L.A. County Sheriff’s Homeless Approach Helps De-escalate Crisis

A significant percentage of Los Angeles’ homeless veteran population lives on Skid Row, pictured here. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee) California Legionnaire — Over the last decade, homelessness in Los Angeles County has exploded. Statistics compiled by the L.A. County Sheriff projected the number to hit 80,000 by the end of 2021. Of those 80,000, more than 10 percent are veterans. [...]

By |2022-04-30T00:19:29-07:00April 29th, 2022|Veterans|

Allyson’s Wild Ride

Allyson Stewart with her daughters Jade and Serenity after graduating from the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope. The night of Nov. 14, 2013 is forever seared in Allyson Stewart’s brain: police officers searching her Garden Grove apartment, her infant son being taken away, her junkie boyfriend locked in a bedroom, lines of methamphetamine on a mirror and enough illegal [...]

By |2022-04-30T00:26:11-07:00May 3rd, 2016|Behavioral Disorders|

Female veterans find shelter from internal storms

Wendy Clausen served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2007 to 2010. (Scott Smeltzer / Weekend) latimes.com — After graduating from Sycamore High School in Tustin, Wendy Clausen wanted to do something big. She wanted to be a Marine. Military service was going to be her life and her career. But shortly before completing boot camp, she injured her pelvis during [...]

By |2022-04-29T18:13:58-07:00December 6th, 2015|Veterans|

Mystery solved: Where was the wreck of Dana Point’s wind-bashed bait boat?

Photo courtesy of Boonchob Vijarnsorn. latimes.com — Nearly two years after Dana Point's bait hauler went down in wind-whipped waters off the coast of San Clemente, Chad Steffen was taking a group of anglers out on the San Mateo, one of several boats in Dana Wharf's Sportfishing fleet. It was June 2007. "During the summer, we'll head down the coast for [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:39:04-07:00September 27th, 2015|Shipwrecks|

L.A. Times Letter

Randall Roberts’ commentary on how the “deep listening” concert experience has been severely eroded because of technology, short attention spans and narcissistic behavior is sad but absolutely true [“Please Hold Those Tweets and Vids,” Jan. 12]. Gone are the days when the whole idea of going to a show was to get a sense of how the artist was going to re-create the [...]

By |2018-09-28T20:51:51-07:00January 19th, 2014|Letters|

Drudging Through the Muck, It Keeps Getting Better

danapointtimes.com — It’s a dark and dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. I’m talking about the 30 plus scuba divers who participated in Saturday’s Dana Point Harbor Cleanup. And with prizes on the line, those divers pulled out a ton of stuff, including marine parts, building and plumbing materials, electronics, fishing gear, crates, bottles, laptops—even Old Glory. Poor girl, she wasn’t [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:50:27-07:00May 17th, 2013|Letters|

San Clemente’s Wheeler North Reef

cadivingnews.com — Artificial reefs are nothing new to Southern California, but the Wheeler North Reef in San Clemente raises the bar in terms of its size and scope. Named after Wheeler J. North, a noted marine biologist who studied California’s coastal kelp forests, its creation stems from a 1989 Marine Review Committee report that found the cloudy water discharged by the San Onofre [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:33:25-07:00July 1st, 2012|Environment|

A Sunken Ship Becomes a Rising Star for Anglers, Divers

sanclementetimes.com — In August of 2010, I signed up as a volunteer diver for the annual Dana Point Harbor cleanup. While I was picking up my gear, one of the guys at the dive shop asked me if I was interested in diving a wreck just a few miles outside of the harbor. I was curious. There’s a wreck outside the harbor? The [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:52:06-07:00November 22nd, 2011|Shipwrecks|

Sinking the Kawishiwi

scubadiving.com — While the passage of two California laws have helped clear a path to bring the USS Kawishiwi – a decommissioned 655‐ foot Neosho-class fleet oiler ‐ closer to becoming an artificial reef outside the Dana Point Harbor in Southern California, a spokesperson for the project said it could take a minimum of two years before the vessel is sunk. Former Dana Point mayor [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:52:58-07:00August 27th, 2011|Environment|
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