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June 7, 1987
A covey of dismaying comment has arisen in The Times and among Sen. Marian Bergeson watchers, and they're barking up the right tree. But vainly. They've been decrying Sen. Bergeson's whisperings with Signal Landmark Inc. on the matter of its destruction of Bolsa Chica wetlands. But the senator doesn't listen. Sen. Bergeson, affectionately known by the development industry as "Our Marian," has been batting out bill after bill for this and that developer, oblivious to industry's greed for profit off the land.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2009 | By Kimi Yoshino
Days after the daughter of longtime Orange County legislator Marian Bergeson was found strangled at her home in Portland, her family and friends are still waiting for answers. Nancy Bergeson, 57, was found dead in her home Tuesday afternoon. She was a Newport Beach native. Her mother served in the state Assembly and Senate for nearly two decades and as state education secretary in the late 1990s. Although authorities initially believed that Bergeson had died of natural causes, medical examiners later ruled her death a homicide.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1988
State Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) has come down hard in the print media on sexism in politics. Rightly so. I've never found myself agreeing with Sen. Bergeson on any matter, but I agree with this fine lady on this one. This sexism in politics (picking a female political candidate for sex alone to "balance the ticket") serves no one. Not women, not candidates, not a political party, and not society. I go further than Sen. Bergeson. This tawdry political practice is unabashedly a calloused attempt to quell women's whimpers decrying (as they rightfully do)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1994
Why is (Sen.) Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) allowed to use space in The Times (Commentary, "Caltrans Engineers to Contractors--Our Way or the Highway," May 8) to promote and lobby for her special-interest groups? While she normally spends her time with builders and big-time developers, this time she is concerned with the plight of the local engineering firms and their inability to bid on state jobs. Specifically, she mentions Robert Bein, William Frost & Associates, big-time entertainers for (former officials of the)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1993
Admittedly, Sen. (Marian) Bergeson states that as a state senator she had opposed two education-related congressional bills of monetary sufficiency in favor of public schools. However, as a superintendent of education, she would not oppose these same bills. She stated that "as a senator, you're looking at a lot of things. . . . As superintendent, I would be an independent advocate for kids." On hindsight this is probably why the Reagan-Bush philosophy of "trickle-down" economics didn't work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1987
This is an apology to state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach), to the League of Women voters and to The Times. Recently The Times printed my letter on the senator's shameful chicanery regarding SB 1517. That bill, introduced by Bergeson, had called for the developer, Signal Landmark Co., to supervise the reclamation (read development ) of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. It would have let Signal appoint three members to help it "supervise" the early stages of the project. The members would have been a Huntington Beach City Council representative and a county supervisor presumably committed to the development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1987
Jan Vandersloot's letter (July 19) regarding wetlands at Bolsa Chica was misinformed. SB 1517, authored by state Sen. Marian Bergeson, has no role in defining the extent of wetlands, contrary to Vandersloot's assertions. The California Coastal Commission, with guidance from the Department of Fish and Game, has mandated that 915 acres of degraded lowlands at Bolsa Chica be restored to fully viable wetlands. It will be the largest environmental project of its kind ever attempted on the West Coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1987
With her Bolsa Chica bill, SB 1517, state Sen. Marian Bergeson is doing no favors for the environment. Although she did a good job with Upper Newport Bay, Sen. Bergeson is not repeating this experience with Bolsa Chica. Always a problem at Bolsa Chica, the definition of wetlands, and how many of them are there at Bolsa Chica, is crucial to SB 1517, for this bill presumes fulfillment of the current development plan for Bolsa Chica, with 5,700 homes, a marina and waterfront development, and restoration of 915 acres of wetlands, all in a 1,600-acre parcel at Warner Avenue and Coast Highway just west of Huntington Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1987
State Sen. Marian Bergeson's Bolsa Chica bill (SB 1517) misses the mark on many points, in addition to those raised by The Times editorial (May 10). This bill basically represents a vehicle to give a risk-free federal handout to a private developer, Signal Landmark Inc., and it puts responsibility for restoration of the wetlands to the same private developer, which has been fighting tooth and nail against restoration of the Bolsa Chica wetlands for years. This bill essentially puts the proverbial fox in charge of the henhouse, and uses federal funds to do it, to the tune of $89 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1994
Why is (Sen.) Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) allowed to use space in The Times (Commentary, "Caltrans Engineers to Contractors--Our Way or the Highway," May 8) to promote and lobby for her special-interest groups? While she normally spends her time with builders and big-time developers, this time she is concerned with the plight of the local engineering firms and their inability to bid on state jobs. Specifically, she mentions Robert Bein, William Frost & Associates, big-time entertainers for (former officials of the)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1994 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The awful facts are straightforward, simple. She was the victim of a brutal rape. The assailant was caught and convicted on 28 counts involving 11 different women. He received 153 years in prison. But it's Catherine Christie who feels like the one serving a life sentence. Even as the Orange County woman continues to salve the emotional wounds she suffered in the 1988 attack, her anger has grown over society's attitude toward rape.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1994
Your article, "O.C's Bergeson Has Proved a Capitol Asset, (Feb.13)," lists legislative accomplishments of our state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach). It does not mention "The Bergeson Act." Naming a law after one of its members is a special way in which legislators honor a colleague. Offhand, I can't think of anyone else Orange County currently sends to Sacramento that has been so honored. "The Bergeson Act" is the California Teacher Credentialing law of 1988. It has had two effects--one intended, the other not. The intended effect was to boost teacher standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Orange County businesswomen, both political novices, announced their candidacies Wednesday for separate seats on the Board of Supervisors. * Madelene Arakelian, 60, co-owner of South Coast Refuse Corp., will challenge state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) for the South County district post being vacated by retiring Supervisor Thomas F. Riley. Haydee Tillotson, 55, owner of a Huntington Beach-based property management company, enters a race to replace Supervisor Harriett M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA and DANIEL WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hailing them as part of an effort to halt business flight from California, Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday signed two bills, one by an Orange County lawmaker, that make it easier for businesses to get environmental permits to operate. Wilson, who faces a tough reelection fight next year in a state hard-hit by recession and business flight, said the new laws will "send a message that California is back in business."
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September 11, 1993 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson pledged Friday to quickly sign a bill by an Orange County lawmaker allowing the California Department of Transportation to resume contracting out engineering work, a practice the agency halted because of legal action brought by a state employees' union. The state Senate voted 28-5 late Thursday to send a bill by Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) to the governor's desk.
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August 11, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gayle Wilson, wife of Gov. Pete Wilson, and state Sen. Marian Bergeson on Tuesday visited the UCI Child Development Center as part of "famous people week." But while the children were enthusiastic hosts, the women's fame was lost on some. "Do you have a husband named Mr. Wilson?" asked one 8-year-old named Matt. "Because Mr. Wilson is in 'Dennis The Menace.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1993
Was the rejection by Assembly Democrats of Marian Bergeson partisan? It was partisan to the extent it represented philosophical differences between the parties and their constituencies. Republicans representing affluent and predominantly middle-class suburban districts are not thrilled about the state of our public schools, but basically the schools work for them and their constituents. Their expectations for the state superintendent are modest, and they are satisfied with someone who has experience in education and who will pursue a moderate reform agenda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1993
Marian Bergeson is the most recent example of hypocritical politics. As state Sen. Bergeson, she voted for the $2.6-billion property tax shift to fund public education. Now, running for the office of Orange County supervisor, candidate Bergeson says, "Property taxes should go for property-related services. Let's make it so and stop the shifts." Read my lips, Ms. Bergeson. What you do speaks so loud I can't hear what you say. I hope everyone will take a long look at your recent record before they decide to throw away our county government to the Clintonian politics of lies and misrepresentations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1993
Marian Bergeson is the most recent example of hypocritical politics. As state Sen. Bergeson, she voted for the $2.6-billion property tax shift to fund public education. Now, running for the office of Orange County supervisor, candidate Bergeson says, "Property taxes should go for property-related services. Let's make it so and stop the shifts." Read my lips, Ms. Bergeson. What you do speaks so loud I can't hear what you say. I hope everyone will take a long look at your recent record before they decide to throw away our county government to the Clintonian politics of lies and misrepresentations.
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July 21, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an event that resembled a coronation more than a political campaign kickoff, state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) announced her candidacy Tuesday to succeed Orange County Supervisor Thomas F. Riley as representative of the county's sprawling southern region. Bergeson's announcement drew a unanimous endorsement from the Board of Supervisors and a wide range of community leaders, a show of political strength that is expected to clear the field of potential opponents.
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