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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1991 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried that crime and the growing presence of the homeless have diminished Balboa Park's appeal, a San Diego City Council committee Wednesday reviewed an ambitious plan to make the park safer and divert transients into enhanced social service programs.
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NEWS
November 6, 1990 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We sit and smell compressed filth in the recess of a Bogota sewer wall as a candle stub sputters in a nearby cranny. The cramped space is the home of Rolo and La Gata, two of the thousands of young vagrants living on and under Bogota's streets. Rolo, a 27-year-old drug abuser, has promised I can spend the night here if I don't bother La Gata, his 16-year-old girlfriend. Still thin and weak from her miscarriage two weeks ago, she huddles beside us on the rotting mattress. Though no one has an exact count, hundreds of homeless such as Rolo and La Gata have chosen to live in Bogota's storm sewers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
The City Council this week will consider an ordinance that would allow police to cite transients sleeping on private property without first warning them to move along. Police Chief Neil Purcell said the law is needed to help officers handle trespassing vagrants who have become "a big problem" in the community. Police have on file about 250 letters from residents who want police action and are willing to testify in court against trespassers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1990 | JOHN D. CRAMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two dozen downtown merchants met Friday afternoon to trade complaints about drug dealers, addicts, the mentally ill homeless and vagrants who they said are driving away business. The merchants proposed no solutions to the problem, but an aide to Mayor Maureen O'Connor said businesses should appoint representatives to meet with police and city officials in an effort to resolve their concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1989 | LILY ENG
The city has tried to force homeless people out of the Civic Center and parks, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County said Tuesday, notwithstanding officials' claims that its policy was only to remove discarded belongings. "The city had every intention to drive the homeless out of Santa Ana for good," said Legal Aid attorney Crystal Sims. In a city memo dated June 16, 1988, Allen E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Joseph's Table, a Wilmington charity that feeds homeless people and distributes free groceries to the poor, has been stung by a string of three burglaries in the past three weeks. More than $2,500 worth of food, cooking supplies and office equipment--including a typewriter--were taken during the first two break-ins, both of which occurred last month. The soup kitchen has not yet tallied its losses from the third burglary, which occurred last weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989
Bye-Bye Birdies--Theories abounded among local birders earlier this season to explain the exceptionally low numbers of migrating birds passing through the county. Had the escalating destruction of wintering grounds in the tropics taken a sudden and devastating toll? But a late rush of migrating land birds started early this month and reached a big peak a couple of weeks ago. On one day in Huntington Central Park, for instance, the avian display included a count of 125 yellow warblers and 100 to 150 Swainson's thrushes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1988 | A. DAHLEEN GLANTON and MARIANN HANSEN, Times Staff Writers
Officials said Monday they believe that a man killed by an Amtrak train Saturday in San Juan Capistrano was a transient who was stopped for loitering a week ago. Authorities are awaiting fingerprints from the FBI to positively identify him. The 31-year-old man was questioned by sheriff's deputies April 8 after he was stopped near San Juan Creek and Valle roads, about 1 1/2 miles south of the train accident, said Lt. George Johnson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1987 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
There was a time, Jon Dibene says, when you could watch kids boldly selling illegal drugs as they rode around Sun Valley Park on their bicycles. There also was a time, says the Rev. Anthony M. Yim, when you could watch colonies of scruffy transients build large bonfires at night in North Hollywood Park. Some men slept in equally scruffy cars that lined Tujunga Avenue, the park's western boundary. But these days, say Yim and Dibene, many of the drug dealers and transients are gone.
NEWS
June 11, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
In an innovative effort to prevent panhandling by vagrants who stand outside stores, in parks and on busy street corners, Santa Monica merchants may be asked to place collection cans for the homeless inside their shops. The plan, which is being touted as a humanitarian way of providing aid to vagrants, was suggested by Santa Monica City Councilman Dennis Zane. Zane said the collections could be used to pay for food or shelter.
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