September 16, 2010
Stephen Stewart's letter provides his partisan beliefs about air traffic in Orange County ("Sounding Off: El Toro airport would have been a loser," Sept. 2). Stewart asserts that since John Wayne Airport (JWA) traffic is down 8% (due to the recession), this proves that there was no need for a larger airport at El Toro. This reasoning does not include all the facts. JWA is a small airport with a single 5700-foot runway that can accommodate only medium-sized airplanes. El Toro has two 10,000-foot runways and two 8,000-foot runways (they are still there)
February 1, 2014
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to develop more than 100 acres of county-owned land at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine. The agreement with Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises lays out a three-phase plan for the property, which is adjacent to Irvine's Great Park. The board also approved funding for the first phase and business plan, which includes environmental reviews and the development of a master plan to guide how the area is used, according to a county news release.
September 1, 2010
Let me be the first one to give kudos to Donald Nyre for finally writing a letter without his tired old trademark mention of "turn on the lights" at El Toro ("Mailbag: More JWA passengers not wanted," Aug. 27). Also, kudos to Nyre for finally realizing what most of the county has known all along: we never did and never will need additional airport capacity. He affirmed this by saying, "Next year's capacity limit of 10.8 million annual passengers is not expected to be reached until 2022, according to the FAA's latest Terminal Area Forecast for John Wayne Airport.
October 13, 2012
LAKE FOREST - A potential game-tying shot ricocheted off the post with one second left to provide frustration for the Newport Harbor High boys' water polo team, while giving confidence to El Toro. The final buzzer sounded and the Chargers earned a huge comeback victory, an upset, while the Sailors were left with learning a lesson the hard way. El Toro used strong momentum to rally for an 11-10 nonleague win in its pool Saturday. The Chargers outscored Newport Harbor, 8-4, in the second half, including 4-1 in the third quarter.
January 12, 2006
In her eloquent letter about El Toro, Bonnie O'Neil seems to assume Newport Beach will remain an airport victim if El Toro is not opened, ("Losing the airport war will spoil our community," Jan 8.) I believe somewhat the opposite is true, since 60% of Irvine is closer to John Wayne Airport than it is to El Toro. You see, the runway at John Wayne Airport points in the wrong direction for flights to the east, and without El Toro, pilots can turn and will turn before flying on and on the wrong way. The upside for no El Toro is that South County becomes available for aviation flying to and from John Wayne Airport.
January 8, 2005
I am 100% in favor of the use of El Toro as an international airport. I think Mayor James Hahn should be commended for his latest attempts to save this valuable asset. All of Orange County would benefit from the use of the existing airport when converted to an international one. Rep. Christopher Cox should hang his head in shame for not representing the entire population of his district instead of the monied few he seems to prefer. I hope the voters will remember this when election time comes around.
June 12, 2003
Hold on to your seats. And your caps. The grounded roller coaster has been patched up enough that we can take another ride on the El Toro Express. Meanwhile, the Agran Ark launched on the lake in the Great Park has sprung a leak. And the victory champagne Rep. Chris Cox was sharing with his Navy and development pals has gone flat. The new ride may be bumpy, but at least there's movement. So climb aboard. All this, of course, because Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn has asked the federal government to allow him to run a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine Air Base, where Cox and his beloved "private sector" are setting up shop.
January 4, 2003
Bryce Alderton A patient offensive attack yielded plenty of goals to go around for the Newport Harbor High girls water polo team against nonleague foe El Toro Friday at Newport Harbor High. Seven Sailors tallied goals for Newport (7-2) which bested the Chargers (6-2), 13-7, six days following a dramatic 8-7 defeat at the hands of undefeated Foothill. Senior driver Jenna Murphy led the Sailor attack with three goals, two assists and two steals while four Newport players scored two goals.
August 7, 2002
Esther Fine Charles H. Loos may have been a journalist at one time, but his Aug. 2 letter (Community Commentary, "El Toro isn't the only option for an international airport," Friday) certainly lacked the required investigative qualities necessary for providing good reporting. Loos questioned the money spent on the planning and promoting of an El Toro airport, finding it a waste that could have gone for more welfare programs or infrastructure projects.
November 16, 2003
Steve Virgen Momentum was a huge factor in a high-powered, evenly matched CIF Southern Section Division I boys water polo quarterfinal Saturday morning. Almost every time Newport Harbor High seemed to have grabbed it, El Toro was there to steal it back. Coach Don Stoll's Chargers were also opportunistic and made more key plays to earn a 10-7 victory over Newport at El Toro. The Chargers (23-6), champions of the South Coast League, collected three goals in which each of the tallies came less than 19 seconds after the Sailors had scored.