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August 16, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Facing boos and hisses, Orange County's El Toro publicity team ventured behind enemy lines Wednesday night to address an estimated 1,500 people for the second of nine public forums on the county's plans to build an airport at the closed Marine base. The forum was the first to be held in South County, which solidly opposes the proposed airport. It was the only opportunity for residents to be heard on El Toro's fate before a public hearing on the airport in Santa Ana next month.
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August 8, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors deadlocked Tuesday on whether to order an appeal of a judge's ruling that voided petitions on the Great Park ballot initiative. With Supervisor Chuck Smith out of town on county business, the remaining four supervisors split on the issue, which frustrated Supervisor Todd Spitzer because the appeal was recommended by the county's chief executive, Michael Schumacher, and county counsel, Laurence M. Watson. "They can't let their politics interfere," Spitzer said.
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August 1, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County judge declared Tuesday that supporters of a plan to build a large urban park instead of an international airport must start from scratch collecting voter signatures to put an initiative on the March ballot. It is the fourth time since May that supporters of the park at the former El Toro Marine base will be forced to restart their signature drive, raising serious doubts about whether they have enough time to collect the required 71,206 valid signatures to meet a Sept.
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July 26, 2001 | DAVID REYES and EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gaddi H. Vasquez, a Southern California Edison executive who quit the Orange County Board of Supervisors during the bankruptcy scandal of the mid-1990s, will be President Bush's nominee to head the Peace Corps, the White House announced Wednesday. The announcement came a month after Vasquez, 46, underwent heart bypass surgery when a routine medical checkup discovered a blockage. "I'm honored to be nominated by the president," Vasquez said Wednesday at his home in Orange.
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July 26, 2001 | DAVID REYES and EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gaddi H. Vasquez, a Southern California Edison executive who quit the Orange County Board of Supervisors during the bankruptcy scandal of the mid-1990s, is President Bush's nominee as director of the Peace Corps, the White House announced Wednesday. The announcement came a month after Vasquez, 46, underwent heart-bypass surgery when a routine medical checkup discovered a blockage. "I'm honored to be nominated by the president," Vasquez said Wednesday at his home in Orange.
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July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff, Wire Reports
The second of Orange County's two $20-million Edison International investments in an educational investment pool was paid in full Wednesday, ending what county Treasurer John M.W. Moorlach called six months of "crisis management." Moorlach, criticized by some earlier this year for investing $40 million in school money in the utility despite the state's energy crisis, said all principal and interest payments were made on schedule.
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July 7, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge on Friday threw out fraud charges against former Assistant Treasurer Matthew Raabe for his role in Orange County's 1994 bankruptcy, abruptly derailing prosecutors' efforts to keep the long-running case alive. The ruling comes eight months after an appeals court overturned Raabe's 1997 conviction on identical charges--the only jury verdict against a county official involved in the historic financial collapse. Prosecutors vowed this year to retry Raabe.
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June 26, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a blow to Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas, the state attorney general's office announced Monday that prosecutors will not charge two of his investigators accused of stealing evidence in an extortion case involving a friend of Rackauckas'. The decision is the first in several cases being reviewed by state prosecutors after a political scandal in which several employees accused Rackauckas of political favoritism.
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June 19, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Steven K. Wong, a 24-year veteran of Orange County's Environmental Health Division, was appointed its director Monday. In his new position, Wong, 51, who was interim director of the division, will oversee a program with 200 employees. He is expected to earn more than $95,000 a year. Wong began as an environmental health specialist for the county in 1977. Later he served as manager of the hazardous waste program.
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June 17, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer appears to be facing a tough sales job in his push for a county charter that would, in part, prevent Democratic Gov. Gray Davis from naming a successor should Spitzer win an Assembly seat. The job of supervisor is nonpartisan, but it's no secret that all five board members are Republican. Spitzer insists that getting the charter measure on the March 5 ballot is not a "Democratic-Republican thing."
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