Laguna Beach police cars will keep American flag logo despite some objection

  • A Laguna Beach black and white police car sports a new American Flag police graphic in Laguna Beach, CA on Monday, April 15, 2019. Laguna’s police cars where all white, the police department added the logo when they went to the black and white cars. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A woman, who declined to give her name, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” during public comments at the Laguna Beach City Council meeting in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • An overflow crowd listens from outside the Laguna Beach City Council chambers where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mayor Bob Whalen speaks to the crowd during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • An overflow crowd listens from outside the Laguna Beach City Council chambers where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People attending the Laguna Beach City Council meeting show their support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars before public comments to the City Council in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Police Chief Laura Farinella and Captain Jeff Calvert listen to Matt Lawson as he speaks during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Lisa Collins waves a flag during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A star-spangled Matt Lawson speaks during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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LAGUNA BEACH — After a new patriotic red, white and blue logo on Laguna Beach police vehicles became a topic of national debate, this week, the Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday, April 16, ruled that the graphic will remain in place.

“This has made us more unified than anything I’ve ever seen in this town,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, who was one of four council members who voted in support of the design.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman was the lone dissenter, suggesting the “I” in “Police” be changed from red to blue.

“I like how it looks,” Dicterow told an overflowing council chamber. “I got 600 emails from people in Laguna, the ratio of support was 100 percent in support of the design. I got emails from across the country. The flag is a symbol, it doesn’t represent a particular president or political belief. It’s a symbol of what we strive for. What better symbol than one that protects our freedom?”

In a second motion, the City Council voted unanimously to change the motto that accompanies the logo from “Proudly serving our community” to “Serving our community with pride and integrity.”

The debate over the logo gained steam over the weekend following media reports that the issue had divided the community. But the concern generally was less about patriotism than about what the colors represent.

To some, the bold design that showed up on police units was considered too dramatic and “aggressive.”

Complaints about the logo surfaced in early March when the police department began rolling out its new black-and-white vehicles with the new logo.

The Laguna Beach City Council in February unanimously approved a return to the traditional black-and-white cars after the police department requested the switch, saying the solid white SUVs were often confused with local security cars, especially by visiting tourists.

With the new black-and-white police cars, the police department also wanted a new look and logo. The council reviewed six logo selections and settled on two options.

The City Council then asked Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella for her and the department’s preference. Farinella and Cpl. Ryan Hotchkiss, president of the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, preferred the American flag look over a proposed beach design.

There was some confusion over which design was actually selected. But the police department and city officials said the American flag was chosen — albeit a muted version of the current logo.

When the original designs were applied to the cars, the muted colors did not stand out. At that point the police department opted for the bolder colors.

On Tuesday, Laguna Beach police kept order in City Council chambers where at least 300 gathered. People stood five or six deep in the back and others gathered on the outdoor patio.

More than 50 people spoke, with just a few in favor of removing the American flag graphics. One woman sang the Star Spangled Banner when it was her turn to speak and most of the audience, along with Councilman Peter Blake, stood up and joined her.

“I think this is a teachable moment for this town,” said Amber Offield. “We can come together as citizens and make the right decision for our police officers and firefighters.”

Annemarie McIntosh, 17, was one of the later speakers. She told the council she had been watching the meeting online and felt she needed to represent her age group.

She pointed out that the Girl Scout uniform she was wearing had a flag and told the council she was in favor of the American flag design on the cars.

“It’s more recognizable and easier for kids to spot on the street,” she said.

Resident Chris Prelitz was among the minority who opposed the current logo. He told the council that others who felt the same were afraid to attend the meeting.

“I’m disappointed in the two council members who went onto Fox News and changed the narrative,” he said. “I’m here for the 20 to 30 people who were too afraid to be here.”

Councilman Peter Blake, whom Prelitz accused of dividing the community, responded.

“People who aren’t here tonight aren’t afraid, they simply lost,” he said. “They didn’t want to face the shame of sending out all those (negative) emails. For this first time, we’ve had a chance to stand up. Thank you for putting us in the position to love our flag. When I thought I would lose my flag, I said, no way!”

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It took years, but Yorba Linda turns the first shovel on its library and arts center

Yorba Linda’s $51 million new library and arts center broke ground on Saturday, Jan. 5, with the long-awaited facility expected to open in the summer of 2020.

“It’s going to be a historic day for Yorba Linda,” Mayor Tara Campbell said of the groundbreaking. “This is going to serve our families and children and seniors for decades to come.”

  • Members of the Yorba Linda City Council, including Mayor Tara Campbell, center, perform a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rebekah Rodriguez, 6, daughter of Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez, snaps a photo during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Orange County Historical Commissioner and past president of the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club Pamela Harrell smiles during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez helps his daughter Rebekah, 6, after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda City Council members Carlos Rodriguez, Gene Hernandez, Mayor Tara Campbell, Mayor Pro Tem Beth Haney and Peggy Huang, from left, are joined by City Manager Mark Pulone, right, for a photo during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell speaks during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell speaks in front of an excavator during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A rendering of the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center stands behind the City Council during a ceremonial groundbreaking in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Yorba Linda City Council poses for photos during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Photos are taken after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Photos are taken after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell poses for a photo with her mother after a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rebekah Rodriguez, 6, daughter of Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez, plays with the ceremonial shovels after a groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell, left, chats with Lt. Cory Martino, Chief of Police Services for Yorba Linda, after a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Members of the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club file past a rendering of the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center after a ceremonial groundbreaking in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Members of the Yorba Linda City Council, including Mayor Tara Campbell, center, perform a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The 4.7-acre “strawberry field” lot on Lakeview Avenue will be transformed into a two-story, 48,000-square-foot library and a 15,000-square-foot arts center, connected to each other by a paseo.

The new library will be more than 70 percent larger than the current aging facility about a block away. It will feature a large, dividable community room, dedicated space for teens, more study rooms and a larger storytime theater among its features, Library Director Carrie Lixey said.

“Our facility right now is not adequate for all that we do,” she said. “We have to turn people away from programs. So, we are really looking forward to being able to offer our community all of our programs.”

  • The library is proposed to feature separate children, teen and adult areas, various study, conference and community rooms and a story time theater. The arts center’s design includes a 250-seat black box theater, a gallery space and art and dance studios. (Courtesy of City of Yorba Linda).

  • Floor plans of Yorba Linda’s proposed library and arts center. (City of Yorba Linda)

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  • The proposed project includes a 45,000-square-foot two-story library, a 13,500-square-foot one-story arts center and surface parking. (Courtesy of the city of Yorba Linda).

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The arts center will have a black-box theater named after Virginia DeLand, the founder of the Yorba Linda Civic Light Opera, as well as a dance studio and an art room.

The project has been discussed since 2010, but was put on hold for years as the city’s redevelopment agency was dissolved, affecting funding sources. The effort got a reboot in 2016 and the City Council chose the former strawberry fields as the location.

Expectations were for a $53 million price tag, but the cost of the project went down by about $2 million when the bids for the construction came in, the city’s finance director, Scott Catlett, said.

About $25 million will come from the library’s reserves built up over the years. The council also approved issuing about $16 million in bonds, repaid by the future library revenue. The rest of the funding comes from the city’s general fund reserves and the sale of a 13-acre property on Bastanchury Road. The city will sell the old library building for an In-N-Out.

There may need to be a short closure of the library to relocate its collection to the new building, Lixey said, but she doesn’t expect any impacts until the summer of 2020.

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Canyon High School graduation 2018

  • Grant Han celebrates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Grant Han celebrates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Jaden Auger poses for photos with her sister Mackenzie after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Jaden Auger poses for photos with her sister Mackenzie after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Graduates wait to enter Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates wait to enter Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Diplomas wait to be handed out during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Diplomas wait to be handed out during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hala Abusham celebrates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Hala Abusham celebrates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Families cheer for their students during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Families cheer for their students during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • ASB President Kyle Bui addresses the Class of 2018 during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    ASB President Kyle Bui addresses the Class of 2018 during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • John Bader, center, waits with fellow graduates as they file into Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    John Bader, center, waits with fellow graduates as they file into Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Daniel Krahl gets his tassel out of his mouth as he waits for his diploma during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Daniel Krahl gets his tassel out of his mouth as he waits for his diploma during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Britney Kerr, center, beams as she walks with her classmates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Britney Kerr, center, beams as she walks with her classmates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Lauren Ledesma has her cap adorned with flowers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Lauren Ledesma has her cap adorned with flowers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Ryan Belda poses with his family after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Ryan Belda poses with his family after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates sing the National Anthem with the rest of the choir during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates sing the National Anthem with the rest of the choir during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A UCI-bound graduate listens to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A UCI-bound graduate listens to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Joshua Tarango poses with photos of himself  after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Joshua Tarango poses with photos of himself after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Cade Campbell poses for a photo with his grandparents Mark and Marlene after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Cade Campbell poses for a photo with his grandparents Mark and Marlene after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A contraband beach ball is tossed around during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A contraband beach ball is tossed around during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Late arrival Amanda Coelho fills out her name card before the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Late arrival Amanda Coelho fills out her name card before the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Villa Park senior Erin McCurry hugs Canyon graduate Christian Downey after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Villa Park senior Erin McCurry hugs Canyon graduate Christian Downey after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Samantha English, center left, holds her cap as she leaves the field with her fellow graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Samantha English, center left, holds her cap as she leaves the field with her fellow graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Families search for their graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Families search for their graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates Daniel Torero, Kyle Bui and Zach Shorts, from left, pose for photos after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates Daniel Torero, Kyle Bui and Zach Shorts, from left, pose for photos after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The Class of 2018 at Orange’s Canyon High School held commencement on June 14 at Fred Kelly Stadium.

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Tesoro High School Graduation

Tesoro High School held the commencement ceremony for its Class of 2018 on June 7 at LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College.

  • Eve DeVault dances back to her seat after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eve DeVault dances back to her seat after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rachel Fulford, right, jubilates as she shows fellow graduate, Sabrina Murphy, her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Rachel Fulford, right, jubilates as she shows fellow graduate, Sabrina Murphy, her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Caroline Fish waves to her family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Caroline Fish waves to her family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Family and friends of new graduates celebrate when the name of the student is announced during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Family and friends of new graduates celebrate when the name of the student is announced during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro seniors walk down the steps to the field at the start of the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro seniors walk down the steps to the field at the start of the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hailey Havourd, center, joins her classmates in the National Anthem during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Hailey Havourd, center, joins her classmates in the National Anthem during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate celebrates during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A new graduate celebrates during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduate Nina Nicole Johansson, right, hugs teacher Ms. Roberts after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    New graduate Nina Nicole Johansson, right, hugs teacher Ms. Roberts after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates, from left, Holly Ann Hatchel, Chelsea McCormick and Christa Koontz wave to family and friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates, from left, Holly Ann Hatchel, Chelsea McCormick and Christa Koontz wave to family and friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro graduates take take their seats during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro graduates take take their seats during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Christina Kuntz reacts as she sees fellow graduates pass by during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Christina Kuntz reacts as she sees fellow graduates pass by during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro seniors, from left, Jessica Huth, Chelsea Viera, Sara La Rue cheer as their classmates names are called during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro seniors, from left, Jessica Huth, Chelsea Viera, Sara La Rue cheer as their classmates names are called during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hannah Williams, left, and Emily Christopoulos embrace during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Hannah Williams, left, and Emily Christopoulos embrace during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Danielle Powers, front, leads the Tesoro High School Madrigals in a rendition of “In My Life” during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Danielle Powers, front, leads the Tesoro High School Madrigals in a rendition of “In My Life” during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate, right, is embraced by a faculty member during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A new graduate, right, is embraced by a faculty member during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alissa Heinsius, left, and Kennedy Brown celebrate after receiving their diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alissa Heinsius, left, and Kennedy Brown celebrate after receiving their diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Amy Noval, right, as she shows her fellow graduate her empty diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Amy Noval, right, as she shows her fellow graduate her empty diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jeremy Hassel holds up is diploma to his family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Jeremy Hassel holds up is diploma to his family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Julia Pacific reacts when she sees friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Julia Pacific reacts when she sees friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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A sea of rubber duckies go surfing at Huntington Beach Pier in a yearly ritual

It’s not often you see thousands of ducks paddling about the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach – once a year, to be exact.

  • Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Zoe Duncan, 11, looks at the rubber duckies along with her family after over a thousand of duckies were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Zoe Duncan, 11, looks at the rubber duckies along with her family after over a thousand of duckies were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Surfers are seen as rubber duckies drift by after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Surfers are seen as rubber duckies drift by after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket of duckies while people fill them up as more than a thousand  rubber duckies were dumped at the beach off the Huntington Beach Pier as a race fundraiser Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket of duckies while people fill them up as more than a thousand rubber duckies were dumped at the beach off the Huntington Beach Pier as a race fundraiser Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical &  Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket to collect duckies along with other volunteers as more than a thousand rubber duckies were dumped at the beach as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical &  Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket to collect duckies along with other volunteers as more than a thousand rubber duckies were dumped at the beach as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kylee Condon helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical &  Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Kylee Condon helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Volunteer Diane Santos, from Concordia University Irvine, dumps a basket of rubber duckies in a truck as they were collected from the beach after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Volunteer Diane Santos, from Concordia University Irvine, dumps a basket of rubber duckies in a truck as they were collected from the beach after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

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On Saturday, May 19, some 4,000 cute little rubber duckies were released off the Huntington Beach Pier to surf back to shore as fans cheered them on.

The annual ritual benefits AltaMed Medical & Dental Group-Huntington Beach, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need.

First yellow bird back won $1,000 for its sponsor – 100 times its price.

Although fewer in number, a sea of ducks will be out again Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m. when ducks purchased by businesses compete for prizes.

The three-day Duck-a-Thon includes an art festival, games and kid-friendly attractions such as a rock-climbing wall.

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Cal State Fullerton baseball hosts annual Miracle League Clinic

The Cal State Fullerton baseball team hosted its annual free clinic for the Miracle League of North Orange County on the evening of April 18 at Goodwin Field.

  • Cal State Fullerton baseball player Sahid Valenzuela joined teammates and coaches in the CSUF baseball team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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    Cal State Fullerton baseball player Sahid Valenzuela joined teammates and coaches in the CSUF baseball team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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  • CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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    CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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  • CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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    CSUF baseball players and coaches participated in the team’s annual Miracle League Clinic on April 18.
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The Miracle League gives children and adults with mental and physical disabilities the chance to play baseball.

“It was really awesome to get out there and spend time with these guys,” said Titan closing pitcher Brett Conine. “The passion and love they have for life and the game of baseball was awesome to see. It really puts everything in perspective.”

The clinic at Goodwin Field gave the players — with ages ranging from  8 into the 60s — the opportunity to interact with Titan coaches and players on the main diamond, in the bullpens and in the batting cages

The event has produced some of the Titans’ most loyal and supportive fans over the years. Many Titans had left the clinic saying it’s the most humbling and gratifying experience they’ve ever had.

The Titans and miracle leaguers participated in drills, ran the base paths, laughed and shared stories. The evening ended with the group eating pizza together.

Source: Cal State Fullerton Athletics

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Open craft hour to be held at La Palma Library

An open craft hour to work on various projects, learn a new skill, and swap ideas will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the La Palma Library, 7842 Walker St. The program is free and all types of crafting are welcome. For more information, call 714-523-8585.

Scott Schwebke, 714-796-7767

sschwebke@scng.com

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New 18 hole course comes to OC, Dana Point harbor gets facelift and other OC construction news

Dana Point Harbor redux

After 20 years, during which the Orange County Board of Supervisors mulled and the public debated the concept of refurbishing the 1970s-era Dana Point Harbor, the Board of Supervisors has selected a partnership of three development firms to do the job.

Accordingly, the county is in a three-month negotiation period with Dana Point Harbor Partners, consisting of retail specialist Burnham Ward Properties, hotel specialist R.D. Olson Development and marina specialist Bellwether Financial Group. If negotiations work out, the $399 million redevelopment of the entire Dana Point Harbor could begin next year with construction spread over seven years.

The concept is for Burnham to undertake 77,000 square feet of commercial development – restaurants and shops, a 32,000-square-foot market hall and food court, and a surfing museum on 29 acres of the property. Olson would develop two hotels on 3.5 acres. And Bellwether would refurbish 2,296 boat slips and provide a 388-space dry boat storage facility on 20.5 acres. The developers, who say the result will be “a world-class harbor,” would have a 50-year lease on the land.

 

Another 18 holes comes to OC

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Does the Orange Coast need another golf course? Although the question is being debated by onlookers, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to begin lease negotiations with Chapman Investment and Guardian Capital to develop an 18-hole short course on 200 of the county’s 395-acre covered landfill in Newport Beach. The Coyote Canyon Landfill, off Newport Coast Drive, was closed in 1990 after 27 years.

Chapman and Guardian plan to develop the 18-hole course, sometimes called an executive course because of its short playing time and appeal to corporate outings. It will feature a double-decker driving range, a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, and 16,000 square feet of ballrooms, wedding gardens and food court.

If the two firms cannot make a deal with the county, another company, Tait & Associates of Santa Ana, is standing by with plans for an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, an outdoor beer garden, a hotel and a four-star restaurant. The county plans to set aside 123 acres of its site as a habitat for the California gnatcatcher.

 

 

 

Goodbye Anabella, Hello Westin Anaheim Resort

Demolition of the 358-room California Mission-style Anabella Hotel, on Katella Avenue next to the Anaheim Convention Center, is underway to make room for Wincome Group’s 634-room, $245 million, four-star Westin Anaheim Resort. The seven-story hotel, designed by Michael Hong Architects, will include three restaurants and 11 meeting rooms.

When open in late 2019 or early 2020, the resort will have a lush landscape created by Lifescapes International, Newport Beach. Lifescapes, which created landscapes for such hotels as the Wynn and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, is planning a fountain for the motor court, two swimming pools, a spa, and a rooftop with fire pits, shade structures and water features.

The Westin will be the third four-diamond hotel in Anaheim, joining the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian.

 

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Pendulum swings on Peter’s Landing

When Peter’s Landing on Pacific Coast Highway overlooking Huntington Harbour opened in the late 1970s, the two-story complex with restaurants and shops on the first floor and offices on the second floor attracted visitors from all over Orange and Los Angeles counties. But as the years went by, the once-hot development lost much of its appeal.

Now Pendulum Properties Partners, Irvine, has purchased the 100,000-square-foot property for a reported $33 million to undertake “a significant re-positioning” and once again make the mixed-use complex a regional draw.

The 300-plus boat slips at Peter’s Landing are not part of the real estate transaction and will continue to be owned and operated by Taki Sun Inc.

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