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June 12, 1990 | JIM TORTOLANO
Backers and skeptics of the idea of building a light-rail transit line through Garden Grove have agreed to meet to debate the issue, which may figure prominently in November's City Council election. Local historian Dennis Witcher and businessman Bruce Broadwater, both supporters of reserving the former Pacific Electric right of way for future use as an urban transit corridor, have accepted a debate challenge issued by Mayor W.E. (Walt) Donovan and Councilman Raymond T. Littrell.
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July 9, 1990 | JIM TORTOLANO
Residents will vote Nov. 6 on smoking restrictions in the workplace and will give the City Council advice on how to fill a council vacancy. The council voted to put both those issues on the ballot and rejected two other proposed initiatives aimed at restricting oil drilling in the city and banning the sale of fireworks.
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August 13, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
South Korea native Ho Young Chung has become the first Asian-American ever to run here for the City Council. At a press conference Monday announcing his candidacy, Chung, 58, said that a key plank in his campaign will be the establishment of an international trade and cultural center to bring different groups together. He said some voters may regard him as an outsider, but he believes that mainstream residents will cast their vote on issues. "If they buy my vision, they'll vote for me," he said.
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January 25, 1992 | SHANNON SANDS
Echoing other local government officials, Garden Grove's mayor and city manager Friday predicted dire financial trouble ahead for the city. "The city of Garden Grove is experiencing a time of crisis," City Manager George Tindall said during the annual State of the City address. Although the city is trying to improve its economic base, a second year of inflation is eroding efforts, he said.
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September 5, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
Fearing lawsuits from advocates of the homeless, city officials scrapped plans this week for an ordinance prohibiting camping in parks and public places. Instead, city officials asked the city manager to explore other options that might accomplish the same goals. Mayor W.E.
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May 16, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The City Council this week presented its 18th annual Pride Awards in recognition of residents and neighborhoods helping the city maintain its character and property values. The awards were handed out by Mayor W.E. (Walt) Donovan at a special ceremony at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center attended by about 650 people. A volunteer judging panel divided the city into 18 zones and gave beautification awards to 20 homes in each zone.
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July 19, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Operators of home day-care centers with seven or more children received a break this week when the City Council voted to reduce a onetime permit fee from $1,250 to $150. About 25 day-care operators protested the fee, which the city initiated in March. They asked the council to either lower or eliminate what they called an "exorbitant" fee.
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July 19, 1990 | JIM TORTOLANO
Missing one member and divided on philosophy and details, the City Council this week balked at putting a measure on the November ballot that would restrict smoking in restaurants and workplaces. Two weeks ago, the council approved the idea in principle on a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Frank Kessler dissenting. On Monday, faced with the final vote, officials postponed the matter until next week. Councilman J.
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January 17, 1990 | JAMES TORTOLANO
Bingo games on high school campuses have gotten the green light from the City Council, but school authorities must approve the games before they can begin. After an hour of testimony and debate, the council Monday voted, 4-1, to amend the city's bingo ordinance to allow nonprofit organizations, such as school booster clubs, to hold bingo games on campus to benefit extracurricular activities. Mayor W.E. (Walt) Donovan cast the sole dissenting vote.
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June 4, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
Threatened by deteriorating neighborhoods and a drop in police and fire protection, a divided City Council voted Tuesday to put the matter of a bailout utility tax for the cash-strapped city before the voters in November. "My big concern is to let the people know where we are at and ask the people who pay the bills what do we do," Councilman Frank Kessler said. "I'm not saying I'm interested in raising taxes. I want the community to tell me what it wants me to do."
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