May 12, 1991 |
If these buildings last as long as those of the ancient Incas and Mayans, future archeologists might someday be plumbing the remnants of a series of huge, handsomely appointed structures scattered throughout Orange County. Mostly in the southern half of the county, these structures would be found situated like major temples in the midst of vast green parklands.
January 31, 1995 |
Like many who grew up in the Depression, Martin V. Smith tends to collect things, and he sometimes has trouble letting them go. A drawer in the credenza behind his desk contains hundreds of business cards, some dating back to the 1940s. Sprinkled about his long, cluttered office are souvenirs from around the globe, including an authentic suit of armor from Europe, the foot of an elephant he shot in Africa and camel saddles he brought home from Egypt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 |
It boggles the mind: An engineering company, a title company and a developer, plus county officials, are all unaware that houses were to be built on public land. To "help" the developer, the Board of Supervisors (gave) up this public land. Considering that Hunsaker made a similar error in Laguna Niguel, it would appear that their engineers are unusually inept or deliberately ignore verification. A title company whose title clearance was meaningless? As an Orange County taxpayer, I wonder if there is any connection between this apparent appropriation of public land by developers and the supervisors' decision to "give" this land to them and the articles a few days ago in The Times indicating that the supervisors' campaigns are largely funded by real estate developers.
January 4, 2000 |
Real estate magnate Sam Zell will headline the Real Estate 2000 conference on Jan. 21 in Century City. Zell, chairman of Chicago-based Equity Group Investments, will deliver the keynote speech at the daylong event. More than 40 real estate developers, brokers and finance specialists will participate in panel discussions. Featured speakers include former Gov. Pete Wilson, now managing director of Pacific Capital Group, William E. Concannon, president of Trammell Crow Co.
July 7, 1995 |
A sweeping federal investigation of municipal corruption has snared its first big target, a lobbyist long suspected of being a bagman for developers and politicians. Jeffrey T. Roberts, 43, a consultant on building projects in Fresno County, pleaded guilty last week to helping a city councilman extort a $10,000 campaign contribution from a developer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 |
Stepping into the middle of a dispute between a hillside developer and Pacific Palisades residents, Los Angeles officials have begun erecting a $150,000 safety fence between a cliff and nearby homes. Officials said Tuesday that they took the unusual step of hiring a private contractor to build the wall after developer Nasser Ahdoot failed to meet a deadline last week to construct it himself.