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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego court Friday barred Orange County from spending any money to oppose a March ballot measure that would end plans for an airport at El Toro. But what, exactly, that means depends on which side of the El Toro airport debate you're on. Airport opponents immediately seized on the tentative ruling by Superior Court Judge Charles R. Hayes as ordering an end to the county's "Just the Facts" information program on its El Toro airport plan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1997 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backers of a proposed sports and entertainment complex on an Irvine portion of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station moved ahead with plans Thursday to try to bring the $500-million project to fruition, despite a crescendo of opposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan waded into one of Orange County's most divisive issues Monday when he enthusiastically endorsed plans to build an international airport at El Toro, accusing the project's opponents of ignoring the needs of the poor. "To stick your head in the sand and say, 'We have ours,' is morally wrong and stupid economically," Riordan told an audience of political and business leaders who back the airport.
NEWS
March 6, 2002 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of acrimonious debate and three prior ballot showdowns, Orange County voters Tuesday appeared to block plans for an international airport at the former El Toro Marine base by rezoning it as parkland, according to early election returns. In a further display of anti-airport sentiment, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Cynthia P. Coad was trailing in her reelection campaign, which threatened to reverse the panel's long-standing pro-airport majority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1998 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three months before the election, the campaign money that foes of a proposed El Toro airport had promised supervisorial candidate Dave Sullivan has yet to arrive. Sullivan, who is running on an anti-airport platform, received $17,500 in contributions from May 17 to June 30, along with a $9,200 loan he made to his campaign, according to documents released Friday. The incumbent, pro-airport Supervisor Jim Silva, raised $52,025 in the same period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Irvine's plan to annex the former El Toro Marine base has been challenged in a lawsuit that, if successful, would dash the Navy's hopes of auctioning the base land by year's end. The suit was filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court by the Airport Working Group of Orange County and the Orange County Regional Airport Authority, two groups that support building an airport at the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO and KRISTIANE RIDGWAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The former chairman of the state Republican Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the city of Irvine and four council members of improperly using nearly $300,000 in city funds to urge greater voter turnout in Tuesday's election. Michael Schroeder, an attorney who lives in Irvine, alleges in the suit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, that the city violated the state law that bars governments from spending public money to advocate positions in elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors Tuesday postponed a decision on joining a group of pro-airport cities, a move some have warned could be the first step toward giving up control over an El Toro airport. The vote on whether to join the group was rescheduled for Nov. 23 so attorneys can hammer out membership details between the county and the Orange County Regional Airport Authority, an alliance formed to promote an airport at the closed military base. Board Chairman Charles V.
NEWS
February 25, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two groups promoting a March 7 ballot measure they hope will halt planning for a commercial airport at El Toro have collected $424,338 since January, according to financial reports filed Thursday with the registrar of voters. The Safe and Healthy Communities Fund, run by Irvine resident Ed Dornan, took in $253,434 and had $28,752 left to spend, according to its report.
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March 19, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Councilman Barry Hammond resigned Tuesday from the El Toro Citizens Advisory Commission, citing his inability to gain support from South County leaders fighting an airport at El Toro. "I had hoped that I could persuade other leaders of affected communities to join with me," Hammond said in a resignation letter. "Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful." Hammond became the subject of harsh criticism in January when he joined the panel his city had boycotted for two years.
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