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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Upset at the nomination of an El Toro airport supporter to an influential land-use commission, Supervisor Tom Wilson vowed to fight the appointment of the Newport Beach resident at today's board meeting. Placing Tom Naughton on the seven-member Airport Land Use Commission would leave the advisory group with only one member who opposes building an airport at El Toro, Wilson said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2000 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bowing to the will of the voters, the Tustin City Council unanimously voted Monday to withdraw from a pro-El Toro airport council and discussed joining the fight against any expansion of John Wayne Airport. About 68% of Tustin residents voted March 7 in favor of Measure F, the anti-El Toro airport initiative, making it the North County city with the highest concentration of "yes" votes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2000
In the aftermath of last week's overwhelming rejection of the county leadership on El Toro base reuse, there are big post-Measure F questions about Board of Supervisors Chairman Charles V. Smith, and colleagues Jim Silva and Cynthia Coad, who make up the pro-airport majority. The extension in January of Smith's tenure as board chairman now obviously was a terrible group decision, and an embarrassment in view of the stated purpose of keeping the El Toro airport express train on course.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2000 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The City Council unanimously opposed the anti-El Toro airport initiative, Measure F, after listening to 10 opponents and proponents speak during a town hall meeting about the proposed airport. Measure F, also known as the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative, would require approval by two-thirds of voters countywide before airports, large jails near homes and hazardous-waste landfills could be built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2000
Re "Airport Foes Decry O.C. Labor Pact," Jan. 12: For the past six months, pro-airport county officials have been rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of an agreement with Orange County labor unions. The county would grant unions exclusive rights to bid on El Toro and other big county projects. In exchange, unions would open their coffers to finance an ad campaign against the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative, Measure F. There was never a question of ulterior motives in the negotiations; it was a blatant, above-board quid pro quo, with each side getting what it wanted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An initiative intended to block plans for a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine base was placed on the March ballot as expected Tuesday, a move that officially launches what promises to be a contentious scramble for votes.
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.
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