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September 11, 1994
Looking for more police officers in your neighborhood? Are you angry with your state legislators for taking a pay raise? Or maybe you are trying to keep a regional airport out of your back yard? Then get ready, because you may have a chance to register your complaints when your neighborhood candidate comes knocking on your door. That's right, folks. The post-Labor Day march toward the Nov. 8 election is underway.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Louis J. Cella Jr., an Orange County physician, hospital developer and political donor whose convictions on tax evasion and Medicare fraud charges in the late 1970s set off a cascade of corruption investigations that altered the county's political landscape, died Nov. 7 in Palm Springs after a long neurological illness. He was 87. His death was confirmed by the Wiefels funeral home in Palm Springs, where he settled after completing his prison term. Cella was the state's largest political campaign contributor in 1974, when he lent and donated more than $500,000 to 60 candidates and causes in that year's primary and general elections.
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June 30, 1995 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Democrat lawmaker is pushing legislation to delay a recall attempt against new Assembly Speaker Doris Allen, the Orange County legislator Republicans accuse of being a puppet of former Speaker Willie Brown. Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Los Angeles) is attempting to amend a bill so that any recall involving a lawmaker in Orange County would be consolidated with the March, 1996, primary election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Robert W. Battin, a maverick Democratic county supervisor during a rough-and-tumble era of Orange County politics in the 1960s and '70s, died Tuesday. He was 78. The cause of death was a heart attack while recovering from a stroke, said his friend and onetime fiance, Rachel Perry. He died early in the morning at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Orange County politics has been a bit behind the times. While political parties nationally have found their influence shrinking, Orange County's GOP maintained a reputation for loyalty, still passing down its affiliation from generation to generation. Many GOP voters still cast a straight Republican ticket in Orange County simply because it is Republican. Today, Orange County Republicans are reassessing their role.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1993 | Times reporter Eric Lichtblau spoke with Garcia last week
Even as a high-school student in El Monte two decades ago, Dorianne Garcia loved a good political tussle. "That's when I really got started. I liked a good fight and I didn't mind taking sides," she says. Today, she may be in for the fight of her life. Elected last week as the first woman and first Latino to head the Orange County Democratic Party, the 35-year-old Garcia will try to make a dent in a well-funded Republican machine that holds a 3-2 lead in the county's voter registration.
NEWS
November 4, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Orange County's Republican fortress succumbed to a historic assault from Democrats and a popular independent campaign Tuesday, leaving GOP support for President Bush at the lowest level for a Republican national ticket in more than 50 years.
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March 20, 1995 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their county is fiscally tattered. The normally benign voting public is behaving like an angry mob. Suffice to say, these are not halcyon days for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. And their political futures don't appear much brighter. Campaign consultants and contributors alike generally predict electoral doom for the three supervisors who held office last year when Orange County lost $1.7 billion in investments and declared bankruptcy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Ensuring that abortion will again be a major issue in the 46th Congressional District race, two leading GOP opponents of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) are already attacking her for opposing a ban on the controversial partial-birth abortion procedure. Rather than defend her vote against the ban, Sanchez said she will try to steer the debate back to a general discussion of abortion and "the right to choose" by saying she, too, opposes late-term abortions, with certain exceptions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1996
The U.S. Treasury last week began paying out federal matching funds to presidential candidates, but Rep. Robert K. Dornan was left off the list. It seems the Garden Grove congressman has not applied for the funds, but should know within a few days whether he qualified by raising $5,000 in each of 20 states from contributions of $250 or less. "We are so close," said Dornan's campaign manager, daughter Theresa Cobban. "We have money from all 50 states, but in some we are close to the $5,000 mark."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Appellate court justices pressed an Orange County prosecutor to explain Thursday why his office is continuing to insist it should be allowed to prosecute a Laguna Beach businessman for the slayings of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, who were gunned down in front of their San Gabriel Valley estate 15 years ago. "You've got to admit that if there is evidence, it's pretty tenuous," said Justice William F. Rylaarsdam. "Why go through all this ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2002 | Dana Parsons
I'm easily bought. I wrote a column in 1998 spoofing Orange County Sheriff-elect Michael S. Carona just as he was about to begin his first term. A few days later, he called up laughing and said he got a kick out of it. What manner of public official was this? It turned me into a Carona fan. Now, with a first term under his belt, the man some thought had no business running for sheriff is being talked about for statewide office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2002 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine Mayor Larry Agran's enemies brand him an opportunist, an egoist--even a Marxist. They ask how conservative Irvine can get behind a man who ran for president as a stand-in for George McGovern, had the city host members of a baseball team from then-Marxist Nicaragua, and champions a much-despised proposal for the Orange County CenterLine, which would link the well-manicured sprawl of Irvine with urban Santa Ana by light rail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When an upstart group of wealthy Orange County Republicans converged in early 2000 to broaden the appeal of California's minority party, it was quickly dismissed by party regulars. Two years later, however, the so-called New Majority has become the state's largest Republican political action committee, centered in Orange County, the historic center of the state's GOP.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office, already shaken by nearly a year of internal discord and allegations of wrongdoing, is bracing for a nasty election campaign that some worry will further divide the office. Assistant Dist. Atty. Wally Wade formally announced his candidacy Wednesday with an attack on his boss, Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. Wade said the various state investigations involving the office have created a "crisis of integrity."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fullerton appears on the verge of being the latest city to pull out of the Orange County Regional Airport Authority, which would make it the fourth this year to withdraw support from the principal booster group for a new El Toro airport. The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on the issue. The majority of the five-member council has signaled that it approves dropping out of the authority, which backs the county's plan to build a commercial airfield at the former Marine base.
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November 29, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1965, Harriett M. Wieder, then a young staffer for Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, was hustling to a lunch, running late. As she took her seat, she noticed the cold stares from her companions, every one of whom was a man. She reached for a cigarette to steady her nerves, and one of the men growled: "My God, she smokes too." Twenty-six years later, Wieder, the only woman ever elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, now gets to do a little growling of her own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1994
Standing by His Man: Assemblyman Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside) freely admits to being filled with sorrow over the recent conviction of longtime friend Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier) in the Capitol corruption trial in Sacramento. Morrow, whose district includes a wide swath of South County, said he still believes in Hill's innocence and that the jury's decision "seemed more a verdict on the system." But Morrow's opponents in the November election may see the friendship as a political liability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He describes himself as a conservative judge in a conservative county. But many of those who have watched the career of Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray said his approach to the job is anything but traditional. Part rebel, part reformer, part conciliator, he has put together a record that keeps him in the limelight. Gray's views make him a frequent target.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2001 | DAVID REYES and JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A San Diego appeals court on Friday breathed new life into the effort to build an urban park at the former El Toro Marine Corps base, staying a lower court ruling that effectively killed efforts to place the issue on the March ballot. The preliminary ruling means that the 128,000 signatures gathered to place the "Great Park" plan on the ballot can be submitted to the county registrar for certification.
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