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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The onset of winter brings added hardship for the homeless. Tempers flare in the scramble for the few available beds in shelters or desirable spots on the street. But this season is shaping up as particularly frightening after three homeless men were killed recently in Orange County. "I don't even remember the last time one homeless person was murdered," said Santa Ana Police Sgt. Raul Luna. In that city, Alex Francisco Rangel, 40, and Wayne Randall Gilbert, 52, were recently killed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Costa Mesa police arrested a homeless man on suspicion of killing a fellow transient who was found bludgeoned to death Friday morning behind a row of bushes the victim used as a sleeping area. Jerry Patrick Keating, 39, was being held at Costa Mesa Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail in connection with the slaying of a 46-year-old man who was among a group of transients who lived and slept around Harbor Boulevard. Keating will be arraigned Tuesday.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2000 | DIANE WEDNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County will receive about $80 million as its share of the largest Housing and Urban Development budget passed by Congress since 1981. The $32.4-billion housing budget, which includes record funding for community development and housing block grants, will provide a boost to local housing initiatives. "This is the best budget we've seen in a long time," said Jan Breidenbach, executive director of Southern California Assn. of Non-Profit Housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2000 | ALEX KATZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 41-year-old homeless man was found dead in the parking lot of a Santa Ana bar Sunday morning, police said. Investigators said the man had been beaten severely. Santa Ana Police Sgt. Raul Luna said that, although the exact cause of death has yet to be determined, "it's definitely a homicide." The man was found just before 8 a.m. Sunday in a lot next to La Cascada bar in the 4400 block of 1st Street. Investigators estimated that the man died late Saturday or early Sunday, Luna said.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 | JUDY SILBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 16 years, Frank Garcia, 53, has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for thousands at his Anaheim restaurant, La Casa Garcia. Preparing the feast takes weeks, and the work exhausts him for months. But instead of doing less this year, Garcia has decided to take on more, by starting an outreach program to help the young, the old and the poor all year long. Garcia has ambitious goals for We Give Thanks, his nonprofit organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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