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September 20, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of delaying, Orange County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to consider converting parts of the former El Toro Marine base into affordable housing and housing for the homeless. The idea, which is politically sensitive because of the ongoing debate over making El Toro an airport, was added to the board's agenda by Supervisor Tom Wilson, the board's strongest advocate for converting base housing.
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June 20, 2000 | JENNIFER KHO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A San Juan Capistrano proposal to sell 13 acres of city-owned land for a home-improvement warehouse store has drawn howls of protest from a predictable source--neighbors--and a less-common one: about 30 homeless people who have been camping on the property. "For us, housing is much too expensive," said Valentino Guerrero, who said he became homeless two months ago after his construction job ended. "Without a steady job, it is hard to pay rent.
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May 22, 2000 | WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Census workers are complaining that taking an accurate count at some residential motels in Orange County has been one of their most difficult chores because of reluctant populations and the resistance of motel owners who seek to protect their customers' privacy. Yet, the workers say, the motel dwellers should be counted, because Orange County's receipt of federal aid to the poor depends upon a full count of the population that lives in motels.
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March 10, 2000 | By ANDRE BRISCOE
A man found unconscious early Thursday near a busy freeway interchange later died, coroner's officials said. The man, apparently a transient, was identified as Victor Anselmo Faul, 38. He was found at 6:15 a.m. in Santa Ana near the interchange of the Santa Ana and Garden Grove freeways by Caltrans workers repairing a freeway wall damaged by rain earlier in the week. Workers told authorities they had seen Faul in the area for several days.
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March 10, 2000 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The outspoken pastor of First Southern Baptist Church has agreed to correct code violations on the site where he plans to build a homeless shelter at his Buena Park church. The Rev. Wiley Drake first attracted attention in 1996 when neighbors began complaining that he was letting homeless people stay at the church. City inspectors cited him for building and health code violations, and in 1997 he was convicted of four misdemeanors and ordered to complete 1,500 hours of community service.
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March 6, 2000 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON and DAVID REYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An emotionally weary couple were reunited late Sunday with their 3-month-old son more than 12 hours after he was snatched from the side of his sleeping mother at a Santa Ana homeless shelter, police said. Martha Alvarado, 43, a Santa Ana transient who has been a suspect in two prior child-abduction cases, was arrested a block from the Santa Ana police station following a tip from a caller who heard about the kidnapping on a TV newscast, police and family said.
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January 27, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four days before she died under the wheels of an Amtrak train at the Santa Ana station, a homeless woman known as Indiana let an artist paint her portrait. Skeith De Wine, whose studio is a block from the station, recalled Wednesday that Indiana stopped by his place to get her dog a drink. Something about the moment struck him, and he decided to paint a portrait of the person he had often seen pushing a shopping cart piled 6 feet high with her belongings, the black dog perched jauntily on top.
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December 27, 1999 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
About 70 Santa Ana homeless will ring in the new year eating steak dinners and watching Dick Clark, thanks to the overflow of volunteers at the Orange County Catholic Worker shelter on Cypress Avenue. The holidays tend to bring out a larger number of volunteers and Dwight Smith, director of the homeless shelter, is taking advantage of it. "It's amazing how many people are anxious to volunteer," said Smith, who is expecting as many volunteers as homeless Friday.
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December 25, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County received an early Christmas gift Friday from the federal government: nearly $2.4 million to help the homeless at a time when the number of people needing shelter is rising. The grant comes several weeks after the release of a county census that found the homeless population is climbing, in part because of skyrocketing rents that now average more than $1,000 a month.
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