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December 10, 1998 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Rev. Wiley Drake won city approval Wednesday to delay completion of the homeless shelter that his congregation is building next to his First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to give Drake a one-year extension after he explained why he could not meet the Dec. 31 deadline to complete the 52-bed shelter. "I'm happy, obviously, with the extension," Drake said. "But I'm unhappy with the attitude of the commission."
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February 8, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Police on Saturday continued to search for a man suspected of trying to rob a gas station mini-mart on Beach Boulevard on Thursday morning. The man was described as in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a hooded, black Raiders jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call (714) 562-3935.
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February 11, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
The celebration of former Mayor George B. Scott's achievements in office don't seem to stop at the city limits. Buena Park's City Council recently honored the venerable politician for his council service from 1969 to 1978 and from 1984 to 1996. He had already been the guest of honor at several ceremonies in Fountain Valley.
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February 26, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Two years after a fight to reduce the number of planning commissioners to five, City Council members are set to boost the panel back to where it was. Councilman Jerry Sigler said he is proposing to increase the commission to its original seven members because the smaller group has not worked as well. "The Planning Commission is extremely important," Sigler told his colleagues at a recent study session. "Their decisions are very important to the city, to developers, to everybody.
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April 10, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Residents and business managers looking for ways to make their city prettier now have their chance. The city's Beautification-Environmental Commission is launching a campaign to draw in volunteers and get them "Painting Buena Park Beautiful." Organizers hope the program, which initially is being funded through a $5,000 federal block grant, eventually will be fully funded and staffed by community volunteers.
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January 23, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Southern Baptist preacher and his followers clashed with their neighbors Wednesday night at a packed meeting over his plans to build a homeless shelter on church grounds. The latest battle involving the Rev. Wiley S. Drake, who leads the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, remained unresolved Wednesday as about 100 neighbors opposed to the 52-bed shelter and as many supporters of the church argued for hours before the Planning Commission. The commission postponed a decision until Feb.
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January 25, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
For the second time in a week, court proceedings involving the pastor of First Southern Baptist Church were delayed Friday. The Rev. Wiley S. Drake, locked in a controversial fight to aid the homeless, was accompanied by supporters to Orange County Municipal Court, where he faces arraignment on 11 counts of violating the municipal code. Most of the charges are for building code violations related to Drake's practice of allowing the destitute to sleep on church grounds. Judge Richard E.
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May 21, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
State officials have reaffirmed their promise to landscape ramps around the Artesia Freeway, but they may not get around to it until 2003. The city and Caltrans signed a three-year cooperative agreement in 1994 to provide some eye-soothing landscaping along the freeway from Stanton to Knott avenues, city Public Works Director Donald K. Jensen said.
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