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December 1, 1985
An item in The Times (Nov. 25) caught my attention. Seems a group of homeowners are upset because they have a patch of weeds instead of a park. While I sympathized, it did not bother me much--they probably voted for Proposition 13. What bothers me more is that we have an ugly scar called Santiago Creek disfiguring the face of the county. There are a few spots of higher life there, but only to hint what there could be: a bike and hiking trail with landscaping and picnic spots down to the Santa Ana River.
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February 4, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana is poised to begin an ambitious restoration project that will transform a portion of the park around Santiago Creek into the city's first nature reserve at a cost of $1.3 million. "We're very excited," said Patrick Mitchell, the city's park naturalist overseeing the project, which was first envisioned in 1996. That year the city adopted a master plan to refurbish the 33-acre strip of open space between the Santa Ana and Garden Grove freeways.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
The Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance will commemorate Earth Day with a "neighborhood creek cleanup" on Saturday in Hart Park. The cleanup is the first in a series of events planned to revitalize the 30-acre site of the former Santiago Golf Course, which organizers want to preserve as open space. Alliance members hope it will be one link in a string of parks on Santiago Creek, eventually forming a "greenway" from Santa Ana to Irvine Lake.
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September 22, 2002 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What's as dry as the desert and looks like a dump? The bottom of Santiago Creek. Strewn with debris including computers and car parts, the creek bed has grown unsightly and would pose a hazard if rains came and carried the pollution to the ocean. On Saturday about two dozen adults and children cleaned up a section of the creek that runs by Santiago Park in Santa Ana, filling garbage bags full of junk.
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June 24, 1995
Volunteers will be at work today cleaning up junk and trash from the banks of Santiago Creek. Residents of Santa Ana and Orange will gather at various sites between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. for registration. The Santa Ana volunteers will begin and end their work at Santiago Park, with sign-up at the Lawn Bowling Center off Owens Drive. Orange residents will meet at Cambridge Street where it crosses the creek.
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May 12, 1992 | MARY HELEN BERG
The City Council tonight will consider a plan to develop the property along Santiago Creek, which will go into effect if a June 2 ballot measure to preserve the land as open space fails. Community activists who fought to put the bond measure on the ballot say they will protest the development plan and request that the council postpone approval of any construction proposal until after the vote next month. The development plan, proposed by the William Lyon Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1990 | MARY HELEN BERG
More than 300 residents marched through the dry Santiago Creek bed Saturday to protest a proposal by the Burnett Ehline Development Co. that would create a gated community and shopping center on the 37 acres of open space. An element of the proposal will be considered by the City Council on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1988
Firefighters battled a brush fire for nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon before they brought it under control. The fire charred nearly 10 acres near Santiago Creek in Orange Park Acres. One police officer was injured when a fire engine backed into his motorcycle and he had to jump free. The fire began just after 2 p.m.
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July 28, 1991 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though the rocks, litter and high weeds required a careful eye to navigate, the 250 people strolling Saturday morning along Santiago Creek devoted most of their vision to the barren area's future. The Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance organized the tour and rally to continue its year-old campaign to preserve the creek as an open space against encroaching residential development.
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September 22, 2002 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What's as dry as the desert and looks like a dump? The bottom of Santiago Creek. Strewn with debris including computers and car parts, the creek bed has grown unsightly and would pose a hazard if rains came and carried the pollution to the ocean. On Saturday about two dozen adults and children cleaned up a section of the creek that runs by Santiago Park in Santa Ana, filling garbage bags full of junk.
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August 5, 1999 | Jerry Schad
Santiago Canyon / El Toro Loop Distance: 33.8 miles Terrain: elevation gain of 1,950 feet Riding time: 3 1/2 hours Road conditions: Smooth with mostly wide shoulders Traffic conditions: Moderate to heavy Level: Moderately strenuous Trailhead: Newport Avenue and Irvine Boulevard, Tustin This loop is a favorite of Orange County cyclists wishing to get away from it all without having to travel very far. Pedal northeast on Newport Avenue, slightly uphill at first, then more steeply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1995
Volunteers will put in plants and make other improvements today to a bike trail that parallels Santiago Creek in Orange. The event is sponsored by the Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance, which is working to build a 12-mile trail from Irvine Regional Park in the Orange foothills to the MainPlace mall in Santa Ana.
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September 6, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 100 firefighters battled two brush fires that charred 20 acres in Irvine Regional Park on Tuesday. The fires started when a runaway boulder knocked down power lines. The 13-foot boulder was accidentally set loose by a bulldozer working on the Eastern Transportation Corridor, county Fire Capt. Dan Young said. At 3 p.m., park employees and construction workers reported the fires, about half a mile apart, east of Santiago Canyon Road and south of Santiago Creek. About 120 firefighters worked for three hours in 90-degree heat to contain the blazes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1992
Re Measure Y in the city of Orange: A majority of voters in the city of Orange voted June 2 to tax themselves to provide for open space, parkland and a natural creek. The idea of having more usable open space was so compelling that even in an era of severe unemployment, fiscal uncertainty and declining property values, pressure on the quality of life directed them to take a stand for the future. But the vote of 54.3% was not enough. Because of the nature of the ballot question, a vote of 67% was necessary to pass Measure Y. If elected officials look carefully at the vote, they will see a message.
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June 4, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tax measure aimed at raising up to $25 million to preserve Santiago Creek and the last parcel of open space downtown failed to get the two-thirds majority vote needed for passage, setting the stage for development of condominiums on a former golf course, city officials said Wednesday. Preservation supporters, however, say the fact that the measure garnered a surprising 54.3% of the vote in Tuesday's balloting is a political victory and sends a message that City Council members dare not ignore.
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May 31, 1992 | Dana Parsons
Kathy King doesn't want to sound negative, but she can't shake the sinking feeling that she and her environmental compatriots in Orange have been had. Savvy as she is about the art of political strategizing, King even grudgingly has to take her hat off to the people who she is convinced have lured the open-space advocates into a brier patch.
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August 9, 1990 | MARY HELEN BERG
After more than four years of battling a proposal to develop the former Santiago Golf Course, residents won a resounding victory this week when the City Council unanimously rejected a plan to build a housing tract on the site. The defeat of the Burnett-Ehline Development Co. project marks the third time in less than a decade that residents have successfully stopped development of the 37 acres along Santiago Creek, the last large tract of open space in central Orange.
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May 12, 1992 | MARY HELEN BERG
The City Council tonight will consider a plan to develop the property along Santiago Creek, which will go into effect if a June 2 ballot measure to preserve the land as open space fails. Community activists who fought to put the bond measure on the ballot say they will protest the development plan and request that the council postpone approval of any construction proposal until after the vote next month. The development plan, proposed by the William Lyon Co.
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