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May 5, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1970s were years of brutal attrition in Orange County government. Supervisors, the county assessor and a local congressman were among those who fell from grace with shocking regularity, driven from office by a series of scandals. By the end of the decade, more than 40 Orange County public officials and their aides had been served with indictments.
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May 5, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1970s were years of brutal attrition in Orange County government. Supervisors, the county assessor and a local congressman were among those who fell from grace with shocking regularity, driven from office by a series of scandals. By the end of the decade, more than 40 Orange County public officials and their aides had been served with indictments.
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January 3, 1989 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
I looked into Ralph A. Diedrich's coffin, but what I saw was all wrong. This Ralph Diedrich looked submissive and resigned, traits I'd never seen in Diedrich during the years I, as a reporter, watched him bully his fellow county supervisors--not even during the years after he was convicted of bribery and was sure to go to prison and out of politics forever. To someone like me, an arm's-length observer, Diedrich's one overriding trait was his insistence on being in the driver's seat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1989 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
I looked into Ralph A. Diedrich's coffin, but what I saw was all wrong. This Ralph Diedrich looked submissive and resigned, traits I'd never seen in Diedrich during the years I, as a reporter, watched him bully his fellow county supervisors--not even during the years after he was convicted of bribery and was sure to go to prison and out of politics forever. To someone like me, an arm's-length observer, Diedrich's one overriding trait was his insistence on being in the driver's seat.
NEWS
December 25, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Former Orange County Supervisor Ralph A. Diedrich, who went to prison on bribery and conspiracy charges, has died in San Diego at age 64. A wealthy man who prospered in construction and property development, Diedrich was once considered to be the most powerful politician in Orange County. Witnesses said that he tried to cement his grasp on power by helping his cronies reach office.
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December 25, 1988 | From Times Staff Writers
Former Orange County Supervisor Ralph A. Diedrich, who went to prison for bribery and conspiracy, died Friday in San Diego at age 64. A wealthy man who prospered in construction and property development, Diedrich was once considered the most powerful politician in Orange County. Witnesses said he tried to cement his grasp on power by helping his cronies reach office. Orange County Supervisor Thomas F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1988
A funeral service for Ralph A. Diedrich, the powerful Orange County supervisor of the 1970s who resigned after his conviction for bribery and conspiracy, was held Wednesday morning at El Camino Memorial Park Chapel in San Diego. His ashes will be inurned at the cemetery during private ceremonies, a mortuary spokesman said. Wednesday's service was officiated by the Rev. Kathy Hearn of La Jolla. The family requested that no further information be made public, Hearn said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000
The sweeping conviction of Santa Ana Councilman Ted R. Moreno last week left little doubt that jurors were convinced by the prosecution's extensive case on extortion, money laundering and mail fraud. It is too bad that a young politician who once showed so much promise, and who could have done so much good, somehow went off the path. Unfortunately, the pattern of ambitious politicians seeking to extend their influence has been seen before in Orange County, especially at the county level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1989 | JEFF MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
William J. Phillips, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors from 1957 to 1973, died Wednesday in Fullerton after a 10-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 72. Phillips, known for his support of John Wayne Airport, served four terms on the board representing the 3rd District. As a supervisor, Phillips' often fiery style earned him political enemies but always seemed to endear him with his district's voters. They returned him to office three consecutive times.
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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.
NEWS
December 25, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Former Orange County Supervisor Ralph A. Diedrich, who went to prison on bribery and conspiracy charges, has died in San Diego at age 64. A wealthy man who prospered in construction and property development, Diedrich was once considered to be the most powerful politician in Orange County. Witnesses said that he tried to cement his grasp on power by helping his cronies reach office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1992
Orange County's current campaign reform ordinance has done what it was intended to do during the last 14 years. But it's time to update, simplify and toughen up the ordinance, which is commonly known by its acronym TINCUP (Time Is Now, Clean Up Politics). Measure T, on the June 2 ballot, would do just that. It deserves strong support from those who want to ensure clean government in Orange County in the future.
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August 11, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County district attorney's investigation into allegations that Supervisor Roger R. Stanton revealed confidential information concerning the county's lawsuit against Merrill Lynch & Co. isn't the first time a top county official has come under prosecutorial scrutiny. Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi and other law enforcement officials made names for themselves in the 1970s in investigations that led to the downfall of three supervisors and other top county leaders.
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