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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1992 | JOHN PENNER
Delving into an issue that has pitted the city government against local schools, the City Council tonight will hold a study session to discuss whether it should allow development of closed school sites. The Planning Commission and officials from the five school districts with schools in Huntington Beach are expected to attend the session, which is scheduled to precede the council's regular 7 p.m. meeting.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A county agency has proposed increasing fees for virtually every recreational use of the county's beaches and parks, from beach parking to annual passes to regional parks. The fee hikes, proposed by the Environmental Management Agency and due for discussion today, are intended to help offset the county's $33-million annual cost to operate 19 regional parks, three recreational harbors, six beaches and seven historical sites.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The City Council on Monday gave its preliminary approval to a new ordinance that would ban basketball playing on public courts at night. The plan was devised after a number of residents complained about late-night noise being made by people using the park courts at night. Even though most parks in Newport Beach are not fitted with night lighting to discourage after-hour uses, there are no rules against evening activity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1993 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The slightly built hiker trudged up a rutted trail, through meadows of wildflowers and sycamore groves, past canyon walls and creek beds exploding with color after two years of heavy winter rain. Up and up the young man went in his Army field jacket and camouflage cap, a bedroll peeking from his knapsack. He was lured on, perhaps, by the rare sound of water rushing down Laurel Creek and a glimpse of the wispy veils of wet tumbling over a waterfall ahead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A county agency has proposed increasing fees for virtually every recreational use of the county's beaches and parks, from beach parking to annual passes to regional parks. The fee hikes, proposed by the Environmental Management Agency and due for discussion today, are intended to help offset the county's $33-million annual cost to operate 19 regional parks, three recreational harbors, six beaches and seven historical sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Council on Monday night voted 4 to 2 to reject a plan that recommended little new development in Central Park and instead approved an alternative master plan that calls for considerably more potential development in the 370-acre park. The vote infuriated some conservationists who have for years urged that the city's largest park be preserved as a natural oasis. "This definitely is going to be an issue in the city's November election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The City Council this week approved spending $103,000 in state park bond money to make improvements to city parks and the Fountain Valley Recreation and Cultural Center. The funds will be used to improve sidewalks, baseball field lighting, bleachers and soccer goal posts. The improvements will be the last in a series with funds approved by voters in 1988.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
Hoping to keep parks and buildings well-maintained in a year of tight budgets, Orange County officials are taking a page from Caltrans' Adopt-a-Highway program. Instead of raising fees or taxes, county officials are asking residents to help collect trash at county parks, paint over graffiti-marked public buildings and maintain nature trails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1992 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
The first full day of spring break brought blessedly warm temperatures Monday, drawing school-weary youngsters outdoors. With warm, rain-free weather expected this week, it appears that parents all over Orange County will escape their spring-break nightmare: being cooped up with whining, antsy children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1993 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The slightly built hiker trudged up a rutted trail, through meadows of wildflowers and sycamore groves, past canyon walls and creek beds exploding with color after two years of heavy winter rain. Up and up the young man went in his Army field jacket and camouflage cap, a bedroll peeking from his knapsack. He was lured on, perhaps, by the rare sound of water rushing down Laurel Creek and a glimpse of the wispy veils of wet tumbling over a waterfall ahead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
Hoping to keep parks and buildings well-maintained in a year of tight budgets, Orange County officials are taking a page from Caltrans' Adopt-a-Highway program. Instead of raising fees or taxes, county officials are asking residents to help collect trash at county parks, paint over graffiti-marked public buildings and maintain nature trails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1992 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four-year-old Kyle Glaser was eager to look at the birds, but his brother, Robert, 2, was there just for the ride--in his father's backpack. They were in hiking gear as Jeremy and Nancy Glaser of Newport Beach took the boys on a leisurely walk through the Jim Dilley Greenbelt Preserve in Laguna Canyon, a 520-acre wilderness formerly known as Sycamore Hills. "I thought it would be a wonderful way to spend the day," said Jeremy Glaser. "The kids have to see open space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The City Council has authorized negotiations with school district officials for about $140,000 worth of improvements at Huntington Beach High School, which would include a skateboard park and landscaping at the football stadium. Skateboarders have caused extensive damage on the campus in recent years, and Huntington Beach Union High School District officials have been seeking an alternative site for students to practice the sport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The City Council approved plans last week for a 16,000-square-foot gymnasium in Columbus Tustin Park. Construction of the gymnasium, budgeted at $2.5 million, is scheduled to begin in December. Officials said they hope the gym will be completed in eight to 12 months. The gymnasium is the final phase of a master plan begun by the city almost a decade ago. The first phase included building playing fields on Columbus Tustin Park and on adjoining land. These were completed in 1985.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1992
City officials have approved spending about $60,000 to construct public restrooms at the Chapman sports complex, where patrons for 20 years have had to rely on portable toilets provided by sponsoring athletic organizations. The money for the project will come from the 1988 State Park Bond Act. The restrooms, which will provide four toilets at the 20-acre site near Chapman Avenue and Knott Street, are expected to be completed early next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1992 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High surf, warm water and moderate to heavy crowds kept county lifeguards busy with scores of rescues Monday as more than 200,000 people flocked to local beaches for Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. "This is a great day. It's a little more crowded than yesterday. People are rushing to the beach for one last day before school starts," said John Jetterson, 29, of Santa Ana, who was out Monday throwing a Frisbee with Mike Lucero just south of the Huntington Beach Pier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER
County officials will consider developing six acres of Yorba Regional Park for sports activities after Anaheim city officials passed on operating a community center on the site. The county Harbors, Beaches and Parks Commission on Wednesday agreed to ask the Board of Supervisors to solicit proposals from the community on what type of sports facility should be developed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992 | TERRY SPENCER
The city's trail system in the Anaheim Hills is fragmented because of property owners who have built fences and walls to block the dirt paths used by hikers, equestrians and bicyclists, the head of the parks department said this week. Speaking to the City Council, Parks and Recreation Director Chris Jarvi said homeowners often don't want trails running near their property because of "fears that are much worse than the reality."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI
Basketball players will soon be required to leave public courts located near residential areas when evening rolls around. The City Council on Monday night adopted a law that bans night-time basketball playing on courts within 300 feet of homes. Police will enforce the ban on a complaint basis from sunset or 7 p.m., whichever is later, until 8 a.m. The ordinance will take effect in four weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a recent Sunday morning, a group of long-distance runners strode up the Santa Ana River Trail, nearing a turn. Suddenly, a covey of bicyclists swooped around the curve, narrowly missing the cluster of runners. One of the cyclists swore; a runner similarly uttered an oath at the passing bicyclists. It was another near-miss on what is probably Orange County's most crowded venue for fitness buffs.
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