Police arrest 2 in connection with thefts from Westminster gym

Christopher Blackburn
Christopher Blackburn
Tiffany Cauyong
Tiffany Cauyong

FOUNTAIN VALLEY Two people were arrested Wednesday in connection with thefts from lockers at a Fountain Valley gym, police said.

Tiffany Cauyong, 18, and Christopher Blackburn ,19, both of Daly City were booked into the  Orange County Jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, and fraud, Fountain Valley police Sgt. Tony Luce said in a statement.

Around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, police were notified that several lockers had been broken into at 24 Hour Fitness, 17200 Brookhurst St., Luce said.

Cauyong  and  Blackburn are suspected of stealing car keys, credit cards and cellphones, Luce said. Police believe the pair used the keys to unlock vehicles in the gym parking lot to take additional items.

Cauyong and Blackburn were arrested as they left Westminster Mall where police say they used stolen credit cards to make fraudulent purchases.

 

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Best of Orange County: Real Estate Company

1. Tarbell, Realtors

Multiple locations
1-800-TARBELL
tarbell.com

Family is the key to this company’s success, says Deborah Stine, corporate vice president.

Tarbell has been family-owned since it was founded by Frank Tarbell in 1926. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana and is on its third generation of family members. Frank’s son, Don, is still active in the business.

Tarbell has 22 offices in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and also the Coachella Valley, encompassing some 1,200 to 1,300 agents. The greatest company growth took place under Don Tarbell’s leadership, Stine said.

“Obviously, we have a lot of great agents,” Stine said. “Our family-owned company is run in a way that offers superior service, because buying a home is the biggest purchase most people make.”

In addition to helping clients buy and sell, Tarbell also offers property management, both long-term and seasonal. The company is also known for its community involvement, including local office pumpkin patches, blood drives, document-shredding events, food drives, holiday events and Toys for Tots collection.

And, if you were hoping to buy the $12 million house Tarbell had for sale in Corona del Mar with the indoor swimming pool, wine cellar and home theater – sorry, it sold.

2. First Team Real Estate

Multiple locations
888-236-1943
firstteam.com

Headquartered in Irvine, First Team was started by Cameron Merage in Huntington Beach in 1976 and has 20 offices in Orange and Los Angeles counties and the Inland Empire, according to Jeff Gibson, public relations spokesman.

The company offers free online market research tools that can identify trends and details of properties, such as local schools and their test scores, pricing trends and more. The First Team Foundation supports a variety of community causes, including Irvine public schools.

“We sell every type of real estate from luxurious homes, in our partnership with Christie’s, to starter homes,” Gibson said. “When you come to us, we will identify your ideal buyer and how to market your property.”

3. Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

Multiple locations
888-995-7575
bhhscalifornia.com

This real estate company is known for marketing high-end, luxury homes, but it also represents buyers and sellers in all income brackets. The company has 60 offices from Santa Barbara to San Diego, including 10 in Orange County.

“We’re a company that’s based on strength, integrity and trust,” said Allison Jones, vice president of marketing, explaining its appeal.

The company, formerly known as Prudential California Realty, is affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices of America, with major investor Warren Buffett.

The company also has a charitable foundation for each county it serves, Jones said.

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Anne Hjelle, mauled by mountain lion 13 years ago, shakes off nightmares and shares joy of being a mom

  • Anne Hjelle, left, with her husband James Hjelle and their daughter Elsa at their home in Mission Viejo on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Anne Hjelle, left, with her husband James Hjelle and their daughter Elsa at their home in Mission Viejo on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Anne Hjelle, left, with her husband James Hjelle and their daughter Elsa at their home in Mission Viejo on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Anne Hjelle, left, with her husband James Hjelle and their daughter Elsa at their home in Mission Viejo on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Anne Hjelle, a Minnesota native, is shown in an undated photo. Hjelle was attacked by a mountain lion Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, while she was bicycling on a wilderness trail. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune)

    Anne Hjelle, a Minnesota native, is shown in an undated photo. Hjelle was attacked by a mountain lion Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, while she was bicycling on a wilderness trail. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune)

  • Debbie Nichols talks Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, near Lake Forest, Calif., about how she helped rescue her friend Anne Hjelle as Hjelle was being attacked by a mountain lion. Hjelle, 30, lay in serious condition Friday after the mauling in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. (AP Photo/John Hayes)

    Debbie Nichols talks Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, near Lake Forest, Calif., about how she helped rescue her friend Anne Hjelle as Hjelle was being attacked by a mountain lion. Hjelle, 30, lay in serious condition Friday after the mauling in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. (AP Photo/John Hayes)

  • Mike Castellano of Dana Point talks at the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park near Mission Viejo, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004. Castellano was biking through Whiting Ranch when a mountain lion attacked Anne Hjelle. He helped scare the lion off by hitting it with a rock. (Rod Veal, Staff File)

    Mike Castellano of Dana Point talks at the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park near Mission Viejo, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004. Castellano was biking through Whiting Ranch when a mountain lion attacked Anne Hjelle. He helped scare the lion off by hitting it with a rock. (Rod Veal, Staff File)

  • Anne Hjelle with her daughter Elsa on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Anne Hjelle with her daughter Elsa on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

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Anne Hjelle laughs as her three-year-old daughter ducks down and pops up behind a gray couch. With a poke of a tiny finger, the girl adjusts her turquoise glasses and gets ready to share a true story.

It’s a tale like no other and one that would send many parents carrying their children from the room. Yet the story exemplifies all the things that are good and pure and significant about the special day we call Mother’s Day.

Elsa winds a finger through her blond locks, hesitates, and begins the story about the mountain lion who attacked Mommy.

What happened is soaked in blood. But it also is steeped in courage, hope, perseverance, faith and the infinite love born of motherhood.

Yet for the little girl, the tale is simply about why part of her mother’s face bears scars from a mountain lion attack 13 years ago.

Snuggled in bed, Elsa asked about the scars and Hjelle shared what happened with calm acceptance while also emphasizing the wonders of the natural world.

Today, her daughter understands the lion’s innocence better than most adults.

 

‘Skin Deep’

 

Hjelle and her husband, James, never focused on having children. They were hard-core lovers of the outdoors.

Hjelle grew up in Minnesota and enlisted in the Marine Corps almost on a whim. She shook off drinking and smoking halfway through her tour of duty working as a helicopter mechanic at the Tustin base and discovered mountain biking.

She thrilled at ripping along trails, the physical challenge of navigating rocky, technical single track, cranking up hills most people couldn’t even hike. But more than anything, the Marine loved being outdoors.

The rising sun, the sky at dusk, the moon’s silver rays at night, water flowing over rock, the green canopy of trees, deer grazing, snakes slithering in dry grasses, the hoot of owls fed her soul.

After four years in the Marines and a move back to Minnesota, she decided to return to Orange County, enrolled in personal training classes, earned a certificate and met James.

Instantly, they were outdoor buddies. Sometimes, they went their own ways, at their own separate pace. Still, they always came back together in an unbreakable circle of love, appreciation and happiness.

But on Jan. 8, 2004, in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Hjelle’s world turned.

Hjelle and her riding partner, Debi Nicholls, swept through the curves of Cactus Trail. Hjelle was ahead and slowed when another cyclist pointed out a lone mountain bike leaning against a tree.

She figured the missing cyclist was on bathroom break and pedaled on. Suddenly Hjelle was “punched off her bike with the force of a speeding truck,” she writes in her captivating book, “Skin Deep.”

Instantly, the mountain lion’s massive jaws gripped Hjelle’s head. The Marine was in a fight for her life. She punched the animal with fury. But teeth designed to severe spinal cords in seconds and crush skulls was winning.

Nicholls leaped off her bike and threw it at the lion. Nothing. She grabbed Hjelle’s legs in a frantic tug of war with 122 pounds of bone and muscle.

As the lion pulled, Hjelle’s face started to come apart. Other mountain bikers threw rocks. Finally, the animal let go. There was so much blood, Hjelle struggled to breathe. She tried to put a slab of hanging skin back on her cheek.

Someone called 911. Soon, a helicopter rushed Hjelle to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

James arrived at the hospital. Seeing his wife, the martial arts expert crumbled to the floor.

 

‘Born Free’

 

After several years of surgeries, the couple agreed it was time to move on, to let go, to accept that Hjelle would never look like she did before the attack, that she would always have to deal with dead nerves around her eyes.

Yet in some ways, life was better. The couple’s faith in God became more solid. Their love for one another grew deeper. They knew they could survive anything.

Hjelle expanded her personal training business, wrote her book, returned to mountain biking. She even bombed down Cactus Trail in Whiting Ranch, smiling as she flew past where she had nearly died.

Then — about the same time she gave birth to the book — Hjelle’s world turned once again, this time for the very best.

She gave birth to Elsa.

At first, bringing home a baby seemed daunting. The couple had been married for 13 years. She was 40 years old. He was 46. Mom had never changed a diaper.

Still, Hjelle loved everything about being a mother. She admits, “It’s the hardest job in the world.” But she quickly adds, “It’s an awesome experience. Even the timing, I wouldn’t change.”

Speaking only about herself, Hjelle adds, “Being older, I’m more patient. I have a better handle on what’s important.”

Like most mothers, Hjelle acknowledges sometimes feeling overwhelmed at the responsibility of raising a child. “It’s difficult every day, and I want to make the right decisions. I’m a perfectionist, but you can’t be one when you’re a mom.”

Still, things are awfully close to perfect as Elsa plays with the family cat in a modest but immaculate condo with a view of Saddleback Mountain.

The couple even manages to blend their outdoor past with the present. Soon after giving birth, Hjelle started hiking with baby. Later, she carried Elsa in a backpack up and down steep, rugged trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness.

I ask Elsa what her favorite activities are. With a touch of shyness, she quietly offers hiking, riding her push-bike with no pedals and swimming.

Looking at her daughter, Hjelle offers that when she became a mother she understood for the first time the infinite love that grows from being a parent.

She realized deep in her bones how and why her mountain bike riding partner, Nicholls, could risk her own life to fight off a mountain lion. “She has four children,” Hjelle explains. “As a mom, you have to be selfless. She had the instinct to protect her children and, in this case, her friend.”

I ask why they named their child Elsa, figuring the name honors a relative. Hjelle grins. It has to do with a British movie that she happened to see and one that I happened to love as a child, “Born Free.”

In the drama, a real-life couple raises a lioness. Her name is “Elsa.”

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Committee suggests $90 refund, other ideas, for Yorba Linda Water District customers

Refunding customers $50 to $90 to help restore public trust is among the recommendations an 11-member ad hoc committee is suggesting to the Yorba Linda Water District.

The district’s board thanked committee members for their efforts and discussed the recommendations at its meeting Tuesday night, but no decisions were made.

“We are seriously considering all the recommendations, including the rebate, and we will be in a better position to make a decision once the budget is complete for the next year,” Board President J. Wayne Miller said, adding the five-member board has been in the process of restructuring the district’s debt and financing capital projects, including the new Fairmont Booster Pump Station.

The citizens advisory committee was formed to study the agency’s rate structure after voters in November overhauled the board.

The committee came up with 14 recommendations for the district, including to change to budget-based rates. The committee modeled its suggestion for having individualized water budgets for each home and business after how the Irvine Ranch Water District charges its customers.

“I think it’s a really challenging issue,” board member Andy Hall said about the idea of water budgets for customers. “I don’t want the district to be in the business of policing how many people are living in your home.”

Other recommendations include more transparency, conducting a staffing review and looking at rate-assistance programs for lower-income and fixed-income customers.

Board members did not discuss a timeline on the implementation of any of the recommendations.

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Why comic books and movies make a dynamic duo

Saturday, May 6 is Free Comic Book Day and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” opens in theaters. Here’s a look at the evolution of the comic book adaptations to the big screen and the impact of the comic book genre on moviemaking.

Compiled by CHRIS RAMOS and KURT SNIBBE/Southern California News Group

OG: ORIGINAL GUARDIANS

Invading pop culture with their blockbuster 2014 film, the Guardians of the Galaxy have gained instant success. Using characters based on the 2008 comic series, the film did not feature the original team. Here’s what the original Guardians of the Galaxy squad looked like.

First comic appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #18, January 1969

Set in the 31st century, the original Guardians of the Galaxy were freedom fighters formed to fight a system conquering an alien race called the Badoon.

original-guardiansFirst self titled issue: Guardians of the Galaxy #1, June 1990

21 years after their debut, the Guardians get a self-titled comic series of their own. Still set in the 31st century, some of their adventures have them time traveling back to the 20th century fighting alongside the Avengers.

Modern Guardians of the Galaxy team

Based on the 2008 comic series

guardians of the galaxyCOMIC BOOK TO BOX OFFICE

The first weekend in May generally marks the start of the summer movie season. In 2002, a movie grossed more than $100 million in four days for the first time. The comic book adaption “Spider-Man” reached the milestone by grossing $114 million May 2-5.
Biggest opening weekend (Film, year, in millions)

opening weekendsCOMIC BOOK LANDSCAPE

Not a month goes by without the release of a new comic book-themed movie in theaters. This has done a lot to energize the sales and popularity of the comic books.

indsutry-snapshotIS “STAR WARS” A COMIC BOOK?

The “Star Wars” franchise is one of the most successful film franchises to be a top seller in comic books as well.
In 2015, a “Star Wars” comic book was the best-selling book of the year, and four of the top 10 comic books sold were Star Wars themed story lines. The top-selling book shown to the right has sold more than 900,000 copies.

star wars coverBargain books
Comic books generally retail for about $3.99. Not a bad price compared to an average movie ticket (for children ages 2-12) which is $10.69 and May 6 you can get one for free at your local comic book store.

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Irvine man arrested after allegedly posing as a Fullerton employee to get inside business

FULLERTON An armed man posing as a city employee possibly to case an auto dealership was arrested Tuesday, May 2, police said.

Police arrested Junichi Kitasumi, 28, of Irvine on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, burglary tools and narcotics.

Kitasumi also was in possession of prescription painkillers and Oxycodone, which he had concealed upon entering Fullerton Jail, Radus said.

Officers responded around 8:30 a.m. to the dealership in the 18 block of West Commonwealth Avenue for a report of a suspicious person, Fullerton Sgt. Jon Radus said.

The business was open.

Kitasumi, wearing a reflective vest, claimed to be a city worker checking on a power surge from the previous night, witnesses told police. But officers searched Kitasumi and found a loaded 9-mm handgun in his waistband and unspecified burglary tools, authorities said.

Officers also found a controlled substance and prescription drugs in his vehicle, he added.

Police believe the suspect may have been casing the dealership for car keys or to disable the security system, Radus said. The investigation is ongoing.

Radus said that business owners and residents should be aware of people posing as workers for services that weren’t requested.

“People should always ask for identification, and if they are unsure then make a phone call to the company to confirm the services,” he said.  “At the very least, they can contact police.”

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Crime log for Huntington Beach, April 23-29

April 23

Vehicle burglary: Around 12 a.m. Acacia Ave. and Main St.

Disturbing the peace: Around 1 a.m. 200 block of Main St.: Police made at least one arrest.

Assault: Around 1 a.m. Main St. and Olive Ave.

Disturbing the peace: Around 1 a.m. 8700 block of Anchorage Dr.

Loud party: Around 5 a.m. 16300 block of Wishingwell Lane: Police advised the address.

Burglary: Around 6 a.m. 9000 block of Adams Ave.

Vehicle theft: Around 9 a.m. 16000 block of Springdale St.

Grand theft: Around 10 a.m. 6300 block of Silverwood Dr.

Garage burglary: Around 10 a.m. 2300 block of Florida St.

Domestic violence: Around 1 p.m. 1700 block of Florida St.

Disturbing the peace: Around 1 p.m. Main St. and PCH: Police made at least one arrest.

Physical fight: Around 2 p.m. Broadway and N. Pacific Ave.: Police made at least one arrest.

Petty theft: Around 3 p.m. 21000 block of PCH: Police made at least one arrest.

Assault with a deadly weapon: Around 3 p.m. 100 block of Main St.

Vehicle theft: Around 5 p.m. 2000 block of California St.

Vehicle burglary: Around 7 p.m. 10200 block of Kamuela Dr.

Vehicle theft: Around 8 p.m. 16800 block of Hoskins Lane

Loud party: Around 10 p.m. 17100 block of Oak Lane

Loud party: Around 11 p.m. 18500 block of Beach Blvd.

April 24

Disturbing the peace: Around 3 a.m. 18500 block of Beach Blvd.

Drunk in public: Around 6 a.m. Atlanta Avenue and Greenfield Lane

Vehicle theft: Around 8 a.m. 1st Street and Orange Ave.

Vehicle burglary: Around 8 a.m. 600 block of 13th St.

Vehicle burglary: Around 9 a.m. 8200 block of Atlanta Ave.

Burglary: Around 10 a.m. 16300 block of Bradbury Lane

Burglary: Around 10 a.m. 16800 block of Scotsdale Circle

Vehicle burglary: Around 11 a.m. 16200 block of Parkside Lane

Vehicle theft: Around 12 p.m. 21100 block of Chesterbrook Lane

Physical fight: Around 4 p.m. 1st Street and Walnut Ave.

Burglary: Around 5 p.m. 16100 block of Parkside Lane

Vehicle burglary: Around 5 p.m. 7400 block of Edinger Ave.

Burglary: Around 5 p.m. 20300 block of Bluffside Circle

Vehicle burglary: Around 5 p.m. 21900 block of Summerwind Lane

Drunk in public: Around 7 p.m. Huntington Beach Pier: Police made at least one arrest.

Attempted burglary: Around 8 p.m. 100 block of 14th St.

Vehicle theft: Around 8 p.m. 16200 block of Parkside Lane

Disturbing the peace: Around 8 p.m. 21800 block of Oceanview Lane: Police made at least one arrest.

Loud music: Around 11 p.m. 16600 block of Dolores Lane

April 25

Vehicle burglary: Around 2 a.m. 7800 block of Center Ave.

Vandalism: Around 5 a.m. 19400 block of Beach Blvd.

Vehicle burglary: Around 6 a.m. 8700 block of Knights Circle

Domestic violence: Around 12 p.m. 5900 block of Nordina Dr.

Physical fight: Around 4 p.m. 15900 block of Springdale St.

Burglary: Around 7 p.m. 16300 block of Beach Blvd.

Disturbing the peace: Around 7 p.m. 19000 block of Goldenwest St.: Police made at least one arrest.

Disturbing the peace: Around 11 p.m. 19900 block of Beach Blvd.

April 26

Vehicle theft: Around 2 a.m. 7600 block of Amazon Dr.

Vehicle burglary: Around 7 a.m. 5000 block of Flamingo Dr.

Vandalism: Around 10 a.m. 6700 block of Warner Ave.

Vehicle theft: Around 10 a.m. 16500 block of Beach Blvd.

Vehicle theft: Around 1 p.m. 2800 block of Huntington St.

Garage burglary: Around 5 p.m. 18300 block of Patterson Lane

Attempted burglary: Around 5 p.m. 17000 block of Newquist Lane

Drunk in public: Around 6 p.m. 21300 block of Monaco Circle: Police made at least one arrest.

Drunk in public: Around 8 p.m. 7100 block of Yorktown Ave.: Police made at least one arrest.

Disturbing the peace: Around 11 p.m. 1000 block of PCH: Police made at least one arrest.

April 27

Burglary: Around 2 a.m. 16700 block of Talisman Lane

Burglary: Around 7 a.m. 10100 block of Adams Ave.

Attempted auto theft: Around 8 a.m. 7600 block of Woodwind Dr.

Grand theft: Around 12 p.m. 16700 block of Talisman Lane

Petty theft: Around 1 p.m. 19100 block of Beach Blvd.: Police made at least one felony arrest.

Domestic violence: Around 4 p.m. 16000 block of Beach Blvd.

Vehicle burglary: Around 6 p.m. 7000 block of Little Harbor Dr.

Disturbing the peace: Around 6 p.m. 5100 block of Flamingo Circle: Police made at least one arrest.

Vehicle theft: Around 8 p.m. 17000 block of Beach Blvd.

Petty theft: Around 9 p.m. 7700 block of Edinger Ave.

Robbery: Around 11 p.m. 17400 block of Beach Blvd.

April 28

Vehicle burglary: Around 6 a.m. 6000 block of Welde Circle

Attempted auto theft: Around 6 a.m. 17300 block of Beach Blvd.

Vehicle burglary: Around 7 a.m. 6000 block of Welde Circle

Vandalism: Around 1 p.m. Oak Lane and Warner Ave.

Burglary: Around 3 p.m. 10000 block of Cliff Dr.

Brandishing a weapon: Around 4 p.m. PCH and Seapoint St.

Burglary: Around 6 p.m. 21800 block of Newland St.

Loud party: Around 8 p.m. 20900 block of Glencairn Lane: Police issued a civil citation to the address.

Domestic violence: Around 10 p.m. 200 block of 12th St.

April 29

Disturbance involving juveniles: Around 12 a.m. 200 block of Main St.

Loud party: Around 3 a.m. 9700 block of Brookhaven Circle: Police advised the address.

Attempted auto theft: Around 6 a.m. 8100 block of Opal Circle

Vehicle theft:  Around 7 a.m. 7500 block of Amazon Dr.

Vehicle theft: Around 8 a.m. 15500 block of Producer Lane

Vandalism: Around 9 a.m. 1st Street and Main St.: Police made at least one felony arrest.

Attempted burglary: Around 11 a.m. 17700 block of Beach Blvd.

Vehicle burglary: Around 12 p.m. 6400 block of Warner Ave.

Disturbing the peace: Around 12 p.m. 16600 block of Beach Blvd.: Police made at least one arrest.

Burglary: Around 3 p.m. 8700 block of Conner Dr.

Petty theft: Around 7 p.m. 9800 block of Adams Ave.: Police made at least one arrest.

Physical fight: Around 8 p.m. 16000 block of Tortola Circle

Loud party: Around 10 p.m. 18800 block of Rockinghorse Lane: Police issued a first response warning to the address.

Domestic violence: Around 11 p.m. Brookhurst St. and Hamilton Ave.: Police made at least one felony arrest.

The crime log was compiled by Stephen Bydal and consists of selected items from the Huntington Beach Police Department. Calls represent what was told to the officer in the field by the radio dispatcher. No assumption of guilt should be drawn. Time of day for each incident was rounded to the nearest hour by the source.

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Three ways bad credit can ruin your health

Denied.

Your bad credit history strikes again. You didn’t even plan on applying for credit; You just wanted to get a 15 percent discount on your Macy’s purchase by applying for a store credit card. Nobody enjoys being reminded of past mistakes, but when you have a bad credit history, you are reminded of those financial mistakes every day. And not only is that a blow to your emotional well-being, it’s also bad for your health.

Bad credit = stress

When you face credit checks for typical consumer decisions like buying a cell phone, requesting a gas card, or even applying for a new job, it’s hard to think about anything else, and that can be stressful. “It’s no mystery that stress relief is critical for our emotional and psychological well-being as well as for our physical health,” Kimberly Rotter, a personal finance expert for creditrepair.com, says. A 2015 American Psychological Association report shows that money and finances affect 72 percent of Americans at least some of the time.

Bad credit is depressing

We all have dreams for tomorrow. Maybe you have plans to buy a new home, a better car, or build a healthy savings account for a dream vacation. But when you carry around a bad credit history, it’s hard to move forward with your goals. And, that can wreck your self-worth.

“To find relief, a person in debt needs to take practical steps to deal with the financial underpinnings of the problem,” Bill Fay, a writer for debt.org, says.  “How are you going to deal with the challenges to your financial stability? And how will you handle its effects on your emotional life?” Fay says the answers to those questions will set the tone for the health and well-being of your bank account, your personal life, and your family’s future.

Bad credit is bad for your health—literally

When financial times are tight, what is the first thing we scrap? For many of us, it’s our health. Trips to the dentist get delayed, annual checkups are ignored—all because we fear we can’t afford them. This is no way to live, and it certainly isn’t a healthy habit for your family.

The time is right to make some changes in your finances. “It helps to have an action list handy to help you reach your goals,” Naomi Mannino, a personal finance expert, says. First, Mannino says to request a credit report and check for errors. Second, set a budget that includes doubled up payments on outstanding debt. Finally, talk with a financial expert to help you determine the best strategy for your financial future.

The good news is that your credit history isn’t permanent, so don’t allow bad credit to be an unwelcome symptom of poor health. By taking steps now, you can repair financial mistakes of the past and secure a healthy and happy financial future.

Amy Osmond Cook is the Executive Director of the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about best practices in senior care. Contact her at amy@skillednursingproviders.org.

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San Clemente, briefly: Pier Bowl dispute, Forster Ranch detours, San Onofre waste and more

  • Wooden “story poles” show the proposed dimensions of a duplex designed for 508 Avenida Victoria in San Clemente. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Wooden “story poles” show the proposed dimensions of a duplex designed for 508 Avenida Victoria in San Clemente. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • One year old Nala is a happy little Boxer who just wants someone to love. For adoption information, call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949-492-1617 or visit 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. (Courtesy of San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter)

    One year old Nala is a happy little Boxer who just wants someone to love. For adoption information, call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949-492-1617 or visit 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. (Courtesy of San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter)

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A plan to replace a low-profile 69-year-old fourplex with a new four-level Spanish-style duplex in San Clemente’s Pier Bowl area complies with city codes, even as it stirs opposition from neighbors, officials said.

On a 5-0 vote, city planning commissioners approved a cultural heritage permit on April 19 to allow Steve and Dale Scibelli’s project at 508 Avenida Victoria, where wooden “story poles” indicate the proposed dimensions for the building.

At a public hearing, six neighbors complained that the building will dwarf neighbors, will be massive and will block multiple neighbors’ ocean views, as far away as Monterey Lane.

“The ocean view does not belong to just one owner,” Corona Lane resident Patricia Cox told commissioners. “It’s all of ours.”

City codes do not protect views from private properties. Planning commissioners voiced sympathy but said there was no choice but to approve the 35-foot-high project, as it complies with city rules.

“I would love to see a project that is in harmony here,” Commissioner Michael Smith said. “I don’t think it’s a good fit.”

David York, project architect, said the owners plan to live in the upper two floors. York said the project was designed to step back from floor to floor, going up, to leave open a view corridor down Avenida Victoria.

Traffic detours coming to Forster Ranch

Through the month of May, San Clemente’s Forster Ranch community will experience traffic detours to let the city and its road contractor build roundabouts at two key intersections.

Work will begin Monday, May 3, to build a roundabout on the corner of Camino de los Mares and Camino del Rio, requiring road closures on all four approaches to the intersection. Access to homes will be maintained, but detours will be necessary until about May 17 when the intersection may be ready to reopen, the city said in a news release.

A similar closure at Camino del Rio and Sarmentoso is tentatively scheduled for May 18 to May 31. Watch for detour signs.

After the intersections reopen, periodic closures may be needed to facilitate roundabout landscaping and paving operations, the city said. “The city asks that the public plan alternative routes during this period and adhere to the detour routes,” the news release said.

Completion of the Del Rio project is targeted for early July.

No rail service this weekend

There will be no train service at the south end of the county this weekend, due to work being done on the rail line in San Diego County.

Metrolink says its trains Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, will halt at Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and buses will be provided to stations on south to Oceanside.

Amtrak trains will halt at Irvine with bus service between there and San Diego. Normal routes resume Monday. See amtrak.com and metrolinktrains.com.

Council to consider radioactive waste

The City Council on Tuesday, May 2, will consider sending a letter asking the California Coastal Commission to reconsider a 2015 permit it issued approving burial of 3.6 million pounds of radioactive waste at San Onofre.

Council members had questions about the contents to put into a letter at their last meeting April 18. They decided to try again May 2, after viewing a report that was presented to coastal commissioners in 2015 together with public input given at that time and now.

Also facing the City Council will be acceptance of a new city soccer park on Avenida Vista Hermosa next to Shorecliffs Middle School, a cost increase for a structural assessment of Marine Safety Headquarters and discussion of tall eucalyptus trees at a city reservoir in the south end of town and their impact on neighbors.

Restroom to close for renovations

The city plans to close a public restroom at popular T-Street Beach for a week in May to perform maintenance and upgrades prior to the busy summer season.

The work will start on May 15, the city said in a news release. During closure, patrons are advised to use the Boca del Canon restroom south of the T-Street Overpass.

Distillery wins permit for tasting room

Drift Distillery, a new family-owned business making craft spirits at 940 Calle Amanecer in the Rancho San Clemente Business Park, has won a permit to operate a tasting room with sales.

The Planning Commission approved a permit April 5. Under its license, Drift will be limited to selling three 750 ml bottles of its craft whiskey, gin, vodka or rum per person per day and offering tastes of 1.5 ounces per person per day, officials said.

Other businesses in the area that have tasting rooms include Artifex Brewing Co. at 919 Calle Amanecer, Lost Winds Brewing Co. at 924 Calle Negocio and Left Coast Brewing Co. at 1245 Puerta del Sol, commissioners were told.

Dance team to present its winning dances

The community is invited to see first-hand the dances that won United Spirit Association titles for San Clemente High School’s dance team at the USA Championships held in Long Beach.

The team will present its annual public concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, on campus at 700 Avenida Pico. Tickets are $16 for adults $11 for children and students, at schsdanceteam.com.

The concert will include the team’s winning intermediate, novelty and large lyrical dances.

Concert is all about bells

The South County Community Handbell Choirs invite the public to a benefit concert titled “Beauty and the Bell(e).”

Adult and youth choirs will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at St. Andrew’s Methodist “Church, 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente. There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted to benefit Family Assistance Ministries. The choirs will be presenting hygiene kits to FAM for the needy.

Among the tunes will be “The Haunted Forest,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Scarborough Fair,” “It’s a Small World” and selections from “Beauty and the Beast.”

Learn more at schandbell.org.

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La Habra celebrates Mother Earth

  • Bryant Trejo with La Habra Public Works, gives resident Susie Hango a drought tolerant seedling for Earth Day/Arbor Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

    Bryant Trejo with La Habra Public Works, gives resident Susie Hango a drought tolerant seedling for Earth Day/Arbor Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ricardo Martinez with C.R.R. helps Liana Aguirre secure bags of organic compost that were provided free of charge to residents during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

    Ricardo Martinez with C.R.R. helps Liana Aguirre secure bags of organic compost that were provided free of charge to residents during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • La Habra resident Paula Sanchez spins the Energy Efficiency Wheel used to test resident’€™s knowledge of ways to conserve energy at the NOCC Energy Partnership booth during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

    La Habra resident Paula Sanchez spins the Energy Efficiency Wheel used to test resident’€™s knowledge of ways to conserve energy at the NOCC Energy Partnership booth during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Allison Mok with Orange County Environment Heath gives John Poptelecan tools, free of charge, to assist with the safe disposal of hazardous materials for residents that do their own oil changes during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

    Allison Mok with Orange County Environment Heath gives John Poptelecan tools, free of charge, to assist with the safe disposal of hazardous materials for residents that do their own oil changes during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bags of organic compost were provided free of charge to residents. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

    Bags of organic compost were provided free of charge to residents. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Guests who provided proof of residency were able to pick up bags of organic compost, free of charge, during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

    Guests who provided proof of residency were able to pick up bags of organic compost, free of charge, during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Steve Lee gives a thumbs up as he leaves after receiving bags of organic compost, free of charge, during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

    Steve Lee gives a thumbs up as he leaves after receiving bags of organic compost, free of charge, during the La Habra Public Works Department’€™s annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held at El Centro Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

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Residents picked up saplings and compost to add to their own greenery at home during La Habra’s annual celebration of the environment on Saturday, April 22.

There were also experts on hand for Earth Day at El Centro Park to talk about water conservation and being green around the house.

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