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March 3, 1996 | EILEEN OGINTZ
We kept a careful eye out for their bubbles, a sign that they might be just about to surface. But we didn't see Ruffles, Granny, Sparky, Rascal, Dylan or any member of their families. They're among the 90 huge black and white orca whales that live in Puget Sound--perhaps the most famous whales anywhere, thanks to the "Free Willy" movies filmed here on the San Juan Islands north of Seattle.
March 10, 1989
Discount centers seemed to play a big role in increasing taxable sales during the third quarter of 1988, according to preliminary figures from the State Board of Equalization. Among Orange County cities, San Juan Capistrano had the largest increase, 42.3%, from the year-earlier quarter. The city, in which a Price Club opened a year earlier, saw sales rise to $59.4 million in the 1988 third quarter.
August 25, 1994 | JEFF BEAN
The Planning Commission has approved most of a $2-million plan to renovate an entire historic downtown block across from Mission San Juan Capistrano. The unanimous vote Tuesday means that work on El Peon Plaza, a key commercial property in the heart of the city, could begin in about a month.
It may be a small, long-deserted structure on a side street, but it's home. And for the members of the nomadic South Orange County Community Theatre, the prospect of any permanent facility is reason to celebrate. Tonight, the San Juan Capistrano City Council is expected to approve a deal that would give the troupe use of a former Pacific Bell building downtown for just $1 a year. The group has bounced around among 30 different South County facilities since it was founded three years ago.
February 22, 1989 | LUCILLE RENWICK, Times Staff Writer
The San Juan Capistrano City Council on Tuesday night took a first step toward buying 200 acres of farmland to prevent its development. The council agreed to a proposal by Mayor Gary Hausdorfer that the city hire consultants to study the idea of selling a municipal bond to raise money for the land. That bond, if approved by voters, would act as a savings account, giving the city funds to buy land from farmers in the open market.
November 7, 1991 | LEN HALL
Robert A. Curtis, Mission Viejo's controversial mayor, this week won a new title: deputy city attorney of the neighboring city of San Juan Capistrano. The City Council voted 4 to 1 to allow Curtis, who for the past four weeks has served San Juan Capistrano on a consultant basis, to assist acting City Atty. Thomas P. Clark Jr. of the law firm of Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth, through February, 1992.
The Santa Margarita Co., developer of the master-planned community Rancho Santa Margarita, said Monday that it has agreed to acquire a home building company formed in 1990 by a former Santa Margarita employee. The developer would not disclose the price or other terms of its deal with the San Juan Group in Rancho Santa Margarita. Anthony Moiso, Santa Margarita Co.'s president, already owns a significant stake in the home builder, said Diane Gaynor, spokeswoman for Moiso's company.
April 23, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE
Only two females have won the San Juan Capistrano Handicap, and Charlie Whittingham has been involved in training both of them. Whittingham doesn't have a filly or mare in the 49th running of the race at Santa Anita Sunday, but the 75-year-old trainer must beat the lone female in the field if he's going to win the stake for the sixth straight year and the 14th time overall.
February 21, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The 38th annual Fiesta de Las Golondrinas begins tonight with A Taste of San Juan, ushering in a month of festivities to celebrate the return of the swallows. The event, featuring dishes by 16 local restaurants, will be at the newly restored Capistrano Depot at 26701 Verdugo St. from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. "This is the first time the depot has been open since a year ago New Year's Eve," said Rita Tanner, publicity co-chairwoman for the Fiesta Assn.
August 21, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
Rancho Days, a weeklong celebration of the city's cowboy heritage, begins today with a team-roping competition and a roping clinic given by two national champions. The daylong event will be followed on Sunday by a horse-training demonstration and clinic. Both events will take place on a lot at Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road. Registration for both daylong events starts at 9 a.m. Admission is free to spectators.
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