Faced with two mountain lion attacks on children within seven months at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, the Board of Supervisors decided it was time to impose some "sensible restrictions" that included putting most of the park off-limits to children.
But first, the 7,500-acre park east of San Juan Capistrano will remain closed until Jan. 2 to allow time to implement the new procedures and prepare signs explaining the restrictions to visitors.
Also during the closure, state wildlife biologists and game wardens will conduct an intensive study of mountain lions in the park and adjacent wilderness areas of the Cleveland National Forest and the National Audubon Society's Starr Ranch Sanctuary.
When the park does reopen, children will not be allowed beyond a picnic area near the entrance, and adults who want to go beyond that area will have to get a free wilderness use permit.
A 1971 ban on the killing of mountain lions expired last year, but a county report said hunting of the big cats "would not necessarily alter the safety situation" at the park.
Dial-a-Porn Mystery Caller Is Unmasked
The mystery of the spicy telephone calls was finally solved.
County officials said that more than 100 calls to sexually explicit recordings from the office of Supervisor Bruce Nestande were made by an intern working in Nestande's office.
The county administrative officer said the intern, John Stoffel, had paid $236 in restitution for the so-called dial-a-porn calls made between 1985 and last June.
Each call cost $2 plus a telephone company connection charge ranging up to 78 cents.
Most of the calls from Nestande's office were made late at night or on weekends and holidays. Some, however, were made during business hours.
The 23-year-old Stoffel was a Republican activist when he became an intern in Nestande's office in 1984 at $7.90 per hour. Last year, Nestande appointed him to the county's Fair Campaign Practices Commission.
Stoffel has been on leave since July to work at Republican Party headquarters in Marin County.
'Silver-Tongued' Clark to Record His Memories
Anaheim and Ralph B. Clark have spent a lot of time together.
It was in that city that the 69-year-old Orange County supervisor was a high school athlete, opened a gasoline station, raised his four children, was elected city councilman and later mayor.
It is where he helped to lure the Los Angeles Rams and guided other developments in the tourism-oriented city.
And, it is in the archives of the Anaheim Public Library where Clark's remembrances will rest.
The City Council last week voted to spend $2,832 to record the reminiscences of Clark, who is retiring after 16 years as a county supervisor.
The library plans to contract with the Oral History Program at Cal State Fullerton, which will tape an interview with Clark and then transcribe it into a book.
Clark's interview is the first to be commissioned in a decade, according to a library official. His recollections will join those of Charles A. Pearson, an Anaheim mayor for 19 years, and other local personalities.
Known by many as the "silver-haired, silver-tongued orator," Clark has said he is flattered by the interview request.
The anecdotes he plans to share, he said, include the tales of Disneyland, the California Angels and his efforts in luring the Los Angeles Rams to Anaheim Stadium.
Times staff writers Gary Jarlson and Marcida Dodson compiled the Week in Review stories.