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December 25, 1988
Our organization receives numerous calls from families here in Orange County wanting health care for their mentally ill son or daughter. Many ask why Orange County has so few beds and services contrasted with other counties. The Times article ("Officials Decry Lack of Mental Health Funds," Nov. 29) aptly described the issues for a situation in which (using fiscal 1986-87 figures) San Francisco, with a population of about 700,000, received $54.08 in state mental health funds per person and Orange County, with a population of 2.2 million, received only $17.56.
March 28, 1985 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
If the U.S. House of Representatives approves funding for 21 more MX missiles today, it could pave the way for a $1.8-billion increase in Orange County's economy. The House vote, the fourth and final in the extension of the controversial defense system, will be closely watched by more than 100 companies in the county that are contractors or suppliers for the missile program.
February 20, 1994
Your article, "O.C's Bergeson Has Proved a Capitol Asset, (Feb.13)," lists legislative accomplishments of our state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach). It does not mention "The Bergeson Act." Naming a law after one of its members is a special way in which legislators honor a colleague. Offhand, I can't think of anyone else Orange County currently sends to Sacramento that has been so honored. "The Bergeson Act" is the California Teacher Credentialing law of 1988. It has had two effects--one intended, the other not. The intended effect was to boost teacher standards.
December 9, 1994
Re "Orange County Files for Bankruptcy," Dec. 7: The "surprise" bankruptcy of Orange County should go down as another "day of infamy" as our Board of Supervisors slept. One should not be surprised that supervisors such as Thomas Riley and Harriett Wieder did not heed or understand the implications of the warnings sounded earlier this year. After all, these are the same supervisors who wasted $300 million on an inadequate, noisy airport rather than investing this money for an intercontinental airport that both Orange and San Diego counties need and that could have been located at the border between the two without seriously impacting existing communities.
June 19, 1989 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Times Staff Writer
Since late 1986, state Sen. William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights) has missed 30% of the votes he could have cast on legislation, including more than half of those logged by committees on which he serves, a computer analysis shows. That record not only makes Campbell one of the most infrequent voters in the state Senate, where the average absentee record over the same period was 17%, but it makes him by far the member of the Orange County delegation in Sacramento with the highest percentage of missed votes, according to the analysis of legislative business conducted between December, 1986, and June 15. Collected $88 Per Diem In addition, Campbell and two other Orange County senators missed votes on days they checked in at the Capitol and collected their $88 per diem, attendance records show.
June 1, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ
Phyllis Badham barely qualifies her prediction of a victory over Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach) in next week's election. "I may not win by much, but I'm definitely going to win on June 5," she told a surprised group of Republican stalwarts recently, many of them staunch Ferguson supporters. If Badham does pull off a victory, it would rank as one of the bigger upsets in recent Orange County political history. Badham, 30, is the daughter of former Rep.
From the early scenes and dire reports on television, Marcelo Beleber imagined the worst--ugly pools of crude oil, grotesque, black-tarred animals and general desecration of the sacred sands of Newport Beach. What Beleber found once he reached the Newport shoreline Friday morning was, by comparison, a relief: a faint trail of black where perhaps less than 100 gallons of oil had struck the shore early the night before.
Inundated by opposition from organized labor, the state Senate narrowly defeated a bill Thursday that would have given Orange County and dozens of other California counties the ability to save money by contracting out a variety of government jobs. The legislation, pushed by state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach), was killed on the Senate floor for the second consecutive year after public employee labor unions lobbied hard against it, arguing that such privatization efforts would cost jobs.
February 11, 1990 | TONY MARCANO
As in any crisis, political leaders are often thrust into roles outside their ordinary areas of expertise. Evelyn R. Hart is no different. By vocation, Hart is a Newport Beach councilwoman and an environmentalist. But as the oil slick approached the hitherto pristine shores of her community, she found that she quickly had to become an expert in a wide range of areas.
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