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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1992
Builders of the proposed San Joaquin Hills toll road announced Thursday that the highway had received final approval of the Federal Highway Administration. "This is certainly a major milestone," said Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies. Telles said the toll road now needs the approval of only one more federal agency, the Army Corps of Engineers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County transportation leader who advanced the use of bond issues and public-private partnerships to finance new highways announced Monday that he will retire as chief executive of the largest toll road system in California. After 15 years with the Irvine-based Transportation Corridor Agencies, Walter D. Kreutzen said he will step down Nov. 1 to pursue other professional endeavors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Tollway opponents say they will urge City Council members tonight to deny approval for construction of a bypass to the planned San Joaquin Hills toll road. The proposed route is intended to provide a toll-free bypass to the 1 1/2-mile section of Newport Coast Drive that will become part of the toll road.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
I must admit to having felt a little queasy the other day when I heard that a bunch of Orange County politicians had meddled in an important public financing transaction and torpedoed the deal. After all, this is the county that won a permanent place in the Municipal Finance Hall of Shame for losing a couple of billion dollars in an investment debacle almost exactly 10 years ago.
NEWS
July 31, 1993
An Orange County Superior Court judge, ruling that "the public may have been misled" by the terms of a 1989 agreement, blocked work Friday on a 1.2-acre section of the San Joaquin Hills toll road, a 17.5-mile highway linking Newport Beach and San Juan Capistrano. Judge Eileen C. Moore issued a temporary restraining order halting any work on the section, which once was part of the UC Irvine campus.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
I must admit to having felt a little queasy the other day when I heard that a bunch of Orange County politicians had meddled in an important public financing transaction and torpedoed the deal. After all, this is the county that won a permanent place in the Municipal Finance Hall of Shame for losing a couple of billion dollars in an investment debacle almost exactly 10 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Local environmentalists are angry at U.S. Sens. Alan Cranston and John Seymour for writing a letter that may rob them of a legal weapon for blocking the construction of the proposed San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor in South Orange County. The dispute concerns a regulation that makes it difficult to obtain federal funding for highways that border public parklands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1992 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The proposed San Joaquin Hills tollway cleared a major hurdle Thursday when federal transportation officials approved a massive county plan that addresses the environmental effects of the project. Officials from the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies said that they conducted an "exhaustive" review of the six-lane road and that they will spend more than $42 million on improvements to protect wetlands, limit noise and address other environmental effects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The construction of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor through Laguna Canyon's open space "is the equivalent of painting with indelible ink a thick black line down the face of the Mona Lisa," according to a report that is expected to become the foundation for the city's opposition to the proposed six-lane toll road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Seeking to bolster the prospects that commuters will use the proposed San Joaquin Hills toll road once it is built, county tollway officials are negotiating with Caltrans to create a "no-competition" zone along the route. Traffic improvements currently underway and most projects listed in the county's long-range plans would not be affected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
The last of three Wall Street ratings agencies on Tuesday downgraded to junk status $1.9 billion in bonds sold to build the faltering San Joaquin Hills toll road through western Orange County. Moody's Investors Service lowered its rating from Baa3 -- the lowest investment grade -- to Ba2, a non-investment grade. Moody's also announced that it would keep the San Joaquin Hills tollway on its watch list for possible additional downgrades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A decision to combine the highway operations of Orange County's largest toll road agency was postponed again Thursday, this time despite objections from board members who warned the delay might be a political move to give merger supporters time to purge opponents from the agency's board. The Transportation Corridor Agencies is considering ways to prevent the faltering San Joaquin Hills toll road from defaulting on $1.5 billion in bonds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A second Wall Street financial agency on Monday withdrew its investment ratings for a proposed $3.9-billion bond deal that is designed to keep Orange County's failing San Joaquin Hills toll road out of default.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A plan to merge the operations of two Orange County toll roads is reasonable and should proceed without delay to save one of the turnpikes from financial collapse, state auditors concluded in a report released Monday. The review by the California controller's office supports a proposal by the Transportation Corridor Agencies to combine the operations of the struggling San Joaquin Hills toll road and the successful Foothill-Eastern tollway.
OPINION
October 26, 2003
To merge or not to merge is the big question facing operators of the Foothill-Eastern and San Joaquin Hills toll roads. But given Orange County's history with toll roads, board members at the two tollways shouldn't answer the question until they -- and motorists who pay the tolls -- are clear on the merger's ultimate costs. The proposal to put the two toll roads under one roof is driven by the San Joaquin Hills toll road's continued failure to meet rosy traffic and revenue predictions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
As leaders of Orange County's largest tollway system consider merging the operations of their two highways, local and state politicians are asking whether the proposed merger is the best way to save the struggling San Joaquin Hills toll road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After more than a year of planning, the county has unveiled a preliminary design for Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, an expanse of hillsides, canyons and meadows destined to become Orange County's largest park. While its shape is still evolving, planners say a final blueprint for the 12,000 acres bounded by Laguna Beach, Irvine and Newport Beach should be complete by year's end. In the meantime, they are grappling with controversial issues: Where should the parking lots be?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1996
. . . Thousands of opponents of the planned San Joaquin Hills toll road held a daylong protest in Laguna Canyon. Toll road agency spokesman Mike Stockstill said, "I understand the passion that exists for Laguna Canyon. But it is a passion that ignores the needs of everything else." Source: Times archives
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Unstable bedrock beneath parts of Orange County's toll road system has buckled pavement and damaged storm drains, problems that might worsen and require the costly replacement of the earth beneath sections of the asphalt. One of the most glaring examples is a massive bump that's grown in the middle of the San Joaquin Hills toll road in Laguna Canyon, according to a new Caltrans study that examined nearly 30 trouble spots on the 51-mile network of turnpikes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Tolls will increase 25 cents and 50 cents on Orange County's largest toll-road network during the morning and evening rush hours. The boards of directors for the Transportation Corridor Agencies on Thursday approved the rate hikes, which go into effect Oct. 5 for the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill-Eastern toll roads. The rate for cash-paying motorists on the San Joaquin Hills road will increase from $3 to $3.50 at the main toll plaza. Tolls for drivers using FasTrak will rise from $2.75 to $3.
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