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May 24, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The animosity between the two candidates for the post of the county's consummate civil servant--the dutiful recorder of deeds and vital records--is obvious to even the most casual observer. Mention his opponent's name to incumbent County Recorder Lee A. Branch, 53, silver-haired, bespectacled and usually mild-mannered, and his lip curls seemingly uncontrollably. Mention the incumbent to challenger Stanley A.
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April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Curtis Godin, the former baseball player turned 100-meter runner for Santa Ana Mater Dei, set the Orange County record for fastest 100 meters on Thursday in a dual meet against St. John Bosco, running 10.42 seconds. Sophomore Sean McGrew of St. John Bosco ran 10.70. St. John Bosco's Matt Katnik set a school record in the discus at 168 feet, 10 inches. He also won the shot put at 60 1/4. Mater Dei's Malik McMorris recorded a season-best of 58 feet in the shot put.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 26, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unprecedented move, the Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday publicly condemned Recorder Lee A. Branch and asked the county grand jury to determine whether allegations of misconduct warrant his removal from office. The double-barreled decision was met by quiet applause from more than a dozen recorder employees, one of whom compared Branch's treatment of workers to "child abuse" in testimony to the board. Supervisor William G.
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October 27, 2002 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Los Alamitos High all but clinched its second consecutive Sunset League title Saturday night by rallying to defeat Anaheim Esperanza, 16-12, at Placentia Valencia High. Quarterback Jeff Kline scored on a one-yard plunge midway through the fourth quarter to provide the winning margin for the Griffins (6-0-1, 2-0), No. 4 in The Times' rankings.
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December 9, 1993
Orange County Recorder Lee A. Branch, the subject of sexual harassment and abuse claims by employees, was questioned by investigators Wednesday, signaling that the county investigation was nearing an end. County Personnel Director Russ Patton said that Branch reported Wednesday morning to the county's Affirmative Action office at the Hall of Administration to answer questions.
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July 14, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON
Changes are underway to bring more efficient management to the troubled Orange County recorder's office. Responding to concerns by the Orange County Grand Jury, county officials said this week that the recorder's office is undergoing a series of changes to bring speedier service to hundreds of residents and businesses.
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November 10, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK
Stanley L. Roach believes that his attention to detail in the summer of 1988 cost him his job at the Orange County recorder's office. Roach, a county computer analyst back then, says he was harassed, intimidated and finally discharged after he uncovered what he describes as extensive errors in the county recorder's record-keeping system, the one that keeps track of property ownership and other legal transactions in the county.
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March 23, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the transfer of Orange County Recorder Office employee Nancy L. Smith, whose workplace relationship with the agency's elected head was among the disruptive situations that led to an intense investigation of the office's management. Smith, who had been a manager in Recorder Lee A. Branch's office, will be reassigned to the Community Services Agency.
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January 8, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Recorder Lee A. Branch, who has been urged by county officials to resign because of sexual harassment and physical abuse allegations, is expected to announce his candidacy for reelection next week, his attorney said Friday. Attorney Lloyd A. Charton said his client has been searching for a campaign manager and expects to hold a fund-raiser next month in an attempt to win a fifth, four-year term in office. "He's gearing up the campaign," Charton said.
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May 17, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two county reformers appointed by supervisors to reshape their departments will face voters on the June 2 ballot without challengers. Treasurer-Tax Collector John M.W. Moorlach has become something of a folk hero in county government for his early warnings about predecessor Robert L. Citron's risky financial investments, which plunged the county into bankruptcy in 1994.
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July 23, 1997 | JEAN PASCO
The costs of recording documents, including property transfers and financial transactions, will be sliced about in half beginning Sept. 1. County supervisors Tuesday approved dropping basic recording fees from $7 to $4 at the request of county Clerk-Recorder Gary Granville. He said the $3 difference, authorized by the state Legislature in 1984, has created a pool of about $10 million that will be used for technological improvements.
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June 8, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most bureaucrats plead for more money in tight financial times. But Gary L. Granville, the county's clerk and recorder, is proposing just the opposite: He wants the county to cut basic recording fees almost in half because his department doesn't need the money. For 13 years, each time someone paid to record a document, a portion has gone for so-called enhancement fees, money set aside to pay for upgrading the office's equipment and technology.
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May 1, 1997 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Registrar Rosalyn Lever has told Congress that 98 absentee ballots tallied in the 46th Congressional District in November should not have been counted because voters did not return them in person or through an authorized third party. In some cases, signatures on the ballot were omitted or did not match. Lever made the statement in written testimony submitted this week to the chairman of the task force considering the challenge to the election of Rep.
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November 18, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
Clerk-Recorder Gary L. Granville has an idea to save money and shrink bureaucracy in the wake of Orange County's bankruptcy filing: Combine his office with the county assessor's office, which would eliminate Granville's job but would save as much as $700,000 a year, according to his projections.
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November 10, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
County Clerk-Recorder Gary L. Granville said this week he is moving forward with plans to install $35,000 worth of security equipment aimed at ending a rash of burglaries in the county office. The money will be used to buy video cameras that will monitor all entrances to the office. Exterior lights and special locks designed to anchor computers and other office equipment to desks also will be purchased. The Board of Supervisors approved the security plan at a meeting last month.
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January 4, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An administrator in the Orange County Recorder's office whose personal relationship with embattled Recorder Lee A. Branch has become part of a county investigation is expected to be reassigned to another job in county government, officials said Monday. The transfer of Nancy L.
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December 18, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Recorder Lee A. Branch, the subject of sexual harassment and abuse allegations, would have been dismissed long ago because of past management problems in the office if the decision on his tenure had rested with Orange County government administrators, officials said. "We would have fired him," Board of Supervisors Chairman Harriett M. Wieder said. "He was not a team player. We knew that there were unhappy campers over there. But it's his shop. We don't have control."
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October 27, 1995
In response to three burglaries over the past five months, county officials have suggested spending $35,000 to improve security at the clerk-recorder's office. The money would go to purchase a variety of security devices including television cameras that would monitor all entrances to the office, which is responsible for handling such county records as marriage licenses and real-estate documents.
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October 19, 1995 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About $20,000 in cash and computer equipment was stolen from the Orange County clerk-recorder's office this weekend--the third time in less than five months the building has been burglarized. Authorities said Wednesday there were no signs of forced entry in the building during any of the burglaries and investigators suspect the thefts could be inside jobs. "Whoever was here knew exactly what they were after and where things were; there was no guesswork," said Clerk-Recorder Gary L. Granville.
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