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August 17, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Two months ago, as Ignacio Lujano sat with family beneath the ample shade of an oak tree he planted decades ago, he wondered what he would do when the city of San Juan Capistrano finally made good on its promise to evict him. There was talk of resisting, of forcing police to drag him off the orange grove he'd called home for four decades. Some talked of hiring a lawyer to fight the city. But in the end, Lujano decided to go quietly. "You can't fight those people, those educated people," he said, sitting beneath the oak tree late last week and pronouncing the city the victor in the war over one of the last orange groves in Orange County.
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August 17, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Two months ago, as Ignacio Lujano sat with family beneath the ample shade of an oak tree he planted decades ago, he wondered what he would do when the city of San Juan Capistrano finally made good on its promise to evict him. There was talk of resisting, of forcing police to drag him off the orange grove he'd called home for four decades. Some talked of hiring a lawyer to fight the city. But in the end, Lujano decided to go quietly. "You can't fight those people, those educated people," he said, sitting beneath the oak tree late last week and pronouncing the city the victor in the war over one of the last orange groves in Orange County.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1993 | LEN HALL
A bitterly divided City Council clashed anew this week over a proposal to let a former colleague set up a temporary business on historic ranchland bought by the taxpayers two years ago. Councilman Jeff Vasquez was pitted against Mayor Gil Jones and council members Gary L. Hausdorfer and Collene Campbell as the council--reluctantly but unanimously--agreed Tuesday to have City Atty. Richard K.
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November 8, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Plans to turn the city's 72-year-old Swanner House into a nature studies center have been delayed. The South Coast Audubon Society wants to use the city-owned historical house as a headquarters for bird-watching, monthly slide shows and historical tours of the nearby 30-acre Swanner Ranch. But instead of proceeding with negotiations with the nature group, the City Council this week decided to let other groups have a say in how the house should be used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former city councilman has won the exclusive right to negotiate a contract to set up a temporary business venture--rent-free--on a ranch purchased by taxpayers two years ago. Over the objections of two council members, the council majority Tuesday selected the proposal of stable owner Jerry V. Harris to operate an equestrian center--including a ranch, rodeo ring and bed-and-breakfast inn--on the 31.3-acre Swanner Ranch property. The former citrus ranch was bought in 1991 for $6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Plans to turn the city's 72-year-old Swanner House into a nature studies center have been delayed. The South Coast Audubon Society wants to use the city-owned historical house as a headquarters for bird-watching, monthly slide shows and historical tours of the nearby 30-acre Swanner Ranch. But instead of proceeding with negotiations with the nature group, the City Council this week decided to let other groups have a say in how the house should be used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The city's 72-year-old Swanner House may soon have a new role. The South Coast Audubon Society will unveil a proposal to the City Council on Tuesday to turn the city-owned property into a nature interpretive center. The nature center would focus on the history and ecology of the nearby farmland. It would also provide a haven for bird-watchers and offer historical tours of the city's 30-acre Swanner Ranch and adjacent city-owned Williams Ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1992 | LEN HALL
The City Council allocated $14,000 this week for soil testing and chemical analysis of the city's Swanner Ranch property. The testing is considered a normal procedure for any land that is in escrow, but there is evidence that there were leaky gas tanks near the two farmhouses on the property, said Councilman Kenneth E. Friess. The city purchased the 42-acre ranch last fall for $6.95 million, but escrow has not yet closed.
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December 17, 1991 | LEN HALL
A proposed care center for senior citizens, an integral part of a religious center being developed by the Schuller Ministries on a ranch at the city's northern border, has drawn the ire of a local preservationist group. Mark Clancey, president of Friends of Historic San Juan Capistrano, claims the three-story care center is too large and obtrusive for its rural location on the 94-acre Rancho Capistrano at the entrance to the city.
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June 15, 2008 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
For half a century, Ignacio Lujano has worked the orange groves of San Juan Capistrano, laboring from sunrise to past sunset six days a week to coax the largest and sweetest harvest possible from his Valencia and navel trees. Unwilling to leave the groves, he's never taken a vacation. In his younger years, he often took a blanket and slept under the stars, a gun by his side, to protect the fruit from thieves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1993 | LEN HALL
A bitterly divided City Council clashed anew this week over a proposal to let a former colleague set up a temporary business on historic ranchland bought by the taxpayers two years ago. Councilman Jeff Vasquez was pitted against Mayor Gil Jones and council members Gary L. Hausdorfer and Collene Campbell as the council--reluctantly but unanimously--agreed Tuesday to have City Atty. Richard K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former city councilman has won the exclusive right to negotiate a contract to set up a temporary business venture--rent-free--on a ranch purchased by taxpayers two years ago. Over the objections of two council members, the council majority Tuesday selected the proposal of stable owner Jerry V. Harris to operate an equestrian center--including a ranch, rodeo ring and bed-and-breakfast inn--on the 31.3-acre Swanner Ranch property. The former citrus ranch was bought in 1991 for $6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1993 | LEN HALL
In an attempt to appease several outspoken groups, the City Council has agreed to allocate nearly $1.5 million in bond money for the first phases of a sports park and community center. The council vote last week was unanimous, although Councilman Gary L. Hausdorfer made an attempt to spread the money around for projects at both the north and south ends of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1993
The residents of San Juan Capistrano own the 31.3-acre Swanner Ranch property; they bought it for $6.95 million with money from the Save Open Space Bond the voters passed in 1990. Residents won't find out for several years how the property might best be used and how much money it could earn. There's no good explanation for why this planning process will take that long; the city ought to have had a better idea by now how the property taxpayers bought would be used.
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