This collection consists of documents of and related to the Committee of 4000, a non-profit political action group from Irvine,
California. The Committee of 4000 was an organization founded by land leaseholders who disputed the terms of their leasing
rights with the Irvine Company in the early 1980s. The collection includes newsletters, correspondence from the Irvine Company,
meeting minutes, promotional materials, legal documents, and other material related to the organization's class action lawsuit
The Committee of 4000, a non-profit political action group based in Newport Beach, California, was founded by land leaseholders
who disputed the terms of their leasing rights with the Irvine Company in the early 1980s.The Irvine Company had leased land
to some home buyers in Newport Beach and in the city of Irvine in the late 1950s. In the late 1970s the long-term leases were
up for renewal. A decade of inflation had pushed up land prices sharply, justifying enormous rent increases. The frightened
leaseholders formed a political action group, called the Committee of 4000 to try to persuade Irvine Company to hold down
the threatened rent hikes. The president of the Committee of 4000 was Barbara Young of Newport Beach, California.
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