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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
The controversial Newport Coast Drive bypass proposal returns to the City Council tonight for approval after more than two years of public hearings and debate. Council members last month granted an easement needed to incorporate a 1.5-mile section of Newport Coast Drive into the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor. Their decision was made over the opposition of a group of Newport Beach residents who are suing to keep the road toll-free.
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December 29, 2011
The Foothill South toll-road project isn't as dead as its opponents would like. The original, unacceptable proposal, which would have routed part of the 16-mile superhighway through the narrow length of a popular state park just south of Orange County, was rejected by the California Coastal Commission. But theTransportation Corridor Agencies are now considering a puzzling new proposal to build the first 4 miles of the project while they try to figure out the rest of the route the road would take.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1987
The proposal to build a toll road in Orange County is, again, reflective of the mentality which would lower services to the poor and allow the rich to purchase personal services for themselves. When I grew up, this country had a viable middle class, and there was a good deal of opportunity for children of the poor. Public education was strong. Public highways and parks were well supported. Ayn Rand had projected a different kind of world based upon personal self-interest. The "toll- road" concept fits that philosophy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2002 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As head of collections for Orange County's largest tollway system, nothing increases Joel Bishop's RPMs more than motorists who cheat at every turn. Take the late-model Ferrari captured by a surveillance camera rolling through the toll plaza at Newport Coast Drive on the winding San Joaquin Hills toll road. It's in Newport Beach, where many homes are worth millions of dollars. Yet the motorist is so chintzy that a towel has been draped over the license plate to avoid a 50-cent toll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1985
Congratulations for editorializing in support of examining the viability of toll roads in Orange County (April 9). Most people in the West are unaware that toll roads are fairly common in other parts of the country and that earlier in our history many major roads were built by private companies that then charged tolls to recover their investment. Last year I traveled extensively in the United States and observed on many occasions that the toll roads generally seemed to be in better repair.
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September 13, 1987 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian defended Orange County's proposed toll roads Saturday, although he has not yet signed the bill authorizing them. While indicating during a press conference here that he needs to review the legislation before signing it, the governor said he does not consider toll roads "revolutionary" for California as some have suggested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY and MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The controversial sale of the 91 Express Lanes fell apart Monday, as the seller abandoned its attempts to unload the private tollway and the state attorney general launched a formal investigation into whether the buyer and seller have too close a relationship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tough, two-mile stretch of the Santa Ana Freeway in Orange County will be widened from six to 10 lanes, potentially pushing the notorious rush-hour bottleneck north into Los Angeles County. The Orange County Transportation Authority agreed Monday to spend $250 million on the job, which would reach north from the Riverside Freeway to the Los Angeles County line. The roadwork is part of a grander $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1991
Developers and supporters of the Orange County toll roads breathed a sigh of relief when a Times poll Feb. 24 showed that 58% of Orange County residents support the proposed toll roads. "Thank goodness," government officials must have thought, "I'll be able to rely on this poll to justify my support for these projects." Of course, had the poll shown a majority in opposition to the polls, officials would have immediately discounted the results. Let's assume that this poll accurately captures support for the toll roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to unclog one of the busiest freeways in the state, the Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday agreed to consider buying four privately run toll lanes that some critics blame for the Riverside Freeway's severe congestion. The action represents a critical step for Orange County in trying to deal with the 91 Express Lanes, a private venture that has an agreement with the state preventing major improvements to the Riverside Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tough, two-mile stretch of the Santa Ana Freeway in Orange County will be widened from six to 10 lanes, potentially pushing the notorious rush-hour bottleneck north into Los Angeles County. The Orange County Transportation Authority agreed Monday to spend $250 million on the job, which would reach north from the Riverside Freeway to the Los Angeles County line. The roadwork is part of a grander $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY and MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The controversial sale of the 91 Express Lanes fell apart Monday, as the seller abandoned its attempts to unload the private tollway and the state attorney general launched a formal investigation into whether the buyer and seller have too close a relationship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1998 | FRED SMOLLER, Fred Smoller is an associate professor of political science at Chapman University
One is reminded of Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" when considering the state of the California Republican Party, especially in Orange County. The poem talks about the long-term consequences of the choices we make. Republican Party leaders have chosen a road that is at odds with the growing political power of Latinos, and in the process has sacrificed long-term political advantage for short-term political victories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
The controversial Newport Coast Drive bypass proposal returns to the City Council tonight for approval after more than two years of public hearings and debate. Council members last month granted an easement needed to incorporate a 1.5-mile section of Newport Coast Drive into the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor. Their decision was made over the opposition of a group of Newport Beach residents who are suing to keep the road toll-free.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1991
Developers and supporters of the Orange County toll roads breathed a sigh of relief when a Times poll Feb. 24 showed that 58% of Orange County residents support the proposed toll roads. "Thank goodness," government officials must have thought, "I'll be able to rely on this poll to justify my support for these projects." Of course, had the poll shown a majority in opposition to the polls, officials would have immediately discounted the results. Let's assume that this poll accurately captures support for the toll roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until August, Abbas Sarlak had run a fairly profitable gasoline station here on the busy corner of Valencia Mesa Drive and Sunny Crest Drive in Fullerton. Then the city closed the Valencia Mesa Drive bridge that feeds traffic into his station, and his business foundered. With the bridge expected to remain closed during a five-month reconstruction, Sarlak, 53, has sent a letter to the city complaining that his revenues are off as much as 45% and that he has had to get loans to stay afloat.
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