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September 27, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (949) 248-2168
Gil Jones said that not one person has complained about his newly installed children's train on the Jones Family Mini Farm in the historical Los Rios commercial district. The Cultural Heritage Commission in July denied Jones' request for the train, saying it would not be compatible with the area's atmosphere. But the City Council in August overturned the commission's decision, which Jones had appealed.
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October 25, 2004 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
After a frustrating week, 72-year-old Gil Jones on Sunday was back on the farm. As he has for 25 years, Jones was leading children to animals. It's a routine he thought he was walking away from when he entered into a $2.1-million transaction in August to sell the Jones Family Mini-Farm, a San Juan Capistrano landmark that attracts 150,000 visitors a year. Jones, a former San Juan Capistrano mayor, had visions of retiring after finding a buyer who would preserve the small petting zoo.
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August 29, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Janine Folliard saw the "for sale" sign as she entered the Jones Family Mini-Farm and suddenly grew nostalgic. "This place is a little piece of heaven for my kids," said Folliard, a Texas resident who visits the San Juan Capistrano petting zoo four times a year while visiting family in La Habra. "There's no place that really caters to kids like this." Fortunately for Folliard -- and thousands of other moms, dads and children -- it appears the 1.
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August 29, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Janine Folliard saw the "for sale" sign as she entered the Jones Family Mini-Farm and suddenly grew nostalgic. "This place is a little piece of heaven for my kids," said Folliard, a Texas resident who visits the San Juan Capistrano petting zoo four times a year while visiting family in La Habra. "There's no place that really caters to kids like this." Fortunately for Folliard -- and thousands of other moms, dads and children -- it appears the 1.
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October 25, 2004 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
After a frustrating week, 72-year-old Gil Jones on Sunday was back on the farm. As he has for 25 years, Jones was leading children to animals. It's a routine he thought he was walking away from when he entered into a $2.1-million transaction in August to sell the Jones Family Mini-Farm, a San Juan Capistrano landmark that attracts 150,000 visitors a year. Jones, a former San Juan Capistrano mayor, had visions of retiring after finding a buyer who would preserve the small petting zoo.
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October 27, 1990 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Harvest Festival on Sunday, featuring a pumpkin patch and hayrides. The festival, to herald the coming of fall, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historical Jones Family Mini Farm, 31791 Los Rios St. Admission is free. Pumpkin-decorating contests, divided into three age groups for children, will start at noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. All tools for decorating will be provided and prizes will be awarded by Capistrano Gardens Nursery.
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July 28, 1994 | JEFFREY BEAN
City Councilman Gil Jones says he will seek election to a second term. Jones, 62, became the first incumbent to declare his candidacy, filing nomination papers Tuesday. Jones, the owner of the Jones Family Mini Farm, said he wants to encourage businesses to locate in the city. He said some proposed projects in the past have made their way toward approval, only to be turned down by the council.
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December 19, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
A customer who said she was attacked by a rabbit at Mayor Gil Jones' family mini farm has won $1,200 in a ruling by television Judge Judy Sheindlin. Plaintiff Laurie Majul, 39, of Oceanside, initially filed the claim in Orange County Municipal Court. She alleged a black rabbit with orange speckles attacked her and left a wound the size of a 50-cent piece on her leg during an Aug. 21 visit with her son Scott, 4.
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December 27, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
A walking tour of a two-block area of downtown San Juan Capistrano offers visitors a primer in California history and a variety of family activities throughout the holidays. At the center of the city is the 220-year-old Mission San Juan Capistrano, where parents and children learn about the old West, Native Americans and the people who came to the mission and settled in south Orange County. It includes a museum, exhibits and tours led by mission docents. The mission will be open from 9 a.m.
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January 16, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Wide-eyed with wonder, 2 1/2-year-old Ka'iulani Croxton-Torres held out a carrot to a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig three times her size. "Look, Mommy!" she squealed with delight as the animal ate the carrot and then sniffed around for more. Mother and daughter were visiting the Jones Family Mini Farm, a South County barnyard with horses, rabbits, ducks and goats tucked away in the middle of the area's urban sprawl. Children can take $2 pony rides or feed and pet the other animals for free.
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September 27, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (949) 248-2168
Gil Jones said that not one person has complained about his newly installed children's train on the Jones Family Mini Farm in the historical Los Rios commercial district. The Cultural Heritage Commission in July denied Jones' request for the train, saying it would not be compatible with the area's atmosphere. But the City Council in August overturned the commission's decision, which Jones had appealed.
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December 7, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
They couldn't see anything and all they could hear were a couple of geese honking, but then and there, Omar and Carolyn Gonzalez knew the place would make a perfect home for their birds. "I'm standing there in my pajamas and Uggs at 10:30 at night," Carolyn Gonzalez said. "But Omar and I knew what the place would look like in the light. That it could be a magical place." The next morning, they made an offer on the 1.4-acre property in San Juan Capistrano's historic Los Rios district.
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