A court in Sacramento today denied the city of Irvine's temporary restraining order request that would prevent the state of California from seizing Orange County Great Park funds. It's part of the city's lawsuit against the state Department of Finance, which has ruled the Great Park is not entitled ... More >>
Via LA WeeklyBarry Minkow: he prays to the almighty dollar.Barry Minkow has long been all about making money. He's good at it. At 16, he appeared to have started a carpet-cleaning business called ZZZZ Best, worth hundreds of millions of dollars that turned out to be an elaborate Ponzi scheme. He ... More >>
Great Park or Great Home Park?Michael Hiltzik's Nov. 30 Los Angeles Times article, "Putting the Green in Orange County Great Park," is the kind of journalism that delights Larry Agran, the controversial politician running Southern California's largest public works project in decades. Hiltzik didn ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County Great Park CorporationUp, up and tethered so not to be away.According to the city of Irvine's Orange County Great Park Corporation, the balloon ride that is the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station's current main attraction reached a milestone in August.
Anyone else have a craving for a fresh orange?The Orange County Great Park at the old El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is just getting started providing thrills, chills and paid-parking revenues, but farming has been continuing out there through it all--much to the benefit of the Orange County Food ... More >>
Orange County Register: It's not the happiest place on Earth today, as Disneyland begins laying off back-office employees and telling employees of a Paradise Pier Hotel restaurant it will close. . . . Motivational speaker Gary Shawkey was booked into Orange County Jail on murder charges after s ... More >>
The hot question raised at this afternoon's Orange County Great Park study session was whatever became of Lennar Corp.? You know, big Miami-based developer? It's Chinese-made drywall stinks? Victimized by copper thieves in Anaheim's Platinum Triangle? Recently faced financial woes and serious allega ... More >>
Orange County Register: Mickadeit: He peels off a classic on the squabble between Donna Crean's kids over her fate. . . . Did you feel the window-rattling jolt about 9:15 last night? I did. I figured it was a small earthquake, although it was very quick, like a sonic boom. It violently sho ... More >>
The Great Park Corporation Board of Directors is set Thursday to recommend the Irvine City Council accept the Comprehensive
Park Design for the Orange County Great Park submitted by its Design
Studio and authorize the corp.'s CEO to negotiate a one-year contract
amendment with the studio to initiate ... More >>
Two corporations doing business in Irvine that are the subjects of a noteworthy/notorious whistleblower's fraud investigations have now apparently drawn the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The SEC is reviewing whether James Peterson, CEO of Irvine-based defense industry comp ... More >>
Financially troubled Lennar Corp. is suing a whistle-blower raising questions about the Miami-based home builder's off-balance-sheet debt and a large personal loan taken out by a Laguna Beach resident who is a top executive with the company that is the city of Irvine's ... More >>
You'd think the dotcom crisis was just a bad dream, the housing bubble never burst and we'd mysteriously been time traveled back to the halcyon days of the Clinton economy considering the bullish way the Orange County Great Park Corporation is pushing the financial envelope.
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"Um, yeah, that's not gonna work for me."
The city of Irvine is paying a private company at least $400 million to design the Great Park. It has set aside $9 million for city staff and an independent company to check the Great Park Design Studio's plans to make sure they more quickly clear future ci ... More >>
Krom: DON'T read my lips
At the Oct. 21 Irvine City Council candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Councilwoman Christina Shea, in the middle of an unsuccessful campaign for mayor, said that Lennar Corp., which is building homes ringing the future Great Park, would be allowed to ... More >>
FBI targets one of OC's richest: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI served subpoenas at the Newport Coast home of Henry T. Nicholas III, ex-chairman of Irvine-based, electronics giant Broadcom Company. According to the paper, the investigation involves drugs and other potential crime ... More >>