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ORANGE COUNTY NEWSWATCH

October 30, 1994|Jerry Hicks and Debra Cano and Rene Lynch

BAR SAYS BAR IT: Maybe you'd dispute that lawyers are smarter than the rest of us. But the Orange County Bar Assn. has come out against Proposition 187, which would put restrictions on illegal immigrants. . . . While the bar's lawyers don't claim to be smarter, its president, Steve McCracken, says "we have a unique, nonpolitical point of view" on it. He says Proposition 187 would spawn litigation, tie up courtrooms and probably be thrown out by the courts.

GETTING SKUNKED: The city of Huntington Beach did try to do something about the serious skunk problems in neighborhoods near Central Park. It just didn't get much cooperation from the skunks. . . . It hoped to catch 200 in traps, but got only 50. Residents may have to figure something else out: The city has run out of funds for now to continue the trapping program. The trapped skunks--along with a few possums--were relocated in a wilderness area.

EASY TO DIGEST: It's rare that Golf Digest, the golfing bible, runs a cover picture of an amateur. But then, Tiger Woods of Cypress, the latest cover, is not just any amateur. He's the new--and youngest ever--winner of the U.S. Amateur tournament. At 18, he's now winning at Stanford University. But with the lucrative pro tour in sight, Golf Digest says: "Exactly how long Stanford will hold onto Woods, now its most famous freshman, is a good question."

STILL ON THEIR TOES: Last year's Laguna Beach firestorm could have been a fatal blow to Ballet Pacifica because so much of its assets were wiped out by the flames. But thanks to donations and community support, Ballet Pacifica wound up its fiscal year on Oct. 1 with a $17,000 profit. "Quite a few people thought we were finished after the fire," says director Molly Lynch. . . . The ballet had to come up with 100 new costumes for its upcoming 12-concert series, highlighted by December's "The Nutcracker" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

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