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Santa Ana Orange County Register (Newspaper) - June 3, 1990, Santa Ana, California / 1_ the county sunday Union station los Angeles / a county i / 10 Miles 1.60 i downtown los Angeles Steve Ferrara s commute san Clemente to la by Auto normally 62 Miles 1 hour 22 minutes on wednesday Fullerton 571 n Orange county Linda Forest s commute san Clemente to la by Auto and train 65 Miles 1 hour. 36 minutes on wednesday Auto train a train. Stations Ijuan a of Capistrano / Pacific Ocean san Clemente Andre Lucas the Orange county Register the great race from of to la Linda Forest and Steven Ferrara both live in san Clemente and work in downtown los Angeles. Forest takes the train each Day and Ferrara drives three Days out of five. They Are like thousands of other county commuters trying to find the Best Way to get to work. Most climb into their cars and jump onto freeways hoping a fender Bender won t make them late. An estimated 180,000 commuters live in Orange county and work in los Angeles county according to 1980 census figures. Of those 79 percent drive and 14 percent car Pool. Four percent take trains Auto driving offers More Freedom in scheduling by Mary Ann Milbourn the Orange county Register Steve Ferrara stepped out of his House into the Early morning gloom one Day last week took one look at the threatening skies and silently recited the Universal commuters prayer please Don t let it rain. Ferrara was driving the 62 Miles from his san Clemente Home to his Job in downtown los Angeles and he did t need any unnecessary complications. Quot what s really the toughest is when there s weather and it s raining quot said the 30-year-old environmental specialist who varies Between driving and taking the train to work. Quot usually when it Rains i la take the but wednesday he opted to drive something he usually does two or three times a week because of scheduling or other problems that make the train commute unworkable. He tries to leave no later than 5 is . To avoid the worst of the Santa Ana i s freeway t rat fie. Wednesday he left ins Home on Avenida please see Auto/12 or buses and 3 percent walk Bike or take Van pools says commuter transportation services a non profit los Angeles organization that encourages car pooling. On wednesday Orange county Register reporters accompanied Forest and Ferrara on their commutes. It was an unusual Day. Freeway traffic was lighter than Normal the week after memorial Day. And for the first time in a month of service the commuter train ran a few minutes late. But that s commuting in Southern California unpredictable. Emu commuters find rails on the right track by Cheryl Downey the Orange county Register Linda Forest arrived at the san Juan Capistrano train station just after Dawn impeccably dressed in a red suit toting a briefcase and portable computer. Her arrival eight minutes before the commuter train s scheduled 6 . Departure looked effortless. Not so. Quot the alarm goes off at 4 30 and 1 hit the snooze Button so 1 get up at 4 40," Forest 41, said wednesday As she waited for her train. Quot everything is timed from the length of my Shower to when i put my makeup on. I leave the House at 5 40." but getting to the station on time is the toughest part of Forest s 130-mile round trip commute from her san Clemente Home to her los Angeles Job As a Bank vice president. At 6 04 ., the whistle blew As the train pulled into the san Juan Capistrano station. About 100 people stood alongside the tracks clutching newspapers cups of Coffee and briefcases. Please see train/12 show Orange county arts funding g is reaching a crisis Point As familiar cultural underwriters begin closing their wallets Yijune 3, 1990peat surfacing As a problem for some of homeowners by Ann Pepper the Orange county Register Huntington Beach a when Maryann Alfervic wakes up in the morning she gazes Over the Walls of her Home on Diane Lane. She is checking for new cracks that might have developed overnight. Quot every Day we look and there is another crack quot Alfervic said. Quot we Don t know if the House is going to split in half or problem is peat. Many feet below Alfervic s House and beneath As much As a third of the entire City Are thick layers of peat the remains of prehistoric Plant life that never fully decomposed before being covered with a peat underground layer was once Marsh plants/12 a Huntington it s an unreliable place for solid objects/14 a peat map a look at the areas hardest hit/14 soil. The Black spongy stuff closer to the surface expands when it gets wet. But farther below As the peat dries and is crushed and compressed it causes the ground above to sink. Structures on top Warp and crack. There is no official estimate of the number of Homes affected or the damage caused each year but Jan Shomaker a City planning commission member and local real estate agent said quot we know there is a problem out there a and it s a big quot it s rare but a few of the Homes have cracks big enough to put your hand in quot she added. The House damage usually occurs in houses built before the late 1960s, when builders began reinforcing foundations. Owners of older Homes Are learning that the Cost of repairing the damage can go Well into the thousands. The peat also lies beneath Costa Mesa Newport Beach Irvine a everywhere that cattails mosses and Leafy plants once sprouted in fresh water lagoons just Inland from the sea. The peat Issue has surfaced in part because of the closure of a Thrifty drug store that Thrifty says was damaged due to layers of peat beneath the building and because of a push by Shomaker and others to have the City provide homeowners with Low interest Loans to fix structural damage caused by peat. Shomaker argues that unless the problem is addressed soon it could begin to have a negative effect on area House prices. Jackie Lemoyne who lives and Sells Homes in the Huntington Vil please see peat/12 services in the surf Craig Wallace Chapman the Orange county Register Chuck Smith pastor of Calvary Chapel baptizes Barbara Carroll and Mark Beach. In All about 200 people were baptized during the 90-minute Mann in a dual baptism during services saturday at Corona Del mar state ceremony symbolizing a person s admission to christianity/b4leaders discuss tensions in an informal atmosphere by Steve Goldstein and Owen Limann Knight Ridder newspapers Camp David my. A with informality and Broad smiles us president Bush and soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev spent a relaxed Day in the mountains saturday discussing How to bring peace to the tense hot spots that the superpowers helped create around the world during the cold War. Quot the Point is we have an awful lot of common ground quot Bush said As the two leaders left the rustic 134-acre presidential Retreat after nearly 10 hours of talks meals and even a Little Horseshoe pitching. Quot we. Talked about regional problems not in the sense of dividing up the world a maybe that would us Stutlz soviet Summit a dissatisfaction soviet citizens ready for a change/a18 a visit the scene at Camp David is hardly tranquil/23 have happened years ago a but in terms of ironing out Bush acknowledged that us soviet disputes remain but said quot i see this Glass not half empty but half full and Gorbachev who threw a ringer the first time he Ever picked up a Horseshoe was cheery As Well saying quot there is ample room for Opportunity for our cooperation even though there Are some real problems to which neither the president nor myself turn a Blind the Only note of discord on a Day that Bush said was marked by quot a very warm and Friendly atmosphere quot came As the men were departing and a reporter asked Bush Why he signed an expanded Trade agreement with Gorbachev despite the Kremlin s continued crackdown on Lithuania. Quot Why do you single out one agreement quot Bush replied testily noting that he and Gorbachev also please see relaxed/20 Rex Harrison Dies off cancer Rex Harrison 82, the suave British actor who won a Tony award in 1957 and an Academy award in 1964 for his portrayals of professor Henry Higgins in quot my fair lady quot died of pancreatic cancer saturday at his Home in new York. The actor who was knighted in july 1989, played a wide variety of roles during his Long career in theater and films but he was Best known for that role in the musical based on George Bernard Shaw s play for details see Page b11 Harrison special report voters guide metro sweltering heat and smog invade Orange county and drive thousands to the Beach for relief/b1 sports Oklahoma state buries cal state Fullerton 14 4 in the opening round of the College world series/c1 Texas rangers 6, Angels 3 Cincinnati reds 8, dodgers 3 business former general automation president Leonard Mackenzie is Back after a two year sabbatical/n1 travel the Goodwill games will bring More than record setting athletes to Seattle. A smorgasbord of cultural events is scheduled/l1 a news today/2 state/3 a metro weather/6 obituaries/11 a sports a travel of real estate a accent abby/6k/commentary a show show times/11-14 crossword/30 horoscope/31m/close-upn/businesso/rental living Home Finbarr classified crossword/7 accent that Battle of wills Between mothers and their adolescent daughters is Normal and healthy but not always easy/j1 "1990, the Orange county Register 34 sections 694 pages classified 558-3311 sports line 953-7723 circulation customer service 972-9800 weather/details/b6 sunny and Clear with afternoon winds coast 75/57 Inland 95/60 close up tuesday s primary election ballot contains a daunting array of candidates and issues a ranging from candidates for governor to whether to Widen Yale Avenue s Bridges in Irvine. To help you choose the Orange county Register offers a voters guide mar

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