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July 1, 1992 | JAY BERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If it's summertime in Huntington Beach, you can be sure things are going to get dirty. This, of course, has nothing to do with local politics, but rather with the annual opening of Adventure Playground, a 1.5-acre corner of Huntington Central Park best known for its mud slide and Huck Finn-style rafting pond. "Kids are always being told to stay clean and keep out of anything dirty," says Kim White, 23, director of the playground. "This is the only time they're allowed to be dirty."
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August 19, 2001 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While one arm of county government is working to build a network of bike paths from the mountains of Orange County to its beaches, another just approved plans for a golf course that could block a key link in a South County network of trails. The county Planning Commission approved Rancho Mission Viejo's proposed 240-acre golf course this month, but without a requirement that the company build a bike trail that would run the length of the course.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the world of South County youth sports, the struggle to find fields where teams can practice and play is often as intense as the games themselves. As youth soccer, baseball, softball and other sports grow increasingly popular, the demand for ball fields far outstrips supply. Teams are forced to practice four at a time in neighborhood parks. Worst of all, leagues sometimes turn away children.
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April 15, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he looks out from his trailer terrace toward the Pacific Ocean, Joe Bevacqua finds it hard to contemplate losing what he considers his little piece of paradise. The business executive has been out of work since January. He and his wife, Helen, live in a 1,500-square-foot double-wide trailer with five of their eight children in the El Morro Mobile Home Park along Coast Highway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
In what would likely be the first sale of a public cemetery to a private company in California history, the Orange County Cemetery District has accepted a bid of $31,000 for the 120-year-old Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery. The district's board of trustees, hoping to shed the site's annual $30,000 upkeep cost, this week agreed to sell the six-acre Garden Grove cemetery to the Omega Society of Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1998 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spontaneous beach camping during the summer is a memory as nostalgic as "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriett." All but one of Orange County's beachfront campsites already are booked weekends through September, mirroring a broader lack of space at many of the nation's campgrounds. Rustic camping in the back hills is fine, but it's the beachfront, with its Surf City image, that draws the crowds in Orange County.
NEWS
April 9, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It is a quintessentially Southern California tale, this struggle over water rights. But instead of developers fighting farmers for the precious liquid, growing numbers of fitness enthusiasts, youth swimmers and water-polo players are battling to see who gets their feet wet first and for how long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County supervisors jump-started their troubled plan to build a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine base, voting late Thursday to complete a stalled environmental review and then--unless a judge decides otherwise--send the project to the ballot one more time. The vote revived the moribund airport plan, which appeared ready to collapse in March after an overwhelming 67.3% of county voters approved a measure to severely restrict the county's ability to build it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1996
Construction is scheduled to begin early next month on new restrooms on the west side of Central Park near the sports activities area. Public Works Director Ismile Noorbaksh said work on the new facilities is expected to be completed by early May. The City Council awarded a $73,940 contract for the restrooms to Lloyd Engineering Corp. of Placentia. Nine other bids were received, the highest being $121,500. Noorbaksh said the city had estimated the construction cost would be about $85,000.
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March 10, 1995 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Struggling to raise cash, Orange County Chief Executive Officer William J. Popejoy announced plans Thursday to privatize a variety of county services and sell as much as $145 million in assets--including libraries, courts, a drug rehabilitation home and a juvenile detention center. But Popejoy did not recommend the sale of John Wayne Airport or county landfills, the county's big-ticket items, saying they posed legal and financial obstacles that would make them too difficult to sell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO and MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
To prevent the former El Toro Marine base from becoming a ghost town in July, Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to push for continued operation of the base's horse stables, golf course, child-care center, recreational-vehicle storage lot and indoor swimming pool. Supervisors told county staff to begin a "full-court press" to sign a long-term lease with the Navy by May 31 that would allow the county to continue operating the popular programs past July 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County supervisors jump-started their troubled plan to build a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine base, voting late Thursday to complete a stalled environmental review and then--unless a judge decides otherwise--send the project to the ballot one more time. The vote revived the moribund airport plan, which appeared ready to collapse in March after an overwhelming 67.3% of county voters approved a measure to severely restrict the county's ability to build it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If horse stables, a golf course, the officers' club and a handful of other recreation programs continue operating past July 1 at the former El Toro Marine base, it could cost taxpayers as much as $2.2 million a year, according to a report Tuesday to Orange County supervisors. Board members said they will decide next Tuesday whether to approve the subsidy, which must be weighed against the need for other essential county programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It is a quintessentially Southern California tale, this struggle over water rights. But instead of developers fighting farmers for the precious liquid, growing numbers of fitness enthusiasts, young swimmers and water polo players are battling to see who gets their feet wet first and for how long.
NEWS
April 9, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It is a quintessentially Southern California tale, this struggle over water rights. But instead of developers fighting farmers for the precious liquid, growing numbers of fitness enthusiasts, youth swimmers and water-polo players are battling to see who gets their feet wet first and for how long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1999 | Marissa Espino, (714) 965-7172
New senior housing and a senior center could take the place of Fountain Valley School District's closed school at Bushard Street and Talbert Avenue. The city approached the district in January 1998 regarding the status of the school site and began preliminary discussions about the development, district officials said. The district will begin to solicit qualifications from interested developers, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1992 | LEN HALL
Orrie Markley arrived with a panting dachshund in her arms and a distraught look on her face. "She was running across the street," said Garden Grove resident Markley, handing the dog to animal control Sgt. Steve Slate. "I didn't want her to get hurt. I called her and she came right up to me. If I didn't have two dogs already, I'd keep her."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
City officials have agreed to help the county in its efforts to remove graffiti from public facilities. The City Council recently approved a city-county tagging abatement agreement that grants the county new powers to remove graffiti from county-owned property within the city. The pact gives county officials the right to walk through city property in order to clean graffiti off county-owned sites such as storm drains and flood-control facilities. Many of these sites are on city property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1998 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County supervisors on Tuesday signed off on the first phase of a corporate sponsorship campaign that will eventually bring advertisements to a beach trash can and park bench near you. Faced with limited funds to improve and maintain local parks and beaches, officials from the county as well as a coalition of five coastal cities are turning to the private sector to help cover costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1998 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spontaneous beach camping during the summer is a memory as nostalgic as "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriett." All but one of Orange County's beachfront campsites already are booked weekends through September, mirroring a broader lack of space at many of the nation's campgrounds. Rustic camping in the back hills is fine, but it's the beachfront, with its Surf City image, that draws the crowds in Orange County.
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