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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1999
After a rocky ride that started nearly five years ago, cityhood planners Wednesday all but secured Rancho Santa Margarita as Orange County's first new city next year. "It's been like delivering one big baby," Carol Gamble of the cityhood committee said after an independent state agency unanimously set boundaries for the proposed city and approved the plan for Orange County's 33rd city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1999
After a rocky ride that started nearly five years ago, cityhood planners Wednesday all but secured Rancho Santa Margarita as Orange County's first new city next year. "It's been like delivering one big baby," Carol Gamble of the cityhood committee said after an independent state agency unanimously set boundaries for the proposed city and approved the plan for Orange County's 33rd city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South County group trying to turn 10 foothill communities into Orange County's 32nd city said Tuesday that it will continue its effort despite flagging support from local residents. "The committee feels the time for local elected leadership is long overdue," said Michelle Lamb, who helps head the Foothill Cityhood Committee. "We're going to keep moving forward."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999
Proponents of cityhood for Rancho Santa Margarita revealed Tuesday that they agreed in a private meeting to push for annexing Robinson Ranch and Dove Canyon as part of the incorporation. Proponents initially proposed incorporating Rancho Santa Margarita on its own. But officials at the state's Local Agency Formation Commission recommended June 8 at a private meeting of cityhood, county and LAFCO officials that a bigger area would be more practical. The measure will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
Advocates of incorporation for the community have begun circulating petitions to call for a vote on whether to make it Orange County's 32nd city. On July 4, volunteers for the Rancho Santa Margarita Incorporation Committee gathered their first signatures at a local department store. Organizers said they hope to get another 5,000 by November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As pressure built last year to join nine other foothill communities and form one large city, longtime residents here just smiled. From the day the first homeowners took possession of their piece of Rancho Santa Margarita, residents have eagerly anticipated the day when their community would become a city--by itself. "What drew me here is the idea that this is a complete town," said Jack Wynns, a resident of this planned community of 25,000 since 1986. "There is a very strong sense of place here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Cityhood might come later rather than sooner for Rancho Santa Margarita following a town hall-style meeting last week on the question of incorporation. Although a large crowd turned out to hear a panel of officials from newly incorporated cities in South County last Thursday, few expressed a desire to rush toward cityhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999
Proponents of cityhood for Rancho Santa Margarita revealed Tuesday that they agreed in a private meeting to push for annexing Robinson Ranch and Dove Canyon as part of the incorporation. Proponents initially proposed incorporating Rancho Santa Margarita on its own. But officials at the state's Local Agency Formation Commission recommended June 8 at a private meeting of cityhood, county and LAFCO officials that a bigger area would be more practical. The measure will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1999 | ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're having millennium dreams in Rancho Santa Margarita, which may become a city Jan. 1, 2000, if tightly scheduled plans by cityhood leaders and incorporation officials fall into place. Leaders of efforts to turn the Saddleback foothill area into a full-fledged city said an election is being tentatively scheduled for Nov. 2. But the plan still depends on negotiating an agreement on sharing tax revenues with the county, which currently governs the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
These are heady days for the residents of Rancho Santa Margarita. Last week, the hillside community got its 15 minutes of fame when a network news magazine compared Rancho Santa Margarita to the fabled land Shangri-La. And on Thursday, the residents of paradise could decide to try becoming a city.
NEWS
June 16, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proponents of cityhood for Rancho Santa Margarita revealed Tuesday that they agreed in a private meeting to push for annexing Robinson Ranch and Dove Canyon as part of the incorporation, which if approved would establish Orange County's first city of the new millennium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1999 | ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're having millennium dreams in Rancho Santa Margarita, which may become a city Jan. 1, 2000, if tightly scheduled plans by cityhood leaders and incorporation officials fall into place. Leaders of efforts to turn the Saddleback foothill area into a full-fledged city said an election is being tentatively scheduled for Nov. 2. But the plan still depends on negotiating an agreement on sharing tax revenues with the county, which currently governs the community.
NEWS
August 9, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER and ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The talk among locals in the middle-class tract houses and shopping centers of Rancho Santa Margarita these days often strays to the topic of those neighbors to the south, the well-heeled residents of Coto de Caza who live a life of rural refinement on horse trails behind guarded gates. And as these two communities in the farthest reaches of Orange County suburbia grapple with issues of growth and self-rule, that talk is increasingly about the walls separating them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
Advocates of incorporation for the community have begun circulating petitions to call for a vote on whether to make it Orange County's 32nd city. On July 4, volunteers for the Rancho Santa Margarita Incorporation Committee gathered their first signatures at a local department store. Organizers said they hope to get another 5,000 by November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As pressure built last year to join nine other foothill communities and form one large city, longtime residents here just smiled. From the day the first homeowners took possession of their piece of Rancho Santa Margarita, residents have eagerly anticipated the day when their community would become a city--by itself. "What drew me here is the idea that this is a complete town," said Jack Wynns, a resident of this planned community of 25,000 since 1986. "There is a very strong sense of place here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South County group trying to turn 10 foothill communities into Orange County's 32nd city said Tuesday that it will continue its effort despite flagging support from local residents. "The committee feels the time for local elected leadership is long overdue," said Michelle Lamb, who helps head the Foothill Cityhood Committee. "We're going to keep moving forward."
NEWS
August 9, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER and ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The talk among locals in the middle-class tract houses and shopping centers of Rancho Santa Margarita these days often strays to the topic of those neighbors to the south, the well-heeled residents of Coto de Caza who live a life of rural refinement on horse trails behind guarded gates. And as these two communities in the farthest reaches of Orange County suburbia grapple with issues of growth and self-rule, that talk is increasingly about the walls separating them.
NEWS
June 16, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proponents of cityhood for Rancho Santa Margarita revealed Tuesday that they agreed in a private meeting to push for annexing Robinson Ranch and Dove Canyon as part of the incorporation, which if approved would establish Orange County's first city of the new millennium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Cityhood might come later rather than sooner for Rancho Santa Margarita following a town hall-style meeting last week on the question of incorporation. Although a large crowd turned out to hear a panel of officials from newly incorporated cities in South County last Thursday, few expressed a desire to rush toward cityhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
These are heady days for the residents of Rancho Santa Margarita. Last week, the hillside community got its 15 minutes of fame when a network news magazine compared Rancho Santa Margarita to the fabled land Shangri-La. And on Thursday, the residents of paradise could decide to try becoming a city.
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