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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City officials are betting $7 million that a blighted apartment complex here will soon be a model of attractive, affordable housing. The City Council this week approved hiring Forest City Development in Los Angeles to transform the 260-unit Villa Santiago apartments from what police and residents say is a magnet for crime. "The nicest thing that could be said about these apartments is they are a dysfunctional living environment," Mayor Joanne Coontz said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Consultants began knocking on doors at the Villa Santiago Apartments this week to update the complex's 1,000 residents on a massive relocation plan that is to begin next month. No one commented at the City Council's public hearing Tuesday on Orange's role in the $27-million rehabilitation of the dilapidated apartments off Prospect Street. The Fair Housing Council of Orange County submitted a letter, however, asking to be kept up to date on the relocation plan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Consultants began knocking on doors at the Villa Santiago Apartments this week to update the complex's 1,000 residents on a massive relocation plan that is to begin next month. No one commented at the City Council's public hearing Tuesday on Orange's role in the $27-million rehabilitation of the dilapidated apartments off Prospect Street. The Fair Housing Council of Orange County submitted a letter, however, asking to be kept up to date on the relocation plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City officials are betting $7 million that a blighted apartment complex here will soon be a model of attractive, affordable housing. The City Council this week approved hiring Forest City Development in Los Angeles to transform the 260-unit Villa Santiago apartments from what police and residents say is a magnet for crime. "The nicest thing that could be said about these apartments is they are a dysfunctional living environment," Mayor Joanne Coontz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Building up trust starts slowly. In the case of Orange police officers Dave Hill and Kevin Roberts, newly assigned to walk the beat in the vicinity of the troubled Villa Santiago apartments, earning trust means talking to a lot of children. The Villa Santiago, at 3138 E. Maple Ave. in the El Modena neighborhood, is where the Border Patrol last year staged a controversial raid that resulted in the deportation of more than 200 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1993
Orange citizens have been debating whether Police Chief John R. Robertson should continue his community policing program in the heavily Latino Villa Santiago apartment complex, where officers walk the beat. For "Over the past few months, we have seen the criminal gang activity across the street diminish and diminish. Obviously, Chief (John) Robertson's policies have worked. They have produced a dramatic increase in the safety of our neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1996
Re "Relocation Funds Help Families Buy Homes in Orange," March 11: Thank you for telling us about yet another little-known California entitlement program. After reading the article, I've learned that tenants can receive generous payments for vacating their roach-infested apartments if the government is involved in rehabilitating the blighted site. Folks at the Villa Santiago apartments in Orange--136 families--are forced to relocate for the work to proceed. I follow that logic. But here's what I don't get. Why does the redevelopment project mean that a whopping $4.5 million gets doled out to the relocating Villa Santiago tenants?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City officials hammered out an agreement with a local developer this week to rehabilitate the deteriorating Parklane Garden Apartments on Highland Street. Under the terms of the deal, the city will contribute $2 million to the $9-million project proposed by Southern Cal Investment Co. of Tustin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A Latino rights group has complained to city officials that people being relocated for renovation of an apartment complex are being denied full benefits. Formulas being used by Pacific Relocation Consultants, the firm hired by the city of Orange to handle the $4.5-million relocation project, are inequitable, said Nativo V. Lopez, executive director of Hermandad Mexicana Nacional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
An apartment complex in need of repairs may be getting a $22-million make-over. The City Council is negotiating with Forest City Development in Los Angeles, which is buying the Villa Santiago apartments on Maple Avenue. The developer has requested that the city kick in $6 million in loans or grants for the renovation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1993
Orange citizens have been debating whether Police Chief John R. Robertson should continue his community policing program in the heavily Latino Villa Santiago apartment complex, where officers walk the beat. For "Over the past few months, we have seen the criminal gang activity across the street diminish and diminish. Obviously, Chief (John) Robertson's policies have worked. They have produced a dramatic increase in the safety of our neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Building up trust starts slowly. In the case of Orange police officers Dave Hill and Kevin Roberts, newly assigned to walk the beat in the vicinity of the troubled Villa Santiago apartments, earning trust means talking to a lot of children. The Villa Santiago, at 3138 E. Maple Ave. in the El Modena neighborhood, is where the Border Patrol last year staged a controversial raid that resulted in the deportation of more than 200 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1992
The Orange Police Department's new efforts to rebuild trust in the El Modena area of the city are certainly welcome. That was the site of a controversial immigration raid a year ago that resulted in the deportation of 200 of the neighborhood's residents. But the community policing campaign is also a little late.
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