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November 26, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER and DEBRA CANO
A group of 12 Saddleback Valley cheerleaders, headed by longtime coach Gail Wright, took first place recently in a competition organized by the Pop Warner Football League. "We did pretty well for our little group," said parent Kate Charles-Howe. The Orange Empire Conference, held in Long Beach, was special, parents say, because the girls showed extra team spirit. One 12-year-old team member was holding an extended "A mount" position when she slipped.
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June 29, 2003 | Zeke Minaya, Times Staff Writer
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District's decision to allow parents to raise funds on a school-by-school basis to forestall increases in class size could lead to uneven teacher-student ratios districtwide and heavier teacher workloads at campuses that fail to raise enough money, according to district officials.
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October 12, 1989
The South Orange County Chamber of Commerce is selling a pamphlet that provides a wide range of statistics about the Saddleback Valley. The publication is $2, and it may be purchased by mail or at the chamber office, 25431 Cabot Road, Suite 205, Laguna Hills, Calif. 92653.
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January 5, 2002 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police said Friday that they are investigating two school vandalism incidents in south Orange County to determine whether they were the work of two adults and a juvenile arrested on suspicion of trashing campuses in Capistrano Unified School District.
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December 7, 1989 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of a fledgling movement to incorporate a wide area of Saddleback Valley say a preliminary study suggests that the proposed city would be financially secure. Helen Wilson, president of the Community Coalition for Incorporation, said that a study released Tuesday by an Oceanside financial consultant shows that a city consisting of El Toro, Lake Forest and Portola Hills would have a surplus of more than $5 million in the first year if revenue and spending remained at current levels.
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June 30, 1988
Richard Tripp has been installed as new president of the Saddleback Regional Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Barbara Snyder. Also installed were George Walsh, president-elect; Patrick Rogan, chief financial officer, and Elaine Carter, Harlis Chavis, Richard Dixon and Dennis Lannon as vice presidents in charge of various chamber programs.
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September 21, 1985 | Michael Bunch \f7
Nearly 400 children participated in the Saddleback Valley YMCA's fifth annual Backyard Swim Program. Children 6 months to 3 years old participated in the recently completed Waterbabies sessions (also called the Mommy and Me programs), which are designed to help youngsters become acquainted with the water and learn fundamental aquatic skills. The Tadpoles division, a beginning swimmer course, accepted children 3 to 5 years old.
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February 3, 1988 | MARIANN HANSEN, Times Staff Writer
Today could mark the beginning of another torrid turf war in the south county. The county agency that reviews incorporations--which in the last year has witnessed simple cityhood applications turn into battles for historic land claims--will be presented today with a proposal that calls for binding five south county communities into one Saddleback Valley City, with a population of 77,000. Area residents already have taken sides, and the issue stands to be long and divisive.
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October 16, 1989 | G. JEANETTE AVENT
Officials in the Saddleback school district are finding that when private developers and homeowners pay, new schools get built. When the state pays, construction waits. Two new elementary schools were scheduled to open in the fall, but only the one paid for directly by local residents will open on time, officials say. Construction on Eastlake II Elementary in Rancho Santa Margarita is expected to begin this month, paid for by a special school tax in that neighborhood.
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November 9, 1988 | JIM CARLTON and MARIANN HANSEN, Times Staff Writers
Cityhood for Saddleback Valley appeared headed for defeat Tuesday as early returns showed voters making a rare rejection of an Orange County incorporation proposal. With more than 10% of precincts reporting late Tuesday, voters were rejecting Measure R by a margin of 58% to 42%. "We're all delighted. This proves that this proposal is a flawed plan. . . . Clearly the voters have chosen to use their better judgment," said Melody Carruth, co-chairman of Citizens to Save Laguna Hills.
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September 2, 2001
Re "Religious, Gay Clubs Allowed Back on Campus," Aug. 23: Kudos to Capistrano Unified School District. I am a former Saddleback Valley student who stood and cheered with youthful optimism at the 2001 commencement when my class' co-valedictorian called for the reinstatement of extracurricular campus organizations. I am a protester who saw my school board oppose their community's popular support. Now that its great, farcical closed-mindedness has been blasted into oblivion by its closest neighbor, perhaps the Saddleback Valley district will change its ridiculous ways before losing all of its credibility, not to mention all of its money in legal fees, in what has become a Vietnam-like battle against enlightened ideologies in South County.
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June 28, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A California affiliate of Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group, held a protest Wednesday outside the Saddleback Valley Unified School District headquarters, decrying the district's decision to ban service clubs in order to avoid recognizing a Christian group. "It's outrageous," said state Sen. Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside), who called on school board members to reverse the decision or step down.
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April 10, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents of three children are suing the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, contending that school officials wrote a "glowing" recommendation for a teacher even though they suspected him of acting inappropriately around young boys. The 27-year-old teacher, Jason Abhyankar, went on to a position in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and since has been charged with four criminal counts of molesting fourth-grade boys in both school districts. He has pleaded not guilty.
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January 20, 2001 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The second-graders at Trabuco Mesa Elementary School recently received a sad lesson in the uncertainties of life: Even a seemingly all-powerful grown-up like their superintendent can fall seriously ill. Just two days after visiting to read stories to the Rancho Santa Margarita second-graders, Peter A. Hartman was fighting for his life after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a kidney.
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November 30, 2000
Four Orange County curricular programs are among 46 across California that will be honored Saturday by the California School Boards Assn. The Saddleback Valley Unified School District is the county's big winner and will take home two Golden Bell Awards from the annual statewide meeting of school board members, scheduled this weekend in Long Beach.
SPORTS
October 14, 2000
San Jacinto Noli Indian defeated Saddleback Valley Christian, 48-46, Friday at San Jacinto. The Warriors (0-5) lost despite several noteworthy individual performances. Freshman Brian Harbin returned kickoffs of 60 and 62 yards and also caught a 38-yard scoring pass from quarterback Chris Frey. Sophomore Ferrari Asgali rushed for touchdowns of 79 and 35 yards. San Jacinto Noli Indian is 1-3.
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December 24, 1987
Proponents of cityhood for Saddleback Valley have begun applying for incorporation through the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (Lafco), the panel that recommends approval or denial of such proposals to the Board of Supervisors. The proposed city would include the areas of El Toro, Lake Forest, Nellie Gail Ranch, Laguna Hills, Aegean Hills and Portola Hills. Mission Viejo residents voted to incorporate in November.
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August 4, 1988
Rejecting an appeal, a county agency Wednesday stood by its 6-week-old decision to place the question of cityhood for Saddleback Valley residents on the Nov. 6 ballot. In a unanimous vote, the five-member Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission denied an appeal by Craig Scott, a representative of two citizen groups known as Citizens to Save Laguna Hills and Taxpayers Against Forced Incorporation. The groups oppose including Laguna Hills in the valleywide cityhood plan.
SPORTS
September 24, 2000 | ALEX ARREOLA
Host Fairmont got a lift from brothers Stephen and Jason Park, who combined for three touchdowns, three interceptions and 216 yards rushing in a 48-20 victory over Saddleback Valley Christian, Saturday at Glover Stadium. Fairmont (2-0) got out to a quick start on its first drive. After Jason Park's 18-yard touchdown run was called back because of a clipping penalty, Stephen Park broke free on the next play, a misdirection play that he turned into a 32-yard touchdown run.
NEWS
September 1, 2000
1999 RECORD: None (0-0) COACH: Mike Henjum (0-0 at school) TOP NEWCOMERS Chris Frey, TE, 5-11, 170, So.; Brian Harbin, RB, 5-9, 160, Fr.; Caleb Hoovestal, FB, 5-10, 175, Jr.; Jon Pickett, OT/DE, 6-2, 190, Jr.; Derek Warwick, QB, 6-2, 170, Jr. OUTLOOK For any coach heading up a first-year program and trying to play 11-man football, a good sense of humor is necessary. "On a good day I have 20 kids show up for practice," Henjum said, "but normally it's less than that.
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