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February 25, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Orange County transportation officials adopted strict controls Monday for future purchases of products and services in the aftermath of a controversial $4-million contract for 10 extra-large commuter buses, known as SuperBuses. The new procedures approved by the Orange County Transportation Authority board require: * Staff visits to factory sites and an independent expert's evaluation of any contract in excess of $500,000 if the contractor is the sole provider of a product or service.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Orange County transportation officials adopted strict controls Monday for future purchases of products and services in the aftermath of a controversial $4-million contract for 10 extra-large commuter buses, known as SuperBuses. The new procedures approved by the Orange County Transportation Authority board require: * Staff visits to factory sites and an independent expert's evaluation of any contract in excess of $500,000 if the contractor is the sole provider of a product or service.
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February 9, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
The early morning sky was colored pink and gray as Pam Wright, a 12-year veteran of the Orange County Transit District, maneuvered her big-rig into the Park and Ride lot Wednesday morning. Sleepy passengers stepped onto the unusual-looking bus and settled in for their hourlong ride to work. But the time seems to go a little faster for these commuters, who are traveling aboard "SuperBus." The seats are wide and soft, and they recline. There are overhead reading lights, just like in a jetliner.
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February 20, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
After reviewing the way a controversial, $4-million SuperBus contract was handled, an auditor recommended Wednesday that transportation authority staffers more rigorously review the financial health of contractors in the future. Robert Duffy, chief auditor for the Orange County Transportation Authority, defended the agreement to purchase 10 high-capacity SuperBuses from a Northern California firm, but said officials should do more to ensure that the public's money is safeguarded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Orange County transportation officials are scheduled to review a $4-million agreement today to buy a fleet of "SuperBuses" from a Northern California company whose financial background has stirred questions. No matter what contract recommendations the officials make, they are likely to require that companies involved in future Orange County Transportation Authority deals be placed under a more intense financial scrutiny.
NEWS
February 20, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
After reviewing the way a controversial, $4-million SuperBus contract was handled, an auditor recommended Wednesday that transportation authority staffers more rigorously review the financial health of contractors in the future. Robert Duffy, chief auditor for the Orange County Transportation Authority, defended the agreement to purchase 10 high-capacity SuperBuses from a Northern California firm, but said officials should do more to ensure that the public's money is safeguarded.
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February 1, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
A chorus of officials joined the call Friday for an investigation into the finances of a company that holds a $4-million non-competitive agreement to build "SuperBuses" for the Orange County Transportation Authority. "I'm totally supportive of a review," said Santa Ana Mayor Daniel H. Young, who serves on the 12-member OCTA board.
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February 9, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Ralph B. Clark is remembered for a lot in Orange County. He was a gas station owner and a working man's Democrat who entered politics nearly 24 years ago as the mayor of Anaheim. Then, the burly Irishman--affectionately nicknamed "The Big Guy"--went on to serve as a county supervisor through 16 years of dramatic change. When Supervisor Clark became the first chairman of the Orange County Transit District in 1971, it had only five buses.
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January 31, 1992 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO and JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The company that recently won a $4-million contract to supply innovative "SuperBuses" to Orange County was accused last year of skipping out on its rent, and some of its officers are being sued for fraud in unrelated business deals, court records here show. Orange County Transportation Authority officials say they were unaware that SuperBus Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1985 | Kim Murphy
Joe FitzGerald, founder and president of SuperBus Inc., calls it the bus of the future. For five days this week, Orange County Transit District riders along Harbor Boulevard will decide if he's right. It hardly looks like a bus at all. Designed as a tractor-trailer rig with seats, the bus designed by the Buena Park-based company--in actual passenger service for the first time anywhere this week--offers several advantages over its lumbering predecessors, FitzGerald claims.
NEWS
February 9, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
The early morning sky was colored pink and gray as Pam Wright, a 12-year veteran of the Orange County Transit District, maneuvered her big-rig into the Park and Ride lot Wednesday morning. Sleepy passengers stepped onto the unusual-looking bus and settled in for their hourlong ride to work. But the time seems to go a little faster for these commuters, who are traveling aboard "SuperBus." The seats are wide and soft, and they recline. There are overhead reading lights, just like in a jetliner.
NEWS
February 9, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Ralph B. Clark is remembered for a lot in Orange County. He was a gas station owner and a working man's Democrat who entered politics nearly 24 years ago as the mayor of Anaheim. Then, the burly Irishman--affectionately nicknamed "The Big Guy"--went on to serve as a county supervisor through 16 years of dramatic change. When Supervisor Clark became the first chairman of the Orange County Transit District in 1971, it had only five buses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Orange County transportation officials are scheduled to review a $4-million agreement today to buy a fleet of "SuperBuses" from a Northern California company whose financial background has stirred questions. No matter what contract recommendations the officials make, they are likely to require that companies involved in future Orange County Transportation Authority deals be placed under a more intense financial scrutiny.
NEWS
February 1, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
A chorus of officials joined the call Friday for an investigation into the finances of a company that holds a $4-million non-competitive agreement to build "SuperBuses" for the Orange County Transportation Authority. "I'm totally supportive of a review," said Santa Ana Mayor Daniel H. Young, who serves on the 12-member OCTA board.
NEWS
January 31, 1992 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO and JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The company that recently won a $4-million contract to supply innovative "SuperBuses" to Orange County was accused last year of skipping out on its rent, and some of its officers are being sued for fraud in unrelated business deals, court records here show. Orange County Transportation Authority officials say they were unaware that SuperBus Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1992
It's difficult to see what possible objection the Orange County Board of Supervisors could have to a recent proposal that lobbyists more fully disclose their activities on behalf of companies seeking business with the county. The city of Los Angeles has been requiring such disclosure for 25 years, and even now is studying ways to make the public more aware of the influence lobbyists have on city officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1992
Up to this point, the Orange County Transportation Authority has asked far too few questions of a firm it contracted to provide innovative trailer-type buses. It took newspaper reporters to find out that SuperBus Inc. had stopped paying rent on its San Jose office and that civil lawsuits accused some of its officers of fraud in unrelated business deals. In light of this, the OCTA should re-evaluate its $4-million contract with SuperBus.
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