CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2011 |
The crucifix has a bullet wound. The story goes that around 1900 a man embroiled in a business dispute unloaded his anger — and his pistol — inside a chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Miraculously, no one was hurt. But the 18th century silver cross likely used by mission founder Father Junipero Serra took one near the top. That the crucifix survived at all is a miracle itself. Generations of carelessness and theft stripped California's missions of much of their artwork and artifacts.
May 5, 2011 |
Catchers wear lots of equipment to protect their face, chest, head, knees and ankles. They play the most demanding position in baseball. They're stuck in an uncomfortable crouch for pitch after pitch, getting dirty, nicked up and abused. Yet, Austin Hedges of San Juan Capistrano JSerra acts as if catching is as therapeutic as spending a day at the beach. "It's more challenging, but that's why I like it," he said. Not since the days when Hall of Famer Gary Carter played at Fullerton Sunny Hills in the early 1970s has Orange County produced a catcher with the defensive skills of Hedges.
December 23, 2010 |
Six teenagers giggle and debate how to move a bush on a trolley without dropping it. Others, wearing batting gloves, lift bricks and wipe away ants and spiders crawling up their arms. Another tediously rolls his rake along a dirt field looking for rocks and nails. All are members of the San Juan Capistrano JSerra baseball team. Carrying shovels instead of bats and wearing shorts instead of sliding pants, they spent three days in September helping clean horse stalls and move heavy materials while sprucing up the Shea Center, which was founded in 1978 to serve as a therapeutic riding center for individuals with disabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2010 |
About 400 residents and 20 businesses in San Juan Capistrano have been evacuated after a wall of the swollen Trabuco Creek collapsed Wednesday morning. Emergency crews have been called in with heavy equipment in an effort to stabilize the creek bed with rock, officials said. Dan Dwyer, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, said authorities were notified of the breach at about 8:15 a.m. and began evacuating homes and businesses on both sides of the creek. The heavy flow of water in the creek reportedly caused the concrete panels on its western side to collapse.
September 5, 2010 |
WASHINGTON For a romantic treat close to more than 70 wineries, plan to stay at the Willows Lodge. The lodge combines rustic Northwest elegance with high-tech convenience on grounds abundant with gardens, unique water features and native plantings. Willows Lodge, 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, Wash., 98072; (877) 424-3930, http://www.willowslodge.com Doubles from $199. Lola and Les Brown, San Juan Capistrano
June 13, 2010 |
Zorro leaves his mark at mission Zorro, the legendary masked crusader who pulled off Robin Hood-like deeds in Old California with the flick of his sword, has returned to his old haunt. A new exhibit at Mission San Juan Capistrano highlights many famous Zorros — Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Guy Williams and, most recently, Antonio Banderas — with costumes and props from films and the vintage TV serial. Also on display is the original "pitch book" that persuaded Walt Disney to produce the TV show based on the Zorro character.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2010 |
For years, Capistrano Unified was the picture of a quiet, upper-middle-class, high-performing school district. Students in the south Orange County district still do well academically, but the adults have waged a loud political war for more than half a decade. And they show no signs of stopping. Last week, the teachers went on strike over a 10% pay cut. The school board wants to make at least part of that cut permanent; the teachers union has accepted the cut for this contract year but contends any extension should be open to negotiation.
April 10, 2010
Puppy beating trial Re "Puppy beating brings 90-day jail sentence," April 3 Jerry Austin, a friend of Glynn Johnson, the man sentenced recently for beating a puppy, was quoted as saying the trial had "dehumanized" Johnson and "humanized" a dog. "That is unfortunate," Austin said. That's a clever way to frame this, but it doesn't change the facts of the case. The trial isn't what brought discredit and shame to Johnson -- his own behavior is. The Times reports that Johnson bludgeoned a 6-month-old puppy at least 12 times in the head with a 12-pound rock.
March 3, 2010
The speaker's ethics Re "Pérez has ties to deep pockets," Feb. 28 California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez needs to be out. Now. There are way too many links to impropriety noted by The Times -- union "mentors" investigated for corruption, bills introduced for the benefit of corporate campaign contributors -- for him to make even an attempt at an impartial job performance. This state is too deep into the morass to have an obviously corrupt speaker leading the way into our dicey future.
January 26, 2010
THEATER Stomp Tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans have been added to the troupe's arsenal of instruments. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 7. Check website for dates. $25-$69. (323) 468-1770. www.broadwayla.org. BOOKS T.C. Boyle The author's prodigious output is matched by his freewheeling, exuberant writing style. He will discuss and sign his latest story collection, "Wild Child," and recent novel "The Women." 7 p.m.. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. Full; standby only.