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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 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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June 17, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cover of her new business brochure is dominated by the king on a chessboard, lording over the pawns, knights and bishops. Jan Mittermeier, Orange County's former executive officer, says the king represents a winning strategy. That's how she's selling herself these days: the strategic planner who can deliver a checkmate.
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April 7, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Irvine on Friday scuttled an innovative proposal by the county to use military housing at the former El Toro Marine base for much-needed low-cost housing. More than 1,100 units, including an 850-home tract, have sat vacant since the Marines pulled out of the base two years ago. The housing has essentially been held hostage in the stalemate between the county and Irvine over a proposed commercial airport at the base.
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April 4, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what could become a costly showdown with the Department of the Navy, Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved open-ended contract negotiations with an environmental law firm and two engineering firms to conduct their own investigation of contamination at the closed El Toro Marine base. The move comes as the county prepares to adopt a final plan in September to transform much of the base into a second commercial airport.
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