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September 28, 1991 | JOHN DART, John Dart is a Times staff writer.
The San Fernando Mission, whose 35,000 visitors each year are mostly schoolchildren, was bracing for the first busload of pupils in the new school year. Building toward a grimace, Msgr. Francis J. Weber said that as mission administrator he wants to provide a meaningful 75-minute tour for Los Angeles fourth-graders studying California history. "But sometimes we have to ask the kids to leave because they're bothering the fowl or breaking the flowers," he said.
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August 3, 2003 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
Shortly before his death, Bob Hope was asked by his wife, Dolores, where he wanted to be buried. The master of the one-liner said, "Surprise me." The enduring comedian, who died July 27 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 100, could have been laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, along with Hollywood luminaries Clark Gable, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Nat King Cole, Jean Harlow and Walt Disney.
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November 11, 1997 | EDWARD M. YOON
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of its founding, Mission San Fernando will host the "Valley Pioneer Lectures" today in conjunction with Cal State Northridge's history department. Scheduled to speak are two experts on California's missions, Norman Neuerburg, professor emeritus of history at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Greg Hise, assistant professor of the USC School of Urban Planning and Development.
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October 23, 2002 | Stephanie Stassel, Times Staff Writer
Jose Ernest Ortega, grandson of the last Native American to speak the Fernandeno dialect, has died at his San Fernando home. He was 82. Ortega died Saturday of cancer, said his nephew, Rudy Ortega Jr. Better known as "Ernie," Ortega was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Los Angeles and raised in San Fernando, where he lived his entire life.
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March 14, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The golden-robed Madonna, with hands folded in prayer and a serene expression, nearly made Lorenzo Pena cry. Never mind that the ceramic statue was but one of more than 300 Madonnas lining several display cases at the San Fernando Mission. That particular depiction of the mother of Jesus spoke to his heart. "It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen," said a visibly emotional Pena, a Pacoima resident who recently viewed the Madonna exhibit. "That one has something like hope.
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March 5, 1987 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
Several hundred letters and rare books from the Carrie Estelle Doheny Collection will be moved to the San Fernando Mission for permanent display, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said Wednesday. Officials Monday announced plans to sell the bulk of the vast Doheny art and book collection, which contains more than 7,000 pieces, including a Gutenberg Bible, to raise funds for the archdiocesan seminary system.
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October 12, 1992 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocky Cordova was not exactly sure what a priestly blessing would do for Splinter, his white rat. The 9-year-old just knew it was important, one of those things perhaps best left a mystery of faith. "It makes them nice," Rocky surmised Sunday as Splinter scurried across his shoulders and down his arm. "I don't know. I guess God protects them."
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May 14, 1994 | JOHN DART
It was distressing for an acquaintance who happened upon the gravestone of Msgr. Francis J. Weber, who, the last she knew, was alive and well and working at San Fernando Mission. The grave marker on a grassy knoll at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City bears Weber's name and this data: Born 1933, Ordained 1959. Priest-Archivist-Historian. The nun who telephoned Weber was pleasantly surprised to learn that he is alive, but she was confused. "You didn't see a death date, did you?"
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March 9, 1987 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Staff Writer
The fourth-graders visiting the San Fernando Mission had been studying California history this year, learning about Father Junipero Serra, how Indians ground corn and the process by which grapes become wine. But they were not prepared for the eerie wine cellar in the 18th-Century mission. "A lot of kids were frightened by it," said mission spokeswoman Nancy Hennelly. "Their imagination goes wild on them."
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July 14, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So just how does one go about planning a 200th birthday celebration? That's the question a special committee has been pondering over the last four months in its quest to mark the bicentennial of the San Fernando Mission. As the first European settlement in the area, the Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana laid the foundation for the San Fernando Valley of today.
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February 21, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will review a city councilman's proposal today to create a cultural center adjacent to the historic San Fernando Mission. Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents the northeast Valley, has proposed a center that would feature the culture of the San Fernando Valley much the way Barnsdall Art Park does for Hollywood and Plaza de la Raza and El Pueblo do for East Los Angeles.
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August 25, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Traffic Talk: The westbound lanes of San Fernando Mission Boulevard, west of the Golden State Freeway, were repaired recently. As you approach the San Fernando Mission, there is a blind curve to the right, where the road narrows to one lane. There are no signs indicating a curve or a lane narrowing and no arrows on the pavement to warn drivers.
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May 28, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At grade school, he was given a drum to beat and called Apache. When he went home, Rudy Ortega asked why his teacher had called him Indian. Because you are Indian, Rudy's mother explained that day in San Fernando. But six decades later, no one has yet answered all of Ortega's probing questions about his Native American ancestry. Ortega is 73 now. His silvery hair is pulled back in a ponytail, and turquoise and silver jewelry adorns his neck and fingers.
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April 25, 2000 | JENNIFER PENDLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When visitors head to Los Angeles for a holiday, the San Fernando Valley usually doesn't rate high on their lists of places to hang out--or maybe even rate at all. Sure, hordes take in Universal Studios, and some even stay nearby. But although the studio theme park and adjoining CityWalk are in the Valley, they don't have much of a Valley identity--nor do they feed many tourists to other attractions nearby. David Iwata wants to change that.
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July 6, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Planners of the Mission Run said they expect the number of participants in this year's event to nearly double last year's turnout. "Last year we had over 350," said Gwen Indermill, a recreation supervisor at the San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department, who is coordinating Saturday's run. "I'm expecting about 700 this year." Indermill said increased financial support from sponsors--including Coca-Cola Co., Time Warner Inc., the San Fernando Police Officers Assn.
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February 1, 1998 | Darrell Satzman
Our Lady of Chavez Ravine, the Madonna of Baseball, stands atop a red-seamed ball, a flaming torch in one arm and the baby Jesus cradled in the other. Below her, four bright-eyed ballplayers are engaged in a game, eternally frozen on a miniature replica of Dodger Stadium. A few feet away is Our Lady of the Prairie, a John Ford heroine in ceramic, golden hair tucked into a blue bonnet, scanning a harvest landscape.
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February 20, 1997 | GREG SANDOVAL
On Sept. 8, 1797, Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen blessed the ground on which Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana was to be built; it now appears his prayers were answered. San Fernando Mission has survived earthquakes, floods and runaway development for almost 200 years. But the founder of the San Fernando Valley hated California upon his arrival. The refined, educated Franciscan priest desperately pleaded with his superiors to transfer him out of the harsh environment.
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May 21, 1993 | KATHRYN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Kathryn Baker is a Sherman Oaks writer. and
The San Fernando Mission, founded in 1797, is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of Southern California. Inside the lovely mission grounds, the 20th Century seems eons away. 10 to 10:45 a.m.: Enter through the gift shop and buy a ticket from the cashier, who also provides a flyer with a map and some facts about the various buildings you will visit. (We found the information on the self-tour rather sparse.
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January 18, 1998
Their names still appear on deeds and maps. The large cattle ranches of the San Fernando Valley have provided community names--Encino and Tujunga, for instance--that are still used today. In 1834, the San Fernando Mission, along with other California missions, was secularized, and mission lands became public property. The Mexican government divided the lands among Indians, others who already were living in California and new Mexican settlers, by giving out land grants.
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January 17, 1998
When Cardinal Roger M. Mahony ordains Gerald Wilkerson as a Roman Catholic bishop Wednesday, the longtime parish priest will become an auxiliary bishop of the Los Angeles archdiocese charged with responsibilities for the San Fernando Pastoral Region.
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