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March 13, 2009 | Ruben Vives
The San Gabriel Mission's wayward cross is back in its rightful place atop the historic landmark. Four years ago, on a cold winter night, someone sneaked into the mission and took the 50-year-old metal cross that was leaning against the church building. Authorities eventually recovered the 8-foot, 100-pound cross, but it remained in storage until this week, when it was hoisted to its rightful place.
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March 31, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A church deacon who said he tumbled into a "dark and muddy" grave during a funeral service is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Alfonso Valles alleged in the legal claim that he suffered a broken arm and other injuries when he landed at the bottom of a 6-foot grave at the San Gabriel Mission cemetery. Valles was standing on top of a platform during the summer of 2012 at the San Gabriel Mission cemetery when, “without any warning whatsoever,” the platform collapsed, according to court documents filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1995
Re "Mission Possible," editorial, Jan. 6: I agree with your conclusion and attitude regarding the changes in the San Gabriel mission district. However, I believe that if you were to research it, you would find that Juan Bautista de Anza visited the mission at its original location, which was on the western bank of the Rio Hondo River where San Gabriel Boulevard crosses, near the city limits of Montebello. The mission was later moved north due to flooding conditions. JOE R. TOLOSA JR. Glendora
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March 5, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Rosa Quirino liked to perform with leather huaraches on her feet and a shawl criss-crossed over her chest, in a nod to Pancho Villa. When men teased her as she sang, she would tell them: "Gentlemen, we are working. " Then, she'd pull out her gun. The year was 1903, and Doña Rosa, a mariachi from Mexico who began playing violin at age 13, was a rare sight. Her story and others are being featured in an exhibit this month at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The show covers more than a century of history surrounding female mariachis: ladies who found success - starring on television, scoring sponsors and performing internationally - at a time when the Mexican music genre was ruled entirely by men. "They were seen, they were heard, they performed in front of thousands of people," said Leonor Xochitl Perez, the exhibit's organizer.
NEWS
January 9, 1994
Groundbreaking for the first phase of beautifying the district around the San Gabriel Mission is slated for Wednesday, city officials said. Last month, the City Council accepted a bid of $1.879 million from Gentry Brothers of Irwindale to make the improvements. "For many people, this is going to be a dream come true," said Councilwoman Mary Cammarano. Plans to create a setting worthy of the mission have been discussed in various forms for at least 25 years, she said.
NEWS
April 8, 1993
Hoping to create a setting worthy of the San Gabriel Mission and attract businesses and tourists to the area, the City Council unanimously approved a plan to beautify and redesign the streets surrounding the historic landmark. The design by a landscape architecture firm in Irvine aims to unify the district with trees, street lamps and decorative paving reflecting the character of the Mission.
NEWS
August 12, 1993
On July 29, 1993, an open meeting of concerned citizens met with San Gabriel city officials for an unveiling of the proposed redevelopment plan for the San Gabriel Mission area. The plan is a good one but is seriously flawed in its present form as it regards traffic engineering and control. The plan calls for the closure of Mission Drive adjacent to the mission and elimination of parking around the hospital area. I believe this part of the plan is going to cause more problems and inconvenience for the community than the City Council and their contracted Orange county consulting firm care to admit.
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October 3, 1987 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
After Mission San Gabriel was rebuilt after an 1812 earthquake that toppled its bell tower and caused its high-arched roof to collapse, a portrait of the reconstructed building referred to it as "La mision de los temblores," the mission of earthquakes. In the years since, the mission has lived up to that name, withstanding four other major temblors.
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December 6, 1987 | HUGO MARTIN, Times Staff Writer
Although it would be cheaper to simply patch up the damage the San Gabriel Mission sustained in the Oct. 1 earthquake, mission officials hope to raise the estimated $4.5 million needed to completely restore the 182-year-old structure. San Gabriel City Councilman Michael Falabrino, who heads the recently formed Mission Earthquake Restoration Committee, said the group has begun applying for money from private foundations as well as from federal, state and other private sources.
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April 5, 1990 | SAM HALL KAPLAN, TIMES DESIGN CRITIC
The J. Paul Getty Trust has awarded $50,000 for emergency repairs to the often-damaged historic San Gabriel Mission, one of California's oldest. The grant is one of 23 totaling $1.4 million the Getty Trust awarded Wednesday to preservation projects worldwide. Other local recipients include the Los Angeles Conservatory and the China Exploration and Research Society, based in Altadena.
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February 16, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
GIRLS' BASKETBALL SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS OPEN DIVISION First round, Saturday, 7 p.m. #1 Mater Dei, bye #9 Sierra Canyon at #8 Alemany #12 Keppel at #5 Serra #4 Etiwanda, bye #3 Long Beach Poly, bye #11 Lynwood at #6 Chaminade #10 Troy at #7 Canyon Springs #2 Windward, bye   Notes (Open Division): Quarterfinals, Feb. 26; semifinals, Mar. 1. Championship, Mar. 8 at Azusa Pacific U. Consolation bracket: Semifinals, Mar. 1. Final, Mar. 7.   DIVISION 1AA First round, Saturday, 7 p.m. unless noted Silverado at #1 Bonita #16 Chaparral at Rancho Cucamonga #9 King at California Riverside North at #8 Valencia #5 Bishop Amat at Oxnard Pacifica Arcadia at #12 Summit Edison at #13 San Clemente Downey at #4 Great Oak   Aliso Niguel at #3 Millikan Upland at #14 Chino Hills Warren at #11 Agoura Diamond Bar at #6 Corona Centennial, THURSDAY Long Beach Jordan at #7 Brea Olinda #10 Eastvale Roosevelt at La Quinta Los Alamitos at #15 Crescenta Valley Highland at #2 Vista Murrieta     DIVISION 1A First round, Saturday, 7 p.m. Quartz Hill at #1 Camarillo Ayala at #16 Perris #9 Buena at El Rancho Schurr at #8 Valley View El Toro at #5 Canyon Country Canyon #12 Burbank at Knight #13 Lakewood at Anaheim Arroyo Valley at #4 Newbury Park   Montebello at #3 Huntington Beach Placentia Valencia...
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February 6, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A group of religious leaders filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Los Angeles County over a Board of Supervisors' decision to place a cross on the county's seal. Supervisors voted 3 to 2 last month to add the cross to the top of the San Gabriel Mission as it appears on the county emblem, which is displayed on buildings, vehicles and official written communications. Years ago, the board had removed a cross from the seal when a similar suit was threatened. The complaint filed Thursday argues that restoring the cross violates the state and U.S. constitutions because it "favors the Christian religion over all other religions and divides County residents by religion and by adherence or non-adherence to religious beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta
A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a cross back to the county's official seal, despite warnings the decision would invite legal challenges. The proposal to change the seal, which appears on flags, vehicles and written communications with residents, was advanced by board members Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe and picked up a required third vote from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The cross will be added to a small depiction of the San Gabriel Mission now in the seal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Still deciding where to celebrate Easter Sunday? Here are some places Angelenos are expected to be en masse: Easter at the Hollywood Bowl is free to the public and will feature an address by Francis Chan, author of "Crazy Love. " “Whether you are simply curious about faith or a longtime follower of Jesus, Easter at the Bowl will leave you filled with life and an unshakable hope!” organizers said on the event website. The bowl service hosted by Bel Air Presbyterian Church and the Christian Assembly Church begins at 11 a.m. Sunday.
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February 6, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Archaeologist Deanna Jones couldn't believe her eyes as she hunched over a shallow pit dug next to railroad tracks in front of the San Gabriel Mission. She was inside the recently excavated foundation of a long-gone adobe building that once stood in the mission's 40-acre Bishop's Garden, first cultivated in the early 1780s. As Jones scooped a trowel full of dirt from what had been the adobe floor, a silvery glint caught her attention. "It looked like a piece of scrap metal at first," said Jones, a 29-year-old Van Nuys resident who has worked four years as a professional archaeologist.
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July 30, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Mission artifacts that could be more than 200 years old were discovered during an archaeological survey near the San Gabriel Mission, an environmental consultant said Wednesday. Pottery, brick, livestock bones and remnants of a masonry waterway associated with a mill built in 1823 were among the artifacts discovered Tuesday during the dig. Archaeologists also recovered items linked with the building of the Union Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s.
NEWS
April 12, 1992 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buoyed by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's acceptance of the honorary chairmanship of the fund-raising drive for restoration of the San Gabriel Mission, parishioners will hold an open house today at the historic, earthquake-damaged structure. Docents will lead free tours from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the 221-year-old mission, fourth-oldest of California's original 21. Groups of 10 will be taken into the mission's first sanctuary, which has been closed since the Whittier Narrows earthquake of 1987.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1996 | EMILY OTANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once upon a time, Lucky Baldwin, a strapping young fellow with an ox as his companion, set out to work in his vineyard. The ox, hitched to a wooden cart, was minding its own business, and so was Lucky. Then a gust of wind blew. A really strong gust, so strong it blew the largest bell from the San Gabriel Mission tower right onto his oxcart. Some tale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2009 | Ruben Vives
The San Gabriel Mission's wayward cross is back in its rightful place atop the historic landmark. Four years ago, on a cold winter night, someone sneaked into the mission and took the 50-year-old metal cross that was leaning against the church building. Authorities eventually recovered the 8-foot, 100-pound cross, but it remained in storage until this week, when it was hoisted to its rightful place.
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