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May 17, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $500-million resort plan for the Headlands in Dana Point was placed in jeopardy Monday when the county registrar of voters approved a petition calling for a citywide referendum on the development. City Atty. Jerry Patterson said the action forces the City Council to either rescind last month's approval of the project or put it up for a vote. "I suppose the council could refuse to act, but I think that is very unlikely," Patterson said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1995 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine will sue Orange County to try to overturn voter-approved Measure A, city officials said Wednesday, while Lake Forest is also proceeding with a lawsuit against the county to invalidate the controversial initiative. Officials from both cities said the suits will challenge Measure A on grounds that the initiative will change the County General Plan to allow a commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, but will not address related issues such as transportation and noise.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1995 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine will sue Orange County to try to overturn voter-approved Measure A, city officials said Wednesday, while Lake Forest is also proceeding with a lawsuit against the county to invalidate the controversial initiative. Officials from both cities said the suits will challenge Measure A on grounds that the initiative will change the County General Plan to allow a commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, but will not address related issues such as transportation and noise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1995 | LEN HALL
Owners of the 121-acre Dana Point Headlands spent nearly $232,000 in a futile effort to pass a local referendum last November that would have allowed them to develop the property, records show. According to campaign finance statements filed this week, the money was spent on campaign literature, political consultants and attorney fees targeted at passing measures C and D on the city ballot. The property owners, Newport Beach-based M.H. Sherman Co. and Pasadena-based Chandis Securities Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The city's lawsuit challenging an anti-development referendum petition will go to court Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Mason L. Fenton set the hearing date to allow attorneys for the city and a citizens group to submit further written arguments in the case. The hearing was delayed from its original date of Monday. The city filed the lawsuit earlier this year in an effort to invalidate a petition circulated by Irvine Citizens Against Overdevelopment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1990 | BILL BILLITER
The City Council has decided not to seek a bond issue in the Nov. 6 election but instead to have a referendum on what voters want built in Central Park. The council dropped the bond issue option this week after failing to agree on financing major projects proposed for the park, including a youth sports complex. Councilman John Erskine had pushed for getting a bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Most of the 10 City Council candidates for the proposed city of Laguna Hills have dug into their own pockets to jump-start their races for the March 5 election, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Orange County registrar of voters. The campaign statements show that candidates Gregory N. Weiler and Craig Scott probably will be the two big spenders in the race for five council seats, should voters also approve the incorporation of the new city.
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February 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A commission formed only hours before a ballot deadline Friday authorized a measure in which Orange County residents will decide whether to fund a new jail with a half-cent sales tax hike. The five-member Orange County Regional Justice Facilities Commission unanimously approved the May 14 referendum less than four hours after 28 of the county's 29 mayors selected two panel members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1991
You failed to adequately bring into focus the countless years minorities and blacks have been subjected to bias on the job and in their lives (Nov. 4). Growing up in South Carolina, I and my cousins were bused past white schools to poorly equipped all-black elementary schools. It made for a less than ideal learning environment. The white schools had the latest learning materials; each white student had books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1992 | LEN HALL
On advice from the city attorney, the City Council this week decided to press on in its fight against a local referendum on the city's General Plan. The council voted 4 to 1 to appeal a recent Superior Court ruling that requires the city clerk to process a petition demanding a referendum on the plan. City Atty. Jerry Patterson told the council that he believes that the petition is defective and that the city can win an appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1994 | LEN HALL
Ballot arguments and rebuttals in the upcoming referendum on the Headlands development now are available at Dana Point City Hall. On Election Day, Nov. 8, Dana Point voters will be asked to cast either two yes votes to approve the hotel and residential plan or two no votes to reject it. At stake is a $500-million development plan approved by the City Council in April that would allow the landowners to build a 400-room hotel and 370 homes on the 121-acre blufftop parcel above Dana Point Harbor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
An appeals court ruled Thursday in favor of the city in a long-running legal battle with a citizens group over a planned 2,800-home development known as Northwood 5. The court found that the City Council acted properly in 1990 when it refused to place the development's fate in the hands of voters, as Irvine Citizens Against Overdevelopment had sought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $500-million resort plan for the Headlands in Dana Point was placed in jeopardy Monday when the county registrar of voters approved a petition calling for a citywide referendum on the development. City Atty. Jerry Patterson said the action forces the City Council to either rescind last month's approval of the project or put it up for a vote. "I suppose the council could refuse to act, but I think that is very unlikely," Patterson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
A referendum to delay development of a large Irvine Co. community is illegal and should be kept off the Nov. 3 ballot, a judge ruled Friday. However, Superior Court Judge Mason L. Fenton called his decision "tentative" and gave a citizens group until Wednesday to file legal arguments to persuade him to change his mind. After hearing those arguments, Fenton said, he will make his final ruling July 27.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The city's lawsuit challenging an anti-development referendum petition will go to court Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Mason L. Fenton set the hearing date to allow attorneys for the city and a citizens group to submit further written arguments in the case. The hearing was delayed from its original date of Monday. The city filed the lawsuit earlier this year in an effort to invalidate a petition circulated by Irvine Citizens Against Overdevelopment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The city's lawsuit to nullify an anti-development referendum petition was delayed Monday after a judge transferred the case to another court and agreed to accept more written arguments. The case was transferred by Superior Court Judge David H. Brickner in Santa Ana to Superior Court Judge Mason L. Fenton at West Municipal Court in Westminster for an eventual trial. Fenton is expected to set the trial date today, said James Toledano, an attorney for Irvine Citizens Against Overdevelopment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | JOHN PENNER
The City Council has formally placed on the June 2 primary ballot a referendum asking voters whether the city should implement its first redevelopment plan. The council last July approved the 400-acre redevelopment project. Under mounting public opposition, however, council members began discussing placing the issue before voters. A Superior Court judge's ruling on a citizens' initiative last month, however, required the council to place the measure on the ballot or take other steps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1990 | LAURA MICHAELIS
A group of Newport Beach residents has begun a petition drive to limit City Council terms to two. This week, Newport Residents to Limit Council Terms filed the preliminary documents necessary to amend the City Charter. They plan to start collecting signatures by the end of next week, spokeswoman Janine Gault said. Amending the City Charter would require a referendum on the November ballot, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1992 | LEN HALL
On advice from the city attorney, the City Council this week decided to press on in its fight against a local referendum on the city's General Plan. The council voted 4 to 1 to appeal a recent Superior Court ruling that requires the city clerk to process a petition demanding a referendum on the plan. City Atty. Jerry Patterson told the council that he believes that the petition is defective and that the city can win an appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | JOHN PENNER
The City Council has formally placed on the June 2 primary ballot a referendum asking voters whether the city should implement its first redevelopment plan. The council last July approved the 400-acre redevelopment project. Under mounting public opposition, however, council members began discussing placing the issue before voters. A Superior Court judge's ruling on a citizens' initiative last month, however, required the council to place the measure on the ballot or take other steps.
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