when she was a state senator representing the Newport Beach area. He moved to the county when Bergeson was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1994 and immediately plunged into bankruptcy-related policy work.
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