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May 5, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1970s were years of brutal attrition in Orange County government. Supervisors, the county assessor and a local congressman were among those who fell from grace with shocking regularity, driven from office by a series of scandals. By the end of the decade, more than 40 Orange County public officials and their aides had been served with indictments.
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May 5, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1970s were years of brutal attrition in Orange County government. Supervisors, the county assessor and a local congressman were among those who fell from grace with shocking regularity, driven from office by a series of scandals. By the end of the decade, more than 40 Orange County public officials and their aides had been served with indictments.
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April 28, 1988 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
In the last 40 years there have been only three attempts to recall members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and none was successful, according to county officials and longtime residents. These same sources were not sure what happened before 1948 because of a lack of immediate access to historical records. The most serious attempt to recall a county supervisor came in late 1969 and early 1970, when board member Alton E.
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April 30, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Robert W. Battin, a maverick Democratic county supervisor during a rough-and-tumble era of Orange County politics in the 1960s and '70s, died Tuesday. He was 78. The cause of death was a heart attack while recovering from a stroke, said his friend and onetime fiance, Rachel Perry. He died early in the morning at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.
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August 11, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County district attorney's investigation into allegations that Supervisor Roger R. Stanton revealed confidential information concerning the county's lawsuit against Merrill Lynch & Co. isn't the first time a top county official has come under prosecutorial scrutiny. Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi and other law enforcement officials made names for themselves in the 1970s in investigations that led to the downfall of three supervisors and other top county leaders.
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November 30, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Louis J. Cella Jr., an Orange County physician, hospital developer and political donor whose convictions on tax evasion and Medicare fraud charges in the late 1970s set off a cascade of corruption investigations that altered the county's political landscape, died Nov. 7 in Palm Springs after a long neurological illness. He was 87. His death was confirmed by the Wiefels funeral home in Palm Springs, where he settled after completing his prison term. Cella was the state's largest political campaign contributor in 1974, when he lent and donated more than $500,000 to 60 candidates and causes in that year's primary and general elections.
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February 24, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Supervisor Don R. Roth's resignation Tuesday in the middle of a political-corruption investigation recalls an earlier era in Orange County when more than 40 public officials and their aides were indicted during the 1970s. Virtually all the scandals revolved around bribery, misreporting of campaign funds or misusing county staffs for political purposes.
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August 13, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
The 23-year career of Orange County Dist. Atty. Cecil Hicks, who earlier this month said he will not seek reelection, is a saga of growth, controversy and political intrigue. It is, in a way, Orange County's own story. When Hicks became district attorney in 1966, the county was still being portrayed nationally as a quiet, law-abiding suburb of freeway refugees--people who fled not in boats from Indochina, but in moving vans from Los Angeles.
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August 5, 1989 | JERRY HICKS and JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Staff Writers
Orange County Dist. Atty. Cecil Hicks' decision not to seek reelection next year has led legal pundits in the county to speculate that while many want his job, no one can beat, or likely will even challenge, Michael R. Capizzi, second-in-command in the prosecutor's office. Capizzi, 47, has long been Hicks' protege and is widely considered to be Hicks' handpicked successor. "Mike has all the right merit badges," said one well-respected judge who knows most of the potential candidates well.
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January 22, 1987 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Staff Writer
"This is the longest I've held any job," Bruce Nestande joked as he took the chairman's gavel earlier this month in his sixth year on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Indeed, Nestande's 18-year career in public office has been marked by an ambitious quest for political power through various jobs and political activities, none of which occupied his attention for more than six years, and all of which generated controversy.
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