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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

County Executive Office
October 28, 1997
Contact: Courtney Wiercioch
(714) 834-3647
County To Appeal Court’s Ruling On EIR
(SANTA ANA) - CEO Jan Mittermeier announced today that the County of Orange is readying an appeal of the decision issued this afternoon by Judge Judith McConnell of the San Diego Superior Court. Today’s decision in the litigation brought against the MCAS El Toro Community Reuse Plan Environmental Impact Report was basically unchanged from the tentative ruling issued October 10. That ruling found for the petitioners on a number of issues and for the County on a number of others.

"I am surprised by the judge’s ruling and do not believe that her decision accurately reflects the facts of the case," said Mittermeier. "This EIR is thorough and accurate and complete. Based on the advice of counsel and upon receipt of the final documents from the court, I have recommended that we appeal the judge’s decision. I am confident that our analysis and the EIR will be upheld on appeal."

Mittermeier went on to say that the reuse planning process will not be halted by the appeal process.

"We will continue full speed ahead toward the completion of our specific plan, airport system master plan and second environmental impact report."