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                CALIFORNIA                                                  ORANGE COUNTY EDITION
OC                                                                                         Wednesday, December 12, 2007                                                                                      latimes.com/california




ST EV E LO P EZ
POIN TS WEST
                                                                                                                                                               Anaheim
You pay                                                                                                                                                        zones for
to play in                                                                                                                                                     urban core
posh San                                                                                                                                                                                                 Anaheim officials increased

Marino                                                                                                                                                         Although the real estate
                                                                                                                                                               market is slack, council
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the permitted number of homes
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the district by allowing devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     opers to build in areas formerly
                                                                                                                                                                                                     zoned for office towers and in-
                                                                                                                                                               members approve as


I
                                                                                                                                                                                                     dustrial space.
         ’m almost sorry to have                                                                                                                               many as 20,000 homes                      “If we don’t do this on a grand
         to report this news:                                                                                                                                                                        scale, what’s the use of doing it?”
             The Glendale tree-                                                                                                                                in the sports district.               Hernandez said.
         trimming saga, one of my                                                                                                                                                                        “I realize this kind of density
         favorite bureaucratic                                                                                                                                 By Dave McKibben                      is a foreign concept to a lot of
                                                                                                                                                               Times Staff Writer
nightmare stories of all time, has                                                                                                                                                                   people around here, but we’ve
come to a happy close.                                                                                                                                                                               got to move beyond that. We’re
    After a showdown Monday                                                                                                                                        The housing market is flat-       no longer living in the 1950s in
with the city attorney, there will                                                                                                                             lining, but that isn’t deterring      Anaheim. We have to establish
be no $347,600 fine for Ann and                                                                                                                                Anaheim officials from changing       new paradigms.”
Mike Collard. If you need re-                                                                                                                                  zoning in the city’s sports dis-          Kring acknowledges that An-
minding, they’re the Glendale                                                                                                                                  trict to permit nearly 20,000 new     aheim’s plans for the Platinum
folks who got told by the Fire                                                                                                                                 homes — twice the number of           Triangle are “very ambitious,”
Department to trim their trees,                                                                                                                                condos, lofts and apartments al-      but said, “It’s not like 18,000
so they innocently hired a guy to                                                                                                                              ready planned in the so-called        homes are going to be built over-
shave a few oaks and sycamores,                                                                                                                                Platinum Triangle.                    night.”
only to find themselves crushed                                                                                                                                    The city wants to create a                    [See Zoning, Page B5]
under the full force of municipal                                                                                                                              dense downtown near Angel Sta-
folly.                                                                                                                                                         dium and the Honda Center, an
    More to come on that, but                                                                                                                                  area now dominated by industri-
first I’ve got another tale of                                                                                                                                 al facilities and office parks.
municipal malarkey, this time in
a San Gabriel Valley town.
    My 4-year-old is learning to
ride her first bicycle, and my
                                                                                                                                                                   Despite the sour real estate
                                                                                                                                                               market, city leaders say the de-
                                                                                                                                                               mand for housing in Anaheim is
                                                                                                                                                               there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     State’s
lovely and talented wife, Alison,
heard that San Marino’s Lacy
Park was a sweet plot of land
with a flat oval path. The two of
                                                                                                                                                                   “These homes are not going
                                                                                                                                                               to be built overnight,” said Coun-
                                                                                                                                                               cilman Bob Hernandez. “Like
                                                                                                                                                               everything else, the housing
                                                                                                                                                                                                     budget
them went together a couple of
times in the middle of the week,
and then I joined them on a
Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                               market runs in cycles. It still
                                                                                                                                                               doesn’t change the fact that we
                                                                                                                                                               have more people who need
                                                                                                                                                               homes than we can accommo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     shortfall
    So we park the car, we unload
the bike, walk toward the en-
trance and see a toll booth.
    On weekends, it turns out,
                                                                                                                         Mark Boster L os Angeles Times
                                      A L L C L E A R : A member of the O.C. Sheriff’s Department’s bomb squad leaves Ensign Intermediate
                                      School in Newport Beach with a bag containing what police said were bomb-making materials.
                                                                                                                                                               date.”
                                                                                                                                                                   Yet some developers in the
                                                                                                                                                               Platinum Triangle have already
                                                                                                                                                               decided to hold off building until
                                                                                                                                                                                                     widens
there’s a $4 fee for anyone 5 or                                                                                                                               the market improves. Lennar
older who doesn’t live in the
rarefied community of San
Marino.
    OK, look. I’m there to see my
                                      O.C. boy, 12, held after                                                                                                 Corp. recently told the city it
                                                                                                                                                               would slow construction on the
                                                                                                                                                               centerpiece of the Platinum Tri-
                                                                                                                                                               angle, A-Town — planned to con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Schwarzenegger is said
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to have told a group the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     gap is now $14 billion.

                                      bomb material is found
daughter ride a bike, and I don’t                                                                                                                              tain 2,700 condos, lofts and town-
want to be a grinch during the                                                                                                                                 homes.                                That would equal about
holidays.                                                                                                                                                          “The developers are kind of
    But $8 to enter a city park                                                                                                                                regrouping right now,” said           12% of annual spending.
that’s only a couple Frisbee                                                                                                                                   Councilwoman Lucille Kring. “It
tosses long? I’ve certainly paid                                            outside the school.                                                                can’t continue to slide. So let’s     By Jordan Rau
                                                                                                                       0.5 MILES                                                                     Times Staff Writer
to enter state and national
parks, but never a city park. So
                                      Police say the student                    “He had the equipment to
                                                                            manufacture a type of acid bomb
                                                                                                                                                               get all the infrastructure in place
                                                                                                                                                               now. If you wait until the last
it was hard not to get the feeling    brought the items to his              that was not put together but              Newport                    Detailed     minute when you really need               SACRAMENTO — Gov. Ar-
                                                                                                                                     e.




that the fair city of San Marino                                            could obviously cause serious in-                                                  more homes, you’re kind of            nold Schwarzenegger told social
                                      Newport Beach school.                                                            Blvd.
                                                                                                                                   Av




                                                                                                                                              ORANGE
                                                                                                                                 a




didn’t really want me in its park.                                          jury,” said Evan Sailor, a spokes-                                COUNTY           scrambling.”                          service advocates Tuesday that
                                                                                                                              An




    Are the locals watching us? I                                           man for the Newport Beach Po-                                                          The City Council approved         the state’s anticipated budget
                                                                                                                            a
                                                                                                                           nt
                                                                                                                         Sa




wondered. Have they already                                                 lice Department.                                                                   the zoning change at its meeting      shortfall — already feared to be
                                      By Nardine Saad                                                                           Newport
sized us up as the kind of riffraff                                             The boy, who was not identi-                    Beach                HORACE
                                                                                                                                                               Tuesday night by a vote of 4 to 1,    the worst since he took office —
they’d like to keep out?              and David Haldane                     fied, was taken to O.C. Juvenile                                         ENSIGN    with Councilwoman Lorri Gallo-        has widened to $14 billion, ac-
                                      Times Staff Writers                                                                                            INT.
    My daughter took off at a                                               Hall while authorities investigat-                            Cliff      SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                                               way dissenting. The latest vision     cording to people at the meet-
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pretty good clip on her bike, and                                           ed the incident. Police said there                            Dr.                  for the 820-acre Platinum Trian-      ings.
I put the fee business out of my         Authorities on Tuesday ar-         was no immediate explanation                 Newport                               gle comes just three years after          That new figure indicates
head. But only until I noticed a      rested a 12-year-old boy who          why the components were                      Bay                                   the council rezoned a tired in-       that the state’s fiscal fortunes
sign announcing that the Lacy         they said brought bomb-making         brought onto campus.                                     Bomb materials            dustrial district east of the Santa   are declining even more rapidly
                                                                                                                                     found
Park irrigation system had been       materials to his Newport Beach            The incident began early                                                       Ana Freeway in hopes of creating      than many leaders had expected.
upgraded with state funds.            school, stowing some of the           Tuesday when a student notified                                                    an urban village of high-rise         Less than a month ago, the Leg-
    “Another project to improve       items in his locker.                  campus security about what he                                                      buildings, lofts, shops and res-      islature’s chief budget analyst
California parks funded by the           Students at Horace Ensign          thought were drugs in the boy’s             Lido                  Lido             taurants. More than a dozen           calculated that California is on
                                                                                                                        Peninsula             Isle
2000 parks bond,” said the sign,      Intermediate School were evacu-       possession, according to police.                                                   residential projects have already     track to come up $10 billion short
which had Gov. Schwarzeneg-           ated to an athletic field as a        Called to the campus in the 2000                                                   been approved, and one, the Sta-      by June 2009, when the state
ger’s name on it.                     bomb squad swept the campus           block of Cliff Drive at 11:30 a.m.,                                                dium Lofts condos, has been           ends its next fiscal year.
                                                                                                                                           Los Angeles Times
    Wait a minute. So technically,    and anxious parents gathered                       [See Bomb, Page B6]                                                   completed.                                A $14-billion budget gap
I helped pay for San Marino to                                                                                                                                                                       would translate to more than
beautify its park, and they want                                                                                                                                                                     12% of the state’s budget if
to charge me yet again to see the                                                                                                                                                                    spending continues to rise as
improvements?                                                                                                                                                                                        projected. Legislative Analyst
    Is that even legal?
    Several days later, when I        GPS helps                             Four-day search for missing girl                                                                                         Elizabeth Hill last month urged
                                                                                                                                                                                                     legislators to consider getting rid
was talking to Glendale’s city
attorney about tree trimming,         crack case                                                                                                                                                     of state programs created in re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     cent years, abolishing tax
he told me he was under the
impression that a city could
charge an entrance fee only if the    in killing,                           ends at hospital bedside in L.A.                                                                                         breaks, raising taxes and reduc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing benefits for the recipients of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     government programs.
park was built and maintained                                                                                                                                                                            In his meeting with social
entirely with local funds.
    It was time to bang on a few
doors at San Marino City Hall.
                                      police say                            As her mother looked
                                                                                                                                                               listed her as a “Jane Doe.” And
                                                                                                                                                               Diana had never been arrested,
                                                                                                                                                               so when she was fingerprinted at
                                                                                                                                                                                                     service advocates, the governor
                                                                                                                                                                                                     said he wanted to try to reduce
                                                                                                                                                                                                     spending evenly across the
    Matt Ballantyne, the city                                               for her, she lay dying                                                             the hospital, police could find no    state’s programs, which include
manager, said the nonresident                                                                                                                                  match.                                running      prisons,    providing
fee started in 1990 because there     By Andrew Blankstein                  from a gunshot wound.                                                                  LAPD     officers    routinely    healthcare for the poor and dis-
wasn’t enough money to keep           and Richard Winton                                                                                                       check hospitals and the Los An-                  [See Budget, Page B6]
                                      Times Staff Writers                   By Jill Leovy
the park open every day. San                                                                                                                                   geles County coroner’s office af-
Marino may be upper crust, he                                               and Ruben Vives                                                                    ter receiving a missing-person
                                                                            Times Staff Writers
said, but with little in the way of       In what officials are calling a                                                                                      report. But they did not match
industry or commerce, the city
budget is tight.
                                      first for the LAPD, detectives on
                                      Tuesday said they got a crucial           Diana Tomas was found
                                                                                                                                                               Diana’s record with the report of
                                                                                                                                                               an older Jane Doe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     In California
    Councilman Bob Twist said         and immediate break in a slaying      clinging to life with a gunshot                                                        “She appeared older,” said Lt.
that after Proposition 13 —           case by using a Global Position-      wound in her head on a pathway                                                     Joe Losorelli of the Los Angeles      Carona must
which limits property tax rates       ing Satellite system that was         alongside the 101 Freeway not far     V I C T I M : Diana Tomas may                Police Department’s Rampart
— drained funds to cities, San        tracking the movements of gang        from downtown Los Angeles, the        have been struck by a stray                  station. “She had a tattoo on her     be paid salary
Marino residents approved one         members.                              possible victim of a stray bullet.    bullet, investigators say.                   upper body, and most 14-year-         A ruling by the county
tax after another to pay for local        As part of a new state crack-         But for four agonizing days,                                                   olds don’t have one. Most tattoo      counsel says that the
services such as public safety        down on gangs, authorities last       her mother tried to locate the 14-    County-USC Medical Center                    places won’t put a tattoo on a        Orange County sheriff, now
and schools. As for Lacy Park,        month placed GPS monitoring           year-old girl, reaching her hospi-       That same afternoon, Diana’s              child.”                               on leave, can be docked only
the nonresident fees were seen        bracelets on 20 gang members as       tal bedside only a short time be-     mother had gone to the Rampart                   It took a few more days to        in some situations. Page B3
as a way to keep it open every        a condition of their parole from      fore she died.                        police station to report her miss-           piece everything together. Di-
day for everyone to enjoy.            prison.                                   The teenager was on a narrow      ing. Diana was a Virgil Middle               ana’s mother heard a rumor in
    Councilwoman Betty Brown              The bracelets keep a running      pathway that runs along the           School student who sometimes                 her neighborhood that a young
                                                                                                                                                                                                     UCI is vindicated
was aghast when I told her I’d        log of where the 20 gangs mem-        freeway sound wall near the Ben-      ran away from home.                          woman had been shot. She re-          Report says the school
read that the fees had been           bers are — and include time-          ton Way exit, out of view of the         Officers took the report, not             turned to the station to ask if the   acted fairly in dealing with
criticized as a way of keeping out    stamped mapping.                      street, on the afternoon of Dec. 2,   realizing that she was the same              woman might be her daughter.          disputes between Jewish,
the offspring of nannies and              Detectives said the system        when a bullet fired from some-        person then lingering on a respi-                A detective who was on duty       Muslim students. Page B3
gardeners working in San Mari-        paid off Monday night when            where nearby struck her. A            rator at the hospital. Detectives            that night drove the mother to
no. But she did say the fence was     Nelly Vergara Hernandez, 20,          passerby heard the gunshot and        thought that their victim was a              the hospital for what Losorelli       Lottery: Page B4
              [See Lopez, Page B5]                   [See GPS, Page B6]     found her. She was taken to           young woman of about 22 and                              [See Diana, Page B8]      Weather: Page B10
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                CALIFORNIA                                                  ORANGE COUNTY EDITION
OC                                                                                         Wednesday, December 12, 2007                                                                                      latimes.com/california




ST EV E LO P EZ
POIN TS WEST
                                                                                                                                                               Anaheim
You pay                                                                                                                                                        zones for
to play in                                                                                                                                                     urban core
posh San                                                                                                                                                                                                 Anaheim officials increased

Marino                                                                                                                                                         Although the real estate
                                                                                                                                                               market is slack, council
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the permitted number of homes
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the district by allowing devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     opers to build in areas formerly
                                                                                                                                                                                                     zoned for office towers and in-
                                                                                                                                                               members approve as


I
                                                                                                                                                                                                     dustrial space.
         ’m almost sorry to have                                                                                                                               many as 20,000 homes                      “If we don’t do this on a grand
         to report this news:                                                                                                                                                                        scale, what’s the use of doing it?”
             The Glendale tree-                                                                                                                                in the sports district.               Hernandez said.
         trimming saga, one of my                                                                                                                                                                        “I realize this kind of density
         favorite bureaucratic                                                                                                                                 By Dave McKibben                      is a foreign concept to a lot of
                                                                                                                                                               Times Staff Writer
nightmare stories of all time, has                                                                                                                                                                   people around here, but we’ve
come to a happy close.                                                                                                                                                                               got to move beyond that. We’re
    After a showdown Monday                                                                                                                                        The housing market is flat-       no longer living in the 1950s in
with the city attorney, there will                                                                                                                             lining, but that isn’t deterring      Anaheim. We have to establish
be no $347,600 fine for Ann and                                                                                                                                Anaheim officials from changing       new paradigms.”
Mike Collard. If you need re-                                                                                                                                  zoning in the city’s sports dis-          Kring acknowledges that An-
minding, they’re the Glendale                                                                                                                                  trict to permit nearly 20,000 new     aheim’s plans for the Platinum
folks who got told by the Fire                                                                                                                                 homes — twice the number of           Triangle are “very ambitious,”
Department to trim their trees,                                                                                                                                condos, lofts and apartments al-      but said, “It’s not like 18,000
so they innocently hired a guy to                                                                                                                              ready planned in the so-called        homes are going to be built over-
shave a few oaks and sycamores,                                                                                                                                Platinum Triangle.                    night.”
only to find themselves crushed                                                                                                                                    The city wants to create a                    [See Zoning, Page B5]
under the full force of municipal                                                                                                                              dense downtown near Angel Sta-
folly.                                                                                                                                                         dium and the Honda Center, an
    More to come on that, but                                                                                                                                  area now dominated by industri-
first I’ve got another tale of                                                                                                                                 al facilities and office parks.
municipal malarkey, this time in
a San Gabriel Valley town.
    My 4-year-old is learning to
ride her first bicycle, and my
                                                                                                                                                                   Despite the sour real estate
                                                                                                                                                               market, city leaders say the de-
                                                                                                                                                               mand for housing in Anaheim is
                                                                                                                                                               there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     State’s
lovely and talented wife, Alison,
heard that San Marino’s Lacy
Park was a sweet plot of land
with a flat oval path. The two of
                                                                                                                                                                   “These homes are not going
                                                                                                                                                               to be built overnight,” said Coun-
                                                                                                                                                               cilman Bob Hernandez. “Like
                                                                                                                                                               everything else, the housing
                                                                                                                                                                                                     budget
them went together a couple of
times in the middle of the week,
and then I joined them on a
Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                               market runs in cycles. It still
                                                                                                                                                               doesn’t change the fact that we
                                                                                                                                                               have more people who need
                                                                                                                                                               homes than we can accommo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     shortfall
    So we park the car, we unload
the bike, walk toward the en-
trance and see a toll booth.
    On weekends, it turns out,
                                                                                                                         Mark Boster L os Angeles Times
                                      A L L C L E A R : A member of the O.C. Sheriff’s Department’s bomb squad leaves Ensign Intermediate
                                      School in Newport Beach with a bag containing what police said were bomb-making materials.
                                                                                                                                                               date.”
                                                                                                                                                                   Yet some developers in the
                                                                                                                                                               Platinum Triangle have already
                                                                                                                                                               decided to hold off building until
                                                                                                                                                                                                     widens
there’s a $4 fee for anyone 5 or                                                                                                                               the market improves. Lennar
older who doesn’t live in the
rarefied community of San
Marino.
    OK, look. I’m there to see my
                                      O.C. boy, 12, held after                                                                                                 Corp. recently told the city it
                                                                                                                                                               would slow construction on the
                                                                                                                                                               centerpiece of the Platinum Tri-
                                                                                                                                                               angle, A-Town — planned to con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Schwarzenegger is said
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to have told a group the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     gap is now $14 billion.

                                      bomb material is found
daughter ride a bike, and I don’t                                                                                                                              tain 2,700 condos, lofts and town-
want to be a grinch during the                                                                                                                                 homes.                                That would equal about
holidays.                                                                                                                                                          “The developers are kind of
    But $8 to enter a city park                                                                                                                                regrouping right now,” said           12% of annual spending.
that’s only a couple Frisbee                                                                                                                                   Councilwoman Lucille Kring. “It
tosses long? I’ve certainly paid                                            outside the school.                                                                can’t continue to slide. So let’s     By Jordan Rau
                                                                                                                       0.5 MILES                                                                     Times Staff Writer
to enter state and national
parks, but never a city park. So
                                      Police say the student                    “He had the equipment to
                                                                            manufacture a type of acid bomb
                                                                                                                                                               get all the infrastructure in place
                                                                                                                                                               now. If you wait until the last
it was hard not to get the feeling    brought the items to his              that was not put together but              Newport                    Detailed     minute when you really need               SACRAMENTO — Gov. Ar-
                                                                                                                                     e.




that the fair city of San Marino                                            could obviously cause serious in-                                                  more homes, you’re kind of            nold Schwarzenegger told social
                                      Newport Beach school.                                                            Blvd.
                                                                                                                                   Av




                                                                                                                                              ORANGE
                                                                                                                                 a




didn’t really want me in its park.                                          jury,” said Evan Sailor, a spokes-                                COUNTY           scrambling.”                          service advocates Tuesday that
                                                                                                                              An




    Are the locals watching us? I                                           man for the Newport Beach Po-                                                          The City Council approved         the state’s anticipated budget
                                                                                                                            a
                                                                                                                           nt
                                                                                                                         Sa




wondered. Have they already                                                 lice Department.                                                                   the zoning change at its meeting      shortfall — already feared to be
                                      By Nardine Saad                                                                           Newport
sized us up as the kind of riffraff                                             The boy, who was not identi-                    Beach                HORACE
                                                                                                                                                               Tuesday night by a vote of 4 to 1,    the worst since he took office —
they’d like to keep out?              and David Haldane                     fied, was taken to O.C. Juvenile                                         ENSIGN    with Councilwoman Lorri Gallo-        has widened to $14 billion, ac-
                                      Times Staff Writers                                                                                            INT.
    My daughter took off at a                                               Hall while authorities investigat-                            Cliff      SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                                               way dissenting. The latest vision     cording to people at the meet-
                                                                                                                                     1
pretty good clip on her bike, and                                           ed the incident. Police said there                            Dr.                  for the 820-acre Platinum Trian-      ings.
I put the fee business out of my         Authorities on Tuesday ar-         was no immediate explanation                 Newport                               gle comes just three years after          That new figure indicates
head. But only until I noticed a      rested a 12-year-old boy who          why the components were                      Bay                                   the council rezoned a tired in-       that the state’s fiscal fortunes
sign announcing that the Lacy         they said brought bomb-making         brought onto campus.                                     Bomb materials            dustrial district east of the Santa   are declining even more rapidly
                                                                                                                                     found
Park irrigation system had been       materials to his Newport Beach            The incident began early                                                       Ana Freeway in hopes of creating      than many leaders had expected.
upgraded with state funds.            school, stowing some of the           Tuesday when a student notified                                                    an urban village of high-rise         Less than a month ago, the Leg-
    “Another project to improve       items in his locker.                  campus security about what he                                                      buildings, lofts, shops and res-      islature’s chief budget analyst
California parks funded by the           Students at Horace Ensign          thought were drugs in the boy’s             Lido                  Lido             taurants. More than a dozen           calculated that California is on
                                                                                                                        Peninsula             Isle
2000 parks bond,” said the sign,      Intermediate School were evacu-       possession, according to police.                                                   residential projects have already     track to come up $10 billion short
which had Gov. Schwarzeneg-           ated to an athletic field as a        Called to the campus in the 2000                                                   been approved, and one, the Sta-      by June 2009, when the state
ger’s name on it.                     bomb squad swept the campus           block of Cliff Drive at 11:30 a.m.,                                                dium Lofts condos, has been           ends its next fiscal year.
                                                                                                                                           Los Angeles Times
    Wait a minute. So technically,    and anxious parents gathered                       [See Bomb, Page B6]                                                   completed.                                A $14-billion budget gap
I helped pay for San Marino to                                                                                                                                                                       would translate to more than
beautify its park, and they want                                                                                                                                                                     12% of the state’s budget if
to charge me yet again to see the                                                                                                                                                                    spending continues to rise as
improvements?                                                                                                                                                                                        projected. Legislative Analyst
    Is that even legal?
    Several days later, when I        GPS helps                             Four-day search for missing girl                                                                                         Elizabeth Hill last month urged
                                                                                                                                                                                                     legislators to consider getting rid
was talking to Glendale’s city
attorney about tree trimming,         crack case                                                                                                                                                     of state programs created in re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     cent years, abolishing tax
he told me he was under the
impression that a city could
charge an entrance fee only if the    in killing,                           ends at hospital bedside in L.A.                                                                                         breaks, raising taxes and reduc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing benefits for the recipients of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     government programs.
park was built and maintained                                                                                                                                                                            In his meeting with social
entirely with local funds.
    It was time to bang on a few
doors at San Marino City Hall.
                                      police say                            As her mother looked
                                                                                                                                                               listed her as a “Jane Doe.” And
                                                                                                                                                               Diana had never been arrested,
                                                                                                                                                               so when she was fingerprinted at
                                                                                                                                                                                                     service advocates, the governor
                                                                                                                                                                                                     said he wanted to try to reduce
                                                                                                                                                                                                     spending evenly across the
    Matt Ballantyne, the city                                               for her, she lay dying                                                             the hospital, police could find no    state’s programs, which include
manager, said the nonresident                                                                                                                                  match.                                running      prisons,    providing
fee started in 1990 because there     By Andrew Blankstein                  from a gunshot wound.                                                                  LAPD     officers    routinely    healthcare for the poor and dis-
wasn’t enough money to keep           and Richard Winton                                                                                                       check hospitals and the Los An-                  [See Budget, Page B6]
                                      Times Staff Writers                   By Jill Leovy
the park open every day. San                                                                                                                                   geles County coroner’s office af-
Marino may be upper crust, he                                               and Ruben Vives                                                                    ter receiving a missing-person
                                                                            Times Staff Writers
said, but with little in the way of       In what officials are calling a                                                                                      report. But they did not match
industry or commerce, the city
budget is tight.
                                      first for the LAPD, detectives on
                                      Tuesday said they got a crucial           Diana Tomas was found
                                                                                                                                                               Diana’s record with the report of
                                                                                                                                                               an older Jane Doe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     In California
    Councilman Bob Twist said         and immediate break in a slaying      clinging to life with a gunshot                                                        “She appeared older,” said Lt.
that after Proposition 13 —           case by using a Global Position-      wound in her head on a pathway                                                     Joe Losorelli of the Los Angeles      Carona must
which limits property tax rates       ing Satellite system that was         alongside the 101 Freeway not far     V I C T I M : Diana Tomas may                Police Department’s Rampart
— drained funds to cities, San        tracking the movements of gang        from downtown Los Angeles, the        have been struck by a stray                  station. “She had a tattoo on her     be paid salary
Marino residents approved one         members.                              possible victim of a stray bullet.    bullet, investigators say.                   upper body, and most 14-year-         A ruling by the county
tax after another to pay for local        As part of a new state crack-         But for four agonizing days,                                                   olds don’t have one. Most tattoo      counsel says that the
services such as public safety        down on gangs, authorities last       her mother tried to locate the 14-    County-USC Medical Center                    places won’t put a tattoo on a        Orange County sheriff, now
and schools. As for Lacy Park,        month placed GPS monitoring           year-old girl, reaching her hospi-       That same afternoon, Diana’s              child.”                               on leave, can be docked only
the nonresident fees were seen        bracelets on 20 gang members as       tal bedside only a short time be-     mother had gone to the Rampart                   It took a few more days to        in some situations. Page B3
as a way to keep it open every        a condition of their parole from      fore she died.                        police station to report her miss-           piece everything together. Di-
day for everyone to enjoy.            prison.                                   The teenager was on a narrow      ing. Diana was a Virgil Middle               ana’s mother heard a rumor in
    Councilwoman Betty Brown              The bracelets keep a running      pathway that runs along the           School student who sometimes                 her neighborhood that a young
                                                                                                                                                                                                     UCI is vindicated
was aghast when I told her I’d        log of where the 20 gangs mem-        freeway sound wall near the Ben-      ran away from home.                          woman had been shot. She re-          Report says the school
read that the fees had been           bers are — and include time-          ton Way exit, out of view of the         Officers took the report, not             turned to the station to ask if the   acted fairly in dealing with
criticized as a way of keeping out    stamped mapping.                      street, on the afternoon of Dec. 2,   realizing that she was the same              woman might be her daughter.          disputes between Jewish,
the offspring of nannies and              Detectives said the system        when a bullet fired from some-        person then lingering on a respi-                A detective who was on duty       Muslim students. Page B3
gardeners working in San Mari-        paid off Monday night when            where nearby struck her. A            rator at the hospital. Detectives            that night drove the mother to
no. But she did say the fence was     Nelly Vergara Hernandez, 20,          passerby heard the gunshot and        thought that their victim was a              the hospital for what Losorelli       Lottery: Page B4
              [See Lopez, Page B5]                   [See GPS, Page B6]     found her. She was taken to           young woman of about 22 and                              [See Diana, Page B8]      Weather: Page B10

				
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