Photos: Angels fans remain optimistic about 2016 as season opens at Big A

ANAHEIM– Angels proprietor Arte Moreno walked primarily unnoticed through the area degree rout, presumably on his means to his collection before Monday’s season opener.

Had Tom Everson seen him, Moreno needs to have gotten an earful from the 40-year Angels fan.

Everson, 68, of Seal Coastline, has in fact been seeing the Angels for a lot more compared to half his life and declared the Angels require to make some adjustments before they will definitely win an added Globe Collection.

“The day they terminate (Manager) Mike Scioscia is the day they will do better,” asserted Everson, clad in a well-worn discolored red Angels Tee tee shirts.

Everson also claimed Moreno should have actually opened his checkbook for a big-name left fielder along with acquired aid at 2nd as well as 3rd base, as well. He asserted he in addition comprehends the Angels are still paying previous player Josh Hamilton’s agreement, which damage their investing. The Angels still owe the battling outfielder about $40 million.

“We invest all the cash on Mr. Hamilton, which was a distressing financial investment as well as because of it, it hampers us for the list below year,” Everson declared. “I believe he completely ought to have actually spent along with gotten somebody in left field for us.”

Still, Everson is favorable the Angels will certainly prosper this duration. In fact, he’s betting on it.

“I assume they will certainly win 80 1/2 on-line video games,” he specified. “I furthermore bet they will certainly win the entire experience due to the reality that I’m an optimist. When May comes, it maybe a different story yet that’s precisely what you acquire from 40 years being an Angels follower.”

Naomi Hillside, 14, of Aliso Viejo, is truly wishing the Angels reveal their detractors incorrect. She arrived for the opening day computer game versus the Chicago Cubs with a massive cardboard indicator that examined “Confirm The Doubters Incorrect A(ngels).”

“I think a lot of individuals do not assume we’re going to do outstanding this year, however I assume we have a genuinely excellent group in addition to we’re going to validate them all wrong,” stated Hillside, that was birthed the year the Angels won their only World Collection.

“I assume if the gamers we invested money on boost afterwards we will certainly win,” Hill said, aiming out left fielder Daniel Nava and also the oft-injured C.J. Wilson.

Wilson will certainly miss the preliminary month of the period as a result of the truth that of shoulder pain. The left-hander already was recovering from medical therapy he had stay August to obtain rid of bone chips from his arm joint that stop his 2015 period.

Chris Kiger of San Juan Capistrano, worn a while Angels jersey, calls himself a lifelong Angels fan as well as is not one of the agnostics. He said he assumes the Angels will certainly have a successful duration despite the absence of a noticeable freelance.

“They have good chemistry,” he declared. “They have all the proper people to win and additionally have outstanding people in left location as well as shortstop.”

Kiger confessed he had his uncertainties in the off-season, yet modified his mind after seeing the Angels on TV throughout spring training.

“After viewing them proceed as a group, I currently think they can win,” he declared.

Steve Baker of Mission Viejo is among those fans that believe Moreno made the most effective activities throughout the off-season, particularly not spending also much. At the very same time, he would have liked to have really seen the Angels go after a leading cost-free broker.

“Arte didn’t invest way too much and likewise apart from shutting the checkbook as well as not analyzing the luxury tax responsibility limit, he allowed the GM do his job this year,” Baker said. “And I believe the GM did an exceptional job this year with the exemption of not going after among the leading freelances.

“Still, I’m exceedingly favorable due to the fact that I need to be. I enjoy this group.”

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Dana Point agrees to open gates to Strand Beach after 6-year legal battle

DANA POINT– A six-year legal contest public gain access to through an exclusive cliffside community to the prominent Hair Coastline is most likely going towards closure.

On Monday, Dana Factor city authorities signed a settlement arrangement claiming they will certainly remove restrictions to coastline access at the center entrance above the Hair at the Headlands gated neighborhood. The city has been battling the California Coastal Payment as well as the Surfrider Foundation over the coastline accessibility. The compensation will certainly evaluate the contract on April 15.

“This is an incredible success after 6 years,” claimed Rick Erkeneff, chairman of Surfrider Foundation South Orange Region Chapter. “It is a success for coastline gain access to backwards and forwards the coast. Had it gone the other means, it would have established an unsafe criterion.”

The city concurred in the negotiation to keep evictions open 24 few hours a day till entrance hours are identified as well as to pay $300,000 for the public advantage and gain access to.

City authorities dealing with Coastal Commission personnel thought of a timeframe of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. to maintain evictions open– equivalent to other beaches up as well as down the shore, said Mayor Doug Chotkevys. If the commission concurs with those hrs, they will be applied. Otherwise, the city has consented to remove evictions by very early 2017.

“The City Council directed me to settle our differences, we worked collaboratively with them and employed Steve Kaufmann as special lawful counsel to get to the negotiation agreement,” Chotkevys stated.

The city’s issue with the Coastal Payment and Surfrider Foundation started in 2009, when Dana Factor officials authorized a statute to restrict beach-access hrs through the area after requests by the programmer as well as some property owners. City officials said they really did not have to follow the Coastal Act of 1976.

The Coastal Commission and Surfrider Structure fought the regulation in court, claiming it could possibly establish a precedent that could limit beach accessibility throughout The golden state. A court ruled in the public’s favor in 2011.

In recent times, beach access to areas such as the Carbon Coastline area of Malibu and also Martins Beach near Fifty percent Moon Bay have actually come to be controversial, usually pitting landowners versus public passion groups. Challengers say any kind of entrance to growths at those coastlines is an infraction.

Sanford Edward, who got authorization for the development of 118 custom-made to your houses in 2004, stated the beach accessibility courses abided by coastal authorizations. He said the proceeding dispute in between the city, himself as well as the Coastal Commission and Surfrider are in part a confusion over what was initially concurred to.

Edward competes the accusations are political.

“The Coastal Compensation personnel proceeds to incorrectly allege that Headlands Reserve took on unpermitted development when we built evictions,” Edward said Monday. “We definitely differ, and also will certainly not pay them a solitary cent of penalties. The compensation personnel is much more curious about shielding the pocket computer mice compared to people.”

The city’s $300,00 repayment will certainly money a collaborative program with the Sea Institute to offer seaside programs for kids at Title 1 schools. The city additionally has strategies to expand route access at the Headlands Reserve and install expository signs at the Strand. Bike racks and also benches will be added at the Strand accessibility factor and also an online program developed to highlight public accessibility facilities at the Headlands growth.

The city has actually also concurred not to go after past litigation against Surfrider as well as the Coastal Commmission.

On Monday, Kenny Kraft came up with the entrances at the Headlands with his better half and also young child after surfing the Hair.

Kraft claimed he concerns the beach 4 to 5 times a week and has been locked out from the path with the exclusive area when evictions were secured. The added expedition around the community can take about 30 minutes– time he doesn’t have when he fits searching in with an active life and also operations, he claimed.

“It’s unfortunate to have any type of constraints,” the 34-year-old stated. “We have actually been surfing this coastline our whole life and also all of an abrupt they place in million-dollar residences as well as tell individuals who live here when they could as well as can not browse.”

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Hidden waterfalls of Orange County

Looking up at sun-dappled water cascading some 40 feet between emerald-green canyon walls, I find it nearly impossible to believe that less than an hour ago I was stuck at a red light.

What’s weirder, given the county’s reputation as little more than a mess of tract homes and beach, is that Falls Canyon is in Orange County.

It’s practically a secret that the county is home to some of the best waterfalls in Southern California. And with the much-heralded El Niño storms petering out, this is likely this year’s best chance to witness the magic of waterfalls in our own backyard.

Sure, most of us have heard of Holy Jim Falls. Chances are you might have checked out the 18-foot fall after a rugged drive along Trabuco Creek Road and a short hike.

But for real wonder – the kind Dorothy felt when she first saw the Land of Oz – Falls Canyon and Black Star Falls can’t be beat.

Don’t expect massive amounts of water. There was supposed to be flooding by now. But fortunately for hillside residents, El Niño let us down.

Aliso Creek is running about 4 inches deep. Villa Park Dam reports less than 7 inches of seasonal rain.

So the local waterfall magic now is gentle and quiet, like a fairy’s kiss.


Adopt your Indiana Jones attitude to discover the coolest falls in the county, which also happen to bear the coolest name, Black Star. You’ll need a little swagger in your strut and the ability to crack a joke when the going gets tough to enjoy this outing.

The quick hit: A 2.5-mile hike along a canyon road followed by 1.25 miles of rugged trekking and boulder scrambling. Then you have to turn around and do it in reverse before sunset.

First, a few tips.

Carry about 4 quarts of water per person. Bring lunch and munchies. Wear a hat; slather on sunblock. My best tip: When I reach the stream, I switch to long pants, long-sleeve shirt and old garden gloves to fend off poison oak.

Plan for plenty of time and get to the trail no later than midmorning. Expect to take four to five hours, and that is if you don’t struggle with path finding. Here’s one fellow’s account on from two months ago:

“It took me about until 11 p.m. to reach the waterfall. … I only had a bottle of water with me and some nuts, although I did have a flashlight. I ended up getting to that dried waterfall and then tried turning around to follow my path back and got lost. That was when a helicopter came to my rescue because my brother had called the police since I didn’t show up.

“Thankfully they rescued me and I was OK.”

So, know the route. Stay on the route. It’s actually pretty simple because you follow a stream.

Don’t try climbing the cliffs. They are crumbly, dangerous and potentially lethal. A few days ago, two teens scrambled up only to send rocks the size of baseballs down about 60 feet to the exact spot I had occupied moments earlier.

Black Star Canyon Road is off Santiago Canyon Road. Park at the end before the steel gate. Hike the 2.5 miles. Stop when the dirt road makes a sharp U-turn up a series of switchbacks. There is a short path to the stream on the right.

Go down to the stream. Ignore other trails. Make your way up the stream a little more than a mile until you see the falls.

Don’t worry about which side of the stream you’re on or if you find yourself going up the middle. Hikers have stomped out multiple choices. If you think the going is too difficult, look around. You will see an easier route.

Water flow is minimal this year. The saving grace is that less water means easier going, up and down the stream.

Still, the payoff remains. Over thousands of years, water – and at least one mining outfit – has carved the towering rock into a twisting, turning labyrinth worthy of a pirate’s hideout.


Entering Falls Canyon in Silverado is a bit of a mystery. There are no trail signs, or even an official trail. The tip-off is a widening in the dirt road, some deep ruts down an embankment and a tree trunk across the stream.

Once you enter the forest, the world is peaceful and calm, with deep green foliage and spots of white wildflowers. My visit to local falls over the past few days found this waterfall to be the most robust.

To get there, drive east on Trabuco Creek Road for 3.4 miles. Check your odometer because there are no trail markings, only a triple-wide clearing on the right (south) to park at.

If you have access to a high-clearance vehicle, go for it. If not, you have two choices. Sweat the last mile of road (a minivan was navigating the bumps the other day) or park just before the first wet stream crossing. That’s where the county road ends and the national forest begins.

After the triple-wide spot, walk back down the road 40 yards. Cross where the log is. The trail continues up to the left.

You crisscross a little stream several times, but the path is clearly visible. The falls and a small pool offer a great place for a snack or lunch. It is a family-fun hike for children 7 and older. While the trail is rugged in spots, it takes only about 30 minutes to reach the falls.

If there is time, stamina and passion for more waterfalls, continue up Trabuco Creek Road and park in the large lot just past the volunteer fire station to tackle Holy Jim Falls.


To get to Holy Jim Falls, park at the end of Trabuco Creek Road and hike to the trailhead by taking the road on the left that is limited to cabin residents. Follow the signs and hike 1.5 miles on a relatively flat trail to a waterfall about 18 feet high.

Stay on the trail to avoid poison oak and getting lost. A few years ago, a young couple spent several days lost in this area. Use trekking poles to avoid slipping on rocks.


At 50 feet, Harding Falls is the county’s biggest man-made waterfall.

Park in the lot at the end of Modjeska Canyon Road and walk past the steel gate and up the well-marked Harding Truck Trail. Hike about a quarter mile until you see a wide trail to the left, off the main fire road. Walk down to the wide, flat riverbed. Head left until you see the drop-off that marks the top of the dam.

One more tip: Be extra careful to avoid getting too close to what can be a slippery edge.

One more tip: Turn around early if you need to. This is about fun.

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