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R. Scott Moxley's article on the Irvine Co.'s donations to the Irvine Unified School District contained significant errors ("The 'Gift' That Keeps on Giving," May 12). Here are the facts.
In 1991, the Irvine Co. pledged a $3 million donation to the Irvine Unified School District, to be paid in installments. The final installment of this $3 million gift was made in August 1998.
In 1998, the Irvine Co. pledged an additional $3 million to Irvine schools, also to be paid in installments, with a final payment date of August 2002. The company has so far contributed $1.125 million of that pledge. In April, the Irvine Co. announced that it would accelerate the remaining amount of the pledge ($1.875 million) so that the Irvine School District would have funds needed for the short term to avoid teacher layoffs and program cuts.
Contrary to the allegations made in your article, the Irvine Co. has in fact made two separate pledges of $3 million each to Irvine schools since 1991, to date has given $4.125 million of those pledges, and will contribute the remaining $1.875 million for use by the school district.
As president of the community group leading all fund-raising efforts in support of the Irvine Unified School District, I and hundreds of other concerned residents applaud the Irvine Co.'s philanthropic efforts on behalf of education.Carolyn McInerney
Re: Steve Lowery's "What the Hell Happened? Inside the collapse of the Mossimo empire" (June 2): I talked to an old college schoolmate of Mossimo Giannulli's when Mossimo was on the Forbes 400 list. The schoolmate mentioned the Forbes 400 listing and then said, "You know Gore Vidal's line: 'When a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies'? I hate to say it, but Vidal was right." I'm sure this schoolmate is feeling better these days.Martha Martin
Re: Daniel C. Tsang's "The Few, the Proud, the Spies" (Civil Unliberties, July 9, 1999). Mr. Tsang has no idea what he is talking about. I have been in the Marine Corps for almost 20 years and am intimately familiar with Marine counterintelligence. Marine Corps counterintelligence was not designed to identify Soviet infiltrators, nor was it designed to identify Marines who were possible Soviet spies. The role of Marine Corps counterintelligence is to locate and identify potential intelligence threats in support of the tactical commander on the battlefield. While in garrison, their role is to train for combat. As far as a legal mandate to conduct these activities, at the time the activities were being conducted, there were no legal mandates prohibiting the types of activities the Marines were engaged in. However, since the Vietnam War, there are new guidelines and legal directives such as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the collection of information on U.S. persons by members of the Department of Defense.
Mr. Tsang's article is extremely biased, and he makes too many assumptions without the knowledge and facts to back them up. I would suggest that in the future you not publish an article simply because it appears to be sexy to the public; ensure that the facts are accurately stated and the necessary research has been done, which was obviously not done in this case.G.A. Smith, USMC
DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
Last issue's photo of Mossimo Giannulli was a Rose Apodaca Jones creation.