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Guide to the Collection on the Development of the El Toro Airport
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This collection comprises records related to the development of the El Toro Airport in Irvine, California.
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.
1 linear foot, (3 boxes)
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research.