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By Sarah Peters, | July 16, 2011
IRVINE — The City Council has approved a $250,000 master plan to build the Orange County Great Park Museum of Heritage & Aviation. The Orange County Great Park Board Corp. had approved the plan in December. The museum will commemorate Marines and other military personnel who served at and visited the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, according to a staff report. After the council's approval during Tuesday night's regular meeting, city staff were directed to come back to the park's board of directors in 180 days with a proposed plan for implementing the project and building an interim site for the museum, according to the report.
October 20, 2012
More than 8,500 people raised $255,000 for autism research, awareness and family service last weekend at the Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The eighth annual event at the Orange County Great Park's El Toro Field attracted volunteers and family members of people with autism. Celebrity guests included Phillip Palmer, ABC7 news anchor and the event's master of ceremonies, and actress Tisha Campbell-Martin from the television show "Martin," according to a news release.
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 10, 2013
Capping a raucous eight-hour-plus meeting, the Irvine City Council early Wednesday voted to overhaul the oversight and spending on the beleaguered Orange County Great Park while authorizing an audit of the more than $220 million that so far has been spent on the ambitious project. A newly elected City Council majority voted 3 to 2 to terminate contracts with two firms that had been paid a combined $1.1 million a year for consulting, lobbying, marketing and public relations. One of those firms - Forde & Mollrich public relations - has been paid $12.4 million since county voters approved the Great Park plan in 2002.
By Sarah Peters, | August 9, 2011
IRVINE — The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved an ordinance that saves the Irvine Redevelopment Agency (RDA) from dissolution. The voluntary program opts the RDA into an alternative redevelopment program, thus bypassing any closure required by the Dissolution Act, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown into law June 29. The funds will be paid through the RDA, not the city's general fund, said Mark Asturias, city housing and redevelopment manager. The City Council also approved the city staff's recommendation to appeal the contribution amount — about $2.6 million for the fiscal year 2011-12 — which was determined by a state finance department alternative formula and varies by city.
October 4, 2011
Doner kebabs, baklava, dumplings and that stretchy ice cream — you can bet there will be plenty of great food at the third annual Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival this weekend at the O.C. Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. This year's event promises to be even bigger than last year's, which was held at the Orange County Great Park. There will be three-dimensional replicas of five different cities. Guests will enter the grounds through 14 gates, each dedicated to a different Anatolian civilization.
December 29, 2012
Teetotaling on New Year's Eve? Want to ring in 2013 twice? Irvine's Great Night! Family New Year's Eve celebration in Orange County Great Park has got you covered. Festivities will run from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, with a countdown to the new year on East Coast time, according to the park's website . That means streamers, noise makers and kisses at 9 p.m. "This unique celebration allows parents to ring in the New Year with their children and make it home in time to attend other parties," Irvine Mayor Pro Tem and park Chair Beth Krom said in a statement.
By Sarah Peters | February 1, 2012
UC Irvine's Anteaters are about to start chowing down on a lot more oranges. Anteater athletes planted a grove of the citrus-bearing trees Wednesday afternoon near the Crawford Athletics Complex along West Peltason Drive. "They will grow there for years and years," said women's tennis team member Stephanie Hammel of the trees. "The fruit will give members of the community or athletes the opportunity to come here, pick the fruit and enjoy it. " The 24 trees were donated by the Orange County Great Park and are part of a project to upgrade the pool score board and beautify the surrounding area, said Cathy Lawhon, university director of media relations and community outreach.
By B.W. COOK | June 9, 2007
Sisters-in-law Teddie Ray and Janet Ray know how to throw a party. The two dynamic women joined their husbands, Michael Ray and Walkie Ray respectively, to coordinate the second-annual Jewel of Orange County Fundraising Gala benefiting the Great Park Conservancy. The inaugural event last year raised more than $300,000 in net proceeds to support the Great Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the construction of the future Orange County Great Park on the site of the former El Toro Marine Base.
By Tony Barboza | January 27, 2014
More than 1,900 acres of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine have been cleaned up and removed from  the list  of the nation's most hazardous sites after more than two decades, the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  announced Monday. Officials say $165 million in soil removal and groundwater treatment by the  U.S. Navy  and local water agencies has cleaned up contamination at much of the old World War II-era air base, to the point that it no longer poses a risk to human health or the environment.
November 25, 2008
With all the canyon fires we’ve had, and with Irvine Lake just north of the property, Lennar should encourage the Marine Corps and Orange County Fire Authority to lease their El Toro property. The Marines would bring in their aerial tankers and other heavy equipment for use in battling fires. Anyone watching the recent fires can see how effective water drops from these huge tankers have been. Lennar would not only be doing something for the greater good, but its balance sheet would improve from the lease of this property as well.
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