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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 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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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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April 23, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Seventh-grade students from Marco F. Forster Middle School on Tuesday campaigned to save the rain forests, protect endangered species and stop global warming. Hundreds of cardboard boxes festooned with environmental messages, paint and other paraphernalia lined the campus courtyard as more than 600 students participated in the fourth annual Planet Earth Day fair.
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February 15, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There hasn't been an old-fashioned, bareknuckle water-rights battle in this historic mission town since 1931, but suddenly a new dispute is turning friends into enemies and sending officials digging through centuries-old records.
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December 7, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
They couldn't see anything and all they could hear were a couple of geese honking, but then and there, Omar and Carolyn Gonzalez knew the place would make a perfect home for their birds. "I'm standing there in my pajamas and Uggs at 10:30 at night," Carolyn Gonzalez said. "But Omar and I knew what the place would look like in the light. That it could be a magical place." The next morning, they made an offer on the 1.4-acre property in San Juan Capistrano's historic Los Rios district.
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September 16, 1998 | LINN GROVES
School trustees gave preliminary approval Monday to a policy allowing parents to seek exemption for their children from English-immersion requirements in Proposition 227. The policy would be used by the Capistrano Unified School District to grant or deny waivers to a parent seeking to keep or place a child in a bilingual class.
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October 14, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
One night in September, about 20 people crowded around two men wrestling on a sidewalk in San Juan Capistrano's La Zanja barrio. On the ground, a sheriff's deputy struggled to lock a pair of handcuffs on a skinny Latino who officials said was resisting arrest. As often happens in tussles with the cops, Evaristo Perez got the worst of it. Bloodied and bruised, he was treated at a hospital and taken to jail on suspicion of resisting arrest.
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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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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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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June 15, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Last month, when plans for a 38-unit apartment building of low-cost housing for seniors came before the San Juan Capistrano City Council, there was no opposition. After some minor tinkering, the council unanimously approved the project. Three years earlier, though, the city was not so accommodating when a developer proposed building 60 rental units for poor working families.
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May 15, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A weekend art show raised more than $200,000 for a dozen environmental and arts groups, organizers said Monday. The Heritage Art Exhibition at Oaks Ranch in San Juan Capistrano featured 40 artists, some of whose works depicted the 50,000-acre Ranch Land Reserve, co-organizer Joan Irvine Smith said.
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October 14, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
One night in September, about 20 people crowded around two men wrestling on a sidewalk in San Juan Capistrano's La Zanja barrio. On the ground, a sheriff's deputy struggled to lock a pair of handcuffs on a skinny Latino who officials said was resisting arrest. As often happens in tussles with the cops, Evaristo Perez got the worst of it. Bloodied and bruised, he was treated at a hospital and taken to jail on suspicion of resisting arrest.
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April 24, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
His stunted, shriveled arms are all but useless when it comes to driving, bodyboarding or teaching science to sixth-graders. Instead, Chris Gallagher accomplishes all three with his feet, and a fierce determination to overcome adversity that is inspiring children at San Juan Capistrano's Marco Forster Middle School, where he is a first-year math and science teacher. Since being born without functional arms 37 years ago, Gallagher has tried to use what he's been given to be a positive role model.
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April 18, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Every household in town will get a copy of the Chamber of Commerce's annual business directory this year. The City Council voted Tuesday to spend $4,000 to help the organization print and distribute about 15,000 directories, nearly triple the amount done last year. "One of the things that gets the message across for shopping locally is getting the directory into the homes," said Mechelle Lawrence, associate planner. "It strengthens our business community."
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August 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A man was shot to death during an argument Saturday with gang members, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said. Javier Rodriguez Chavez, 48, of San Juan Capistrano was talking to a man in an alley in the 26000 block of Paseo Carmel about midnight when a fight with more than 20 people broke out, said Lt. Erin Giudice. Chavez was killed by a gunshot to the head, and the man he was talking to, Marco Dominguez-Laredo, 29, of San Juan Capistrano, suffered a cut above his eye.
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February 22, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project is giving up on plans to participate in a March 4 Patriots Day parade in Laguna Beach, and now has its eye on a San Juan Capistrano event. The anti-illegal immigration group sued for a spot in the parade, but on Feb. 7 an Orange County Superior Court judge declined to order Laguna Beach organizers to include it. Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist responded by saying that as many as 1,500 of the group's supporters would attend as spectators.
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