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July 8, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his home high atop Spyglass Hill, Salvador Avila enjoys a scenic panorama that takes in the tall buildings of Fashion Island and several Corona del Mar landmarks before the coastline dips into the Pacific Ocean. From here, it's hard to imagine his meager beginnings. The 67-year-old patriarch of one of Southern California's most successful restaurant families was once a bracero who picked fruit in Central California.
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July 9, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his home high atop Spyglass Hill in Newport Beach, Salvador Avila enjoys a scenic panorama that takes in the tall buildings of Fashion Island and several Corona del Mar landmarks before the coastline dips into the Pacific Ocean. From here, it's hard to imagine his impoverished beginnings. The 67-year-old patriarch of a highly successful Southern California restaurant family once was a bracero who picked fruit in Central California.
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July 9, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his home high atop Spyglass Hill in Newport Beach, Salvador Avila enjoys a scenic panorama that takes in the tall buildings of Fashion Island and several Corona del Mar landmarks before the coastline dips into the Pacific Ocean. From here, it's hard to imagine his impoverished beginnings. The 67-year-old patriarch of a highly successful Southern California restaurant family once was a bracero who picked fruit in Central California.
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July 8, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his home high atop Spyglass Hill, Salvador Avila enjoys a scenic panorama that takes in the tall buildings of Fashion Island and several Corona del Mar landmarks before the coastline dips into the Pacific Ocean. From here, it's hard to imagine his meager beginnings. The 67-year-old patriarch of one of Southern California's most successful restaurant families was once a bracero who picked fruit in Central California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1987 | STEVE EMMONS and NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writers
One of the family owners of the El Ranchito restaurant chain, once indicted in Hawaii for drug smuggling but never tried, was shot and killed just after midnight Thursday as he drove through his neighborhood west of Upper Newport Bay. Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators said "several shots" were fired at Joe Luis Avila, 40, of Costa Mesa, through the window of his black 1985 Porsche Carrera convertible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1987
A 10-year-old boy who couldn't swim drowned in Mission Bay on Sunday afternoon when the small boat he was in overturned about 10 yards offshore. San Diego lifeguard Lt. Chris Brewster identified the victim as Jorge Novoa of San Diego. Brewster said Novoa was paddling with a friend in Leisure Lagoon, north of the Hilton Hotel, when the rubber boat flipped over. Novoa slipped underwater, prompting his 13-year-old friend, Salvador Avila, to swim ashore and summon help.
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December 19, 1991 | ALICIA DI RADO
* Liliana Narvaez, 18, never expected any rewards for her community service work in Highland Park. But Narvaez recently received a Hitachi Foundation $5,000 award, only weeks after President Bush selected her as a Point of Light award winner for her community projects while a Franklin High School student. "I've been wanting to be a teacher since I was very young," said Narvaez, a University of Redlands freshman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1993
The owner of a Mexican restaurant belonging to a family chain was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly failing to file individual income tax returns and making false statements to a federally insured savings and loan association, officials said. Salvador Avila-Cerda of San Clemente, who owns the El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant in Laguna Hills, was charged in Los Angeles on five counts, said Judith Golden, a spokeswoman for the Internal Revenue Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2000 | AGUSTIN GURZA
I don't speak very often with my brother Roberto, who lives with his wife and baby boy in the Bay Area, where we grew up. So my call to him Monday morning came as a surprise. His quizzical 'Hello?' told me he was anticipating some news or announcement. Otherwise, why would his brother be calling from L.A. on a weekday? "I just called to say 'Hi,' " I kidded. "Como amanecieron? (How is everybody this morning?)" Roberto is a psychotherapist and not easily fooled by insincerity. He played along.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001 | ANN CONWAY
Pleased by the sartorial tribute to her best-selling novel, "The Red Tent," Anita Diamant began her remarks at the Women's Voices Luncheon on Monday by complimenting the hundreds of women who'd come to hear her: "I don't know when I've seen so many red suits," she said, smiling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1998 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At age 13, life changed for Maria Elena Avila in a way that could have seemed like a hardship to some. She saw it as an opportunity. The Avila family was struggling and surviving in Huntington Park after leaving Mexico about eight years earlier. But an injury forced her father from his job as a foundry worker. With a $2,000 bank loan co-signed by his uncle, Salvador Avila opened a small restaurant next to a liquor store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By all indications, Rosario Marin should have taken a beating when she recently ran for a second term on the Huntington Park City Council. After all, Marin had been Gov. Pete Wilson's liaison to the Latino community for the last two years. She was the Spanish voice of an administration that was characterized by many Latino leaders as being anti-immigrant for Wilson's support for Propositions 187 and 227.
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