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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1995
City Manager David F. Dixon announced Tuesday night that he will resign in October. Dixon, 57, did not attend the City Council meeting but sent a prepared statement that his wife, Betsy Dixon, read for him. Dixon wrote that he is suffering from a recurrence of cancer and will take a medical leave beginning Sept. 3. "I have very much enjoyed my time in Orange and am sorry to leave City Hall," Dixon wrote. "My family and I ask for your continued support and prayers in this difficult time."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The City Council has agreed to adopt a "line of succession" for the treasurer's office in the wake of the county bankruptcy. The decision came last week after securities attorney Michael B. Jeffers issued a 25-page report on ways the city can avoid entanglements in vulnerable investments. The city had $28 million invested in the county pool when the county declared bankruptcy Dec. 6.
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February 17, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City officials will not challenge an appellate court decision favorable to a former planning commissioner accused of ethics improprieties, the city attorney said. City Council members instead have asked the city's legal staff to draft a stronger conflict-of-interest ordinance for local officials. The city's lawsuit against Donald D.
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February 16, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Voters may be asked for a third time to make the city treasurer's office appointive rather than elective. Mayor Joanne Coontz has regularly brought the issue up since similar measures went down in defeat in 1990 and 1992. The idea was revived Tuesday by securities attorney Michael B. Jeffers, who has been advising the council on investment policy.
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January 4, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Former Planning Commissioner Donald D. Greek has won the latest round of a long-running legal battle in which the city sought to penalize him for alleged conflicts of interest. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a lower court's 1993 decision awarding $27,000 in damages to the city was invalid. The city could not show that Greek used his position to win contracts for his firm, Don Greek & Associates Consultants Inc., the court ruled.
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November 18, 1994 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The chairwoman of the Library Board of Trustees has quit in disgust, she said, over the council election results and a perceived loss of authority over the city's beleaguered library system. "This council and the last council don't give a damn about the library," said Mara Brandman, the library chairwoman and a losing candidate in the council race. "It's just a political football to them."
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July 29, 1994 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Voters may cast their final ballots for mayor this November. City Council members have agreed to require the city attorney to draft a ballot proposal for the 1995 election that will ask voters if they want to cease direct elections for mayor. Instead, an ordinance would set up a rotational system so council members would fill the job for a one-year term.
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May 2, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Concerned about its financial standing, the Board of Trustees approved only $80,000 of a $150,000 legal bill to a Santa Barbara attorney representing the district in its ongoing disciplinary hearings against three top administrators accused of sexual harassment. Attorney Mary Jo McGrath billed the district $150,000 for legal work performed in January, February and mid-March in connection with hearings involving Deputy Supt.
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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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July 9, 1993 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City Manager Ron Thompson has announced that he will retire Oct. 1 after 31 years in city government. "A former mayor told me I'd know when it's time (to retire), and it's time," said Thompson, 61. "It isn't as much fun as it used to be and, quite frankly, there are some other things I want to do." Thompson has been Orange's city manager since 1989 and served as the city's economic development director from 1985 to 1989.
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