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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992
Recent Times articles recount more allegations of questionable relationships between members of the Board of Supervisors and developers. But once again, The Times (mis)uses the word cozy , in describing these connections ("Too Cozy by Far," editorial, April 23). The literal destruction of our county has been the direct result of the shadow membership status certain interests have had over the years on the Board of Supervisors and some city councils. THOMAS C. ROGERS, San Juan Capistrano
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992
Recent Times articles recount more allegations of questionable relationships between members of the Board of Supervisors and developers. But once again, The Times (mis)uses the word cozy , in describing these connections ("Too Cozy by Far," editorial, April 23). The literal destruction of our county has been the direct result of the shadow membership status certain interests have had over the years on the Board of Supervisors and some city councils. THOMAS C. ROGERS, San Juan Capistrano
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991
Anybody who doesn't believe that the developer money flowing to the Orange County supervisors has a major impact on the decisions the supervisors render believes in the tooth fairy. I really got a kick out of Supervisor (Thomas F.) Riley's righteous indignation at having his integrity challenged. Did he say that with a straight face? The business world has long frowned on, or forbidden, employees from accepting gifts having anything more than a nominal value from customers and clients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991
The article, "Orange County Supervisors Rely on Developers to Win" (Oct. 27), missed a couple of very important points. How has Orange County fared with this relationship? The quality of life and quality of government we have in Orange County certainly have to be among the best in the world. Any area that has grown at the phenomenal rate of this county obviously has something special to offer. Our housing prices are high because this is a desirable place to live. The development industry in Orange County is compared to the automobile and Detroit, a misguided analogy to a declining industry whose strategies have been widely discredited and to a region plagued by the most serious economic and social ills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1991
The Orange County Transportation Commission's Washington lobbyist has it backwards ("OCTC Stands Behind Report on Tollway," Feb. 12). He equated the Environmental Protection Agency's criticism of the environmental impact report of the San Joaquin Tollroad with a Scud, and what is needed to fight it is a Patriot missile. The real terrorists and tyrants in this case are the Transportation Commission, Board of Supervisors and developers, whose money buys the hearts and minds of the first two. Democracy and the interests of the public are being sacrificed to put money in developers' pockets and power into the hands of their politicians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1991
On Jan. 2, The Times editorial page contained an editorial opposing a citizens' coalition challenge to Measure M headlined "Conspiracy to Kill 'M.' " A conspiracy, according to Webster, is "to work together secretly, as to commit a crime." It is indeed curious that The Times would use such an injudicious title to describe a legal action by a group of longtime volunteers in county affairs, particularly since the legal points were raised last August, and copies of all letters notifying the Orange County Transportation Commission were provided to The Times on the same day of public release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1991
What a coincidence. Newport Coast Drive opens ("Way to Go, Say Drivers Tired of Traffic Mess," Nov. 12) and the county approves another 21,000 homes to be built. How much will that increase traffic? The county supervisors and developers must use the same public relations firms. Same banks too? DAN BROWN, Newport Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1988
In today's mail came an announcement. The Orange County Environmental Management Agency (EMA) announced public meetings in Irvine and Laguna Hills to "seek comments on the San Joaquin Hills Corridor." The EMA is owed thanks for involving the public in this road project. It is the democratic way. But it's not the democratic way if the EMA again appears to employ tricks designed to fool the public. This road project seems to have been fraught with fraud and deceit since its beginning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1987
It would seem that The Times is now snuggling up to developers along with the (Board of) Supervisors to promote uncontrolled and uncontrollable growth. ("An Antidote to Pessimism," Dec. 13). I must respond to the obvious attempts in this article to promote fallacious, development-serving pronouncements. Not that I have become cynical, while watching our county being devoured by a herd of locustlike developers--with the assistance of local political bodies--but I would tend to question a study by a lackluster, local conservative college.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1988 | STEVEN R. CHURM and MARIANN HANSEN, Times Staff Writers
There was a new sense of urgency in Louise Fleenor's mission Friday afternoon at the Laguna Hills Mall. She arrived at her post--a card table inside the mall's west entrance--armed with her pen, a clipboard and a new resolve after hearing about discussions of compromise between leaders of the slow-growth movement and the Board of Supervisors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1991
The Orange County Transportation Commission's Washington lobbyist has it backwards ("OCTC Stands Behind Report on Tollway," Feb. 12). He equated the Environmental Protection Agency's criticism of the environmental impact report of the San Joaquin Tollroad with a Scud, and what is needed to fight it is a Patriot missile. The real terrorists and tyrants in this case are the Transportation Commission, Board of Supervisors and developers, whose money buys the hearts and minds of the first two. Democracy and the interests of the public are being sacrificed to put money in developers' pockets and power into the hands of their politicians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1991
On Jan. 2, The Times editorial page contained an editorial opposing a citizens' coalition challenge to Measure M headlined "Conspiracy to Kill 'M.' " A conspiracy, according to Webster, is "to work together secretly, as to commit a crime." It is indeed curious that The Times would use such an injudicious title to describe a legal action by a group of longtime volunteers in county affairs, particularly since the legal points were raised last August, and copies of all letters notifying the Orange County Transportation Commission were provided to The Times on the same day of public release.
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