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April 8, 1986 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
The record seizure of 1,784 pounds of cocaine in Fullerton, Placentia and Anaheim over the weekend is an indication that Orange County has become a visible spot for major distribution of the drug, a federal prosecutor said Monday. Mark H. Bonner, who in 1984 helped dismantle the largest cocaine-trafficking network on the West Coast, said Orange County's coke haul "has the underpinnings of a gigantic case. Where it's moving and shaking is Orange County, obviously."
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May 2, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The discovery of drugs inside the car of a pair of hikers rescued in a multiday search has prompted Orange County officials to consider charging them for the $160,000 operation and fanned a debate on when people should pay for their misadventures. One of the hikers, Nicolas Cendoya, was charged Tuesday with a felony count of methamphetamine possession after authorities said they found a small amount of the drug in the car the pair parked before setting off on an Easter Sunday hike.
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May 2, 1987 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times Orange County Bureau Chief
Orange County officials are planning to add 1,018 beds to the Theo Lacy branch jail in Orange, more than doubling its size and perhaps killing the controversial proposed jail near Anaheim Stadium, officials said Friday. Dan Wooldridge, an aide to county Supervisor Don R. Roth, said four buildings could be built at Theo Lacy within a year at an estimated cost of $30 million, with about $25 million paid for with state funds.
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August 14, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Orange County officials botched the sexual harassment investigation of former executive Carlos Bustamante so badly that the probe itself violated workplace policy and put the county at risk of being sued, an internal audit shows. Bustamante, a former executive in the county's public works department who was arrested in July, is accused of sexual assault, false imprisonment and battery of seven female county employees over an eight-year span. The audit, prepared in February, notes that there were multiple complaints against Bustamante and outlines concerns about how the inquiries were handled before the case made its way to the district attorney — a full year after the county was alerted to the potential problems.
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October 24, 2000
Orange County transportation officials approved a $50,000 study Monday to gauge public sentiment about a proposed highway through the Cleveland National Forest, a controversial link that would connect Orange County businesses to workers in Riverside County.
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December 9, 1994 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Orange County's financial floor began to crumble this week, the CS First Boston investment house quickly abandoned the county, seizing $2 billion in bond collateral and prompting officials to declare bankruptcy just hours later.
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May 19, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors jump-started their troubled plan to build a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine base, voting late Thursday to complete a stalled environmental review and then--unless a judge decides otherwise--to send the project back to the ballot one more time. The vote revived the moribund airport plan, which appeared ready to collapse in March after county voters gave an overwhelming 67.
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March 8, 1995 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking a "brutal first step" toward financial recovery, Orange County Chief Executive Officer William J. Popejoy announced plans Tuesday to lay off more than 1,000 county workers--a move that would balance the county's budget for the next fiscal year but eliminate some key public safety programs and social services. "It hurts me to present this plan to you because I know it will cause serious pain to so many innocent people," Popejoy told the Board of Supervisors at a packed meeting Tuesday.
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December 16, 1993
It was not very long ago that California was creating hundreds of thousands of jobs a year just by being California. An ocean here, a mountain range there, sprinkle in the sunshine, and businesses knocked on the door. But toward the end of the 1980s, things changed. According to one estimate, in a five-year period nearly 900 plants and 118,000 jobs went elsewhere. Blue-chip firms started to move or to expand in other states.
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November 9, 1991 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stunned by news that Lakers star Earvin (Magic) Johnson has tested positive for the AIDS virus, Orange County elected officials predicted Friday that this would spur efforts to increase AIDS research and education. "This will provide a searchlight of intensity focused on the problem of AIDS, and to that extent, there is a silver lining to the tragedy that has befallen Magic Johnson," said Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach).
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June 15, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Carmageddon may have been an L.A. moment, as was last month's spin-off Sportsageddon, when the Kings, Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers all played at home the same weekend. But Orange County residents could get a taste of their own traffic nightmare this weekend with the opening of Disneyland's new Cars Land attraction, the Angels playing at home, concerts at the nearby Honda Center and the Grove of Anaheim, and a series of events at the Convention Center - all mashed into the same Anaheim neighborhood.
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February 11, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A veteran Orange County sheriff's deputy feared for the safety of two young girls sitting in a parked car when he shot and killed a Marine sergeant in a dark high school parking lot, authorities said Friday. Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. was shot Tuesday as he started to get into the SUV where his two daughters — ages 9 and 14 — were sitting, authorities said. Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said the deputy was fearful that Loggins — who he said appeared to be acting irrationally — was about the drive off with the girls.
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November 29, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The state is investigating whether Orange County political leaders will be breaking the law if they go forward with their plan to take $73.5 million in tax dollars that are supposed to go to local schools. County officials said they have no choice but to redirect the money in January and again in May to balance the county's budget and pay its bills. Without the tax dollars, the county might be forced to lay off hundreds of workers, close jails and cut care for indigent patients, said Bill Campbell, chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
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July 31, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
In a scathing letter to Orange County officials, Planned Parenthood accused them of having "gerrymandered" the process for doling out health grants and having imposed obstacles to prevent it from running a breast-health program.
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July 9, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
An assault on a Latina in a Ladera Ranch gated community over the holiday weekend is being called the worst hate crime this year in Orange County, and has prompted the Sheriff's Department to assign 20 deputies and investigators to the case. "It's important for us to send a very strong message," said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens at a news conference Wednesday. "We will not tolerate hate crimes." The attack occurred about 10:30 a.m. on July 4.
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June 10, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
Reeling from a plunge in sales and property tax revenue, Orange County officials Tuesday began the process of slashing as much as $1.2 billion from the county budget -- a potential loss of 798 jobs -- for the coming fiscal year. In the face of sharp declines in state funds, increasing retirement costs and concern that the local economy has yet to hit bottom, county supervisors are trying to cobble together a $5.5-billion budget -- a decrease of about 18% from last year.
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April 10, 1991 | FREDERICK M. MUIR and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Metropolitan Water District, citing the extraordinary March rain and snowfall that raised reservoir levels and doubled the Sierra Nevada snowpack, voted Tuesday to roll back, from 50% to 31%, the overall cuts in deliveries it imposed April 1. With last week's promise from Gov.
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April 4, 1992 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside investigators have found a "haphazard pattern of expenditures" by top officials of the United Way of America that permitted them to mix personal pleasure and business and to charge both to the charitable organization, according to a report released Friday. Former United Way President William Aramony charged United Way for at least 29 trips to Las Vegas in 1988, 1989 and 1990, investigators said. They were unable to determine which of those trips were business-related.
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March 14, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
After voting to suspend an Orange County education contract with Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions, a county supervisor is considering whether the money should go instead to a group that describes itself as a "pro-life ministry" and uses ultrasound viewings and biblical material to counsel women. "I can't be an advocate of what Planned Parenthood is," Supervisor Bill Campbell said.
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January 6, 2009 | Stuart Pfeifer
Orange County officials began handing out termination notices Monday to 210 social services employees whose jobs were eliminated because of a recession-related drop in tax revenue. Among those let go were social workers assigned to child and elder abuse cases and eligibility technicians who process claims for public assistance, said TerryLynn Fisher, spokeswoman for the Social Services Agency.
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