February 9, 1995 |
It's not surprising that developers George Argyros and Gary Hunt grabbed lead roles in negotiations that led to the proposed plan that the Orange County Board of Supervisors has embraced as a springboard to a fiscal recovery. After all, developers will be hard-pressed to build homes and shopping centers if potential home buyers fear that streets won't be built, schoolchildren won't be educated and police departments won't be able to keep officers on their beats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1997 |
For 31 years, George Pulliam has lived in the natural quiet of Deer Canyon, his five acres sheltered by stands of eucalyptus trees and home to numerous native animals and plants. Pulliam has taken in stride the rise of housing tracts on nearby ridges and has tolerated the inevitable development of the area. But now Pulliam and some of his neighbors are fighting a city proposal to transform 130 acres of city-owned, undeveloped land in their area into a park preserve.
August 23, 1998 |
As signs go, it wasn't fancy: standard state-issue green. But for the hundreds of Vietnamese refugees who witnessed its unveiling a decade ago, the "Little Saigon" freeway sign stood for a dream: the re-creation of a place that now exists only in their memories. "I knew I had lost my country, but to see another Saigon created by my own people . . .
October 20, 1996 |
In a deal that could create as many as 80 new jobs, the New Jersey baking company that operated the T.J. Cinnamon retail sweet roll chain has leased a 22,000-square-foot facility in Santa Ana for its first company-owned wholesale bakery. Paramark Enterprises Inc. plans to start production in November and is hiring about 20 experienced bakery workers, said Alan Gottlich, chief financial officer.
May 25, 1998 |
Like a traditional Southerner, Tristan Krogius blasphemes the North for its "subversion of democracy" and its "arrogant and unyielding" government. He defiantly warns of possible secession if the oppressors do not desist in their threat to his cherished way of life. "This is a bloody disaster," he fumes. "It means Civil War." This is not 1861. It is not the antebellum South of weeping willows, ladies in crinoline and gentlemen in frock coats.
March 3, 1989 |
In the beginning--which for purposes of development pretty much means the 1950s in Orange County--nobody really cared where developers laid out subdivisions or erected stores. There was plenty of room, traffic was not a problem and most people thought all those new houses and stores and factories were a good thing. Now, however, putting a convenience store in some neighborhoods--let alone an office building--can mean a pitched battle with the neighbors.
June 9, 1988 |
The slow-growth movement, which has hopes of sweeping California like a Proposition 13 prairie fire, was given some painful political lessons in Tuesday's election. One was that a well-financed, well-planned advertising campaign, pointing out ambiguities and possible weaknesses of complex slow-growth citizen initiatives, can defeat them. That was demonstrated by the rejection Tuesday of such measures in Orange County and Pasadena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1990 |
Determined to control the development of a 10-acre oceanfront bluff, the city has hired a San Juan Capistrano councilman as a consultant to help it in a tug-of-war for building rights at the site, which borders the city near its northern end.
May 3, 1990 |
Before the Gold Rush, California was a backwater. In 1830, only 4,000 to 5,000 people--not including unbaptized Indians--lived in the state. Cattle wandered free across the fenceless countryside, and the Mexican government paid little attention to record keeping and boundaries when it granted large parcels of land to a few lucky men. The land grants were the basis of modern Orange County history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1998 |
Not long after they moved into their hilltop dream home in Laguna Niguel, Steven and Sue Guenther were flabbergasted to see their new neighbors waving picket signs and warning home shoppers of faulty construction by developers. Fretting over their new $270,000 investment in the latest phase of the Kite Hill subdivision, the Guenthers went to a project salesman to ask what was wrong. Just a crack in a swimming pool, they were assured. That was nearly 10 years ago.