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Maddox brings depth to Buffs’ secondary

Aaron Maddox chose to play football at Colorado because he wanted to make an impact. Ideally, right away.

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Arizona QB Khalil Tate views SI cover as an honor – and a gift for his parents

Wildcats' Khalil Tate knew he was going to be on the cover of SI about a month ago, when a photographer took pictures of him for the iconic magazine.


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Difficult stretch might work out for ASU football walk-on Angel Ruiz

ASU walk-on Angel Ruiz might have had the worst 10 minutes of his football life Saturday. But it might lead to playing time.


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CU basketball recruiting target Boogie Ellis looking elsewhere

Another well-regarded guard out of southern California has opted to pass on Tad Boyle and the Colorado Buffaloes.

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Nation’s longest-running McDonald’s in Downey turns 65 this weekend

By Karen Robes Meeks

Contributing writer 

The longest-running and the nation’s third McDonald’s restaurant is turning 65 Saturday, Aug. 18, and The Downey Conservancy is hosting an event to celebrate the milestone.

The event will feature presentations from the city of Downey, the conservancy and guest speakers and authors Alan Hess and Charles Phoenix, who both have written about the restaurant’s place in American history.

With its original Googie-style architecture designed by Stanley Meston and distinctive neon signs, the McDonald’s at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard in Downey was the third McDonald’s when it opened Aug. 18, 1953, by Richard and Maurice McDonald, before Ray Kroc got involved in the company and turned it into an international enterprise.

The building was spared from Kroc’s modernization efforts because it was independently operated by the McDonald brothers until it was acquired in 1990. The McDonald’s, which suffered earthquake damage and general wear-and-tear, was restored by the company.

For the record, the very first McDonald’s was opened in San Bernardino in 1940. It was purchased by the owner of local chicken restaurant Juan Pollo and converted into a museum.

“In my opinion, that’s a piece of original Americana right there,” said George Redfox, president of The Downey Conservancy, which he founded in 2010 as a place to go to preserve the history in town.

“We try to celebrate events of different historic places around town, to bring recognition to longtime buildings and businesses,” he said. “It also builds a sense of community so people know that’s a special place. When it comes to people taking care of places, it helps people to want to take care of places that are special.”

Hess, who played a role in qualifying the McDonald’s in Downey and other buildings for the National Register of Historic Places, wrote about the McDonald’s historic significance in 2013, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy, which awarded him the President’s Award in 2015.

“In 1983, the idea of a McDonald’s being a historic landmark was a punchline, even among architectural preservationists. How could a hamburger stand be historic, let alone significant? How could a suburban building be good architecture? How could [architect] Stanley Meston stand in the pantheon of architects with Mies van der Rohe? How? It’s a design that’s inseparable from its time, place and people. That’s what really good architecture is.”

Redfox said he hopes the event brings public awareness to local history.

“It’s a special place and it’s worth saving,” he said. “And it’s worth having for generations to come and be able to visit the place as well.”

If you go

  • What: Historic McDonald’s 65th anniversary celebration hosted by the Downey Conservancy
  • When: 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 18
  • Where: McDonald’s, 10207 Lakewood Blvd, Downey
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Mater Dei basketball standout Khylee Pepe transfers to Bishop Montgomery

All-County girls basketball player Khylee Pepe of Mater Dei has enrolled at Bishop Montgomery, her father, Paapaa, confirmed Tuesday.

Last season as a versatile freshman forward, the 6-foot Pepe helped the Monarchs (23-6) capture the Trinity League title and qualify for the CIF-SS Open Division and state playoffs. Mater Dei finished fourth in the CIF-SS Open Division.

Pepe averaged 11.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

She also was a valuable ball-handler on the fast-break and strong defender.

Her brother, Kobe Pepe, is a standout on the St. John Bosco football team.

Last season, Bishop Montgomery also qualified for the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, finishing fifth.

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Mistrial declared for Anaheim man accused of killing his wife

SANTA ANA –  A mistrial has been declared for an Anaheim man accused of killing his wife after jurors were unable to agree on whether the woman was murdered or if she took her own life.

A Santa Ana jury deadlocked on whether Alan Ybarra Rojas, 37, is guilty of murder in connection to the shooting of his wife, 36-year-old Daisy May Guido, on Feb. 20, 2015.

According to court records, nine jurors believed that Rojas was guilty of murder, while three jurors didn’t believe the evidence supported that.

Guido, a mother of five who lived with Rojas and their three younger children, died at a hospital several days after officers responding to a 911 call found her in the garage of the family’s Anaheim residence with a gunshot wound to the head.

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During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy told jurors that Rojas initially told 911 dispatchers that Guido had fallen in the garage, then told an officer that she had shot herself. The prosecutor noted that Rojas told officers there wasn’t a gun in the home, before investigators found the weapon, a Colt revolver, in a drawer in the couple’s bedroom.

McGreevy also showed jurors photos of bruises found on Guido’s chest, shoulders and left arm after the shooting.

Deputy Public Defender Isabel Apkarian told jurors that Rojas made a “stupid decision” to move the gun, but denied that he had killed his wife. She attributed Rojas’ statements to police to his being distracted and scared while awaiting the arrival of paramedics, and said the bruises on Guido’s body were from hospital workers trying to save her life.

Rojas is scheduled to return to court for a hearing on Aug. 31, when a new trial could be scheduled. Rojas remained in custody.

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Stanton voters will go to polls for by-district council election in November; mayor still chosen by at-large vote

Starting this year, Stanton residents will be voting for City Council members by district. Candidates for District 1 and District 3 will be on the ballot in November; Districts 2 and 4 will come up for election in 2020.

The position of mayor, which will continue to be filled through an at-large vote, is also up for election this year.



David J. Shawver, mayor

Brian Donahue, councilman


Israel Hilario-Perez

District 1


Rigoberto A. Ramirez, mayor pro tem

District 3


Loreen Berlin

Ramona M. Macias

James Michael Scott

Gary Taylor

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Brea Fest is now in year 32

Friday night the Brea Civic and Cultural Center area comes alive with the 32nd Brea Fest, a huge celebration of the arts, plus food and beverages from 40 leading restaurants and vendors.

Brea Fest takes up the first level of the Civic Center and flows out into Randolph Street from the post office to Madison Way by the Brea Community Center. But that’s not all, this year the eastbound lane of Birch Street from Poplar Avenue to the east end of the Civic Center will be closed to vehicle traffic from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

“This is for pedestrian safety,” said Kristen Steyerman, a city special events specialist, “and to make way for our newest addition to Brea Fest, Marketplace Row.” She added that Marketplace Row would feature trendy artwork and other unique shopping opportunities. Sounds intriguing.

Brea Fest is a great way to end summer with a huge Brea-style street party with art and entertainment for everyone to enjoy for free. Well, admission is free; you pay $3 per ticket for generous food tastes or a glass of your favorite adult beverage.

Besides being a great way to meet up with friends, neighbors and folks from surrounding cities, Brea Fest is an ideal way to sample new restaurants or established ones you haven’t been to yet. It’s fun to try something new or discover your next favorite eatery.

“Brea Fest attracts 3,000 to 5,000 people each year,” Steyerman said. “And, along with 40 restaurants there’s fun and entertainment for all the family.”

There will be two bands outside for our listening and dancing, including Reflex playing songs from the ’80s, and Smith, a country-music band.

But that’s not all.

Are you a karaoke singer or fan? There will be a live karaoke band performing in the Curtis Theatre. And be sure to stop by the Brea Art Gallery to see the “PaperWorks Refolded” exhibit of amazing artwork created of paper. You will be astounded of the many ways paper can be folded, twisted and crumbled up into fabulous art! After you view the exhibit, enjoy watching artists creating more works of art by the gallery. All for free.

As in years past, North Hills Church will be sponsoring the Brea Fest Kidsville with a slew of fun activities including a drum station, bounce house, cookie decorating, snow cone station, flubber making area, face painting and a station for sensory-sensitive children to enjoy. All free, of course.

Costumed characters and super heroes will be strolling around, greeting fans, and ready to pose for photos.

Brea’s Mayor Glenn Parker said via email, “I first attended Brea Fest in 1988 and my favorite part is watching the community have a good time, and catching up with old friends.”

Most of our present and past council members come to Brea Fest year after year. Since this is an election year, expect various political candidates to be milling around too.

If there is someone you haven’t seen for a while, it is likely you will run into them at Brea Fest. I’ll see you there.


Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at

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Music fans fill the streets of downtown San Clemente for annual summer festival

SAN CLEMENTE — The community celebrated the final days of summer by dancing in the streets at the annual San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival, on Sunday, Aug. 12. The day-long event, held on the 100 and 200 blocks of Avenida Del Mar, has been produced by the Chamber of Commerce annually since 1954.

Music took top billing, with bands including Turn the Page-Tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, The Trip, and Tunnel Vision. Festival-goers enjoyed children’s activities, arts & crafts exhibit, motorcycle show and a salsa challenge.

  • A jam-packed crowd on Avenida Del Mar cheer on a band during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A surfer looks over the shoulder of Jack Bloodworth of Pier Pressure IV during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Elle Foust, 16 months, poses for her father Jeff Foust on Avenida Del Mar during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Robert Burns, president of the San Clemente Rotary Club, advertises for his corn on the cob booth during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Zachary Yoder demonstrates his pull up technique at the Marine Corps recruitment booth during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Maverick Salazar gets tossed in the air by his father Jordan before the start of the diaper derby at San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Anna Terry asks for a smooch from a puppy at a booth run by the Sit Means Sit obedience school during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer) San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival takes place 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 on the 100 & 200 block of Avenida Del Mar(Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A woman dances in the middle of Avenida Del Mar during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Olivia Ooms of the Resistors sings during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sam Morrison sings with his tribute band during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Turn the Page, a Bob Seger tribute band plays during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A large crowd dances to the Bob Seger cover band – Turn the Page during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A saxophonist plays on the center stage during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A guitarist plays on the center stage during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A woman listens to a band on the center stage during the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)





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UCLA football still shuffling on offensive line

LOS ANGELES — When UCLA opens the Chip Kelly era at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 1, someone other than Scott Quessenberry will snap the ball for the Bruins for the first time in two years. The Chargers’ fifth-round pick left a gaping hole his former team is struggling to plug with as many as six players.

“We’re having trouble snapping right now,” redshirt junior offensive lineman Michael Alves said after practice Tuesday. “We’re trying to get a consistent snap down. It’s really hard when you’re learning the offense, too, and technique at the same time. So it really just has to become a habit.”

But Alves doesn’t mean to incite panic, even if UCLA’s season opener is just 2-1/2 weeks away. He’s confident that within the next week, they’ll iron out the struggles.

“Coach (Justin) Frye is really helping with that,” said Alves, who started at right guard all of last season but has worked in at center this fall. “He makes it simple: Just snap the ball. You don’t have to do anything fancy, you just throw the ball back. So that’s an easy fix.”

At least six players practice snapping the ball every day as the Bruins search for a center. Junior Boss Tagaloa, the former defensive tackle who switched to offensive line in the spring, is now testing the waters at guard as well as center. Tagaloa was competing with redshirt freshman Zach Sweeney at center during the spring, but it’s been true freshman Chris Murray who has impressed Alves the most with his consistency.

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“A lot of the new guys don’t really look like they’ve snapped a whole lot, but he has some pretty consistent snaps, and he’s able to move his feet at the same time,” Alves said of Murray.

Murray, a former U.S. Army All-American from Mater Dei, played mostly guard or tackle during his high school career but began working on the switch to center this summer.

On one of the thinnest positions on the team, offensive line positions are fluid at this point in the Kelly era and lineups are like a rotating door.

“Everyone’s been kind of shifting around,” redshirt sophomore Jake Burton said, “so as far as all of our mindsets and stuff, you have to know all positions and just do what’s best for the team and we’ll see what happens come game day.”

Burton, who practiced at right tackle during the spring, said he’s worked at both guard and tackle this fall. Frye, UCLA’s first-year offensive line coach, stresses position flexibility, knocking even UCLA’s established linemen from their spots. Alves, one of only two returning offensive line starters, said he has “no idea actually” if he’ll be in the same right guard during the season.

Even outside linemen have to practice position versatility as Frye has tackles like grad transfer Justin Murphy also working at guard. A series of knee injuries forced the 6-foot-6 lineman from Texas Tech into medical retirement in 2016, but watching Murphy run through practice in Westwood is “like he’s never even been injured,” Alves said.

“He definitely adds a nastiness component that’s much-needed for our offensive line and for our team,” Burton said of Murphy.

After struggling to establish the run for the past two years while changing offensive coordinators, the Bruins could use the injection of toughness. Kelly’s offenses at Oregon were regularly among the top rushing teams in the country. UCLA has been 115th and 127th in the nation the past two years.

“To come in here and not be able to run the ball really hurts me as an O-lineman,” Alves said. “I think a big thing for us is trying to run the ball. And that comes with aggression, it comes with a mentality in our offensive line room of wanting to put the guy in front of us on the ground. So it’s a big weight on our shoulders, and I think our guys will handle it.”


Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi and defensive back Octavius Spencer were not seen on the field during the open, 20-minute period of practice on Tuesday. … Freshman running backs Kazmeir Allen and Martell Irby were the main kick returners during special teams drills.

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In the war on West Nile Virus, mosquito-eating fish are the latest biological weapon

Millie Cavafian lives in South Pasadena next door to a vacant home with an old swimming pool teeming with green algae.

“Five minutes out of the house and we are bitten by mosquitoes. We have kids and they have complained about it,” she told Marc Mitchell, vector control specialist.

Marc Mitchell talks to Emily, 5, and Andrew, 3, Cavafian after he found mosquito larva in a fountain in front of their house in South Pasadena on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy)

At one end of the kidney-shaped pool, rings popped up in the green muck marking where mosquito larvae were jumping up for air.

Mitchell scooped several mosquito fish from his bucket and let them swim free into the murky pool water

“Thank you for addressing that one over there,” Cavafian said to him.

One look at these skinny topminnows being dropped into pools, fountains and flood control channels and you would never know they have a voracious appetite.

But once in the water, they feed like crazy on mosquito eggs, larvae and pupae, a kind of caviar for these nondescript fish that makes them fat and happy.

More importantly, they become deputized militia in the war on mosquitoes that carry life-threatening diseases such as West Nile Virus.

Biological weapons

For vector control districts of Southern California, Gambusia affinis, or mosquito fish, are the guard dogs against mosquito overpopulation and transmission to humans of West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Zika virus and other serious and potentially fatal diseases.

A mosquito fish, or Gambusia affinis. (Handout photo)

More experts on mosquito eradication are turning to mosquito fish as a safer, more cost-effective weapon than chemical larvicides and other pesticides that lose their potency and could harm other fish or crustaceans in nearby waters.

“Using the fish is a more effective solution than putting in pesticides,” said Levy Sun, spokesman for the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District, which covers 26 cities and 287 square miles. “Ultimately, we want the longest lasting non-pesticide solution.”

Mosquito fish as a biological control mechanism are slowly replacing pesticides such as methoprene (sold as Altosid), which stops the mosquito larvae from maturing into adults, Levy said.

Although studies show methoprene is safe for humans, there’s controversy over evidence from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studies done in 1996 that says it affects other invertebrates and has been known to kill off frogs, lobsters and certain fish.

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A safer pesticide is something called BTI, short for Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, a group of bacteria that release crystals that are ingested by the larvae and rupture their gut, killing them before they reach adulthood in less than 24 hours.  BTI does not harm other living creatures in your koi pond, or in creeks, streambeds, marshland or flood channels.

Both larvicides are safe and are “not a direct threat to human health,” Sun wrote in an email. “Our agency rarely uses adult mosquito treatments unless absolutely necessary.”

“You can eat this stuff. It (BTI) is very safe to use ” said Joseph Conlon, a spokesman for the American Mosquito Control Association. “It is is the most largely used larvicide in the world.”

Conlon dismisses court claims alleging either methods cause harm to the environment.

Still, local agencies see Gambusia affinis as a more potent tool that can stretch their budgets as they become inundated with an increasing number of calls about mosquitoes that are spreading rapidly, despite their control efforts.

BTI doesn’t reach all the larvae when in a pool or algae-filled pond with other plant and animal life besides mosquitoes, Conlon said.

Plus, it may only last a week and can be diluted by rainfall or a sprinkler spray, Sun said.

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District Treatment spray anti-mosquito larvicide in a 90-acre area south of Garvey Avenue between Santa Anita and Central avenues in South El Monte on early Thursday morning, June 27, 2013. The larvicide is aimed at eradicating the disease-carrying Asian tiger mosquito.(SGVN/Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda)

Asian tiger mosquito

The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is a new kind of threat.

It feeds on humans day or night and will bite several times, not getting a full blood meal immediately, Sun said.

The one-quarter-inch long mosquito with black-and-white stripes can transmit chikungunya, a disease that can cause high fevers and extreme muscle and bone aches.

In the African language of Makonde, the name chikungunya means “one who bends up” or curls into a fetal position due to the unbearable pain.

The mosquitos also transmit Zika and Dengue Fever, Conlon said. So far, the only cases of these diseases in Los Angeles County have been imported; no local mosquitoes have carried the virus.

There have been 19 human cases in California of West Nile Virus as of Aug. 10, with four in the county of Los Angeles, one each in Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties and two in Riverside County, according to the state Department of Health and other health agencies.

Los Angeles County has the most human cases of any county in California, according to the state.

In 2017, the Orange County health department reported 38 infections and four deaths due to West Nile Virus.

Asian tiger mosquito fight

So far, the fight to halt the spread of Aedes has not gone well, since they multiply quite easily in stagnant water left in plant pots and small containers.

“We are getting a lot more of them,” Sun said. “They are now in Pasadena and South Pasadena.” Those two cities are some of the latest areas where technicians have trapped the tiny mosquitos, he said.

In 2011, the mosquitos were first found in El Monte and South El Monte, most likely from plant cuttings imported from Asia and left in saucers of water — perfect breeding grounds.

Aedes Aegypti is one of two species of the Asian tiger mosquito spreading across LA County. (photo courtesy the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District.)

The San Gabriel Valley and Greater Los Angeles districts both sprayed a mixture containing BTI via a mobile fogger onto homes in El Monte and South El Monte in 2013 and 2014, in an effort to eradicate the Asian tiger mosquito.

“The population exploded in the San Gabriel Valley,” Sun said, adding that eradicating Aedes is a much more labor intensive task.

Mosquito fish are a long-term approach to reducing the mosquito population.  They can stay in an old pool or pond for up to a month eating larvae, he said.

BTI or methoprene used to fight Aedes require repeated applications as effectiveness gets diluted by rain or other water sources.

“So that is why we are ramping up our mosquito fish program,” he said. “By having more mosquito fish, it will reduce the amount of visits (by technicians) to the places we put the fish and that gives us the opportunity to look at other places, such as flood control channels.”

From pool to fountains

On the way back to this truck, something caught Mitchell’s eye: a half-filled ornamental fountain sitting under the eaves of Cavafian’s home, collecting water from the lawn sprinklers.

Mitchell scooped out the water and any larvae. He suggested Cavafian make a plant holder out of the old fountain by drilling holes in it and filling it with potting soil.

A chagrined Cavafian said she told her husband about the old fountain for several weeks.

“I will scoop it out and we’ll keep it empty.”

Ways to avoid infections:

— Empty all standing water on your property and reduce areas that might become breeding ground for mosquitoes including flower pots and pet bowls.

— Install door and window screens and make sure they are in good condition.

— Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or products containing IR3535.

— Limit outdoor activity at dawn and dusk, particularly when mosquitoes are most active.

— Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.

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Mater Dei’s Warren Loth, Ian Minsterman playing for U.S. youth water polo team

  • Orange Lutheran’s Matt Kacura shoots past the defense of Mater Dei’s Warren Loth during the Lancers’ 11-6 loss in a Trinity League boys water polo game at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, CA on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mater Dei’s Ian Minsterman passes the ball past Orange Lutheran’s Sam Sasaki during South Coast Tournament finals in Newport Beach, on Saturday, September 23, 2017. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Mater Dei senior water polo players Warren Loth and Ian Minsterman are playing this week for the U.S. men’s team at the FINA Youth World Championships in Hungary.

Loth, a defender, and Minsterman, a right-handed attacker, joined a U.S. squad with recent Orange County graduates Garrett Zaan (Huntington Beach), Hannes Daube (Orange Lutheran) and Ash Molthen (Orange Lutheran).

JSerra’s Brett Ormsby is the U.S. coach and assisted by Newport Harbor’s Ross Sinclair and Harvard-Westlake’s Brian Flacks.

Harvard-Westlaker defender Nico Tierney and Oaks Christian’s Alika Naone also are on the U.S. team.

Team USA opened the tournament Saturday with a 9-8 loss against Italy. The Americans then fell to Croatia 14-8 before collecting a 26-7 triumph against Uzbekistan.

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Laguna Woods Village co-op board sets $300 fine for unauthorized alterations

Rates are set to increase for non-compliant co-op residents as the United Mutual board adopted a resolution on Tues., Aug 14 that will apply a $300 fee to members who have executed unauthorized, after-the-fact alterations to their manors.

The resolution carried 8-2 with one abstention.

Village Management Services staff called for action after a notable increase in consent-to-work requests, only for inspectors to find non-permitted projects already in process or completed by the residents, according to a staff report.

The investigation, documentation and incident processing conducted by staff thereafter has resulted in a  “significant” increase in staff time.

“I think $300 is rather excessive,” Director Pat English said.

Director Janey Dorrell, chair of the Architectural Controls and Standards Committee, insisted that due diligence has been exercised, saying that the amount is directly relative to actual staff costs.

The staff report noted that the Compliance Division estimated an average of five hours in staff time is spent processing each case while the Alteration Division estimated an average of three hours of staff time per incident –– setting the grounds for a $300 fee.

Paying the fee does not excuse the offending member of disciplinary action, if deemed necessary, by the board.

The resolution has satisfied a 30-day notification requirement and will take effect Sept. 1.

Earthquake insurance

The board unanimously voted to approve a motion that would provide a supplemental appropriation of $135,000 to fund the earthquake insurance premiums in the current year.

In December 2017, the board approved the purchase of an earthquake insurance policy with coverage of $10 million and a 5 percent deductible after the approval of the 2018 Business Plan, which made it an unbudgeted operating expenditure.

The supplement would be pulled from the contingency fund.

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“This is minimal coverage (for earthquake damage). I think it’s important that we have as much coverage as we can afford,” member Dick Rader said to the audience. “(United) is not providing complete earthquake coverage, therefore you should consult your own insurance agent and see what additional insurance you can provide for your own unit, especially for your possessions inside.”

The motion carried 10-0 with one abstention and does not require a waiting period.

Resale Report

The average resale price for a co-op in United Mutual in July was $272,609, up from $246,472 in July 2017, according to a VMS staff report. Resales year-to-date numbered 217, down from 286 the same time last year. Sales volume in July was $9.5 million compared with $7.9 million in July 2017.

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Dana Hills should be good to go the distance in boys cross country

Dana Hills’ boys cross country team finished third in the CIF-SS Division 1 championships last year. The Dolphins could be as good, or better, this year.

Their group of returnees includes Simon Fuller and Carrick Denker, both contributors to last season’s productive team.

Last year’s boys cross country athlete of the year Anthony Grover is back at JSerra for his junior year. He won the Orange County championships and CIF-SS (Division 4) and CIF State titles as a sophomore.

Mission Viejo should be among the county’s better girls cross country teams. The Diablos’ Kelli Hines was fourth in the CIF-SS Division 2 championship last season as a junior. She and Mission Viejo teammate Ashley Johnson, now a junior, were All-County first team last season as was El Toro junior Alexis Neuville.

First competition dates for cross country is Aug. 30. Starting dates for other CIF-SS fall sports: girls golf, Aug. 20; field hockey (a few schools still play it), Aug. 27; football, Aug. 16 (eight-man football, Aug. 24); girls tennis, Aug. 20; girls volleyball, Aug. 13; and boys water polo, Aug. 20.

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Who will make the cut on the Rams’ 53-man roster?

As the Rams prepare for another Backup Bowl – don’t expect to see many (if any) starters in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders – the players on the fringe of the roster get a chance to shine.

Time is dwindling. By Sept. 1, the Rams must cut their 91-man roster to 53 players. For the second consecutive year, all the cuts will come at once, which means that competition is plentiful.

Who will make the cut? Here’s an educated guess, with a couple asterisks. The below list actually includes 56 players, because guard Jamon Brown starts the season with a two-game suspension and defensive lineman Dominique Easley seems headed for the injured-reserve list. Also, if Aaron Donald reports at the end of camp, as he did last year, the Rams can keep an extra player for two weeks.

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The majority of the roster spots are spoken for, but many battles remain, particularly among first- or second-year players, and there always are a couple surprises. Here’s an educated guess as to how things might look today if they Rams had to make their final cuts.


Locked in: Jared Goff, Sean Mannion

Holding on: Brandon Allen

Not this year: Luis Perez

Comment: Given the way Mannion struggled in the preseason opener and at times during training-camp practices, the backup job could be available for Allen to steal. Either way, three quarterbacks should make it.


Locked in: Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown, John Kelly

Holding on: Justin Davis

Not this year: Nick Holley

Comment: Kelly, a sixth-round pick, has been one of the surprise stars of camp, and while the Rams probably would prefer to keep Davis, an effective slashing runner, on their practice squad, he might not clear waivers. The question is whether Kelly supplants Brown as Gurley’s primary backup.


Locked in: Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Pharoh Cooper, Josh Reynolds

Holding on: Mike Thomas

Not this year: Fred Brown, KhaDarel Hodge, Steven Mitchell, JoJo Natson, Kendal Thompson

Comment: There shouldn’t be any surprises in this group, and Thomas makes the cut because of his added value on special teams.


Locked in: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

Holding on: Temarrick Hemingway

Not this year: Henry Krieger-Coble, Codey McElroy, Johnny Mundt

Comment: Hemingway would have major reason to be concerned if the Rams plucked a veteran off another team’s roster, which seems like a plausible move.


Locked in: Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold, John Sullivan, Jamon Brown, Rob Havenstein, Austin Blythe, Brian Allen, Joseph Noteboom

Holding on: Jamil Demby, Darrell Williams

Not this year: Jake Eldrenkamp, Jeremiah Kolone, Cornelius Lucas, Aaron Neary.

Comment: Neary could stick around because of his versatility, while Williams surprisingly struggled in the first preseason game. The starters are set, and 2018 draft picks Noteboom, Allen and Demby look like long-term keepers.


Locked in: Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers, Ethan Westbrooks, Dominique Easley, John Franklin-Myers

Holding on: Tanzel Smart, Justin Lawler

Not this year: Omarius Bryant, Chunky Clements, Lord Hyeamang, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Marcus Martin, McKay Murphy, Brian Womac.

Comment: If Easley somehow got healthy by the end of camp, either he or Westbrooks could be valuable trade bait, but as it stands now, the Rams have a new mixture of veteran starters and young depth. Of course, all of this goes into flux if Donald doesn’t show up.


Locked in: Samson Ebukam, Mark Barron, Cory Littleton, Matt Longacre, Ogbo Okoronkwo, Bryce Hager, Micah Kiser

Holding on: Ryan Davis, Ramik Wilson

Not this year: Trevin Howard, Ejuan Price, Tegray Scales, Trevon Young

Comment: This is by far the least-predictable position, and the questionable health status of Barron, Longacre and Okoronkwo make this an educated guess at best. This is where some surprising cuts could happen, and young players such as Howard, Price and Young need to flash in preseason games.


Locked in: Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Troy Hill

Holding on: Sam Shields, Dominique Hatfield

Not this year: Taurean Nixon, Ramon Richards

Comment: Kevin Peterson’s torn ACL was devastating, but it also provided some clarity at this position, which now seems set.


Locked in: Lamarcus Joyner, John Johnson, Marqui Christian, Blake CountessHolding on: None

Not this year: Nate Holley, Isaiah Johnson, Afolabi Laguda, Curtis Mikell, Steven Parker

Comment: It’s tough to see any drama here, with two established starters and two others – Christian and Countess – who are valued on special teams.


Locked in: Greg Zuerlein, Johnny Hekker, Jake McQuaide

Holding on: None

Not this year: Sam Ficken

Comment: The Rams will ride with their three Pro Bowl selections.

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Garden Grove voters will decide on council members for three districts and a mayor

Garden Grove has four elected positions open – for mayor and for council members representing Districts 1, 3 and 4.

The filing deadline for District 1 has been extended to Aug. 15, allowing time for additional candidates to enter after incumbent Kris Beard decided not to seek reelection. All other candidates faced an Aug. 10 deadline.



Steve Jones, director of the Orange County Sanitation District


Don Taylor, retired

District 1 city council candidates who had filed as of Aug. 13:

Adam Jason Degner, business owner

George Brietigam III, police sergeant

Gerry Serrano, police officer

District 3:


Thu-Ha Nguyen, research scientist


Duy Nguyen, banker and business owner

District 4


Phat Bui, businessman


Joe Dovinh, business owner

Mark Anthony Paredes, health care manager








Thu-Ha Nguyen, research scientist

Phat Bui, businessman





Adam Jason Degner


Please see the attached.  Please note that District 1 statements are confidential through Wednesday.  The only elected positions open in Garden Grove are the Mayor and Council Members for Districts 1, 3, and 4.


The Nomination Filing Period begins Monday, July 16, 2018 through 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018.

This period has been extended 5 days to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 for the following positions because the incumbent failed to file (incumbents may not file during this extension):

Council Members, three positions; 4-year termCandidates are welcome to pick up Nomination Papers and file at the Clerk’s Office during this extended time period.

The Clerk’s Office is open Mon. – Thurs. from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7: a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on alternating Fridays.

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2 sewage spills close areas of Newport Beach

Two inland sewer spills have prompted the Orange County Health Care Agency to close areas of the Upper Newport Bay.

The first spill of about 7,500 gallons was caused by a sewer main break in Costa Mesa near the 55 freeway on Monday, according to the agency. The second spill of approximately 7,500 gallons was caused by a private sewer lateral blockage in Santa Ana, first noticed by a resident on Saturday.

The inland sewage spills trickled into the estuary, prompting a closure that spans from Upper Newport Bay to North Star Beach.

“Any sewage that makes it there will start moving slowely through the channel,” said Orange County Health Care Agency spokesperson Anthony Martinez. “We’ve already started sampling to start to monitor it and see what happens there.”

The affected ocean water area will remain closed to ocean water-contact sports pending the results of follow-up water quality tests.

“We need two rounds that come back clean to reopen,” Martinez said.

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Edison enjoyed a fine ‘aloha’ for the girls volleyball season

Monday was the first day that girls volleyball teams could play their first games of the 2018 season.

That day, Aug. 13, was an earlier-than-normal start. Some teams started even earlier.

Edison, Newport Harbor and Sage Hill played in the Ann Kang Invitational Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. Edison fared best among the Orange County teams in it with a finished seventh.

Edison coach Matt Skolnik said Chargers standouts were senior setter Aly Fullbright, senior outside hitter Samantha Schofield and senior middle blocker Taylor Torchia.

“For our first matches of the year, we did a good job,” Skolnik said. “We’ve got a long ways to go but we’re in a good starting position.”

Edison was 4-3 in tournament matches. Sage Hill was 2-5. Newport Harbor was 1-6.

The tournament, one of the more prestigious season-opening tournaments, started in 1989.

Coming up soon on the girls volleyball schedule, with Edison a fulcrum: The Trinity League vs. Sunset League showcase on August 29 at Edison; and the Dave Mohs Memorial Tournament starting Aug. 31 at Edison. The Mohs generally is the best of the early season tournaments involving O.C. teams.

Many teams in the Mohs tourney are on the CIF-Southern Section released lists of “2018 girls volleyball teams to watch” for its nine playoff divisions. Eight O.C. schools were grouped in the Division 1&2 list: Corona del Mar; Edison; Huntington Beach; Los Alamitos; Mater Dei; San Juan Hills; Santa Margarita; and Tesoro.

Defending Division 1 girls volleyball champion Mater Dei has three returning players who were key contributors to the 2017 team: Natalie Berty; Meg Brown (cousin of last year’s Mater Dei All-America lineman Tommy Brown); and Mia Tuaniga.

Tuaniga, a junior setter, and Corona del Mar senior Kendall Kipp were the only non-seniors on last season’s All-Orange County first team.

The first day girls volleyball teams could officially begin play as Monday (a waiver can be acquired from the CIF-SS for early starters). First day of competition for other CIF-SS fall sports: Cross country, Aug. 30; girls golf, Aug. 20; field hockey (a few schools still play it), Aug. 27; football, Aug. 16 (eight-man football, Aug. 24); girls tennis, Aug. 20; and boys water polo, Aug. 20.

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At least seven vie for three seats on Fountain Valley city council

Fountain Valley voters will select from at least seven city council candidates, one of them an incumbent, for three open seats in November.

The city’s current mayor, Michael Vo, tossed his hat in the ring for a second four-year term on the council.

Councilman John Collins has termed out after serving for eight years.

Larry Crandall was approved by the council in February to replace Mark McCurdy, who resigned the month prior. But Crandall, who also served on the council from 1998 to 2012, declined to run for what would be his fourth full term.

His decision extended the deadline until Aug. 15 for interested candidates to file with the city clerk’s office.

As of Aug. 14, the following people have been qualified as candidates:


Michael Vo, mayor


Kim Constantine, businesswoman

Glenn Grandis, businessman

Patrick Harper, businessman

Nick Lecong, entrepreneur

Tom Nguyen, business owner

Dave Osborn, business owner




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