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April 26, 1995
Re "Surfing Into Unsafe Waters?" editorial, April 17: A one of the two supervisors representing the coastal area, I can speak for the entireboard in saying that our first preference would be to continue providing, with adequate reimbursement, uniformly high-quality county lifeguard and maintenance services on all beaches within Los Angeles County, regardless of ownership. Our second choice would be for other jurisdictions, like the state, to step in to maintain and operate their own beaches.
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April 8, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
After years of contentious debate, a long-running and sharply criticized plan to extend Orange County's toll road network to the San Diego County line has been shelved. The extension would have added miles to the county's maze of tollways but also would have cut - in the view of some - perilously close to San Onofre State Beach and one of the state's most treasured surf breaks. On Tuesday, officials with the Transportation Corridor Agencies announced they had canceled environmental studies for the massive 241 extension and said they would pursue less-ambitious alternatives.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1995
Re "Blocking the Way to the Beach," Sept. 3: You deserve credit for bringing the issue of dedications of land for beach access to the public's attention. However, defining the problem as a denial of public access rather than the acquisition of property rights leads to an unbalanced article. Echoing the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated that requiring dedications of land for the good of the public can only be done without just compensation where it is reasonable and proportional to the impacts created by real estate development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
A veteran educator with experience in California and Texas was named Wednesday as president of California State University Long Beach. Jane Close Conoley, 66, is currently serving as dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. She will succeed F. King Alexander who left in June to become president and chancellor of Louisiana State University. Her appointment was announced at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in Long Beach. Conoley will be the seventh president at the 65-year-old campus and its first female leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1996
The single-day fee for Bolsa Chica and Huntington state beaches is now $6 a visit, or $1 more than last summer. In May 1994, the fee was reduced to $5 to see whether a lower rate would increase visitors and revenue. But there was not a significant change with the reduced fee, state Department of Parks and Recreation officials said. The return to $6 matches fees at other Southern California beaches, officials said. The new fee went into effect Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1994 | AILEEN CHO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parking fees at Huntington Beach and Bolsa Chica state beaches will drop from $6 to $5 in May and June in a trial effort to encourage people to use state parking lots instead of neighborhoods. "People were causing increased traffic on the side streets;they were avoiding the lots," said state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach), who last week asked the state Department of Parks and Recreation to reduce fees. The pilot program, however, already had been planned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beginning Tuesday, the California Department of Parks and Recreation will clean up mounds of driftwood and other debris deposited on two state beaches by winter storms, the agency announced Saturday. Community volunteers, state park workers and more than 100 employees from the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1994 | CARLA RIVERA
In the latest attempt to resolve a long-running battle over maintenance of local beaches, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to consider a proposal to take ownership from the state of eight beaches, including Malibu, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. The county began consolidating the operation of maintenance crews and lifeguard patrols at state and city beaches in the 1970s to bring uniformity to what had been a patchwork of services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1995 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dispute with the state over funding of services at local beaches grew hotter Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors voted to stop providing lifeguards and maintenance crews at some of the most popular local beaches beginning May 2. An impasse over beach funding has been brewing for years, with the cash-strapped county insisting that the state and beach cities should increase their share of maintenance costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1988 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writer
Holding half of a broken Pepsi bottle high above his head, Bobby Duffy, 12, smiled from one side of his cherubic face to the other. "He's got it," exulted another boy. Some of the muddy water ran down the Arcadia boy's arm, but it mattered little as he tossed the bottle into a trash bag and dived back into the tepid water of Ballona Lagoon near the entrance to Marina del Rey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ken Lindgren, a former Cal State Long Beach coach who was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1997, died Friday at his Huntington Beach home after a heart attack. He was 75. His death was announced by Cal State Long Beach, where he was head coach of the men's water polo team from 1975 to 1998. Lindgren coached 34 All-American team members and eight Olympians, including Doug Kimbell and Kyle Kopp, who went on to coach the U.S. women's national team at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Bryce Alderton
Visitors to state beaches in Orange County will pay as much as $5 more to park on the Fourth of July, following a recommendation by the California Coastal Commission. Huntington State Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Crystal Cove State Park are among the affected beaches. Each is a popular Independence Day destination. The locations will charge beachgoers $20 to park on the holiday instead of the usual $15, Brian Ketterer, California Department of Parks and Recreation Orange Coast District superintendent, wrote in an email.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Donald J. Para, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cal State Long Beach, was appointed Thursday as interim president while the college searches for a successor to the departing F. King Alexander. During 26 years at the Long Beach campus, Para has served in several positions including dean of the College of Arts. Para also previously served as chair of the department of music at Cal State Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education and master's in music composition at Western Michigan University and a doctorate in music composition from Michigan State University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A military explosive device was found Sunday afternoon on Cardiff State Beach, leading to evacuation of a stretch of beach, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The explosive device was discovered by a beach-goer, who scooped it up and took it to lifeguards, the Sheriff's Department said. Sheriff's deputies ordered the evacuation and called for the arson-bomb squad. The squad took the device away for disposal, and the evacuation was lifted after two hours. Deputies were unable to determine the kind of explosive device.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California officials said Friday that only one park will be closed come Sunday, revising plans announced a day earlier to cease operations at five parks. Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, in a remote part of San Bernardino County, has been shut down since earlier this year and will remain so. But the revised plan means four sites expected to close on Sunday - Benicia State Recreation Area, the California Mining and Mineral Museum, Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Zmudowski State Beach - will keep operating for the time being.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
California has struck deals to keep 11 state parks open and more reprieves are in the works, whittling the number of parks that will be closed this summer because of budget cuts, officials said Tuesday. Private donors, foundations and other government entities have come forward with funding or operating agreements to keep the 11 parks open for one to three years, said Roy Stearns, deputy director of California State Parks. The agency announced last year that the state's fiscal troubles would force it to shutter 70 of the 278 parks in the system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1994 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As musicians packed their drums and guitars to leave Doheny State Beach recently, Mike Tope was a happy man. The blues festival he had organized had attracted more than 18,000 music fans in two days to the state beach. But Doheny is not the Roxy or the House of Blues. And Tope is not in the entertainment business. As a chief ranger for the state parks system in Orange County, Tope sports a Smokey Bear hat and drives a government sedan. No BMW here.
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December 28, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been four years since Pat Demar was able take a stroll or jog along the beach, something the artist did every day before Lou Gehrig's disease left her in a wheelchair. Demar and her boyfriend, Michael Laux, have since had to enjoy the beach from their car, never getting closer to the water than the parking lot. But with the recent arrival of a wheelchair designed for beach use, Demar got a long-awaited chance to travel on the sand--and even to get her feet wet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
A faint crackling sound broke the silence inside the crowded workshop at Cal State Long Beach, and with it the dreams of a first-place title dissipated for students of Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School. It took less than a minute to destroy the handcrafted bridge that the team of four had spent months constructing out of Popsicle sticks. But under the crushing pressure of 755 pounds, the bridge buckled. The students from the Boyle Heights campus had a lot to prove.
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