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January 23, 1992 | LEN HALL
After 14 years and $800,000 in city expense, the Battle of Porcupine Hill is over. The City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday night to give up the fight to save a ridgeline and to allow developer Robert Maurer to build his dream home on a hill overlooking Capistrano Valley. Tuesday's vote followed more than five hours of negotiations last Friday conducted by Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert O. Frazee. "It was time to have the issue settled," Councilman Gary L. Hausdorfer said.
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July 20, 2001 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A series of villages with a total of 14,000 homes would extend from San Juan Capistrano to the Cleveland National Forest under a plan presented Thursday by Rancho Mission Viejo for the last major swath of privately owned open space in south Orange County. The villages, to be built over the next 30 years, would have single-family homes, townhouses, apartments, senior housing, and retail and office space, according to the company's proposal.
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February 14, 1992 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The traditional Sunday drive disappeared from Orange County about the time the countryside did. Now the scenery is jetliners, auto dealers, shopping malls and office towers. But when you reach the northern outskirts of this city, your jaded senses are jarred. After miles of industrial parks and housing tracts, you suddenly come upon a time bubble from the '20s that somehow has risen to the present.
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June 14, 2001 | From Times staff reports
Orange County officials will seek public comment tonight at a hearing on Rancho Mission Viejo Co.'s land holdings in South County. About 25,000 acres of the ranch are used for grazing, agriculture and mineral extraction, but the landowners are considering a plan to develop part of the 119-year-old ranch.
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March 18, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
With one new high school under construction, trustees in the Capistrano Unified School District this week approved a tentative site for yet another campus, which would be the fifth in the fast-growing district. In a unanimous vote, trustees identified a 50-acre Chiquita Canyon site near Rancho Santa Margarita, just south of Oso Parkway and west of the planned Foothill Transportation Corridor, as a potential site for a new high school.
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November 18, 1993 | LEN HALL
A bitterly divided City Council clashed anew this week over a proposal to let a former colleague set up a temporary business on historic ranchland bought by the taxpayers two years ago. Councilman Jeff Vasquez was pitted against Mayor Gil Jones and council members Gary L. Hausdorfer and Collene Campbell as the council--reluctantly but unanimously--agreed Tuesday to have City Atty. Richard K.
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August 5, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To city officials, the collection of plastic pipes, vials, scales and cigarette papers in the locked back room of the Paisley Penguin are drug paraphernalia. To Alan Brown, owner of the small, downtown store, the items are nothing more than "smoking accessories." The city calls Brown's store a "head shop," a throwback to the 1960s when small shops catered to the drug culture. Brown counters that it is nothing of the sort.
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August 10, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Situated on a flat hilltop with panoramic ocean and Saddleback Valley views, the seemingly untouched stretch of grassland should be a developer's dream. Schools and shopping centers thrive nearby and Interstate 5 cuts through the valley below, lending easy freeway access up and down the coast. But there's one hitch: It's a trash dump. Now, however, a group of Santa Ana-based investors are trying to turn trash into prime real estate.
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May 10, 1990 | LEN HALL
The developer of the controversial Franciscan Plaza in the city's historic downtown area will ask the City Council for help to avoid restrictions imposed this week by the Planning Commission. Paul Farber, developer of the Camino Capistrano project, said Wednesday he had filed an appeal with the council to overturn Tuesday night's decision by the commission.
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June 27, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Nordeck calls homespun San Juan Capistrano "my remedy for Manhattan Beach." Nordeck, a former mayor of that upscale Los Angeles County beach town, moved to Orange County 10 years ago to escape the frenetic L.A. lifestyle. "I came down here to ride horses. If I want it, the beach is only five minutes away," said Nordeck, 52, a Coto de Caza resident who served four years on the Orange County Planning Commission. "I plan on being here a long time."
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August 15, 2000 | Scott Schudy, (949) 248-2153
Council members will consider an appeal by former Councilman Gil Jones to build a narrow-gauge train for children on his mini-farm in the 31000 block of Los Rios Street. In July, the seven-member Cultural Heritage Commission denied permission for the train on his 1 1/2-acre lot in the historic Los Rios district, saying its mechanical nature was inconsistent with the district's historical character. Jones already has a petting zoo, pony rides and tractor-pull hay rides on the property.
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July 2, 2000 | MATT KIETA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's swallow season, and the birds have built their distinctive mud nests in the eaves of their Orange County home. Not Mission San Juan Capistrano--this is San Clemente Self Storage. For years now, the swallows haven't been returning in large numbers to the mission, their home of legend, if not in fact. Fake nests and releases of ladybugs, a favored food, haven't managed to bring the flocks there. So where have the swallows gone?
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June 21, 2000 | SCOTT SCHUDY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
San Juan Capistrano's City Council, which hopes to sell 13 acres of land for a home-improvement warehouse store, voted unanimously Tuesday to study the likely environmental impact of such a project before proceeding. The proposal to sell the city-owned land west of Camino Capistrano and north of Stonehill Drive has drawn objections from residents who say such a business would bring noise and air pollution and cause excessive light to shine in their homes.
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June 20, 2000 | JENNIFER KHO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A San Juan Capistrano proposal to sell 13 acres of city-owned land for a home-improvement warehouse store has drawn howls of protest from a predictable source--neighbors--and a less-common one: about 30 homeless people who have been camping on the property. "For us, housing is much too expensive," said Valentino Guerrero, who said he became homeless two months ago after his construction job ended. "Without a steady job, it is hard to pay rent.
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March 6, 1995 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bounding out of her Range Rover, Joan Irvine Smith stood in the dirt amid the ruts of caterpillar tractors and scanned the untarnished beauty of the green hills surrounding her. At her feet stretched 40 acres of brown earth that the 61-year-old heiress referred to as her "field of dreams." By August she intends to turn it into a grassy park capable of hosting international horse shows and a variety of other public events, ranging from soccer games to concerts.
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August 22, 1991 | LEN HALL
After more than four hours of public testimony, the City Council this week approved a 350-home development on 256 acres of the Window Hill and McCracken Hill areas in the southern section of the city. The project, called Pacific Point, is part of the 405-acre Forster Canyon Planned Community approved by the council 11 years ago. Pacific Point will including housing from town homes to custom homes on sites in the $1-million range, as well as two commercial sites and two parks.
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