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September 18, 1991 | LEN HALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The City Council on Tuesday tentatively voted to ban smoking in most public, indoor places throughout the city. Bars and nightclubs are exempted, but all restaurants with an indoor seating capacity of 50 or more people must designate 75% of their space for nonsmokers once the ordinance goes into effect. Also affected will be all retail stores, public restrooms, health care facilities and meeting rooms.
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April 21, 2000 | Jennifer Kho, (949) 248-2152
The City Council has approved testing noise levels for numerous homes within 300 feet of Ortega Highway. Homeowners who experience noise levels exceeding 43 decibels could receive assistance from Orange County to soundproof their homes. In a 1995 settlement, the county agreed to compensate the city for any traffic noise associated with moving trash from outside the county to Prima Deshecha, a sanitary landfill that lies partly in San Juan Capistrano.
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March 31, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
The City Council next week will consider extending a no-stopping zone on El Camino Real south of Spring Street. It would eliminate two parking spaces next to the mission. There is some concern about the continued reduction of parking spaces in the downtown area, but city staff is recommending approval of the zone extension. Information: (949) 493-1171.
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September 2, 1998 | LINN GROVES
Hoping to ease the shortage of horse stalls, the Planning Commission has recommended that commercial stable operators be allowed to permanently increase the number of horses they keep by 12%. The proposal, raising the number of horses allowed per acre from 25 to 28, now moves to the City Council. In April, the City Council responded to the pending closure of the Creekside Equestrian Center by adopting a temporary ordinance raising the stablelimit.
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March 27, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
A developer has gained Planning Commission approval to build an 80-bed senior housing center, but will have to change some designs to save an 80-foot-tall eucalyptus tree. To preserve the tree, possibly planted in the early 1900s, Birtcher Senior Properties will need to move the center's entranceway by about 20 feet. The plans allow the removal of other trees, including 11 Mexican fan palms, a 40-foot pine and 11 eucalyptus trees.
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August 9, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Responding to complaints from businesses that the city's sign ordinance is too restrictive, the City Council this week decided to relax the regulations. The changes include: * Permitting internally lighted signs--the plastic, boxed kind commonly seen near malls-- everywhere except in the historic town center. The signs must be made of natural or natural-looking material and only the letters may be lit at night. * All lighted signs will now be allowed to stay on after closing hours.
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April 19, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Weighing the concerns of both sports leagues and residents, the City Council this week adopted policies regulating hours of operation, lighting and the use of speakers at the long-awaited sports park at Kinoshita Farm. Under the plan, activities must conclude by about 9 p.m., and lights turn off at 9:30. Loudspeakers will be used only for opening and closing ceremonies, team introductions and for city events on occasions such as the Fourth of July. Play-by-play announcing will be prohibited.
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July 11, 1995 | JEFF BEAN
City officials say they won't start charging rail commuters who use 131 parking spaces in a downtown parking structure for at least another three weeks. An ordinance allowing the fees went into effect last week, but the two electronic meters needed to monitor the parking spaces reserved for rail commuters are not ready to be installed, said Douglas Dumhart, a city management analyst.
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October 6, 1995 | JEFF BEAN
Owners of a new cafe who bought the property with the city's permission to sell wine and beer were told this week that they may not. John Humphreys, one of the owners of the Ramos House Cafe, which opened Wednesday in the residential Los Rios Historic District, wants to sell champagne with brunch. But this week, the City Council refused him. "We don't want to open a honky-tonk," Humphreys said, adding that the cafe would be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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April 12, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
Property owners who have received weed-removal notices have until May 19 to clear their land, city officials say. A hearing will be held on that date for property owners who want to appeal the notice. After that, city work crews will begin clearing the properties of those not complying and not exempted. The city will charge for the work on property tax bills. Officials say the work must be done before the start of the fire season.
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March 27, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
A developer has gained Planning Commission approval to build an 80-bed senior housing center, but will have to change some designs to save an 80-foot-tall eucalyptus tree. To preserve the tree, possibly planted in the early 1900s, Birtcher Senior Properties will need to move the center's entranceway by about 20 feet. The plans allow the removal of other trees, including 11 Mexican fan palms, a 40-foot pine and 11 eucalyptus trees.
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February 25, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hoping to ease classroom overcrowding, city and Capistrano Unified School District officials are considering a tax on new homes to help build two more elementary schools. The county's third-largest school district has grown by 28% in the past five years, from 31,206 students in 1993-94 to 40,115 students in 1997-98, prompting district officials to urge the city to establish a Mello-Roos Community Facilities District.
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November 14, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
Lorene Sheldon plans to have the Los Rios Street Inn ready to greet guests by the time the swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano in March. The Cultural Heritage Commission last month denied her request to open a bed and breakfast business in the historic Los Rios District, citing concerns about potential parking and traffic problems. But the Planning Commission overturned that rejection and approved the project Wednesday in a 4-2 vote.
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November 11, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
The city is proposing to forever silence the familiar bells sounded by pushcart operators selling everything from ice cream to hot dogs. An ordinance will be proposed at the City Council's Nov. 18 meeting to ban all non-motorized vendors from public areas, including streets, parkways, sidewalks and alleys. The request results from efforts of the city's Neighborhood Preservation Program.
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