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August 13, 1999 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1,000 investors who lost their life savings in the collapse of Hill Williams Development Corp.--which became one of Orange County's costliest real estate scams--have filed a lawsuit accusing one of the firm's former promoters of hiding assets in order to avoid a $23-million judgment. The suit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, contends that David A.
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April 2, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At her zenith, developer Kathryn G. Thompson was near the top of Orange County's hierarchy of home builders. The construction company that bore her name built more than 12,000 homes, apartments and condominiums in California. Now, according to a lawsuit filed against her in March, the county wants Thompson to repay more than $1 million outstanding from a loan made in 1993. The predicament also is prompting county supervisors to take a hard look at how the loan was approved.
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October 13, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two powerful agencies are demanding closer scrutiny of Irvine Co.'s plan to build 800 homes above Crystal Cove State Park, saying that lower-level boards may have improperly granted water quality concessions to the developer. Runoff from the project would go into two creeks that flow across state beaches into the ocean. Alexis Strauss, a top official with the U.S.
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November 24, 1999 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury on Tuesday found that some of Orange County's biggest developers and contractors sold homes with defective foundations but awarded a group of Yorba Linda homeowners less than a quarter of the $8 million they had requested. The $1.7-million verdict is being closely watched because there are several other construction-defect cases pending in Orange County involving similar concrete foundations. This is the first such case to go to court.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993 | John O'Dell / Times staff writer
Palm Springs Grant: Corporate Fund for Housing in Irvine has received a $590,000 grant from the Palm Springs Community Redevelopment Agency to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 108-unit apartment complex in that desert resort city. The Palm Springs Housing Authority also has approved a $4.5-million tax-exempt bond issue to finance the Irvine development group's purchase of the apartments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN and DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) has sparked an uproar in the Mojave Desert, where angry officials charge that the congressman has jeopardized their plans for a new, small airport in order to protect the interests of high-powered Orange County developers. The dispute is over George Air Force Base, near Victorville, where 5,600 acres of lucrative commercial property was suddenly put up for grabs last December, when the base was closed in a cost-cutting move.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob and Ann Collar's home sits at the base of Silverado Canyon on 3 1/2 acres, including a large field that the couple hoped someday to use for more homes. But their building hopes were dashed a decade ago when, they said, a neighbor up the hill graded his property without a permit. The work diverted the natural water flow, leaving a third of the Collars' property submerged during heavy rains. Now Orange County supervisors are prepared to enact tough new sanctions on rogue grading projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent Orange County developer and political fund-raiser has become the latest promoter to declare his interest in building a large card club in Oxnard if its City Council votes next week to allow big-time gambling. William Buck Johns, 51, of Newport Beach told Oxnard officials Tuesday that he hopes to build the first large casino in Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At her zenith, developer Kathryn G. Thompson was near the top of Orange County's hierarchy of home builders. The construction company that bore her name built more than 12,000 homes, apartments and condominiums in California. Now, according to a lawsuit filed against her in March, the county wants Thompson to repay more than $1 million outstanding from a loan made in 1993. The predicament also is prompting county supervisors to take a hard look at how the loan was approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 150 Coto de Caza residents opposed to a commercial airport at El Toro picketed the home of developer William Lyon as he hosted a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser Tuesday for Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva, an airport proponent. "This is an insult and a slap in the face to Coto residents," said Mike Ameel, one of those waving banners and chanting outside Lyon's home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two powerful agencies are demanding closer scrutiny of Irvine Co.'s plan to build 800 homes above Crystal Cove State Park, saying that lower-level boards may have improperly granted water quality concessions to the developer. Runoff from the project would go into two creeks that flow across state beaches into the ocean. Alexis Strauss, a top official with the U.S.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1999 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1,000 investors who lost their life savings in the collapse of Hill Williams Development Corp.--which became one of Orange County's costliest real estate scams--have filed a lawsuit accusing one of the firm's former promoters of hiding assets in order to avoid a $23-million judgment. The suit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, contends that David A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob and Ann Collar's home sits at the base of Silverado Canyon on 3 1/2 acres, including a large field that the couple hoped someday to use for more homes. But their building hopes were dashed a decade ago when, they said, a neighbor up the hill graded his property without a permit. The work diverted the natural water flow, leaving a third of the Collars' property submerged during heavy rains. Now Orange County supervisors are prepared to enact tough new sanctions on rogue grading projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 150 Coto de Caza residents opposed to a commercial airport at El Toro picketed the home of developer William Lyon as he hosted a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser Tuesday for Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva, an airport proponent. "This is an insult and a slap in the face to Coto residents," said Mike Ameel, one of those waving banners and chanting outside Lyon's home.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993 | John O'Dell / Times staff writer
Palm Springs Grant: Corporate Fund for Housing in Irvine has received a $590,000 grant from the Palm Springs Community Redevelopment Agency to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 108-unit apartment complex in that desert resort city. The Palm Springs Housing Authority also has approved a $4.5-million tax-exempt bond issue to finance the Irvine development group's purchase of the apartments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent Orange County developer and political fund-raiser has become the latest promoter to declare his interest in building a large card club in Oxnard if its City Council votes next week to allow big-time gambling. William Buck Johns, 51, of Newport Beach told Oxnard officials Tuesday that he hopes to build the first large casino in Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1999 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury on Tuesday found that some of Orange County's biggest developers and contractors sold homes with defective foundations but awarded a group of Yorba Linda homeowners less than a quarter of the $8 million they had requested. The $1.7-million verdict is being closely watched because there are several other construction-defect cases pending in Orange County involving similar concrete foundations. This is the first such case to go to court.
HOME & GARDEN
September 8, 1990 | BETH COBB
Although Southern California has a reputation as a transient society, many of us like where we live. When real estate developers blanketed Orange County with tract homes, many of us headed south, opened escrow and planted trees. While our landscaping took root, so did we. Although our children are grown and gone, good neighbors and favorite stores are still nearby. Besides, with today's housing prices, many can't consider moving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN and DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) has sparked an uproar in the Mojave Desert, where angry officials charge that the congressman has jeopardized their plans for a new, small airport in order to protect the interests of high-powered Orange County developers. The dispute is over George Air Force Base, near Victorville, where 5,600 acres of lucrative commercial property was suddenly put up for grabs last December, when the base was closed in a cost-cutting move.
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