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  1. SoCalDave

    SoCalDave Well-Known Member

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    Heard on the news that the lake may reopen this summer for recreational water sports, concerts, camping, etc.

    Grand jury slams government agencies for shuttering Irvine Lake
    Don’t want to cry over wasted tax dollars? Stop reading. Now.

    A newly released Orange County grand jury report reveals that with nothing more than passive aggression our leaders managed to shut down what for three-quarters of a century was the largest and most popular local fishing lake.

    “Minimal effort to engage one another,” jurors state, “a lack of creative proposals and slow responsiveness between OC Parks and the water districts have allowed negotiations to stall.”

    That, my friends, is the Orange County grand jury’s assessment for why our once-beautiful Irvine Lake is padlocked and surrounded by massive weeds.

    https://www.ocregister.com/2019/05/...t9CL_tL5X0MF0g4epj7-s07oOoAivaCVcgyxKeVVSGkA8

     
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    f12517 Well-Known Member

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    what a SHIT SHOW!!!!
     
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  3. Danger Dave

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    They need to reopen the MX track too.
     
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    MX track was awesome, used to go over and do some laps after dinner under the lights.
     
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    I was under the impression it was privately owned or something and they closed it because of all the drowning lawsuits that were going on. It was a nice lake, now full of weeds. What would really nice is if they brought back Saddleback Park.
     
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    ONE-A-DAY Well-Known Member

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    They also had the days where you could run flat bottoms and other fast boats, lots of racers would go out and test. Went over and watched Tony Scarlatta doing laps in his flat, it was a thing of beauty.
     
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    They need to open Lake Matthews too.
     
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    I remember being at that lake for the drags when a boat went up on the beach and killed a spectator.

    While that was a real drag - no pun intended - that’s a great little lake.
     
  9. Sharp Shooter

    Sharp Shooter The "anti-yuppie"

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    We had a lot of fun for many years there. It would be great to bring it back.
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    Lived right around the corner, we were on top of one of those campers with a keg when the boat went up on the shore
     
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    The gal is noticeable but look at the crowd - heads on a swivel ! image.png
     
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    ...I believe I shot this 10 years ago which is hard to believe...where did the time go???...
    ... I can pretty much guarantee that there are RDP folks in this video other than Sharpshooter...who was standing up on top of his observation point expert video shooting trailer...:cool:
    ...OK RDP’r’s pick yourself out minute wise and admit you were there:eek:(identify yourselves...Remember you looked a lot younger then)...:rolleyes:..


     
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  14. Sharp Shooter

    Sharp Shooter The "anti-yuppie"

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    Thongs were't too common back in 1983.
     
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    I remember going to the drag boat races there in the early 80's. My apartment (Seal Beach) manager, George Walsh was the previous driver in circle k bracket for George over at Clay Smith Cams. Really cool dude that had a pretty wild life style. Fun times indeed.
     
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    Sharp Shooter The "anti-yuppie"

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    That was a sad deal.

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    Would kill to fish matthews!!
     
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    Looks like a bunch of broken necks.:p:D
     
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    I was there that day, I think it killed a little girl. If i remember it right it was a flatbottom that kited off to the side into the crowd . The weird thing was the crowd was far away and it
    looked that there was no way the boat could fly that far.
     
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    ...Not sure but I seem to remember a mother and her little girl were in an area that was marked no spectators but I could be wrong???...
    ...RIP...little girl...
     
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    That was the event that ended my dads drag boat dream, he was one of the first guys to get to the girl. If i remember the story correctly, it was a broken steering cable that was the cause.

    Dont quote me on it. Lol, i wasnt even born yet, i was still body fluids at that time

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    We’re trying to save / restore the race at Long Beach.
    This thread isn’t helping. Lol
     
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    Lol, good point

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    Reopen the rc car track too
     
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    Would meet up with Carl out there ;(
     
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    It was a long time ago but I seem to remember they put that pop up over the poor girl while they waited for the coroner - then went back to racing ? But I could be wrong, as I said it was long time ago.
     
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    Part of the reason irvine lake closed was there wasnt any water in it. I drive by there everytime i go to orange. The lake was really low 2 summers ago. Its almost back to full has about 10 feet to go. I hope they open it back up. I wouldnt run a powerboat there for awhile though. Lots of trees grew by the ramp and are now barely underwater.
     
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    Was there when that happened
     
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    August 17 reopening for shoreline fishing

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    I was there also, Jim Lange lost the steering in the boat and basically idled up onto the beach. This was way past the finish line and the only reason for people to be in that area was to watch crashes, you really couldn't even see the race course. I don't believe Lange raced again after that, it really effected him badly.
     
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    Oh man, my pops and uncle would catch so many catfish they had to leave them behind.

    It’s been a few years, but we’ve snuck in several times and fished it. During high school my friends would go in daylight and fish for bass!

    These days I imagine it would be easy to get caught by security.

    Hell’s yes on Irvine lake, that’s good news.
     
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    I’ve done lots of testing with the drag boat at Irvine over the years. It was awesome!
     
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    Used to work there in high school cleaning fishing boats, 40yrs ago, best job ever.
     
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    Sharp Shooter The "anti-yuppie"

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    We were down there all the time. We even had a boat swap meet once.

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    I took waterski lesson on that lake
     
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    Was there also when the boat went up on beach .

    Was there when TFH billy the kid crashed at over 200. Was standing next to there crew . Sad deal
     
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    I think we
    WHen we finished our Cole flat we did some testing, at Irvine , was the last time the lake was open
     
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    I'm not sure of the exact date, but the last time I was there taking pics was March 2014. It was a test day. DSC00330a.jpg DSC00336.JPG DSC00342.JPG DSC00347.JPG
     
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    I Could of been there ? Don't know maybe it was a year later . Don't think I had boat done in 2014 .
     

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