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April 22, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Attorney Michael Gatzke will continue representing the county in three lawsuits challenging the conversion of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to a commercial airport despite a symbolic protest vote Tuesday by two supervisors. Supervisor Tom Wilson, who angered some South County constituents for voting two weeks ago to confirm Gatzke's contract, unsuccessfully attempted to persuade his colleagues for a new vote.
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April 10, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after a financial advisor bowed out of the running for a $150,000 contract with the Foothill/Eastern toll road agency, the agency's chairman apologized to his board for not disclosing the man's role in the Orange County bankruptcy. At the same time, board member Todd Spitzer, also a county supervisor, proposed creating a finance advisory committee to avoid similar mistakes. "This would be an outside body of experts that would screen the backgrounds of financial advisors," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE and JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A financial advisor whose firm was set to receive a $150,000 contract with the county today withdrew from the job Wednesday amid controversy over his role in the Orange County bankruptcy. "The events of the last two days indicate this is clearly going to be a political decision rather than one based strictly on merit," said Douglas S. Montague of La Canada. "We've made a decision not to be involved in that type of a process."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
County supervisors refused Tuesday to pay any more than $100,000 this year to an engineering company hired by an environmental law firm that is advising the county on contamination issues at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The subcontract calls for GeoSyntech Inc. of Irvine to review Navy documents detailing soil and water contamination at the base, which the Marines plan to turn over to the county by July 1999. The county wants to build a commercial airport at El Toro.
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February 28, 1998 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An angry Supervisor Todd Spitzer blasted the county staff Friday after learning that a contract to study landfills at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station will cost three times what supervisors have been told. "The magnitude of this deception is more overwhelming than I had imagined," Spitzer said. "Who is giving orders and who is taking responsibility for these actions being taken?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO
Firefighters providing service to about 1 million Orange County residents voted Thursday to ratify a new 2 1/2-year employment contract, a vote mirrored Thursday night by the Orange County Fire Authority board. The new contract represents the first time in two years that the authority's 725 full-time firefighters will have a signed work agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1998 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move backers hope will reduce the influence of lobbyists in county politics, the Board of Supervisors approved significant changes in the way it selects contractors for government projects. Orange County is the only urban county in California that gives elected supervisors a central role in selecting contractors for architecture and engineering projects. Under the system, county officials collect the bids and send a slate of three finalists to the supervisors without ranking them.
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November 14, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Harbors, Beaches and Parks Commission has given a private company that manages the campgrounds of Featherly Regional Park two months to make improvements or face losing its lease. The commission met Wednesday night to consider recommending that the Board of Supervisors cancel its lease with Canyon RV Park. A county report says the company has mismanaged the campgrounds and left them in disrepair. But another showdown is likely.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1997 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What happens when your bid on a project is higher than the budget for it? If you're bidding for work on a certain toll road, the Transportation Corridor Agencies just raises the budget. That happened Thursday when the TCA board voted to spend an extra $2.4 million for design work on the 15-mile stretch that will complete the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor toll road from Oso Parkway near Mission Viejo to Interstate 5 in San Clemente.
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