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August 29, 2002
William Kearns As a resident of Costa Mesa, I take great interest in the activities of Newport Beach. The article on Councilman John Heffernan's curiosity about the expenditure of $3.6 million allocated for El Toro airport education raises a lot more questions than it answers ("Airport spending questioned," Aug. 14). For example, although $3.63 million was authorized for citizen education, only one third of it was spent. Why? How about an accounting of the funds spent to lobby for extension of the John Wayne settlement agreement?
NEWS
July 19, 2001
Paul Clinton EL TORO -- To counter reams of South County mailers and TV ads dressing down their airport plan for the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, Orange County airport planners have launched their own public relations campaign. The formal kickoff, at the base's Building 83 on Wednesday morning, came almost three months after the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved it. On May 1, the board approved a $3-million contract with Irvine-based Amies Communication for the work.
NEWS
March 2, 2000
AT ISSUE: Measure F, on Tuesday's ballot, which is aimed at derailing the county's El Toro airport plans. Should the people of South County not share in the need for expanded air transportation -- a need brought on by the growth of South County? The cities of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Tustin, Orange, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Orange and yes, Irvine, will be subjected to the new environmental impact report, Plan F or G, dated December 1999.
NEWS
May 19, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- South County cities headed to court Friday in a bid to stop the Board of Supervisors from spending $8 million on a public information campaign about the county's plans for an airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Attorneys for the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, a coalition of nine South County cities fighting the proposed international airport, sued the county, alleging supervisors are illegally diverting funds from John Wayne Airport to finance a "massive public relations campaign to overcome voter opposition to an airport at El Toro."
NEWS
June 18, 2004
The Daily Pilot on June 15 and 16 published 10 letters reacting to the question of whether or not the El Toro battle should continue, eight of which were in favor of reopening El Toro. The South County cities taken as a whole comprise, in effect, one city of 600,000 people, which by most standards in the United States is a large enough group to warrant an international airport. When added to the 2.5 million residents already in North County, the total population of Orange County is well more than 3 million and demands an international airport.
NEWS
April 20, 2000
AT ISSUE: A proposal for north and south Orange County cities to form a united front against El Toro and John Wayne expansion. I've been watching with great interest the reactions regarding the proposed El Toro airport and the idea that that north and south county should unite with the common cause of keeping El Toro airport out and leaving John Wayne unchanged. I haven't noticed anyone bringing up the subject of trust. Why should the pro-airport people trust the anti-airport people after what they did regarding Measure F?
NEWS
November 3, 2001
South County attorneys have asked an appellate court to halt Orange County's approval of an El Toro airport until a ruling on the Measure F appeal. Measure F, passed overwhelmingly by county voters in March 2000, required a two-thirds public approval of any airport for the closed Marine base. The measure was overturned by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in December. With Friday's filing, the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, a coalition of South County cities fighting the county's airport plan, hope to freeze efforts to develop an airport at the base.
NEWS
May 20, 2001
Making El Toro an airport a quick fix I am a resident of Newport Beach. This morning on National Public Radio, I happened to hear an interview with Norman Mineta, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, discussing airline congestion and flight delays. Mineta indicated that the major problem was "concrete," i.e., not enough airports and runways. He went on to say that airport construction was a 20-year project and runways a 10-year project -- both long-term solutions.
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By Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 18, 2014
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chainlink fence at the windswept landscape - stripes of concrete marking a scrubby field framed by dark green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing the air over what was for decades a bustling military base, a place local servicemen and women have seen as a kind of home. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the former U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.
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NEWS
April 11, 2014
Guess what's back? Measles. Really, they are. This shouldn't be. The dangerous trend of not vaccinating children is leading to an uptick in a highly preventable disease that was all but eradicated in Southern California. Children are needlessly suffering from the misinformation campaigns about the supposed, and mostly denounced, dangers of vaccines. There's a real threat here in Orange County, which, as the Los Angeles Times reported, has had the biggest outbreak of measles of any county in the state.
NEWS
May 18, 2013
There's been a good deal of commotion about a pair of teenage Costa Mesa hikers who went missing in South County after Easter. Though the hikers were rescued after a five-day search, and drugs were allegedly found in one of their cars, the truly unfortunate part of this story is that a rescue worker trying to help them suffered serious injuries. The tab for the rescue effort grew to about $160,000. The Orange County Sheriff's Department opted not to seek reimbursement for the assistance, but the Board of Supervisors decided to examine whether it could on behalf of the taxpayers.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 8, 2012
With its diverse make-up of sprawling subdivisions and densely populated cities, Orange County's housing situation is a complex puzzle with countless moving pieces, a new Orange County Business Council report shows. And solving that puzzle will require long-range inter-city cooperation, local officials and OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Wallace Walrod said at a forum Friday morning. Walrod presented the council's 2012 "Workforce Housing Scorecard" to a group of city administrators and business people from around the county at Irvine's Hyatt Regency Hotel.
NEWS
By Eric Bever | August 28, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has devised an audacious scheme, and its spin-off, "alternatives 3 and 3-A," would use billions of Measure M2 freeway congestion-improvement tax dollars to construct toll lanes on the San Diego (405) Freeway between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. And, curiously, Alternative 3-A was rolled out after the public comment period was formally closed, eliminating the opportunity to officially analyze and comment on the new proposal. These taxpayer-funded toll lanes will primarily benefit only those who are willing and able to pay tolls, in addition to their share of billions in Measure M2 taxes allocated to 405 improvements.
SPORTS
December 29, 2010
BOYS' SOCCER Adidas South County Classic MISSION VIEJO — Corona del Mar missed a spot in the final after finishing one point behind Santa Margarita due to goal differential in its pool Wednesday at Mission Viejo High. The Sea Kings ended with a 5-0 win over Pacifica. Conor Roche, Nick Curci, Mason Case, Brandon Hoover and Clayton Reinhardt scored a goal each. Roche, Case, Miguel Degaldo, Austin Pollard and Hunter Kilburn had the assists. Goalie Marcell Masinelli had three saves.
BUSINESS
By Erik Holmes | May 5, 2010
SANTA ANA — The concession stand at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point won’t be changing hands after all. After a lengthy and sometimes contentious process to decide who will run the beach’s concession stand for the next 10 years, the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week extended the contract of John Efstathiou, who has run the popular Salt Creek Beach concession for 22 years. Eleven people — including Efstathiou, family members, Dana Point residents and community merchants — spoke on Efstathiou’s behalf and encouraged the supervisors not to award the concession contract to Mike Ali, who runs two concession stands in Huntington Beach.
NEWS
By Erik HolmesOCLNN.com | April 2, 2010
About 51% of Orange County residents have completed and returned their 2010 census forms, according to nationwide data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. But Costa Mesa and Newport Beach have some of the lowest participation rates in the county. The county average is slightly higher than the statewide rate of 49% and slightly lower than the national rate of 52%. Statistics for every state, county and city are available on the 2010 census website. “For every 100 people who don’t return their census form, the Commerce Department estimates that Orange County may lose $1.3 million in funding for vital services over the next 10 years,” Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janet Nguyen said in a news release.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 24, 2009
Costa Mesa police are looking for suspects in two armed robberies over the weekend. Authorities said between 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday two men broke into a house in the 600 block of Whitney Way. The robbers were already inside when the homeowner and another person walked in, said Sgt. Jerry Hildeman. One of the robbers had a gun, and he and his accomplice tied up the two residents, police said. Police believe the robbery wasn’t random because the homeowner owns a marijuana dispensary in South Orange County and had a significant amount of cash in his home.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | June 7, 2008
IRVINE — For Newport Harbor High seniors RJ D’Cruz, Patrick Brennan and Erik Bonn, the game signified the end of their high school baseball career. But, when the trio left Saturday’s 12th annual Ryan Lemmon All-Star Showcase early, they did it for another event important in the life of most high school seniors: the prom. Newport Harbor held its prom Saturday night at The Grove of Anaheim, making D’Cruz, Brennan and Bonn brief participants in the game that started just after 5 p.m. at Windrow Park.
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