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December 20, 1989 | WENDY PAULSON
The Orange County Grand Jury has begun an investigation of the San Clemente Fire Department based on an unspecified complaint, City Manager Michael W. Parness said Tuesday. An investigator from the district attorney's office told city officials about the inquiry last week but would not provide details of the complaint, Parness said. "It is real vague at this time," Parness said.
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March 23, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
Cynics among those who hang out on the Municipal Pier laughed at the idea of having a fire drill there, calling it a waste of money in hard financial times. But shortly after plans for the emergency exercise were made a few weeks ago, hot coals were dumped into a metal trash can on the pier. The heat burned a hole clear through the wooden deck, exposing the sand below. "Piers are highly flammable--they burn fast and they burn hot," said Orange County Fire Authority spokeswoman Emmy Day.
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September 10, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
Fire Chief Jim Knight, who had been on a paid medical leave for the past 11 months, has been granted a disability retirement retroactive to Aug. 1, city officials announced Thursday. Knight, 48, was hired as chief of the San Clemente Fire Department in January, 1991. He had previously served more than 20 years with the San Bernardino Fire Department, where he had moved through the ranks to become deputy fire chief.
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June 14, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
City firefighters had seen it only in faded black-and-white photos, a 1928 American La France fire engine that was the first major purchase made by the volunteer department shortly after the city's incorporation. Then last year, in a gleaming red-and-chrome flash, this ghost from the city's past became a reality when a Thousand Oaks collector unexpectedly stepped forward to offer the antique fire engine--in pristine shape--back to the Fire Department.
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June 26, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a continuing effort to curb coyote problems in the Forster Ranch community, animal control officers this week changed trapping techniques. On Wednesday, city animal control officials replaced leg traps set in the hills behind the north San Clemente housing tract with several large cage traps baited with peanut butter, San Clemente Fire Department spokesman Jack L. Stubbs Jr. said. Should a coyote go for the bait, the cage door will close on it.
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February 3, 1985
I read with interest your article (Orange County Digest, Jan. 21) concerning 19 dogs and 1 cat facing a Feb. 15 adoption deadline from the Irvine Animal Shelter. Mike Igoe, animal health technician for Irvine, stated that the 45-day stay for the animals of the Irvine shelter is "by far the longest length of time that any agency gives an animal." I felt compelled to clear up this erroneous information. The City of San Clemente established its pro-life animal shelter on Jan. 1, 1983, when it terminated its long-standing contract with Orange County for animal control service.
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October 24, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fire of unknown origin swept through a San Clemente neighborhood Wednesday, partially gutting one house and damaging two others, authorities said. No one was injured in the blaze, but the owner of the house in which the fire started said her life was saved by a smoke detector. "I changed the battery in (the smoke detector) only two days ago," said 47-year-old Jennifer Wagner, who has lived at 139 Escalones for the last three years.
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May 27, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After coyotes killed two more pets over the weekend, San Clemente officials said Tuesday they will seek the help of federal wildlife officials to devise a strategy for destroying the increasingly bold varmints that are hunting their prey in daylight in residential areas.
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July 13, 1987 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
A brush fire in San Clemente allegedly sparked by three teen-agers roared up canyon hillsides to within 10 feet of some expensive view homes, charring about 40 acres of dry chaparral. No homes were damaged and no injuries reported in the first major brush fire of the season, which swept through the Boca de La Playa Canyon in west San Clemente about a mile north of the San Diego Freeway.
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June 20, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
With one councilman describing it as one of the most "unfair" fees he's ever seen, the City Council voted this week to phase out a fire and emergency services assessment affecting about 400 homeowners. The fee was adopted in 1988 for new homes built in an area in and around Rancho San Clemente that is more than five minutes away from the nearest fire station, thereby violating the Fire Department's regulation for a five-minute maximum response to emergency calls.
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June 7, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the objections of firefighters, the San Clemente City Council voted unanimously Monday to disband its 66-year-old Fire Department and contract fire services with the county. City Councilman Truman Benedict called the decision "extremely tough. I've lived here in this town for 45 years. Most of these firemen have grown up here and gone to San Clemente High School. But we have to think of the whole city."
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February 26, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA
An analysis of the proposed merger of the city Fire Department with the county Fire Department may be completed by May 1, city officials learned Thursday. The City Council, looking for potential cost savings, voted 5 to 0 last month to seek the report from the Orange County Fire Department, which serves 16 cities, including much of South County. The city is paying $15,000 for the study. "It's worth some money to find out if you can save a lot of money," Interim Fire Chief Gene Begnell said.
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September 10, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
Fire Chief Jim Knight, who had been on a paid medical leave for the past 11 months, has been granted a disability retirement retroactive to Aug. 1, city officials announced Thursday. Knight, 48, was hired as chief of the San Clemente Fire Department in January, 1991. He had previously served more than 20 years with the San Bernardino Fire Department, where he had moved through the ranks to become deputy fire chief.
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July 3, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Responding to a county grand jury report about conflict-of-interest cases in the Fire Department, the San Clemente City Council on Wednesday voted to send a formal letter to the jury outlining steps the city has taken to correct the problems. In a letter to grand jury Administrator Mary Hennessey, Mayor Joseph Anderson said the city did not realize it was required to respond formally within 90 days of the report, which was issued on June 30, 1991. He apologized for the late response.
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June 26, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a continuing effort to curb coyote problems in the Forster Ranch community, animal control officers this week changed trapping techniques. On Wednesday, city animal control officials replaced leg traps set in the hills behind the north San Clemente housing tract with several large cage traps baited with peanut butter, San Clemente Fire Department spokesman Jack L. Stubbs Jr. said. Should a coyote go for the bait, the cage door will close on it.
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June 20, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
With one councilman describing it as one of the most "unfair" fees he's ever seen, the City Council voted this week to phase out a fire and emergency services assessment affecting about 400 homeowners. The fee was adopted in 1988 for new homes built in an area in and around Rancho San Clemente that is more than five minutes away from the nearest fire station, thereby violating the Fire Department's regulation for a five-minute maximum response to emergency calls.
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May 29, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget the City Hall press conference Thursday morning heralding the upcoming arrival of federal wildlife experts to help rid the city of its coyote problem. No federal help is coming after all. A private company will do the job instead. San Clemente Fire Chief Jim W. Knight said late Thursday that his morning announcement was premature.
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August 31, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
A management recruitment firm was selected Wednesday to help San Clemente find a new fire chief. The City Council voted 4 to 1 to hire Ralph Andersen & Associates of Newport Beach, the company that recruited City Manager Michael T. Parness last year. The $9,500 contract calls for the search firm to advertise the job, screen applicants and present a list of finalists to Parness, who will choose the new fire chief. The city is looking for a replacement for Thomas F.
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May 29, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget the City Hall press conference Thursday morning heralding the upcoming arrival of federal wildlife experts to help rid the city of its coyote problem. No federal help is coming after all. A private company will do the job instead. San Clemente Fire Chief Jim W. Knight said late Thursday that his morning announcement was premature.
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May 27, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After coyotes killed two more pets over the weekend, San Clemente officials said Tuesday they will seek the help of federal wildlife officials to devise a strategy for destroying the increasingly bold varmints that are hunting their prey in daylight in residential areas.
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