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January 2, 2000 | By SEEMA MEHTA,
Rancho Santa Margarita held a brief but symbolic City Council meeting Saturday afternoon to mark its first day of cityhood. "It was really exciting," said Debra H. Clark, who was elected mayor, as expected. "It's the culmination of four years of work and planning. You think about when it will happen, but here it really happened." Voters in the master-planned community of 44,000 near Mission Viejo approved incorporation and voted in five council members in November.
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January 20, 2000 | Sean Kirwan, (949) 574-4202
The City Council is expected to approve an ordinance that will pay each council member $400 per month for their service to the city. The amount of compensation that the council can be paid is determined by a state code that allows council members serving in cities with populations of 35,000 to 50,000 to be paid a maximum of $400 per month. The $400 stipend for each council member has already been included in the city's budget.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2000 | Sean Kirwan, (949) 574-4202
The City Council will also act as the Planning Agency for the city until a permanent commission can be established. As the Planning Agency, members will review a number of projects that will come before the council in the future. Kathleen Recker, the senior planner for the consulting firm Civic Solutions Inc., which will act as planning staff for the city on an interim basis, presented the council with a list of project applications submitted to the county before the city's Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000 | By SEEMA MEHTA,
Rancho Santa Margarita held a brief but symbolic City Council meeting Saturday afternoon to mark its first day of cityhood. "It was really exciting," said Debra H. Clark, who was elected mayor, as expected. "It's the culmination of four years of work and planning. You think about when it will happen, but here it really happened." Voters in the master-planned community of 44,000 near Mission Viejo approved incorporation and voted in five council members in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2000 | Eric C Sanitate, (949) 764-4309
Irvine has cleared room for another South County city to join the fight against an international airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council unanimously voted Thursday to join the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority. The newly incorporated city will occupy one of the three seats Irvine held on the board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2006
Today Early vote: Registered voters can cast their ballots early by visiting the county's Early Voting Mobile at the quad on the Cal State Fullerton campus. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 800 N. State College Blvd. (714) 278-5188. Buena Park: City Council meeting. 6 p.m. Council chambers, 6650 Beach Blvd. (714) 562-3754. Garden Grove: City Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Council chambers, 11300 Stanford Ave. (714) 741-5000. Irvine: City Council meeting. 4 p.m. Council chambers, 1 Civic Center Plaza. (949) 724-6000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2000 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rancho Santa Margaritans have no catchy city motto to call their own, no colorful city seal to splash across police cars and important documents. Their City Hall is but a sparsely furnished suite in an office park. But it's a city hall. And it's theirs. It's tangible proof of Rancho Santa Margarita residents' years-long quest to become a city. Voters sanctified cityhood by a wide margin in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1999 | PHIL WILLON and SEAN KIRWAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, Rancho Santa Margarita's lush suburban neighborhoods have provided a refuge from the ills of big-city life ever since the first tract homes shot up in the mid-1980s. But many residents in the South County community think their isolation has made them easy to ignore, robbing them of the political clout to increase sheriff's patrols or halt the county's plans for an international airport at nearby El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
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