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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1993
It was really amazing to sit through the San Clemente City Council meeting on March 24 and witness citizen after citizen voice objection to an issue and then the majority of the council members ignore their testimony. This was a Tale of Two Issues, one being Verde Canyon and the other the proposed hotel in the Pier Bowl. A parade of Verde Canyon residents testified that they opposed development in their pristine canyon and did not wish an environmental impact report to go forward.
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February 25, 1996 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Dean writes for The Times' Life & Style section
First passion: In my closet are chaps hand-stitched in Bodie, a Stetson custom-shaped by actor Rory Calhoun, boots aged and softened by dust and horse sweat, and a dozen other tokens of the frustrated cowboy. Second enchantment: As a boy I watched trains sucking on oil cans and spitting steam before thundering to far and exciting cities; as an adult I rebuild that romance with model railroad layouts by Lionel. "My husband, the Marlboro Man," says a wonderfully indulgent Mrs. Dean.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While many homeowners cope with damage from recent landslides, a massive 1983 slide that destroyed 10 homes and scarred an affluent Verde Canyon neighborhood is causing new rumblings of a different sort. To the dismay of some, and the relief of others, a developer is proposing to spend $6 million to $8 million to stabilize Verde Canyon and rebuild on the 10 condemned properties, six of which still have homes that were long ago abandoned and remain boarded-up haunts for vandals and transients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1993
It was really amazing to sit through the San Clemente City Council meeting on March 24 and witness citizen after citizen voice objection to an issue and then the majority of the council members ignore their testimony. This was a Tale of Two Issues, one being Verde Canyon and the other the proposed hotel in the Pier Bowl. A parade of Verde Canyon residents testified that they opposed development in their pristine canyon and did not wish an environmental impact report to go forward.
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February 25, 1996 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Dean writes for The Times' Life & Style section
First passion: In my closet are chaps hand-stitched in Bodie, a Stetson custom-shaped by actor Rory Calhoun, boots aged and softened by dust and horse sweat, and a dozen other tokens of the frustrated cowboy. Second enchantment: As a boy I watched trains sucking on oil cans and spitting steam before thundering to far and exciting cities; as an adult I rebuild that romance with model railroad layouts by Lionel. "My husband, the Marlboro Man," says a wonderfully indulgent Mrs. Dean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1986
A brush fire believed to have been set by an arsonist Wednesday charred 175 acres in Hasley Canyon, a mountainous stretch of Val Verde, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage in the fire, which started shortly before 2 p.m. and was contained at 4 p.m., fire Capt. Terry Hart said. About 160 firefighters from eight engine crews and three helicopters responded to the blaze, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1993 | DAVID REYES
Hillside residents near Verde Canyon got a scare Wednesday night after a city water pipe burst, lifting a street four inches in one place and sending thousands of gallons of water cascading down Avenida Cordoba. San Clemente Police Lt. Bill Trudeau said a 6- or 10-inch water line broke, and water began seeping up through cracks in the street. City crews were rushed to the scene about 8:35 p.m. after alarmed homeowners called police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
More than 10 years after being condemned, demolition of five homes in Verde Canyon will start next week if the City Council tonight approves a contractor's bid for the work. The homes are among the 10 destroyed or condemned after a massive landslide in Verde Canyon in December, 1983. The council will consider a low bid of $34,000, submitted by Fynok American Co. of Inglewood, to raze the five structures. The cost of demolition will be charged to the owners as a lien against the property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
More than nine years after several homes were condemned and abandoned following the massive Verde Canyon landslide, city officials are considering steps to have the eyesores demolished or repaired. City Manager Michael W. Parness said the city seeks to declare the six condemned homes a public nuisance and require the property owners to repair or demolish them. "It is a nuisance, and we certainly have the justification for proceeding," Parness said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
Planners have called for a major environmental and geological study of Verde Canyon before considering any development proposals that attempt to repair damage from a 1983 landslide that destroyed 10 homes. The recommendation came Monday night as the Planning Commission neared the end of its deliberations on the city's proposed General Plan, which will guide development and planning in the next 20 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While many homeowners cope with damage from recent landslides, a massive 1983 slide that destroyed 10 homes and scarred an affluent Verde Canyon neighborhood is causing new rumblings of a different sort. To the dismay of some, and the relief of others, a developer is proposing to spend $6 million to $8 million to stabilize Verde Canyon and rebuild on the 10 condemned properties, six of which still have homes that were long ago abandoned and remain boarded-up haunts for vandals and transients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1986
A brush fire believed to have been set by an arsonist Wednesday charred 175 acres in Hasley Canyon, a mountainous stretch of Val Verde, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage in the fire, which started shortly before 2 p.m. and was contained at 4 p.m., fire Capt. Terry Hart said. About 160 firefighters from eight engine crews and three helicopters responded to the blaze, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
The City Council moved closer this week toward updating the city's General Plan, which will guide planning and growth for the next 20 years. Much of the debate at a 4 1/2-hour hearing on the plan Wednesday focused on the land-use or zoning designations proposed in the plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
Residents and property owners are being urged to attend a public workshop Thursday about the comprehensive update planned for the city's zoning ordinance. City officials are seeking public opinion about needed revisions in the zoning ordinance, which contains most of the rules and regulations for residential, commercial and industrial development in the city. Officials say revisions are needed to make the code consistent with goals and policies set in the city's recently adopted General Plan.
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