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September 15, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Construction of the 2,500-home Las Flores development in South County will proceed as planned, after a statement by Superior Court Judge Leonard Goldstein that he had erred earlier this summer when he ordered the project blocked.
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November 6, 2000 | Sean Kirwan, (714) 966-5642
The City Council approved an agreement with Bundy-Finkel Architects to provide the preliminary design services for the proposed Intergenerational Community Center at its meeting Thursday night. Richard Finkel, a principal with the architecture firm, has been a volunteer with the Intergenerational Community Center Committee for nearly a year. The committee has worked on a plan of the types of services and facilities residents would like at the center as well as projections for the overall costs.
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September 13, 1996 | Barbara Vrana, Debora Vrana covers real estate for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-5979 and at debora.vrana@latimes.com
John Laing Homes has purchased 13 acres in Rancho Santa Margarita to build Santa Fe, a neighborhood of 136 attached homes starting at $136,000. The project will open in October. William Lyon Homes purchased nine acres to build Lyon Promenade, a neighborhood of 71 homes. Five new housing projects have recently opened in Rancho Santa Margarita, a 5,000-acre community with more than 25,000 residents. . . .
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November 16, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of plans for a Muslim school in Rancho Santa Margarita issued a statement Monday condemning racist telephone calls made last week to a group supporting the project. The statement by Citizens for a Safe Rancho Santa Margarita condemned "in the strongest possible manner any racist or discriminatory statements that may have been made by any person against the supporters of the proposed New Horizons School."
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October 11, 2000 | Sean Kirwan, (714) 966-5642
The Concord Group, a real estate consulting firm hired by the city to conduct an independent marketing study, will present an updated report on the most appropriate retail uses for the Shops at El Paseo at the Planning Commission meeting tonight. The City Council and the developer of the retail center, Santa Margarita Joint Venture, hired the firm to help determine if a destination entertainment complex could be successful there.
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March 27, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
A citizens group campaigning for incorporation of 10 foothill communities has filed an appeal of a recent county decision to allow a developer to decrease parkland in Rancho Santa Margarita. The appeal by the Foothill Cityhood Committee to the County Board of Supervisors argues that there is already a severe shortage of athletic fields in the area. "We have a disaster going on out here with youth athletics," committee spokesperson Ron Greek said.
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October 3, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL
The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Wednesday that it will provide construction financing for seven new housing projects in the state, including a 105-unit single-family development in southern Orange County. The state retirement system, CALPERS, has been investing in housing projects since 1992 and to date has backed 113 projects.
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August 24, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
A hearing on conceptual plans for a 9,800-home community east of Mission Viejo has been set for Sept. 6 by the county Planning Commission. On Tuesday, commissioners looked at an environmental study for the proposed 2,600-acre Ladera community, formerly known as the Horno area. "We have created several land use alternatives for the area," said Diane Gaynor, spokesperson for the developer, the Santa Margarita Co.
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December 17, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
After winning a long, bitter and expensive fight with environmentalists, the Santa Margarita Co. moved ahead with the Las Flores planned community this week and sold development rights to four builders. A company spokesman said construction will start on the first phase of the 1,005-acre project within a few months and the first homes should be erected by next summer. The Santa Margarita Co. expects to build 2,500 homes by 1998 in Las Flores.
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November 17, 1993 | Debora Vrana, Times correspondent
Industrial Sale: Plano Self Storage recently purchased three acres next to its existing storage facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, a deal being hailed by Rancho Santa Margarita developers as south Orange County's largest light industrial land sale this year. Valued at $800,000, the transaction will allow Plano to expand on the property, which is next to a portion of the Foothill tollway. Plano Self Storage is in the 450-acre Santa Margarita Business Park, where Loral Corp.
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November 13, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The heat over a planned Muslim school in Rancho Santa Margarita intensified Friday as an Islamic organization filed a formal complaint over two anonymous hate calls. The Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles said the callers told the Islamic group: "Go back to the desert. Go back home. This place is only for Christians and Jews. Stay out of Rancho Santa Margarita."
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November 11, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid accusations of racism--and charges that they buckled under political pressure--Orange County planning officials Wednesday shelved a Muslim group's proposal to build a small grade school in Rancho Santa Margarita, a move that could jeopardize the project. The Planning Commission voted 2 to 1 to delay a decision on the New Horizon school until January. But Rancho Santa Margarita's residents voted earlier this month to incorporate as Orange County's 33rd city.
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September 7, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By Orange County standards, when the Islamic Center of Southern California bought 3.4 acres of property to build a small grade school in Rancho Santa Margarita, it seemed an innocuous little development. Eight months later, it has become much more: a far-ranging tussle over traffic and ethnicity.
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January 15, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly two decades of setbacks and delays, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to begin planning a new South County courthouse in Rancho Santa Margarita even though funding for the $82-million project has not been secured. The proposed development would house as many as 19 courtrooms and replace two woefully overcrowded court facilities in Laguna Niguel, where judges handle more cases per capita than any other Municipal Court in California.
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October 3, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL
The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Wednesday that it will provide construction financing for seven new housing projects in the state, including a 105-unit single-family development in southern Orange County. The state retirement system, CALPERS, has been investing in housing projects since 1992 and to date has backed 113 projects.
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September 13, 1996 | Barbara Vrana, Debora Vrana covers real estate for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-5979 and at debora.vrana@latimes.com
John Laing Homes has purchased 13 acres in Rancho Santa Margarita to build Santa Fe, a neighborhood of 136 attached homes starting at $136,000. The project will open in October. William Lyon Homes purchased nine acres to build Lyon Promenade, a neighborhood of 71 homes. Five new housing projects have recently opened in Rancho Santa Margarita, a 5,000-acre community with more than 25,000 residents. . . .
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November 29, 1993 | RICHARD CORE
In the center of one of Orange County's newest master-planned residential developments, an addition to the county library system is taking shape. Construction is underway on Rancho Santa Margarita's 16,300-square-foot library in the development's Town Center area, with a completion set for July 6. The opening is scheduled for Sept. 1. Under an agreement with the county government, the developer, Santa Margarita Co., is spending $4 million to build the facility and another $1.
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