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January 31, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
A new welfare office to serve poor and elderly residents in South County will open April 1 near La Paz Road and McIntyre Street. Financing the office became a priority in September after an attempt by county officials to close down the small welfare office in San Juan Capistrano caused a public outcry. Those opposing the closure said it would force the poor to make the long trip to the county welfare office in Costa Mesa. The San Juan Capistrano office was closed for less than a week.
March 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's only the second week of the track and field season, and St. John Bosco junior shot putter Matt Katnik and Mater Dei senior sprinter Curtis Godin have a lot to be excited about. At the South County Classic on Friday at San Clemente, Katnik set a school record with a mark of 61 feet, 11 1/2 inches. Katnik, who was offered a scholarship by Stanford in track and field, is St. John Bosco's 6-foot-4, 300-pound standout offensive lineman. But the shot put is the event where he could be making lots of noise this season.
June 4, 1985
Developments Approved: Two new residential developments, which will add a total of 276 new housing units to the south county area, were unanimously approved by the Orange County Planning Commission Monday. The first project calls for the construction of 86 condominiums on a 4.68-acre site in Lake Forest, at the northeast corner of the intersection of Muirlands Boulevard and Murin Isle Lane.
June 20, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Closing a deal that underscores the potential of Southern California's housing recovery, luxury builder Toll Bros. Inc. snapped up a big chunk of land in south Orange County and said it will begin work on a massive master-planned community. Toll Bros. will partner with builder Shea Homes to construct more than 2,000 homes and apartments in the Baker Ranch development in Lake Forest. Economists and analysts said the involvement of Pennsylvania-based Toll Bros., the largest builder in the luxury niche, was an encouraging sign for the market, jump-starting a long-planned development and infusing it with some high-end cachet.
November 26, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add 10 deputies and two sergeants to patrol unincorporated areas of south Orange County, including Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch. The added patrols will be funded with $1.4 million from Proposition 172, a statewide measure approved by voters in 1993 to help pay for law enforcement. About 34,800 people live in 136 square miles of unincorporated, outlying areas of south Orange County. The $1.
Attorney Charles T. Manatt has decided to withdraw as lobbyist for South County cities battling for recognition as the planning agency for El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, after his ties to a company that would benefit from a commercial airport at the base, slated for closure, became known. Lake Forest Mayor Richard T. Dixon said Wednesday that Manatt informed city officials he would give up the job to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
December 11, 1988
I am writing to implore you to do all you can to bring about controlled land development in south Orange County. I especially ask you to help stop the destruction of Laguna Canyon and help preserve it for present and future generations. Laguna Canyon is the last remaining coastal wilderness area in all of Southern California; its future is in jeopardy. When I moved to Southern California 5 years ago, I was aware of extensive plans to develop south Orange County. These plans are rapidly reaching fruition as we watch the hills on Crown Valley Parkway, south Pacific Coast Highway, the Aliso-Viejo area, as well as Irvine, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach become blanketed with homes and shopping centers.
December 6, 1996
Gov. Pete Wilson's selection this week of Laguna Niguel Councilman Thomas W. Wilson as a county supervisor will bring representation at last to South County. The new supervisor of the 5th District, which stretches from Newport Beach south to San Clemente, will be the only member of the five-member board who lives in the south, where many residents have long felt neglected or imposed upon by county government. The issue of residence is not merely parochial.
December 15, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
To many, South County may appear to be the land of the affluent, populated by people who live in well-kept tract and custom homes, with well-fed families and at least one, if not two, paychecks coming in. But the stereotype masks the truth, says Ray Havert, a founder and chairman of Saddleback Community Outreach. "Many people in south Orange County just don't realize that we have poor and homeless people right here in our area," Havert said.
November 23, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
With apologies to Texas and Florida, there's a 10-mile stretch in south Orange County that has as much if not more football talent than those two states. The competition among Santa Margarita, Tesoro and Mission Viejo high schools for landing that talent is fierce. "You could probably put a pin in the middle and probably within three or four miles of that point, you'd be able to touch each of the three schools, and it's truly amazing, the football success," Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch said.
November 21, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Forget "The Real Housewives of Orange County. " The next reality TV show should be the Real High School Football Players from South Orange County. If you think Texas is serious about its football, come to the 10-mile radius that incorporates Mission Viejo, Tesoro and Santa Margarita high schools. From coaching to booster clubs to player commitment, it's an area where no one wants to settle for being second. "It's a different world out here," Tesoro Coach Brian Barnes said.
May 26, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Dana Point turned up the heat in its battle with the state over posted hours and locked gates at public access paths through a luxury bluff-top development by suing the California Coastal Commission. The city contends the state panel has overstepped its authority by pushing the south Orange County city to open the pathways through the compound, which is perched on a promontory above a secluded stretch of coastline. The city filed suit against the commission Monday, listing Headlands Reserve LLC, the developer of the gated community of 118 multimillion-dollar bluff-top homes, as a party of interest.
November 6, 2009 | Tony Barboza
What's that smell? That's what the people of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita wondered as a rotten egg odor started wafting in thick pockets last week into their yards, garages and living rooms. Some in the south Orange County suburbs called Public Works to report a sewer backup. But that wasn't the problem. Others called the Fire Department, suspecting a gas leak. False alarm. They were baffled. What was making the evening air hang heavy with that overwhelming stench?
July 26, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday asked for the public's help in finding a bank robber who has been dubbed the "Big Banana Bandit" because he was once seen eating a banana during a robbery. The man is described as 35 years old, white, with a tan, about 5-feet-11 and weighing 190 to 200 pounds. He has black hair and has been seen wearing sunglasses and a black baseball cap.
December 13, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
After delays spanning nearly two decades, Orange County supervisors approved an agreement Tuesday that puts a funding plan in place to build a new courthouse in southern Orange County. The affluent area is the fastest-growing region of Orange County, with a population of roughly 650,000. But it has made do for years with four courtrooms in an aging building in Laguna Niguel that in recent years have not even been available for jury trials because of their poor condition.
October 28, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Opposition is growing in south Orange County to a proposed 12-mile highway tunnel that would run from the Irvine area, under parts of the Santa Ana Mountains and into Riverside County. Although the idea has been debated for years, it is now getting more attention from regional transportation planners. And residents and elected officials say they are worried about more traffic coming into their neighborhoods. "This is an absurd idea," said Karl Warkomski, mayor of Aliso Viejo.
April 27, 2005
Re "School Boundaries Often Lines in the Sand," April 25: The Times' assertion of racism for the opposition to the Capistrano Unified School District's boundary changes is absolutely wrong for the majority of south Orange County parents. Our opposition stems from boundaries that make no sense geographically and are based on the political agenda of our superintendent, who has been influenced by developers and city councils. This "gleaming new $67-million high school" is being built primarily for Rancho Viejo, a community that hasn't yet broken ground.
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