September 10, 1993 |
Imagine the San Fernando Valley 200 years ago. It is a wilderness roamed by Mexican soldiers and Gabrieleno Indians. Spanish settlers are erecting pueblos. Franciscan monks are spreading the word of God. Jose Maria Verdugo, a retired Spanish soldier, has been granted 36,403 acres of San Fernando territory by Spanish Governor Pedro Fages. His land becomes the wilds later tamed as towns: Glendale, Burbank, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Flintridge, Montrose, La Canada and west Pasadena.
June 6, 1993 |
Bill and Valerie Bauman found their dream house on a quiet street in the San Rafael section of Pasadena. Just a few steps from a park, a block from the local library and grammar school and close to Bill's parents, the location was perfect. But at $459,000, the three-bedroom, 1 3/4-bath house was too costly for the newly married couple. Eventually they gave up house hunting in Pasadena, which had been their first choice for location.
February 28, 1993 |
The day in 1954 that Noble Threewitt saddled Correlation to win the Florida Derby, the trainer met Arthur Godfrey in the winner's circle and the radio personality said: "Nobody has a name like Noble Threewitt." Around Santa Anita, no one has ever questioned Threewitt's name, because the trainer who turned 82 last week and the Arcadia track grew up together. The first race Threewitt ever won at Santa Anita was on Dec. 29, 1934, which was the fifth day the track was open.
February 21, 1993 |
Gilded Time and River Special were supposed to meet for the first time this year in the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita next Saturday. Now, neither of the 3-year-olds will be in one of the two remaining prep races for the Santa Anita Derby. Problems with his left front hoof will keep Gilded Time out of the race and now River Special, the Kentucky Derby future book favorite in many corners, will remain in the barn.
September 24, 1992 |
Polygon Communities of Irvine, builder of the giant Rancho San Rafael development, wants to scale down the size of houses it builds on the final 77 lots in the 588-unit subdivision. The economy was better when developer J. M. Peters bought graded lots from Polygon for the final phase of the project and won city permission in 1989 to increase the size of proposed houses to allow such amenities as four and five baths and a "teen room" bonus space.
June 14, 1992 |
Five people died and two were hospitalized Saturday after a boat capsized in San Pablo Bay, the U.S. Coast Guard said. One person was missing. The bodies of an adult male and four boys--two 8-year-olds, a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old--were pulled from the chilly waters near the mouth of the Petaluma River, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ron Cabral said. Their identities were not released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1992 |
San Rafael Elementary School seems like it's about the safest place on earth, nesting near the main gate at Camp Pendleton, where battle-ready MPs pack loaded .45s and thousands of other Marines watchfully go about their business. Yet some disturbing things have happened on campus. One night last year, there was an attempted rape of a 15-year-old girl, and, sometime later, a school custodian was beaten unconscious by three assailants.