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May 21, 2003
Paul Clinton County Chairman Tom Wilson successfully swept the Airport Working Group's president from his seat on a county airport planning commission Tuesday. Wilson, a staunch opponent of an airport at the former El Toro Marine Air Base who represents Newport Coast and South County cities, proposed removing Tom Naughton, the working group's top leader and an outspoken El Toro Airport supporter. His fellow supervisors joined him in unanimously agreeing to remove Naughton from the Airport Land Use Commission.
NEWS
April 28, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- Members of the Airport Working Group attacked Irvine Mayor Larry Agran on Friday over his opposition to a proposed airport at the closed El Toro Marine base. In a letter to Agran, the group's president, Tom Naughton, accused the Irvine mayor of backing off his promise to support a second airport in Orange County. Naughton and group spokesman Dave Ellis cited a 1989 "joint policy memorandum," in which Agran and former Newport Beach Mayor Donald Strauss acknowledged a growing demand for flights and pledged to find "a second commercial airport situated such that it is convenient to Orange County residents."
NEWS
January 12, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- Adding another foot soldier to their battle for an airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the county Board of Supervisors has appointed a Newport Beach activist to a land use panel. Tom Naughton, 75, president of the Airport Working Group, was tapped to replace Charles Zoffer of Laguna Woods on the county's seven-member Airport Land Use Commission. Now, Denny Harris is the only commissioner opposed to an airport at the former base.
NEWS
June 28, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Local supporters of an airport at the closed El Toro Marine Corps air base said Tuesday they didn't believe the ouster of County Executive Officer Jan Mittermeier will alter the city's strategic plans to promote the facility as a prime spot for a new airfield. "As far as the airport, we don't look at Jan as much as the overall management," said Tom Naughton, president of the Airport Working Group, which proposes to build an airport at the base as a way of curtailing expansion of nearby John Wayne Airport.
NEWS
June 28, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Proponents of a second Orange County airfield are pointing to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to install a new ground radar system at John Wayne Airport as evidence that the current airport is unsafe and overworked. "I think it's common sense that in that 500-acre facility, the number of takeoffs and landings is crowded and overdone," said Bruce Nestande, president of the El Toro advocacy group Citizens for Jobs in the Economy.
NEWS
December 19, 2000
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- A 71-year-old Newport Beach man suffering from heart disease died early Monday after losing control of his car and crashing into a street light on Von Karman Avenue, between MacArthur Boulevard and Birch Street, officials said. Joseph Stasch was heading southbound on Von Karman at 7:20 a.m. when his medical condition caused him to lose control of his 1995 Lexus, hit the west curb of the street and ram into the light pole, Newport Beach police said.
NEWS
November 13, 2003
June Casagrande Airport Working Group leaders are considering suing the Local Agency Formation Commission to force it to overturn its decision on Wednesday allowing Irvine's annexation of the closed El Toro Marine Air Base. "We've got our legal people looking into it, and we'll be deciding over the next few days what our next move is," said Tom Naughton, president of the Newport Beach-based group that has long supported building a commercial airport at El Toro.
NEWS
July 23, 2003
June Casagrande The city of Los Angeles' request that the federal government push for an airport at El Toro has been answered with a firm "no" from Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta. U.S. Rep. Chris Cox, who represents Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as well as much of southern Orange County, had asked Mineta to make public the department's position on El Toro. Mineta responded Tuesday to a June 19 letter from the congressman. "The Department of Transportation (DOT)
NEWS
August 17, 1999
Stacy Brown NEWPORT BEACH -- A top El Toro airport foe has said that last week's meeting in Newport Beach served only to blatantly mislead residents and scare them into supporting a commercial airport at the former Marine Corps base. "I was very disturbed to see how people were being scared with these horror tales of how John Wayne will double and triple if there isn't an airport at El Toro," said anti-El Toro airport activist Leonard Kranser. "I don't know of any responsible group that would support that kind of an expansion," he said.
NEWS
June 5, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- The Airport Working Group is returning the check. In a May 25 letter to Costa Mesa, the Newport Beach group said it would return a $15,000 grant from the Costa Mesa City Council to pay for an information campaign in the city aimed at communicating the importance of extending flight restrictions at John Wayne Airport. The council approved the funding, which was requested by the group, at its May 7 meeting. But the approval came with three caveats: The working group had to hold informational meetings in Costa Mesa; It had to discuss the dangers of expansion of John Wayne Airport; It had to refrain from publicly supporting an airport at the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
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NEWS
January 29, 2005
Alicia Robinson More travelers used John Wayne Airport in 2004 than ever before, a trend that is likely to bring the number of air passengers within spitting distance of the 10.3 million annual passenger cap this year. More than 9.2 million people passed through the airport in 2004, an increase of 8.6% compared with 2003, airport officials reported. If passenger levels increase similarly this year, the total will top 10 million by year's end. The cap of 10.3 million annual passengers is part of a legal agreement that governs the number of flights and passengers the airport can serve.
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NEWS
November 13, 2003
June Casagrande Airport Working Group leaders are considering suing the Local Agency Formation Commission to force it to overturn its decision on Wednesday allowing Irvine's annexation of the closed El Toro Marine Air Base. "We've got our legal people looking into it, and we'll be deciding over the next few days what our next move is," said Tom Naughton, president of the Newport Beach-based group that has long supported building a commercial airport at El Toro.
NEWS
July 23, 2003
June Casagrande The city of Los Angeles' request that the federal government push for an airport at El Toro has been answered with a firm "no" from Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta. U.S. Rep. Chris Cox, who represents Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as well as much of southern Orange County, had asked Mineta to make public the department's position on El Toro. Mineta responded Tuesday to a June 19 letter from the congressman. "The Department of Transportation (DOT)
NEWS
June 7, 2003
June Casagrande After months of ear-splitting silence, the debate over an El Toro airport has suddenly roared back into the spotlight. Local leaders and airport activists were abuzz on Friday with the news that Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn has secretly asked the federal government for a green light to open a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine Air Base. "I'm quite pleased with the leadership Mayor Hahn has shown on this regional issue," said Tom Naughton, president of the Airport Working Group.
NEWS
May 21, 2003
Paul Clinton County Chairman Tom Wilson successfully swept the Airport Working Group's president from his seat on a county airport planning commission Tuesday. Wilson, a staunch opponent of an airport at the former El Toro Marine Air Base who represents Newport Coast and South County cities, proposed removing Tom Naughton, the working group's top leader and an outspoken El Toro Airport supporter. His fellow supervisors joined him in unanimously agreeing to remove Naughton from the Airport Land Use Commission.
NEWS
August 4, 2001
The Airport Working Group presentation Tuesday night at the Lions Park Community Center was billed as "the most important community meeting of 2001," but it drew only a small audience. Costa Mesa residents saw through the headline and spent their time elsewhere. That was a smart move, because the charts and graphs were nothing more than an encore performance of the pre-Measure F dog and pony show that spokesman Tom Wall led about 18 months ago. The biggest difference was that Wall, an experienced speaker, knew enough to smile once in awhile.
NEWS
June 5, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- The Airport Working Group is returning the check. In a May 25 letter to Costa Mesa, the Newport Beach group said it would return a $15,000 grant from the Costa Mesa City Council to pay for an information campaign in the city aimed at communicating the importance of extending flight restrictions at John Wayne Airport. The council approved the funding, which was requested by the group, at its May 7 meeting. But the approval came with three caveats: The working group had to hold informational meetings in Costa Mesa; It had to discuss the dangers of expansion of John Wayne Airport; It had to refrain from publicly supporting an airport at the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
NEWS
April 28, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- Members of the Airport Working Group attacked Irvine Mayor Larry Agran on Friday over his opposition to a proposed airport at the closed El Toro Marine base. In a letter to Agran, the group's president, Tom Naughton, accused the Irvine mayor of backing off his promise to support a second airport in Orange County. Naughton and group spokesman Dave Ellis cited a 1989 "joint policy memorandum," in which Agran and former Newport Beach Mayor Donald Strauss acknowledged a growing demand for flights and pledged to find "a second commercial airport situated such that it is convenient to Orange County residents."
NEWS
February 4, 2001
The Daily Pilot article of Jan. 12 ["Naughton appointed to airport land use board"] labeled Tom Naughton, president of the Airport Working Group, a "foot soldier" for the Orange County Board of Supervisors in their quest to open a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine Air Base. Naughton has donated his time to the Airport Working Group for more than six years and served as president for the last three years. He is one of the many members of the group who donated their time to bring about the settlement agreement for restricted flight operations and noise abatement procedures at John Wayne Airport.
NEWS
January 12, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- Adding another foot soldier to their battle for an airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the county Board of Supervisors has appointed a Newport Beach activist to a land use panel. Tom Naughton, 75, president of the Airport Working Group, was tapped to replace Charles Zoffer of Laguna Woods on the county's seven-member Airport Land Use Commission. Now, Denny Harris is the only commissioner opposed to an airport at the former base.
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