December 3, 2009
AirFair, the John Wayne Airport citizens’ watchdog group, will host a public forum in Newport Beach at noon today to discuss a plan that would offer air passengers traveling to Disneyland incentives, such as rebates on fares and shuttle rides, to go there via LA/Ontario International Airport instead of JWA. Peggy Ducey, a Los Angeles International Airport consultant who devised the incentives plan, which has been approved by Los Angeles World...
January 5, 2005
Alicia Robinson Federal officials vowed to go ahead with an online auction of the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station today, despite an eleventh-hour proposal from Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn to lease the property for a commercial airport. Hahn's plan, which drew quick support from local airport activists, was the latest resurrection of the zombie-like proposal for an El Toro airport, which has been raised again and again despite a lack of vital federal support and a 2002 vote by Orange County residents to zone the 4,700-acre property for parks and homes.
May 12, 2000
Sue Doyle South County activists are pumping up a Los Angeles International Airport report that contradicts Orange County officials' contention that demand exists for another commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. But local El Toro proponents didn't buy the report's findings, accusing the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority members -- who distributed the report in a press release Thursday -- of manipulating the information.
June 12, 2008
Money has a funny way of changing people’s habits, says Orange County Board Chairman John Moorlach. If officials were to lure passengers away from bustling John Wayne Airport to other regional airports with public transportation, money, time, and convenience will be the bait, Moorlach said. “If I can convert time to money, people will say, ‘Wait a second, I’m willing to do this,’ ” Moorlach said. An agreement that sets annual passenger limits at John Wayne at 10.3 million is set to expire in 2010, and a subsequent cap of 10.8 million passengers will end in 2015.
June 14, 2003
Paul Clinton Local officials remain guardedly optimistic about an L.A. bid to resurrect an airport plan for the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Base, although officials with the U.S. Navy say they still plan to sell the land off. "It's wait and see at this point," Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan said Friday. "L.A.'s got more clout [in Washington, D.C.] than Orange County. ... I'm sure [Irvine Mayor] Larry Agran isn't too happy about it." Earlier this month, a letter surfaced in which L.A. Mayor James K. Hahn secretly asked the federal government if Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that runs Los Angeles International Airport, could run an airport at El Toro.
January 18, 2005
Alicia Robinson Although the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station has been on the auction block since Jan. 5, local pro-El Toro airport activists were set to face off with airport opponents this morning in yet another arena -- Los Angeles City Council chambers. The L.A. City Council planned to vote today on a resolution asking federal authorities to lease the El Toro property to Los Angeles World Airports, a city agency that operates the Los Angeles International Airport and three other airports in the region.
June 10, 2003
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa need to make a quick, accurate assessment of Los Angeles' intentions. The time to support a commercial airport at El Toro was no later than two years ago. Why was Los Angeles silent then? Every argument it uses now concerning El Toro would apply to John Wayne Airport. If it can't overturn what Orange County voters have decided with it's last-minute ploy, it may redirect its money, energy and influence to expanding any regional airport, including John Wayne.
July 16, 2003
Overlay zones add to character of Costa Mesa Costa Mesa just celebrated its 50th year as a city, with small-town charm, where young families come to raise their children. Yet Planning Commissioner Katrina Foley feels "there's not going to be support for just a zoning overlay on the Eastside" unless the city looks at "making different neighborhoods unique" and takes into consideration the "unique character of the different neighborhoods." When one considers that the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, Laguna Beach and Orange all use overlay zones to preserve and enhance the unique character of their distinct local neighborhoods, one has to ask: Why not Costa Mesa?
June 15, 2003
COSTA MESA Costa Mesa considers $112-million budget The City Council spent Monday staring at a $111.8-million budget for the 2003-04 fiscal year. The preliminary budget allows the city to maintain programs and services at existing levels. The city expects to take in about $38 million in sales tax and about $15 in property tax during the year. Councilman Allan Mansoor questioned some of the city's proposed spending, including money on the Westside Police station that he said only operates during business hours and not during peak crime hours.