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April 28, 1991 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a county that boasts internationally known beaches like Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu and Zuma, lifeguards at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Park know their workplace might seem like the Siberia of the sands. "The beach guards snub the lake guards," lifeguard Jim Hughes said as he and fellow guard Dave Dobbels on a recent workday cruised the gray-sand, crescent-shaped beach in the central San Gabriel Valley. "Beach Blanket Bingo" it's not.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clay Estep may be a wiry and fit triathlete, but after a long-distance swim in the Santa Monica surf two weeks ago he staggered out of the 56-degree water shaking uncontrollably and verging on hypothermia. Los Angeles County lifeguards wrapped him in a blanket and comforted him before he finally was able to walk away.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clay Estep may be a wiry and fit triathlete, but after a long-distance swim in the Santa Monica surf two weeks ago he staggered out of the 56-degree water shaking uncontrollably and verging on hypothermia. Los Angeles County lifeguards wrapped him in a blanket and comforted him before he finally was able to walk away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1991 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a county that boasts internationally known beaches like Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu and Zuma, lifeguards at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Park know their workplace might seem like the Siberia of the sands. "The beach guards snub the lake guards," lifeguard Jim Hughes said as he and fellow guard Dave Dobbels on a recent workday cruised the gray-sand, crescent-shaped beach in the central San Gabriel Valley. "Beach Blanket Bingo" it's not.
NEWS
July 28, 1991
A contingent of Los Angeles County's women lifeguards will travel to New York this week to defend their national title in a competition that tests lifeguards from around the county. The National All-Women championship, hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, will be held on Wednesday at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Queens, N.Y.
NEWS
August 8, 1991
For the third consecutive year, a team of women lifeguards from Los Angeles County has captured the national title in a competition that tests endurance skills of lifeguards from across the country. The nine-woman county team beat second-place finishers from Sandy Hook, N.J., by a huge margin, 154 to 51 points, last week in the National All-Women Championship at New York's Gateway National Recreation Area. Two dozen teams participated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1989 | Hilary Iker
The busy period is approaching for lifeguards at Los Angeles County's beaches. Records compiled by the lifeguards for last June, July and August show that Santa Monica Beach was the scene of the most rescues, 475, of any of the county's 10 busiest beaches. But there were almost as many rescues at Malibu's Zuma Beach, which had far fewer visitors but is known for its strong riptides. In all, there were five drownings reported during the three-month peak season in 1988--two at Abalone Cove (off Rancho Palos Verdes)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1990 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sun lovers could soon purchase swimsuits or tanning lotion bearing the official seal of approval of Los Angeles County lifeguards. Gun fanciers could line up to buy weapons or bulletproof vests endorsed by Sheriff Sherman Block and his deputies. County officials envision earning as much as $4 million a year from firms using the Los Angeles County name in the advertising of products.
SPORTS
February 2, 1990
A group of lifeguards from Los Angeles County were narrowly defeated down under recently by counterparts from Victoria, Australia, as part of the biannual Wieland Shield trophy competition. The L.A. county group had held the trophy since 1988, when it defeated a group of Aussies at the International Surf Festival held along South Bay beaches. The event moves to California in 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Just who do those deadly looking fins slicing the waters off Huntington Beach belong to? Rumors of great white shark sightings along the Southern California coast in recent weeks are the buzz of the beach, leaving a few surfers spooked. Tom Larkin is convinced that a shark jolted his surfboard and left what looks like a bite mark on the back end while he waited for a wave in the waters near Bolsa Chica State Beach earlier this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1995 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Buddy Belshe, each springtime signals another season of early morning workouts before his daily commute from home in Aliso Viejo to pick up his yellow lifeguard's Jeep. * It's a well-worn routine. At 61, Belshe, who has been doing this job for 46 years, is Orange County's oldest lifeguard. "I'm one of those people who has always enjoyed working outdoors all my life," Belshe said. "It gets in your blood. And, I also happen to like people."
OPINION
May 12, 2003 | D.J. Waldie
Like a bulldozed hillside above Los Angeles waiting for more tract houses, optimism in California is starting to erode. We don't know exactly what's happening, only that we're finally at the end of a year of public dissimulation about the readiness of the state's $35-billion budget shortfall to consume large parts of the way of life that we've wished into existence since 1945. Our California -- imperfect, heedless and lovely -- is our home, and it's beginning to feel awfully neglected.
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