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May 13, 1992 | By GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blame it on bureaucratic delays or on pocketbooks and patience worn thin. Whatever the reason, the proposed sale of the landmark YMCA building in downtown Santa Ana is in limbo. A year ago, when it shut its operation on Civic Center Drive, the YMCA of Orange County had hoped that by now, its 68-year-old building would be in the hands of the city's Redevelopment Agency and on its way to becoming a single-room occupancy hotel for the working poor.
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August 12, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With three months to go before its 100th anniversary in November, the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana--the county's historic jewel--is getting the finishing touches on its make-over, with a new roof, sidewalk repairs and cosmetic fixes. For several weeks, roofers have been walking gingerly along catwalks high above Santa Ana Boulevard, pulling off 100-year-old roofing tiles that have survived Southern California's intense heat, smog and rain.
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February 23, 1994 | BOB ELSTON
The last time Denny Garcia strolled into the local train station, he had a concealed pistol strapped to his leg. At that time--five or six years ago--Garcia, 65, was the night watchman at the landmark station, and he sometimes had to haul drunken riders off buses, chase away car burglars prowling in the parking lot, and console people who had missed their ride home.
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July 7, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
One of this city's historic buildings will be demolished if someone doesn't step forward to claim it and take it away from its Main Street home. City officials are giving away the two-story Siemson building to anyone who can relocate it in the next 60 days. Otherwise, it will be flattened so construction of a new building can begin at 1818 N. Main St.
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February 15, 1989 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
The Broadway Theater in Santa Ana, a vacant, boarded-up movie house that was the largest and once among the most glamorous theaters in the county, was gutted by a predawn fire Tuesday. The fire, which was reported by a police officer on patrol about 2:40 a.m., burned for more than 3 hours, sending flames shooting more than 30 feet above the theater's roof, Santa Ana Fire Department spokeswoman Sharon Frank said.
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February 7, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Back-to-back votes by two government agencies appear to have saved the city's historic Howe-Waffle House from the threat of demolition. The County Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 0 Tuesday to sell to the city the land on which the house sits. A day earlier, the City Council unanimously approved a proposal to offer $140,000 for the property. "As you know, the city's been very aggressive in trying to save the structure," Mayor Miguel A. Pulido Jr.
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January 5, 1996 | JEFF KASS
A dozen history buffs have appealed to the City Council, asking them to help save a 106-year-old downtown home. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is proposing to sell the parcel of land on which the Howe-Waffle House sits, jeopardizing the building named for one of Orange County's first female doctors. The house, owned by Santa Ana, serves as the headquarters for the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society.
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July 7, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla., has that familiar sphere. Las Vegas has its hard-to-miss pyramid. In a few months, Santa Ana will have its own landmark: a giant cube standing on one of its corners. "It's going to stun Orange County," said Karen Johnson, president of the soon-to-open Discovery Science Center. The 117-foot-high cube, under construction in Lake Forest, is expected to become the center's main attraction when it moves to 2500 N. Main St. in Santa Ana.
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July 26, 1997 | JEFF KASS
As part of a campaign to improve the city's image, its landmark water tower now sports two mottoes: "Arts and Culture," and "Education 1st." But officials and residents are not in accord on just how effective the project is or whether it has improved or detracted from the appearance of the 152-foot-tall tower, which is clearly visible from the Santa Ana Freeway. For years, the tower has carried red logos with the official city motto: "Eduction 1st."
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July 1, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The city's historic Howe-Waffle House has come close to destruction twice before, and on both occasions it was saved. This week, it's being rescued again. The 108-year-old Victorian-era home has been invaded by termites and rats that have gnawed the frame, seriously damaging the four porches and outdoor staircases. Wiring, wallpaper and rugs also have been damaged. "This is our third rescue effort," local historian Tim Rush said Monday as a tent went over the house to fumigate it.
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May 30, 1997 | JEFF KASS
Try one of these on for size: A silk taffeta Griswold family wedding dress from 1830, or a wedding dress linked to the feuding Hatfields and McCoys--black because of the many deaths in the family. Those and two dozen other vintage wedding dresses will be on display at the historic Howe-Waffle House beginning Saturday as part of the sixth annual Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society Home and Garden Tour.
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January 30, 1997 | JEFF KASS
After two years of planning, local historian and clock buff Tim Rush this week restarted the clock that once sat in the city's historic Spurgeon Building. The pendulum clock, about 5 feet tall, looks much like a grandfather clock but hangs on a wall rather than standing free. It is now in the historic Howe-Waffle House, which doubles as headquarters for the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society.
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April 6, 1996 | JEFF KASS
The landmark water tower bearing the city's "Education First" logo soon will also call attention to arts, culture and technology. The City Council voted 5 to 2 this week to add a logo reading "Arts and Culture" to the French Street water tower, at an estimated cost of $38,000.
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December 8, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
County officials said this week they plan to sell the land on which Santa Ana's historic Howe-Waffle House sits. The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society, which has its headquarters in the 106-year-old Victorian mansion, fears the sale could imperil the structure. While the city owns the building, the county owns the land and has identified the parcel as a surplus asset it intends to unload. The society is working to raise the estimated $140,000 needed to buy the land.
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August 12, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With three months to go before its 100th anniversary in November, the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana--the county's historic jewel--is getting the finishing touches on its make-over, with a new roof, sidewalk repairs and cosmetic fixes. For several weeks, roofers have been walking gingerly along catwalks high above Santa Ana Boulevard, pulling off 100-year-old roofing tiles that have survived Southern California's intense heat, smog and rain.
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April 5, 1996 | JEFF KASS
City founder William H. Spurgeon once said that all the successful businessmen in town worked in buildings that he had built. One of those was designated a historical landmark this week when the City Council voted to place the W.H. Spurgeon Building at 206 W. 4th St. on the Register of Historic Property. Built in 1913, the cream-colored brick structure has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.
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February 7, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Back-to-back votes by two government agencies appear to have saved the city's historic Howe-Waffle House from the threat of demolition. The County Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 0 Tuesday to sell to the city the land on which the house sits. A day earlier, the City Council unanimously approved a proposal to offer $140,000 for the property. "As you know, the city's been very aggressive in trying to save the structure," Mayor Miguel A. Pulido Jr.
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