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October 25, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two key figures in the criminal investigation of a 1988 Laguna Niguel land transfer spent several hours Wednesday voluntarily testifying before the Orange County Grand Jury. Against the advice of their attorney, former Laguna Niguel Community Services District manager James S. Mocalis and former district board attorney James S. Okazaki carried enlarged copies of development maps and boxes of documents as they entered the grand jury witness room in the County Courthouse.
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October 17, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK and ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Prosecutors on Tuesday stepped up the criminal probe into the transfer of control over 96 acres of open space to a South County developer and called key figures in the 1988 transaction before the Orange County Grand Jury. While most of the local and county officials were summoned by subpoena to appear as witnesses, two former Laguna Niguel officials were notified of the proceedings by letter--but not subpoenaed--indicating their conduct may be under special scrutiny by the grand jury.
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October 13, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK and ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Taylor Woodrow Homes California Ltd. filed suit Friday to force Laguna Niguel to lift a building moratorium imposed in July when it was disclosed that the district attorney was investigating a land transaction in the developer's Marina Hills planned community. The suit also asks an Orange County Superior Court judge to enforce a quit claim deed in which public control over the land--96 acres of open space--was deeded to Taylor Woodrow.
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August 8, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a dramatic reversal, Orange County Planning Commissioner Thomas Moody on Tuesday defended a decision in 1985 that paved the way for construction of homes on portions of 96 acres in Laguna Niguel previously set aside for public open space. Moody's comments, made in an interview, are the latest twist in the controversy surrounding the disputed 96 acres, now part of the Marina Hills subdivision and the object of a criminal investigation.
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August 1, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
The organizers of a petition drive to support a proposed ordinance to protect undeveloped ridgelines in Laguna Niguel say they have gathered enough signatures to place the matter on the Nov. 6 ballot. The campaign received an unexpected boost from the controversy over the development of 96 acres of land that had been set aside for parks. That matter was disclosed in news reports of July 13, the day before the petition drive officially began.
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July 30, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Marina Hills resident Rick Mortensen opened his newspaper one morning and found a front-page story with a map of his neighborhood, it was "kind of a novelty." But as more articles appeared almost daily, Mortensen began to worry.
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July 26, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK and ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Taylor Woodrow President Gordon Tippell assured more than 100 concerned Marina Hills residents Wednesday evening that their homes were safe despite threatened legal action by the Laguna Niguel City Council to reclaim the property on which their houses are built. "I think its all hypothetical," Tippell said, adding that when the City Council "fully understands the evidence" it will drop its move to take legal action against the company.
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July 25, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Civic activists charged Tuesday night that treasured wetlands were destroyed by development on 96 acres of once-public land, deeded to a developer in February, 1988, and now dotted with more than 100 houses. In a sometimes stormy meeting, activists urged the Laguna Niguel Planning Commission to investigate whether Taylor Woodrow Homes California Ltd., the developer of the Marina Hills subdivision, had obtained the permits from the U.S.
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July 20, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In February, 1988, Laguna Niguel officials sat down with a developer to swap some land for the public good: The developer was to give up eight scenic acres of open space and in return Laguna Niguel was to give up three acres of slopes. Last week, the officials were dismayed to learn that they had actually given up not three acres but 96 that were supposed to have been reserved for future parkland.
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July 19, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a stormy marathon meeting, the City Council voted early Wednesday to mount a legal drive to void a 1988 deed that officials now say mistakenly gave a developer nearly 100 acres that had been set aside for parkland. Emerging from a 3 1/2-hour executive session shortly after 1 a.m., the council voted 4-0 to halt further development on the property and to sue Taylor Woodrow Homes California Ltd. over the luxury houses already built on the land.
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