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December 26, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Irvine officials are debating whether it's ethical for City Council members to be employed by individuals or companies that lobby other city governments. At issue is the work of Irvine Councilwoman Christina Shea, who owns a real estate and government relations firm. It is not an uncommon arrangement elsewhere in Orange County, where several elected officials are also employed as lobbyists. Shea and others say that as part-time officials they have a right to earn a living at other jobs.
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November 5, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
A man who police say may have burglarized 200 homes in Irvine over the last five years was arrested this week. Raymond Lopez of Downey had been under surveillance for several weeks by Irvine police because he had been seen cruising around in an area that was identified as a "hot spot" for burglaries, said Lt. Jeff Love, an Irvine police spokesman. Lopez, 47, was arrested Wednesday in Rossmoor after being connected to three burglaries in Irvine through DNA collected at the scene.
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October 24, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
There's an Irvine house of worship that changes religions at least once a week. Irvine United Congregational Church sports golden crosses for Sunday morning services. Jewish High Holidays see it transformed into a sanctuary for Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, filled with Torahs, ram's horns and yarmulkes. And Friday afternoons, worshipers carefully unroll prayer rugs onto the floor of what becomes the United Mosques of Irvine. "Our theology is inclusive," says the Rev.
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September 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The public corporation planning to build a 1,000-acre park in the center of the former El Toro Marine base has whittled seven possible designers down to three. The semifinalists to design the Orange County Great Park are Mirrales Tagliabue EMBT of Barcelona, Spain, whose plan features hilly terrain and a central lake; Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey of Mill Valley, Calif.
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August 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A single-car crash sparked a 7-acre brush fire Sunday that briefly threatened the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, where thousands of people were attending a car show. No evacuations were ordered, and the fire was under control in about an hour, said Capt. Steve Miller, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The blaze began about 1:30 p.m. after a distracted driver heading north on the Laguna Freeway lost control on the southbound San Diego Freeway connector, Miller said.
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August 24, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
Irvine Mayor Beth Krom drives a sedan that runs on regular unleaded, but for the next several months she will also hold a key to the possible future of automobiles. She and other Irvine officials will be taking turns at the wheel of a $1-million, hydrogen-powered fuel cell hybrid vehicle as part of a pilot program in conjunction with Toyota and the National Fuel Center Research Center at UC Irvine.
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August 18, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A 23-year-old landscaper was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter after a passenger in his car died following a crash last week, officials said Wednesday. Alberto Reyes, 22, died Sunday of head injuries sustained Friday when a car driven by Horacio Melo Vazquez crashed into a traffic signal pole on Jamboree Road near Walnut Avenue. Vazquez, of Orange, was taken to Orange County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, police said.
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August 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 8-month-old girl who died this week after being hospitalized may have been slain, authorities said Thursday. The death is being investigated after an autopsy revealed that the infant died of blunt force trauma to the back of her head, Irvine Police Lt. Jeff Love said. The unidentified girl was being cared for by a baby-sitter when she was taken to Irvine Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about 5 p.m. Monday. No arrests have been made, police said.
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June 3, 2005
An 87-year-old woman who disappeared from an assisted-living home last week was found dead Thursday near a remote bike path, officials said. Laverne Kirby was found about 10 a.m. in shrubbery near the San Diego Freeway and University Drive by a woman walking her dog, police said. Kirby, who suffers from dementia and took daily medications, was reported missing May 26. Police said foul play does not appear to be a factor. An autopsy will be performed.
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May 28, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Police asked for the public's help Friday in the search for an 87-year-old woman suffering from dementia who has been missing from an assisted living home since Thursday. Officials say Laverne Kirby -- 5'3" tall and 118 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes -- is in need of daily medication. Kirby was last seen about 9 p.m. Thursday at the residential home on Creek Road, said Sgt. Bill Russell, a spokesman for the Irvine Police Department.
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