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May 2, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When developer Cliff Ratkovich stood on a grassy bluff overlooking the San Clemente Pier last spring, he envisioned a sparkling seaside resort that would blend with the city's Mediterranean style. What he did not envision was the animosity he would encounter from local residents who saw his $55-million Pier Bowl project as an oversize development scheme that has no place in their small town.
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January 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Buena Park man was arrested after he allegedly tried to commit a lewd act with a 13-year-old girl he met on a dating website, law enforcement officials said Tuesday evening. Jordon Bresyn, 22, is accused of locating the victim and getting her phone number on Instagram, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Department officials said Bresyn began texting the victim. "The victim told Bresyn she was 13 years old. Bresyn proceeded to ask the victim for sex," officials said in a statement.  Bresyn allegedly sent lewd photographs of himself to the victim and asked that she do the same, according to the Sheriff's Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO
The body of a man was found floating in the surf near the San Clemente Pier early Wednesday, authorities said. The fully clothed man was about 60 years old. The body was first spotted by a passerby about 7 a.m., said Lt. Colin Murphy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. An investigator swam to the body and retrieved it. There were no signs of foul play, "so right now we're investigating it with the coroner," Murphy said.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2012
Here are some pier eateries that I found especially atmospheric. - The ramshackle Chit-Chat Café at the foot of Pacifica Pier in San Mateo County opens at 7 a.m. and serves simple fare. Sixteen stools at the counter, a half-booth and two tables fill up with fishermen. Info: (650) 738-2380. - On Monterey's Municipal Wharf No. 2 Lou-Lou's Griddle in the Middle specializes in relatively inexpensive lunches, with the self-explanatory "You Name It, We'll Make It" option a fave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1992
The city is considering a proposal to redevlop the 52-year-old Beachcomber Motel and neighboring Robison home into a luxury resort hotel for the Pier Bowl. For "We need a destination resort. It would be the only one we have on the beach with an ocean view. That area was declared a blight needs to start somewhere to have a firm economic base."-- Sally Jelsy, President of the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Against "To lose our small-town indenity by razing historic structures would be a mistake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1989
Repairs to the storm-damaged San Clemente Pier are expected to begin later this month, after workers finish installing a sewer line in the area. The $68,400 sewer project, started last week, includes replacing pipes that were installed under the railroad tracks in 1937. The $110,000 pier project will replace 20 pilings and several support beams that were damaged by waves in a storm last winter. It is expected to be complete by mid-December. The city is paying for both projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1985 | Robert Hanley
Although they are two months behind schedule, construction crews have been working around-the-clock to complete repair work on the San Clemente pier in time for its grand rededication next week. City Engineer Ed Putz said Thursday that repairs to the city landmark, necessitated when a surveying error in March left a noticeable hump, are scheduled to be completed today with a final inspection scheduled this afternoon.
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August 25, 1985 | Robert Hanley \f7
The City Council has formally certified the latest repairs made to the San Clemente Pier, but only after three votes and some debate over the quality of the work done by the contractor. After discussion and several motions on the matter, the council voted to certify the repairs as complete with the provision that the city manager present a report on the project to the council at its Sept. 18 meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1990
Birth control may be for the birds at the San Clemente Pier if the City Council approves a $3,600 appropriation to control the pigeon population by slipping them the Pill. Fed up with the mess caused by droppings from about 250 pigeons that nest among the pilings of the 1,200-foot pier, city officials say they hope to gradually reduce their numbers to about 50 birds within two years. "They're hitting bull's-eyes on our railings, decks, it's all over the place," said Capt.
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June 9, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman with a sequined flag on her white shirt sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" with infectious emotion from a bandstand on a grassy knoll. Nearby, a street was strewn with confetti left over from a military parade, and children clambered on a display of armored trucks and tanks.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2012 | Christopher Smith
San Clemente Pier Overview: This 1,296-foot wood-plank pier, built in 1928 and refurbished several times, is springy. There is a benign ambience here, which extends to the Hawaiian vibe at the Pier Shack & Grill at the end of the pier. Notable views: Gazing inland trumps looking out to sea. Atmospheric cliffs show off a California seaside town with Spanish Colonial touches. Meanwhile, Amtrak and Metrolink trains stop at the foot of the pier. Parking: $1.50 an hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at two pay lots on Del Mar Street, which winds down to the shoreline; adjacent metered spots on the street cost the same.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
Let's call these MVPs - Must Visit Piers. Here are my choices from south to north: Southern California - Coronado Ferry Landing, San Diego: Don't tell San Francisco, but this spot may have the most jaw-dropping city views in the state. Highlights include the snazzy skyline, whatever Navy craft are at berth and the Coronado Bay Bridge. But the real draw is the traffic (sailboats to freighters) in the channel. - Crystal Pier, San Diego County: Its trim cottages - built in 1936 and rehabbed over the years - line both sides of the pier.
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January 14, 2006 | Eric Sondheimer
It's 7:30 a.m., and Jeff Lukasik of San Clemente has arrived for his first-period class. There are no reading assignments, there's no need for pencils or pens and no one cares if he shows up barefoot. Such is the life of a 16-year-old junior who receives P.E. credit for surfing every morning. "I wouldn't trade it for anything," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Patrick Crosby plans on taking his clarinet to court next month. "I'll just play the tunes the jury grew up with," he reasons. "I'll play 'Begin the Beguine,' and I don't see how I can lose." Music, says Crosby, is his best weapon in fighting City Hall over artistic expression. At issue: a citation he recently received for playing his clarinet near the San Clemente Pier while accepting donations from appreciative listeners without a business permit, which would have set him back $110 a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Every day, Russ Risdon and his wife stroll along the beach near their house overlooking San Clemente Pier and clean up everybody's mess. Monday morning, Risdon's haul was bigger than usual. Just hours after the last pyrotechnic explosion off the pier during the city's Fourth of July celebration, Risdon's yellow plastic bag was nearly overflowing with beer bottles and soda cans, cigarette butts and tiny pieces of red, white and blue balloons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2002 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the first things Melissa Magner did when she moved into her small, wood-frame apartment on Encino Lane five years ago was measure the short walk down a curl of palm-lined streets to the beach just north of the San Clemente Pier. Two-tenths of a mile, exactly. "This is," she said last week, "a good place to be unemployed."
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July 1, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
Let's call these MVPs - Must Visit Piers. Here are my choices from south to north: Southern California - Coronado Ferry Landing, San Diego: Don't tell San Francisco, but this spot may have the most jaw-dropping city views in the state. Highlights include the snazzy skyline, whatever Navy craft are at berth and the Coronado Bay Bridge. But the real draw is the traffic (sailboats to freighters) in the channel. - Crystal Pier, San Diego County: Its trim cottages - built in 1936 and rehabbed over the years - line both sides of the pier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
About 50 residents carrying signs reading "Save Our History" and "Don't Ruin Our Town" marched near the beach Saturday to protest a proposal to build a luxury resort near the San Clemente Pier. "People are really mad at this point," said Wayne Eggleston, a member of the newly established Pier Bowl Community Assn., which organized the demonstration. "Elections are coming up, and we're trying to make a public issue out of it."
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July 21, 2002 | MILTON CARRERO GALARZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carolyn Suttle could not restrain herself from whistling Saturday evening when she realized that her 49-year-old husband, Michael, and five other team swimmers were about to reach the San Clemente Pier after struggling for 33 hours in the water separating the coast and an island 60 miles away. It was about 4:50 p.m. when she first saw Brendan Halffman's arm emerging from the water and then splashing down again, leaving a faint trail in the calm ocean waters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The surfers continued to surf, the jet skiers continued to jet ski and none of the customers in the Village Book Exchange in San Clemente's Old Town even raised their heads. About the only upset that seemed to occur when the warning sirens for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station were tested Wednesday was to the flock of sea gulls sitting on the beach. They skyrocketed into the air when the first blast was sounded at 10 a.m.
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