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September 3, 1991 | DAVID REYES
Jim Miranda was returning to his San Clemente home after a vacation earlier this year when an article in a community newspaper grabbed his attention. "It was about a drive-by shooting," said Miranda, 41, a real estate salesman. "Then, a few months later, there was a story about a gang homicide and I said, 'That's it. I've got to do something.' " He began contacting Little League volunteers, neighbors and other people in town.
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September 3, 1991 | DAVID REYES
Jim Miranda was returning to his San Clemente home after a vacation earlier this year when an article in a community newspaper grabbed his attention. "It was about a drive-by shooting," said Miranda, 41, a real estate salesman. "Then, a few months later, there was a story about a gang homicide and I said, 'That's it. I've got to do something.' " He began contacting Little League volunteers, neighbors and other people in town.
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October 20, 1988 | TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writer
The "action"--as student body president Jim Hardy now calls the bludgeoning death of Steven Newberry--began to unfold with a casual conversation among seven classmates one September afternoon. Jim and his best friends, Pete Roland and Ron Clements, were there, and the talk, as usual, was about killing. But this time, it wasn't just the twisted fantasies of tough teen-agers fixated on drugs, acid rock and violence. This time, it would be self-fulfilling prophesy.
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October 14, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
For the first time in the history of South County politics, City Council candidates vying for two open seats this November will have a chance to address Spanish-speaking residents in a bilingual forum on Sunday. Forum organizer Jim Miranda, a local realtor and community activist, said all of City Council candidates have agreed to participate on the panel and answer questions from residents about various issues, including the economy and neighborhood redevelopment programs.
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July 23, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
It was on July 22, 1769, when Father Junipero Serra is said to have performed the first baptism in California while accompanying a Spanish expedition through the hills behind what is now San Clemente. Now, 223 years later, the nonprofit La Cristianita Pageant Assn., named after the Juaneno baby girl who was baptized by the padre, stands at a crossroads in its effort to preserve that historical moment in a grand passion play entitled "The Cross and the Arrow."
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May 17, 1991 | TERRY SPENCER
At a San Clemente High School assembly on Latino pride Thursday, Ben Villa sobbed as he told 100 Latino students about the death of his cousin--a gang member who died of drug abuse many years ago. Villa, San Clemente's city engineer, said he and his cousin had been much alike, hanging out with gang members and carrying knives in their hometown, Oxnard, until he decided to go straight. "You can be like him or be different," Villa told the crowd. "Each day you make decisions.
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October 20, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
Despite a poor turnout, local leaders say a landmark bilingual forum for City Council candidates over the weekend was an important start toward increasing communication with the city's growing Latino community. About 30 people attended the 90-minute candidates' forum Sunday evening at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall, the first forum of its type ever held in South County. Most of those in attendance were either friends or family of the panelists, translators and council candidates.
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November 6, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even among the poor children who participate every day in the city's Youth At Risk program, 8-year-old Martin stood out. To recreation leaders, the feisty, brown-eyed boy seemed more like a little man in child's clothing, except that Martin seldom wore a shirt or shoes. They discovered that Martin's mother was in jail for drug possession. Left with his mother's roommate, the boy wasn't going to school. "He seemed to be a little adult," said recreation supervisor Jaimie Ochs.
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January 10, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emotions ran high and debate raged when officers slowly lowered the San Clemente Police Department's blue and white flag for the last time in July. But in the six months since the city disbanded the 65-year-old department and merged with the Orange County Sheriff's Department--a move forced by budget problems--the city, and even some once-vocal critics of the change, have generally come to embrace the new arrangement.
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June 2, 1997 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For wood shop teacher Bill McMahon, it means the end of a long career teaching troubled kids to use their hands and their heads to transform blocks of wood into works of art. Since the start of the year, he has watched as workers dismantled Camarillo State Hospital room by room, unit by unit. Movers' vans have come to dominate the narrow streets that crisscross the hospital campus.
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October 21, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Avenida Lobeiro is a picture of suburban tranquillity, lined with well-groomed homes of the city's affluent. The vista of the Pacific is commanding here. So is the view of nearby Calafia Beach County Park, where teen-ager Steve Woods had a metal rod rammed through his head during a violent clash last weekend. From this comfortable vantage point, the neighbors have watched crime--particularly violent crime--march inexorably into their quiet coastal haven.
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