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April 5, 2009 | Claire Noland
Richard J. O'Neill, a prominent landowner and Democratic Party activist who helped transform the landscape of Orange County by developing his family's vast Rancho Mission Viejo, died Saturday. He was 85. O'Neill, who served as California Democratic Party chairman from 1979 to 1981, died of natural causes at his ranch home east of San Juan Capistrano, according to Rancho Mission Viejo spokeswoman Diane Gaynor.
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April 5, 2009 | Claire Noland
Richard J. O'Neill, a prominent landowner and Democratic Party activist who helped transform the landscape of Orange County by developing his family's vast Rancho Mission Viejo, died Saturday. He was 85. O'Neill, who served as California Democratic Party chairman from 1979 to 1981, died of natural causes at his ranch home east of San Juan Capistrano, according to Rancho Mission Viejo spokeswoman Diane Gaynor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1994 | ANDREW LePAGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sale of an entire city block in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano for $1.1 million to a development partnership will be considered next Tuesday by the City Council. The property, across the street from Mission San Juan Capistrano, includes three decades-old buildings that make up El Peon Plaza. The buyer is San Juan Partners, which consists of Richard J. O'Neill, a local rancher and one of the county's wealthiest men, and Steve Nordeck, who owns the Swallows Inn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Former state Democratic Party chairman and restaurateur Richard O'Neill has been named to the Orange County Fair Board. Gov. Gray Davis announced O'Neill's appointment Friday to the board of the 32nd District Agricultural Assn. The unpaid position does not require Senate confirmation. O'Neill, 80, owns the El Adobe restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. He is patriarch of the Rancho Mission Viejo family, which plans to develop about a third of the ranch's remaining 23,000 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1994 | LEN HALL
A city staff report issued this week recommends that the City Council sell a key downtown commercial complex to South County rancher Richard J. O'Neill and his partner, Stephen A. Nordeck, for $1.1 million. The report, which will be discussed during a public hearing at City Hall on Tuesday, indicates that O'Neill and Nordeck have agreed to make $686,550 in improvements to the block-long complex.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's Donald is poorer, but the Donald appears headed for the poorhouse. Donald L. Bren, the Newport Beach real estate developer, joined many of the nation's wealthiest last year in seeing a portion of his fortune slip away. According to Forbes magazine, Bren's net worth now is estimated at $1.6 billion--$250 million less than in 1989. But that's nothing compared to the record of Donald Trump, the flashy real estate mogul and deal maker. Trump last year had a net worth $1.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
Metromedia Co. Chairman John Werner Kluge is worth an estimated $5.2 billion, but he had to back into first place on Forbes magazine's annual list of the 400 richest Americans. Kluge displaced Sam Walton, head of the Wal-Mart stores discount chain, who divvied his $9-billion fortune among himself and his four children and ended a four-year reign as Forbes' wealthiest person. Four Orange County moguls made this year's list, with Irvine Co. chairman Donald L. Bren and his $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy Sakioka, a self-effacing man who has made his fortune in farming and development, has never been one to seek publicity. But in recent years this 92-year-old Japanese immigrant, who lives in a modest Costa Mesa ranch house, has been unable to avoid the spotlight he has shunned for so long. Last year he donated $100,000 to the White Memorial Medical Center Foundation to show his appreciation of the Los Angeles hospital, which in 1988 implanted a pacemaker in his heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Nordeck calls homespun San Juan Capistrano "my remedy for Manhattan Beach." Nordeck, a former mayor of that upscale Los Angeles County beach town, moved to Orange County 10 years ago to escape the frenetic L.A. lifestyle. "I came down here to ride horses. If I want it, the beach is only five minutes away," said Nordeck, 52, a Coto de Caza resident who served four years on the Orange County Planning Commission. "I plan on being here a long time."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard J. O'Neill, a local rancher and one of the county's wealthiest men, is expanding his vast holdings in South County by purchasing an entire downtown block across from Mission San Juan Capistrano. In a closed-door meeting, the City Council decided to negotiate exclusively with O'Neill and a partner for the commercial property in the heart of the historic city. O'Neill, 70, won out over a Riverside-based investment group that offered the city exactly the same $1.1-million bid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Nordeck calls homespun San Juan Capistrano "my remedy for Manhattan Beach." Nordeck, a former mayor of that upscale Los Angeles County beach town, moved to Orange County 10 years ago to escape the frenetic L.A. lifestyle. "I came down here to ride horses. If I want it, the beach is only five minutes away," said Nordeck, 52, a Coto de Caza resident who served four years on the Orange County Planning Commission. "I plan on being here a long time."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1994 | ANDREW LePAGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sale of an entire city block in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano for $1.1 million to a development partnership will be considered next Tuesday by the City Council. The property, across the street from Mission San Juan Capistrano, includes three decades-old buildings that make up El Peon Plaza. The buyer is San Juan Partners, which consists of Richard J. O'Neill, a local rancher and one of the county's wealthiest men, and Steve Nordeck, who owns the Swallows Inn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1994 | LEN HALL
A city staff report issued this week recommends that the City Council sell a key downtown commercial complex to South County rancher Richard J. O'Neill and his partner, Stephen A. Nordeck, for $1.1 million. The report, which will be discussed during a public hearing at City Hall on Tuesday, indicates that O'Neill and Nordeck have agreed to make $686,550 in improvements to the block-long complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard J. O'Neill, a local rancher and one of the county's wealthiest men, is expanding his vast holdings in South County by purchasing an entire downtown block across from Mission San Juan Capistrano. In a closed-door meeting, the City Council decided to negotiate exclusively with O'Neill and a partner for the commercial property in the heart of the historic city. O'Neill, 70, won out over a Riverside-based investment group that offered the city exactly the same $1.1-million bid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a ridge overlooking a wide vista of rolling hills covered with grass, cactus and wildflowers, the scene on Monday looked as it must have to cowboys more than a century ago. Cows and their calves drinking peacefully at a pond were surrounded by men on horseback who would close in on them slowly, stealthily; then twirl their ropes to urge the herd down the trail toward a corral. A central tradition of the Old West, the annual cattle roundup was played out Monday in South County five miles off busy Interstate 5 at Rancho Mission Viejo, one of California's largest operating cattle ranches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a small town in the boondocks of Orange County, it used to take an old trick to get political attention: Throw a barbecue. "That was the only way we could get them to listen to us," said Lawrence Buchheim, a longtime San Juan Capistrano rancher whose brother, Carl, was the city's first mayor. "First, we had to offer them a steak and a couple of drinks."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a ridge overlooking a wide vista of rolling hills covered with grass, cactus and wildflowers, the scene on Monday looked as it must have to cowboys more than a century ago. Cows and their calves drinking peacefully at a pond were surrounded by men on horseback who would close in on them slowly, stealthily; then twirl their ropes to urge the herd down the trail toward a corral. A central tradition of the Old West, the annual cattle roundup was played out Monday in South County five miles off busy Interstate 5 at Rancho Mission Viejo, one of California's largest operating cattle ranches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Former state Democratic Party chairman and restaurateur Richard O'Neill has been named to the Orange County Fair Board. Gov. Gray Davis announced O'Neill's appointment Friday to the board of the 32nd District Agricultural Assn. The unpaid position does not require Senate confirmation. O'Neill, 80, owns the El Adobe restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. He is patriarch of the Rancho Mission Viejo family, which plans to develop about a third of the ranch's remaining 23,000 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy Sakioka, a self-effacing man who has made his fortune in farming and development, has never been one to seek publicity. But in recent years this 92-year-old Japanese immigrant, who lives in a modest Costa Mesa ranch house, has been unable to avoid the spotlight he has shunned for so long. Last year he donated $100,000 to the White Memorial Medical Center Foundation to show his appreciation of the Los Angeles hospital, which in 1988 implanted a pacemaker in his heart.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's Donald is poorer, but the Donald appears headed for the poorhouse. Donald L. Bren, the Newport Beach real estate developer, joined many of the nation's wealthiest last year in seeing a portion of his fortune slip away. According to Forbes magazine, Bren's net worth now is estimated at $1.6 billion--$250 million less than in 1989. But that's nothing compared to the record of Donald Trump, the flashy real estate mogul and deal maker. Trump last year had a net worth $1.
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