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July 23, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A cougar in an Irvine bedroom. A tiger on a Santa Ana porch. Sharks in a back-yard pool in Orange. Pot-bellied pigs in Costa Mesa. Whether owned by humans who hanker for the exotic side of Mother Nature or by yuppies seeking a new status symbol, pets in Orange County have included the wild, rare and weird. But under an ordinance upheld in the city of Orange last week, trendy pets such as miniature farm animals and boa constrictors more than 6 feet long had better run, or slither, for cover.
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January 27, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
The City Council voted Tuesday to prepare an ordinance establishing a Chapman University Permit Parking Management Area. City staff is working with Chapman officials to resolve residents' concerns about university students and personnel parking in residential areas instead of the university parking structure.
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August 15, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Residents can legally drink alcohol on their front lawns again--as long as they live in a single-family home and not in an apartment or condominium complex. The change came as city officials sought to better define "public places" for the municipal alcohol code. Laws against drinking in public have been on the municipal books since 1977, but the city has had trouble winning convictions because its definition of public places was unclear.
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May 26, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
Citing "extreme peril," Orange city officials said Tuesday they have ordered the evacuation of 10 homes by June 1 because of a landslide threat. The evacuation order applies to 10 houses in the Vista Royale development on the east side of Vista Crest Road. Five $1-million homes in Peralta Pointe, perched on the ridge above Vista Royale, were evacuated earlier this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1992
The City Council recently approved an ordinance enforcing new speed limits for several new roads on the city's east side. The speed limits--which took effect last week--will be: 45 m.p.h. on Chapman Avenue from Newport Boulevard to Jamboree Road; 35 m.p.h. on Canyon View Avenue from White Oak Ridge Road to Jamboree Road and from Newport Boulevard to White Oak Ridge Road; 50 m.p.h. on Jamboree Road from the south city limits to Canyon View Avenue; 45 m.p.h.
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August 4, 1999 | Susan McCormack, (714) 966-5879
The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to create nine specific development standards that operators of large family day-care centers will have to meet to start their businesses. The old ordinance, Planning Division Manager Vern Jones said, gave a "false sense to the community" that the city has the power to decide arbitrarily which large family day-care centers may operate. It also brings the city's ordinance in better compliance with the state's.
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January 23, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and LESLEY WRIGHT and JOHN POPE
A proposal that would have allowed police to arrest residents found drinking alcoholic beverages on their front porches or lawns has been abandoned by the City Council. "We've had calls and letters about this," Mayor Joanne Coontz said of the plan to revise the city's "drinking in public" laws. Council members tentatively approved the proposal in December but overturned that decision last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Though the city may not prohibit adult businesses such as book and video stores, officials this week passed regulations that put stringent limits on how and where they may operate. The City Council, which last month passed an emergency ordinance to forestall a proposed lingerie store featuring nude models, approved a permanent measure Tuesday. Court cases have made clear that adult businesses are protected by the free-speech clause of the 1st Amendment to the U.S.
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August 24, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Bingo aficionados will be able to smoke cigarettes while playing at the Orange Senior Center when weekly games begin there next month. Orange Elderly Services Inc., the nonprofit group that operates the center, won approval from the City Council on Tuesday to run the games and allow smoking. But it will probably have to use its first six months of profit to buy $23,000 worth of ventilation devices called "smoke eaters."
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August 6, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The air reeks of mildew from bad plumbing and rotting carpets, the heat and stench forcing residents of the Villa Santiago apartments to seek relief on the dirt and concrete grounds of what officials concede is the city's worst slum. Many are used to the squalor, they said this week. But none had heard that salvation could be just two months away if they can manage to stay here that long.
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October 14, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Making movies in the city could soon be a little bit easier and cheaper. City Council members today are expected to approve revisions to the film code to bring it in line with a model ordinance drafted by the Orange County Film Commission. Economic Development Director Linda Boone said the reduced rates should increase the city's income by luring more film crews. Local businesses are the real winners of film production, Boone said.
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August 15, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Residents can legally drink alcohol on their front lawns again--as long as they live in a single-family home and not in an apartment or condominium complex. The change came as city officials sought to better define "public places" for the municipal alcohol code. Laws against drinking in public have been on the municipal books since 1977, but the city has had trouble winning convictions because its definition of public places was unclear.
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June 4, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Hoping to end a perennial point of contention, city officials have drafted a policy limiting the number and type of special events that can be held downtown. City Council members were set to vote on the policy last week, but they decided to hold off for two months so residents and merchants could have a chance to voice their opinions. In the past, downtown merchants have been particularly vocal about civic and cultural events that close streets to traffic.
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January 28, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City Council members today are expected to give themselves authority to close streets for special events, although they will not address the more complicated matter of which events might merit such closures. A new ordinance detailing the process for temporary street closures will not change the city's past procedures, officials said, but will spell them out in the municipal code. "It's a more formalized process," interim City Atty. Alan R. Burns said.
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January 23, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and LESLEY WRIGHT and JOHN POPE
A proposal that would have allowed police to arrest residents found drinking alcoholic beverages on their front porches or lawns has been abandoned by the City Council. "We've had calls and letters about this," Mayor Joanne Coontz said of the plan to revise the city's "drinking in public" laws. Council members tentatively approved the proposal in December but overturned that decision last week.
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January 17, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Abuse of trees soon could become a criminal offense here. City officials are considering a proposal to strengthen the tree ordinance by creating an official Tree Advisory Board and making injury to trees a misdemeanor. Under terms of the revisions, developers and residents who remove trees without a permit or otherwise injure them could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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August 22, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The Orange Senior Center on Olive Street would like to boost its revenue by offering Friday night bingo games, but its plan is clouded by the fact that many of its prospective players are smokers. The nonprofit agency needs a conditional use permit from the City Council to hold bingo games. In considering whether to grant that permit, some city officials questioned whether smoking can be allowed legally.
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January 16, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Business owners will have to start complying with city sign regulations after a long enforcement hiatus, but they will have months to prepare for it. City Council members gave preliminary approval this week to a revised ordinance that governs temporary promotional signs. However, Chamber of Commerce officials, some of whom helped draft the new version of the law, said even those restrictions are too much.
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