Guide to the Collection on the Development of the El Toro Airport
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Title: Collection on the development of the El Toro Airport
Collection Number: MS-R141
1 linear foot,
Languages: The collection is in English.
University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises records related to the development of the El Toro Airport in Irvine, California.
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Transferred from the UCI Libraries Government Documents Division, 2005.
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In November 1994, seventeen months after the decision to close Marine Core Air Station (MCAS) El Toro in Orange County, California,
Measure A was passed by Orange County voters, designating MCAS El Toro for commercial aviation use. The Orange County Board
of Supervisors, supported by the John Wayne Airport neighbors, hoped to develop a large commercial airport that would serve
38 million passengers annually, and eventually replace John Wayne as Orange County's airport. As plans for the El Toro airport
project were made public, the communities surrounding El Toro organized to oppose it and developed a competing plan, the Orange
County Central Park and Nature Initiative. The initiative supported the development of a 1,300 acre public space that would
include a sports park, botanical garden, and cultural terrace.
After an intense grass-roots campaign, the initiative was placed on the ballot as Measure W and passed by a 58 percent to
42 percent vote on March 5, 2002. The next day, the U.S. Navy and the City of Irvine announced plans for the development
of the Orange County Great Park. Lennar Corporation, a real estate developer, purchased the land from the U.S. Navy for $649.5
million in 2005 and construction began on roads and utilities in Great Park in 2006.
||Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro is commissioned.
|1993 June 27
||MCAS El Toro is placed on the Navy's base closure list.
||The El Toro Reuse Planning Authority (ETRPA) is formed by Orange County and the cities of Irvine and Lake Forest.
||Measure A passes in Orange County, designating MCAS El Toro for commercial aviation use.
||ETRPA expands membership to include South County.
||Voters reject Measure S, a South County initiative to overturn Measure A; thus upholding Measure A.
||Orange County certifies the Environmental Impact report and Reuse plan, recommending that the airport be large enough to accommodate
38 million annual passengers.
||ETRPA files a legal challenge to the Environmental Impact report.
||Judge Judith McConnell rules in favor of ETRPA and finds that Orange County has "abused its discretion" in developing airport
||South County cities present Measure F, the "Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative" , which calls for a 2/3 majority county
vote to expand airports, toxic landfills, or jails near homes.
||The county runs a two-day demonstration flying commercial jets at MCAS El Toro, angering immediate neighbors and creating
|1999 July 2
||MCAS El Toro closes.
|2000 March 7
||Measure F passes with a 2-1 margin.
||A Superior Court Judge S. James Otero rules Measure F to be "unconstitutionally vague" and illegal since it usurps the County
Boards of Supervisors power.
||Irvine unveils a citizen sponsored initiative to turn MCAS El Toro into Orange County Great Park, this initiative becomes
||Orange County launches $3 million "Just the Facts" Public Relations campaign supporting the airport initiative.
|2002 March 5
||Voters pass Measure W 58 percent vote to 42 percent, eliminating planned airport uses at MCAS El Toro.
|2002 March 6
||The Navy announces that it will sell the property in auction instead of giving it to a city or county.
|2002 September 18
||Judge Phillip H. Hickok upholds Measure W, ruling that the people of Orange County, not the board of supervisors, have the
right to decide how the former base is developed.
|2005 February 16
||Real Estate Developer Lennar Corporation purchases the bases for $649.5 million to create Orange County Great Park.
|2005 July 12
||Lennar takes ownership of the base.
Krasner, Leonard. 2002.
Internet for activists: A hands-on guide to internet tactics field tested in the fight against building El Toro Airport. San Jose, California: Writers Club Press.
Krasner, Leonard. 2005. The grounding of El Toro.
The Orange County Business Journal (December 5-11), http://www.eltoroairport.org/issues/grounding.html (accessed January 8, 2009).
Rowe, Jeff. 2006. The chronology of developments in the creation of The Great Park in Irvine.
The OC County Register, January 6, 2006. http://www.eltoroairport.org/issues/GP-timeline.html (accessed January 8, 2009).
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection comprises records related to the development of the El Toro Airport in Irvine, California. The bulk of the
collection includes local newspaper clippings and Irvine City Council agendas and memoranda. Additionally, the collection
includes correspondence, newsletters, ephemera, and agendas from the El Toro Airport Citizens Advisory Commission, El Toro
Reuse Planning Authority, and the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station.
This collection is arranged alphabetically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Marine Corps Air Station El Toro (Calif.) -- Archives
Airports -- California -- Orange County -- Archives
Airports -- Environmental Aspects -- California -- Orange County -- Archives
Militatry base conversion -- Orange County -- Public Opinion -- Archives
Box : Folder 1:1
El Toro Airport Citizens Advisory Commission agendas
Box : Folder 1:2
El Toro Reuse Planning Authority (ETRPA) agendas
Irvine City Council agendas and memorandums
Box : Folder 2:1-6
2000-2003 and undated
Box : Folder 2:7-9
Irvine Planning Commission agendas
Box : Folder 2:10
Marine Core Air Station and El Toro Airport ephemera
Box : Folder 2:11
Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro Local Redevelopment Authority newsletter
Box : Folder 3:1-10
1995-2003 and undated
Box : Folder 3:11
Tustin Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) agenda and correspondence