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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1990
With the political season in full swing, we must get used to the new Alice in Wonderland ethical standards. Discounted hotel rooms become bribery. Embellished resumes become perjury. And now mashed-potato-circuit political dinners become extortion. By blowing such micro-scandals out of proportion, it is easy to lose sight of what our leaders really stand for. We need to judge them by what they accomplish and contribute to the community, not by whom they have dinner with. I am particularly concerned with suggestions by The Times that county planning commissioners Roger Slates and Stephen Nordeck be barred from voting on projects because they invited some developers to a dinner to meet an Assembly candidate.
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May 18, 1994 | ANDREW LePAGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sale of an entire city block in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano for $1.1 million to a development partnership will be considered next Tuesday by the City Council. The property, across the street from Mission San Juan Capistrano, includes three decades-old buildings that make up El Peon Plaza. The buyer is San Juan Partners, which consists of Richard J. O'Neill, a local rancher and one of the county's wealthiest men, and Steve Nordeck, who owns the Swallows Inn.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK
In a terse and scolding letter to Planning Commissioner Roger Slates, Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder has requested that he submit a written statement detailing his involvement in reportedly soliciting funds for an Assembly candidate from developers who have projects pending before him. The letter, released Thursday, recounts a telephone conversation that Wieder had Sunday with Slates, whom she appointed to the Planning Commission last year. "I really gave him a tongue-lashing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county redistricting plan approved by supervisors four months ago has claimed its first major political casualty--the head of the Orange County Planning Commission. Restaurateur Stephen A. Nordeck, chairman of the panel for the past two years, is expected to lose his commission seat next month because the newly drawn lines mean that he no longer lives in the district of Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez, who appointed him.
NEWS
June 3, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Orange County planning commissioners voted last fall to scuttle a proposed road that would have cut through Trabuco Canyon and exposed hundreds of pristine acres to development, environmentalists hailed it as the dawn of a new sensitivity. Commissioner Stephen A. Nordeck led the fight to block construction of Rose Canyon Road, and he won that battle with the aid of a swing vote from Commissioner Roger D. Slates, once characterized as "a well-known anti-environmentalist."
NEWS
May 18, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK and ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two members of the Orange County Planning Commission helped host a private dinner Tuesday where they solicited campaign donations on behalf of an Assembly candidate from Huntington Beach, according to some of those present. Among those attending were several representatives of South County developers, including at least one who has a project pending before the Planning Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county redistricting plan approved by supervisors four months ago has claimed its first major political casualty--the head of the Orange County Planning Commission. Restaurateur Stephen A. Nordeck, chairman of the panel for the past two years, is expected to lose his commission seat next month because the newly drawn lines mean that he no longer lives in the district of Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez, who appointed him.
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The district attorney declined Wednesday to file conflict-of-interest charges against two Orange County planning commissioners for their involvement in a political dinner attended by representatives of developers with projects pending before the commission. Deputy Dist. Atty. Wallace J. Wade said his decision to drop the case was based on a "lack of evidence indicating criminal wrongdoing" on the part of Commission Chairman Stephen A. Nordeck, 46, and Commissioner Roger D. Slates, 61. "Great!"
NEWS
June 19, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Orange County district attorney has launched a formal investigation to determine whether two county planning commissioners who reportedly solicited campaign contributions from developers who have projects pending before them violated state conflict-of-interest laws. Deputy Dist. Atty. Wallace J. Wade said Monday that investigators have begun questioning guests at a dinner May 15 at the Trabuco Oaks Steak House, a restaurant owned by Planning Commission Chairman Stephen A. Nordeck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1994 | ANDREW LePAGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sale of an entire city block in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano for $1.1 million to a development partnership will be considered next Tuesday by the City Council. The property, across the street from Mission San Juan Capistrano, includes three decades-old buildings that make up El Peon Plaza. The buyer is San Juan Partners, which consists of Richard J. O'Neill, a local rancher and one of the county's wealthiest men, and Steve Nordeck, who owns the Swallows Inn.
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The district attorney declined Wednesday to file conflict-of-interest charges against two Orange County planning commissioners for their involvement in a political dinner attended by representatives of developers with projects pending before the commission. Deputy Dist. Atty. Wallace J. Wade said his decision to drop the case was based on a "lack of evidence indicating criminal wrongdoing" on the part of Commission Chairman Stephen A. Nordeck, 46, and Commissioner Roger D. Slates, 61. "Great!"
NEWS
June 19, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Orange County district attorney has launched a formal investigation to determine whether two county planning commissioners who reportedly solicited campaign contributions from developers who have projects pending before them violated state conflict-of-interest laws. Deputy Dist. Atty. Wallace J. Wade said Monday that investigators have begun questioning guests at a dinner May 15 at the Trabuco Oaks Steak House, a restaurant owned by Planning Commission Chairman Stephen A. Nordeck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1990
With the political season in full swing, we must get used to the new Alice in Wonderland ethical standards. Discounted hotel rooms become bribery. Embellished resumes become perjury. And now mashed-potato-circuit political dinners become extortion. By blowing such micro-scandals out of proportion, it is easy to lose sight of what our leaders really stand for. We need to judge them by what they accomplish and contribute to the community, not by whom they have dinner with. I am particularly concerned with suggestions by The Times that county planning commissioners Roger Slates and Stephen Nordeck be barred from voting on projects because they invited some developers to a dinner to meet an Assembly candidate.
NEWS
June 3, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Orange County planning commissioners voted last fall to scuttle a proposed road that would have cut through Trabuco Canyon and exposed hundreds of pristine acres to development, environmentalists hailed it as the dawn of a new sensitivity. Commissioner Stephen A. Nordeck led the fight to block construction of Rose Canyon Road, and he won that battle with the aid of a swing vote from Commissioner Roger D. Slates, once characterized as "a well-known anti-environmentalist."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK
In a terse and scolding letter to Planning Commissioner Roger Slates, Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder has requested that he submit a written statement detailing his involvement in reportedly soliciting funds for an Assembly candidate from developers who have projects pending before him. The letter, released Thursday, recounts a telephone conversation that Wieder had Sunday with Slates, whom she appointed to the Planning Commission last year. "I really gave him a tongue-lashing.
NEWS
May 18, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK and ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two members of the Orange County Planning Commission helped host a private dinner Tuesday where they solicited campaign donations on behalf of an Assembly candidate from Huntington Beach, according to some of those present. Among those attending were several representatives of South County developers, including at least one who has a project pending before the Planning Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1991
Stephen A. Nordeck has been reelected by his colleagues on the County Planning Commission to serve as chairman for another year. Commissioner Roger Slates was selected as the vice chairman. Nordeck represents the 3rd Supervisorial District in the county, which includes Trabuco Canyon and other southeastern parts of the county. He was chosen for a second term as chairman, Slates said, "because the Trabuco-foothills area still needs so much work."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
Across the street from the 220-year-old Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the city's newest projects: Mission Promenade. A few of the shops in the one-block area of Camino Capistrano have opened already, and the entire row is to be completed this year. The shopping district has converted several historic landmarks, including the first City Hall, newspaper office, fire station and pharmacy, and has remodeled others, adding wooden arches, tile roofs and brick facades.
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