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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
December 6, 1993 | RICHARD CORE
Because of dwindling funds, county officials have decided to close the community center at Iglesia Community Park, effective Jan. 1. Ken Scattergood, administrator of special districts for Orange County, said the ranger and office assistant who have worked at the center will be reassigned to other county parks. "There is just not enough revenue to staff it," Scattergood said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1992 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to the most drastic budget-cutting plan in county history, but they remained worried that the state budget could force still deeper local cutbacks in months ahead. "This is just a short lull until the state completes its budget process," County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino said after the Board of Supervisors cast a unanimous vote to approve the 1992-93 budget plan.
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