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June 30, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Gia Lugo knows all about the gang turf battles in southern Orange County. So when she taught school in San Clemente, she was careful not to let students know that she lived in San Juan Capistrano. And she never told people in San Juan where she worked. "I was afraid to have a SJC sticker on my car because it might get tagged or vandalized," said Lugo, 36, who has lived in San Juan most of her life and remembers gangs in junior high.
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February 27, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
There is a point, at the eastern edge of San Juan Capistrano, where Orange County's seemingly boundless labyrinth of tile-roofed homes, ranch-style boxes and multimillion-dollar estates gives way to a largely unspoiled expanse of rivers, canyons and trees. Here, with one border snuggled against the city's last neighborhoods and another ushering in the Santa Ana Mountains, is The Oaks, the 20-acre home of Joan Irvine Smith, her horses and her oak trees.
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September 12, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
It was inside Serra Chapel that my epiphany began. It's an eerie place of beauty with history painted on its walls, a tiny room with a view of another age. In my life as a Californian, I have spent hours meditating in this birth chamber of the state.
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June 30, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Gia Lugo knows all about the gang turf battles in southern Orange County. So when she taught school in San Clemente, she was careful not to let students know that she lived in San Juan Capistrano. And she never told people in San Juan where she worked. "I was afraid to have a SJC sticker on my car because it might get tagged or vandalized," said Lugo, 36, who has lived in San Juan most of her life and remembers gangs in junior high.
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June 6, 2003 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
About 200 immigrants met with Mexican government officials Thursday night to complain of what they described as heavy-handed tactics by Border Patrol agents in San Juan Capistrano this week. The crowd gathered in front of an apartment complex in the South County city at a meeting organized by the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana. They told stories of agents arresting family members as they walked children to school this week.
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October 25, 2004 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
After a frustrating week, 72-year-old Gil Jones on Sunday was back on the farm. As he has for 25 years, Jones was leading children to animals. It's a routine he thought he was walking away from when he entered into a $2.1-million transaction in August to sell the Jones Family Mini-Farm, a San Juan Capistrano landmark that attracts 150,000 visitors a year. Jones, a former San Juan Capistrano mayor, had visions of retiring after finding a buyer who would preserve the small petting zoo.
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September 19, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
"Preserving the Past to Enhance the Future." That's the new official motto of San Juan Capistrano. The council this week selected the slogan from a list of six suggestions, including "Family, Community, Tradition," "City With a Mission: Good Living and Tradition" and "Emerald of the Capistrano Valley." City officials have been searching for a motto for nearly two years in response to a request from the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce.
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September 4, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's newest high school opened Wednesday in San Juan Capistrano, with picketers reminding the uniform-clad students, parents and civic boosters of the controversy surrounding the campus. Junipero Serra High School, five years in the planning, was welcomed by a Juaneno Indian who stood alongside school supporters, and targeted by other Juanenos who protested plans for the school's athletic complex to be built atop ancestral burial grounds.
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October 8, 2006 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
At 3 1/2 years old, Abbott, a Yorkshire terrier from Laguna Niguel, smelled something suspicious Saturday. His owners, Sally and Ted Shiebler, woke him up early to give him a bath. "It's a very important day," said Sally Shiebler, 72, petting her brown and black dog. "We have four children and this is our fifth. We have blessed all of our children, so why not our dog?"
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April 27, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Orange County sheriff's deputies thwarted a home-invasion robbery in San Juan Capistrano after one victim -- unnoticed by the intruders -- called 911, authorities said Saturday. Police arrested three of four suspects shortly before 9 p.m. Friday as they fled from a house in the 31000 block of Old San Juan Road, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Police identified the men as Jose Navarro, 19, Carlos Garcia, 18, and Hector Rascon, 24, all of Los Angeles.
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June 12, 2008 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Three teenage boys were in custody Wednesday in connection with the death of a 14-year-old San Juan Capistrano boy who was struck in the head with a large piece of concrete during an apparent gang altercation, authorities said. Jonathan Mendez died late Friday after being dropped at the ambulance entrance to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. The car he was in, witnesses told police, had significant damage to the passenger side of the windshield.
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March 13, 2008 | Pauline OConnor
San Juan Capistrano is known mainly for two things -- its mission, founded in 1776 by Spanish priest Junipero Serra, and its annual return of migrating cliff swallows, whose reappearance each March is accompanied by great fanfare. But there's a lot more to this charming little town about 60 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Take a leisurely stroll through its picturesque streets and you'll understand why the swallows come back. Morning STEP ONTO THE TRAIN, TURN BACK THE CLOCK The best way to visit is via Amtrak or Metrolink.
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December 13, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A San Juan Capistrano high school student and his parents filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that his history teacher violated his constitutional rights by making "highly inappropriate" and offensive statements in class regarding Christianity.
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November 17, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge approved sweeping preliminary injunctions Friday making it illegal for 226 alleged members of two rival gangs to associate in designated areas of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. The two injunctions signed by Judge Daniel Didier were against the Varrio Viejo gang in San Juan Capistrano and Varrio Chico gang in San Clemente. Law enforcement officials said the action was needed to stop gang members from terrorizing residents and because of fights between the groups.
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October 10, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
When Mission San Juan Capistrano built a rectory garden for parish priests this summer, there was one blessing they forgot to seek: the city's. Officials learned of the project -- replete with rose bushes, a fountain and an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace -- and ordered the work to stop, saying they believed it was on a portion of an old Native American cemetery.
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August 14, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
San Juan Capistrano officials spoke out Monday against plans to turn a large portion of a bucolic ranch-style campus owned by Crystal Cathedral Ministries into a bustling mail facility. "This would destroy the gateway into our community," said Mayor Sam Allevato at a news conference on Camino Capistrano, the two-lane road overlooking the property, which is nestled between Interstate 5 and grassy hills on the northern edge of the city. "It's totally out of character for our rural ambience."
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May 6, 2002 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of an ambitious plan to move more trains at faster speeds along the Southern California coast, Caltrans is considering a two-mile tunnel that would add two sets of tracks near San Juan Capistrano's historic downtown district. The added tracks would involve the demolition of a downtown parking structure. The tunnel, one of several considerations for handling trains along the Los Angeles-to-San Diego corridor, is part of a $10-billion proposal for improving rail transportation statewide.
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August 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Acceding to requests by residents and city officials, Caltrans has extended the public comment period on a controversial plan to widen Ortega Highway that some believe could alter the city's historic charm. The new comment period ends Sept. 8, officials said Tuesday. The city asked for the extension and hired a law firm to review the proposed project after the state agency rejected its request for a detailed environmental impact report.
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August 4, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Heiress Joan Irvine Smith's plan was to build a world-class equestrian park in San Juan Capistrano. She leased land next to her 26-acre farm, the Oaks. She hired a park designer. Then she met Richard John "R.J." Brandes, a Newport Beach businessman with whom she entered into an agreement to develop and operate what was to be one of the West Coast's top equestrian centers. Many shows were held, including Olympic trials in 2000 and 2004.
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