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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
City Council members made it clear this week that they will carefully track a proposal to consolidate South County's 18 water districts. A bill being supported by state Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) would merge 25 special districts countywide, including the South County water agencies, into a single unit. Laguna Niguel's council members made no commitment to the proposal but agreed to send a letter to Pringle indicating their concern.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2000 | Mathis Winkler, (949) 574-4232
The City Council unanimously approved an underground utility district--the city's largest--for West Newport Beach last year. Residents had gathered signatures from almost 60% of their neighbors to pay for the removal of overhead electricity, telephone and television wires and cables. In July, Edison completed designs for the first phase of the project, from the Santa Ana River to 56th Street. This month, the city reviewed preliminary drawings for the section between 35th and 25th streets.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1994 | LEN HALL
Two of the oldest special districts in the county will merge to create the Beach Cities Water District. Directors for each of the districts this week voted unanimously to merge. The 46-year-old Capistrano Beach County Water District and the 65-year-old Capistrano Beach Sanitary District will officially combine on Jan. 1, and temporarily keep a 10-member board, officials said. Within four years, the board will shrink to five.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
City Council members made it clear this week that they will carefully track a proposal to consolidate South County's 18 water districts. A bill being supported by state Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) would merge 25 special districts countywide, including the South County water agencies, into a single unit. Laguna Niguel's council members made no commitment to the proposal but agreed to send a letter to Pringle indicating their concern.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
City Council members expressed strong opposition this week to a plan that would merge all of the county's water, sanitation and other special districts into a single entity. A bill supported by Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) would consolidate the county's 25 special districts, 18 of which serve the South County, under the control of one governing board consisting of 10 members. City Manager Stephen B.
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April 16, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two separate Orange County grand juries warned in the 1980s that an obscure layer of government largely made up of water and sewer districts was a breeding ground for financial waste and abuse, foreshadowing the troubles that have engulfed the Santa Margarita Water District. In damning reports, the grand juries called for greater accountability and consolidation, but their recommendations were ignored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2000 | Mathis Winkler, (949) 574-4232
The City Council unanimously approved an underground utility district--the city's largest--for West Newport Beach last year. Residents had gathered signatures from almost 60% of their neighbors to pay for the removal of overhead electricity, telephone and television wires and cables. In July, Edison completed designs for the first phase of the project, from the Santa Ana River to 56th Street. This month, the city reviewed preliminary drawings for the section between 35th and 25th streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1992 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First there were cities, and then came counties. And then, government created special districts. Nearly everyone who lives in Orange County is served by at least one special district, but few people have a clue as to what they are. The special districts, which are authorized by state legislation and created by a vote of the people, are essentially the rawest form of local government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blame it on Lester Boyle. After all, it was Boyle who brought this merger issue up in the first place, back in the 1950s, and it has been a thorny issue here ever since. Boyle, founder of an engineering company, made the seemingly simple suggestion that Capistrano Beach's water and sanitation districts merge. Forty years later, election season has resurrected Boyle's idea in the rustic Doheny Village section of Dana Point, home of both districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
The City Council will seek public comments today on two topics: a proposal to consolidate water and sanitation districts across Orange County and the state of the county library system. A bill backed by Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) would combine all special districts in Orange County into a single entity. Council members will report on the status of that legislation and what effect it would have in Dana Point, then hear comments from residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
City Council members expressed strong opposition this week to a plan that would merge all of the county's water, sanitation and other special districts into a single entity. A bill supported by Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) would consolidate the county's 25 special districts, 18 of which serve the South County, under the control of one governing board consisting of 10 members. City Manager Stephen B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1994 | LEN HALL
Two of the oldest special districts in the county will merge to create the Beach Cities Water District. Directors for each of the districts this week voted unanimously to merge. The 46-year-old Capistrano Beach County Water District and the 65-year-old Capistrano Beach Sanitary District will officially combine on Jan. 1, and temporarily keep a 10-member board, officials said. Within four years, the board will shrink to five.
NEWS
April 16, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two separate Orange County grand juries warned in the 1980s that an obscure layer of government largely made up of water and sewer districts was a breeding ground for financial waste and abuse, foreshadowing the troubles that have engulfed the Santa Margarita Water District. In damning reports, the grand juries called for greater accountability and consolidation, but their recommendations were ignored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1992 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First there were cities, and then came counties. And then, government created special districts. Nearly everyone who lives in Orange County is served by at least one special district, but few people have a clue as to what they are. The special districts, which are authorized by state legislation and created by a vote of the people, are essentially the rawest form of local government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blame it on Lester Boyle. After all, it was Boyle who brought this merger issue up in the first place, back in the 1950s, and it has been a thorny issue here ever since. Boyle, founder of an engineering company, made the seemingly simple suggestion that Capistrano Beach's water and sanitation districts merge. Forty years later, election season has resurrected Boyle's idea in the rustic Doheny Village section of Dana Point, home of both districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the agency that oversees incorporations in Orange County was named Wednesday to lead the corresponding agency in Los Angeles County. James J. Colangelo, 34, will take over the reins of the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission at the beginning of 1994 when the current executive officer, Ruth Benell, retires. Colangelo, who has led the Orange County LAFCO since 1988, was one of nine people who responded to the Los Angeles agency's advertisement in mid-September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council today will consider whether the city should take over sewer services from the Los Alamitos Water District for households within city boundaries. The water district, formed in 1952, eight years before Los Alamitos was incorporated, provides sewage collection services to about 8,000 households in Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and portions of Seal Beach and Cypress.
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