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August 24, 1992 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A local water agency is under investigation by federal and county authorities for running an allegedly illegal mining operation that damaged a county park, wiped out valuable wetlands and may have destroyed the habitat of an endangered species. The Serrano Irrigation District, working with a contractor, dug a large, 25-foot-deep pit behind Villa Park Dam along Santiago Creek and removed almost one million tons of silt between 1985 and 1991.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2000 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange Unified School District will become sole owner of the 525-acre Barham Ranch, severing ties with the Serrano Water District in the hope that owning all of the property will give the district leverage to trade the land for school sites. "Whether we build or swap for other locations, we are the sole owner without having to communicate with another agency," said Barbara Van Otterloo, superintendent of Orange Unified.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1990
The most quotable quote of The Times' story on drought solutions ("A Deluge of Drought Solutions," June 21) said it all: "If history has taught us anything . . . it is that when Californians get thirsty, they will use cash, the law, raw political power and, if necessary, the point of a gun barrel to satisfy their thirst." We're seeing that today in Orange County. Santiago Reservoir exists in an undeveloped portion of eastern Orange County. More than 60 years ago the residents of Villa Park had the foresight to construct a reservoir on Santiago Creek, ensuring that future generations would have an adequate water supply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000 | By MARISSA ESPINO,
The Serrano Water District's directors voted Friday to negotiate with Orange County and the Orange Unified School District to sell the water agency's half interest of Barham Ranch, 525 acres of wilderness that it co-owns with the school district. The school board voted Thursday night to offer to buy the water district's share, then work with the county and city of Orange to swap the land for sites where schools can be built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county announced a settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit it filed against a water district accused of damaging a county park and destroying sensitive wetlands as part of an illegal mining operation. County Counsel Laurence M. Watson declined to discuss the settlement, reached during a closed meeting, saying details are still being worked out. The lawsuit stemmed from an excavation behind the Villa Park Dam that a contractor carried out for the Serrano Irrigation District from 1985 to 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The top elected official of a water district said Wednesday that the Serrano Irrigation District's attempt to block a plan to build 12,000 homes in East Orange is a blatant scheme to force the Irvine Co. to buy a water-treatment facility. Peer Swan, board president for the Irvine Ranch Water District, which is not associated with the Irvine Co., called the Serrano District's concern about upstream development part of a scheme to "blackmail" the development company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1991 | JON NALICK
Responding to residents who assailed Serrano Irrigation District's new water conservation program, the district board has voted to create a citizens advisory committee to review the program and suggest changes. About two dozen residents crammed into the Serrano Irrigation District's tiny board room Monday to protest the new program, saying many people would have to cut their water use by 60% to 70%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The general manager of an Orange County water district pleaded guilty Thursday to running an illegal mining operation that damaged a popular county park and destroyed wetlands that were home to endangered birds. U.S. Magistrate Judge George H. King ordered that David H. Noyes, general manager of the Serrano Irrigation District in Villa Park, pay a $2,500 fine and remain on probation for one year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1991 | JON NALICK
Based on recommendations from a citizens committee, the board of the Serrano Irrigation District has adopted new policies concerning excessive water use. The board adopted most of the recommendations proposed last month by a five-member citizens advisory committee after residents complained that the new water conservation policies were unfair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2000 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange Unified School District will become sole owner of the 525-acre Barham Ranch, severing ties with the Serrano Water District in the hope that owning all of the property will give the district leverage to trade the land for school sites. "Whether we build or swap for other locations, we are the sole owner without having to communicate with another agency," said Barbara Van Otterloo, superintendent of Orange Unified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2000 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange Unified School District will offer to buy the half of Barham Ranch it does not already own, trustees decided Thursday, then negotiate with Orange County to swap the land for sites where new schools can be built. Supervisor Todd Spitzer proposed last month that the county pay $4 million for the 525-acre property, co-owned by the school district and Serrano Water District, and preserve it as a wilderness area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1999 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Supervisor Todd Spitzer said he will offer a compromise today under which Orange County would pay $4 million for the controversial Barham Ranch and preserve it as wilderness. The 525 acres, lying southeast of Villa Park and northeast of Orange, are co-owned by Orange Unified School District and the Serrano Water District. The land's fate has been hotly debated for two years, since Anaheim-based developer SunCal Cos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1999 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
About 70 Villa Park and Orange residents urged Serrano Water District for the third time to drop its lawsuit against Orange Unified School District, which wants to preserve Barham Ranch and possibly build an elementary school. The water district is suing the school district to force the sale of the 526-acre Barham Ranch site, which it co-owns, to developer SunCal Cos. to build tract homes. Residents attended Wednesday night's water board meeting to protest the suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1999 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
About 70 Villa Park and Orange residents for the third time urged Serrano Water District to drop its lawsuit against Orange Unified School District, which wants to preserve Barham Ranch and possibly build an elementary school. The water district is suing the school district to force the sale of the 526-acre Barham Ranch site, which they co-own, to developer SunCal Cos. to build tract homes. Residents attended Wednesday night's water board meeting to protest the suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small Villa Park water district said Tuesday that it will become the first government agency to voluntarily place money in Orange County's once-notorious investment pool since the county went bankrupt nearly five years ago. The Serrano Water District's investment is expected to be modest, but county officials hailed it as a symbolic boost and another sign of the county's emergence from the 1994 financial collapse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county announced a settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit it filed against a water district accused of damaging a county park and destroying sensitive wetlands as part of an illegal mining operation. County Counsel Laurence M. Watson declined to discuss the settlement, reached during a closed meeting, saying details are still being worked out. The lawsuit stemmed from an excavation behind the Villa Park Dam that a contractor carried out for the Serrano Irrigation District from 1985 to 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000 | By MARISSA ESPINO,
The Serrano Water District's directors voted Friday to negotiate with Orange County and the Orange Unified School District to sell the water agency's half interest of Barham Ranch, 525 acres of wilderness that it co-owns with the school district. The school board voted Thursday night to offer to buy the water district's share, then work with the county and city of Orange to swap the land for sites where schools can be built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The general manager of an Orange County water district pleaded guilty Thursday to running an illegal mining operation that damaged a popular county park and destroyed wetlands that were home to endangered birds. U.S. Magistrate Judge George H. King ordered that David H. Noyes, general manager of the Serrano Irrigation District in Villa Park, pay a $2,500 fine and remain on probation for one year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1992 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A local water agency is under investigation by federal and county authorities for running an allegedly illegal mining operation that damaged a county park, wiped out valuable wetlands and may have destroyed the habitat of an endangered species. The Serrano Irrigation District, working with a contractor, dug a large, 25-foot-deep pit behind Villa Park Dam along Santiago Creek and removed almost one million tons of silt between 1985 and 1991.
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