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February 17, 1999 | James Meier, (714) 966-5988
Now that she's proclaimed her candidacy for the 70th Assembly District, what will Mayor Christina L. Shea do next? One project: a guest stint in the next installment of comedian Tim Conway's "Dorf" series. In "Dorf in the Military," to be filmed in part at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, Shea will have a speaking role as a nurse. The direct-to-video presentation is scheduled for a spring or summer shoot, Shea said. Shea said the director cast her after she was on Tim Conway Jr.'
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November 30, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of an electoral loss, Irvine school officials are bracing for a grim accounting: deep cuts to programs that have helped the district earn a reputation as Orange County's best. Among the possibilities are eliminating elementary school science specialists to save $653,000; cutting music lessons in grades four, five and six for $582,000; and laying off a counselor at each high school to trim $120,000.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999 | Andrew Glazer, (949) 574-4204
Residents who are organizing a ballot measure to thwart a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine base are racing to gather enough signatures before the Aug. 31 deadline. The drive, which organizers said has yielded more than 100,000 signatures, hit a snag in early June when pro-airport forces filed a lawsuit to declare certain petitions invalid.
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November 7, 1999 | REBECCA HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just days before voters will be asked to approve a $123-million school facilities bond, Huntington Beach Union High School Supt. Susan Roper said volunteers are making no extra efforts to raise voter awareness or campaign for a yes vote on Tuesday. No flurry of phone calls, no house visits, not one additional mailer will go out to the 158,000 registered voters served by the district in Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Westminster, Roper said.
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March 7, 1999 | RAY TESSLER and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There'll be no harangues from militant parents over building soccer fields. No noisy demands on City Hall to stop the bulldozers and save the gnatcatcher. And certainly no crackdown on dope smoking behind the gym. That's exactly what the sociopolitical landscape looks like in the new city of Laguna Woods, where the average age is 77 and officials are more likely to be worried about wayward golf carts than banzai skateboarders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of an electoral loss, Irvine school officials are bracing for a grim accounting: deep cuts to programs that have helped the district earn a reputation as Orange County's best. Among the possibilities are eliminating elementary school science specialists to save $653,000; cutting music lessons in grades four, five and six for $582,000; and laying off a counselor at each high school to trim $120,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1999 | REBECCA HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just days before voters will be asked to approve a $123-million school facilities bond, Huntington Beach Union High School Supt. Susan Roper said volunteers are making no extra efforts to raise voter awareness or campaign for a yes vote on Tuesday. No flurry of phone calls, no house visits, not one additional mailer will go out to the 158,000 registered voters served by the district in Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Westminster, Roper said.
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November 3, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR and CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Voters wholeheartedly embraced multimillion-dollar school bonds in two of Orange County's largest and fastest-growing school districts Tuesday, while narrowly rejecting a parcel tax in Irvine Unified, known for its academic prowess. With all precincts reporting, Santa Ana Unified's $145-million measure enjoyed nearly 70% support. Meanwhile, Capistrano Unified's $65-million bond cruised to victory as well, with almost 74% of voters backing it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1999 | Mathis Winkler, (949) 764-4311
Supporters of Measure B, a $95 annual property tax for the Irvine Unified School District that will appear on the November ballot, have launched a $40,000 mailing campaign to reach voters. The Yes on B committee, an alliance of parents, teachers, businesspeople and other residents, sent letters to about 35,000 households in Irvine, asking residents to volunteer time and money. The letter, dated Sept.
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March 4, 1999 | RAY TESSLER and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The outside world may largely look upon Leisure World as the sunny place where senior citizens go to live out their final years playing shuffleboard and bingo, but residents this week vividly demonstrated that they have something bigger in mind. On Tuesday, by a 342-vote margin, residents created America's first gated city made up of senior citizens.
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November 3, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR and CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Voters wholeheartedly embraced multimillion-dollar school bonds in two of Orange County's largest and fastest-growing school districts Tuesday, while narrowly rejecting a parcel tax in Irvine Unified, known for its academic prowess. With all precincts reporting, Santa Ana Unified's $145-million measure enjoyed nearly 70% support. Meanwhile, Capistrano Unified's $65-million bond cruised to victory as well, with almost 74% of voters backing it.
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November 3, 1999 | PHIL WILLON and SEAN KIRWAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The master-planned enclave of Rancho Santa Margarita, carved out of the untamed foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains just 15 years ago, grew to adulthood Tuesday to become Orange County's newest city. With all 14 precincts reporting late Tuesday, local residents overwhelmingly approved a measure to incorporate the suburban community of 40,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1999 | Mathis Winkler, (949) 764-4311
Supporters of Measure B, a $95 annual property tax for the Irvine Unified School District that will appear on the November ballot, have launched a $40,000 mailing campaign to reach voters. The Yes on B committee, an alliance of parents, teachers, businesspeople and other residents, sent letters to about 35,000 households in Irvine, asking residents to volunteer time and money. The letter, dated Sept.
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September 14, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With school bond passage rates soaring statewide, anti-tax activists in Orange County are adopting a new, and potentially divisive, strategy to defeat two November measures. Bond opponents, in keeping with the county's strong Libertarian tradition, continue to criticize district administrators for dipping into taxpayer pockets.
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July 30, 1999 | Noaki Schwartz (949) 574-4208
The first person to pull papers to run for the new City Council in Rancho Santa Margarita was Trabuco Canyon resident Mike Safranski. This follows the candidacy announcement by most of the Rancho Santa Margarita Cityhood Committee members on Tuesday. Safranski, 49, is president of Trabuco Canyon Water District, vice president of the Trabuco Highlands Community Assn. and an alternate member of the Local Area Formation Commission Special District Advisory Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999 | Andrew Glazer, (949) 574-4204
Residents who are organizing a ballot measure to thwart a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine base are racing to gather enough signatures before the Aug. 31 deadline. The drive, which organizers said has yielded more than 100,000 signatures, hit a snag in early June when pro-airport forces filed a lawsuit to declare certain petitions invalid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1999 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of the names proposed by residents for the new city--Geezerville and Rx, in particular--were obviously made in jest, but they're also a clear clue that something is decidedly different here. This is Leisure World, where a vote to incorporate in Tuesday's special election would make it simultaneously the youngest and the oldest city in California. That's because the average age of the 18,000 people in the gated retirement community is 77.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With school bond passage rates soaring statewide, anti-tax activists in Orange County are adopting a new, and potentially divisive, strategy to defeat two November measures. Bond opponents, in keeping with the county's strong Libertarian tradition, continue to criticize district administrators for dipping into taxpayer pockets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999
Voter approval Tuesday of the Brea Olinda Unified School District bond measure has several districts hoping that history will repeat itself--again and again. At least four other Orange County school districts plan to ask voters for millions of dollars in November. Even while residents within the Brea Olinda district were voting Tuesday, school officials around the county were considering their own measures.
NEWS
May 27, 1999
Orange County Dist. Atty. Anthony J. Rackauckas announced Wednesday that his office would not investigate claims of possible election campaign violations made against a top aide of Sheriff Mike Carona, but would refer the matter to the state attorney general's office. Carona had asked the district attorney to examine allegations that Assistant Sheriff Donald G.
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