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Ingels, Jones Keep Developers Out

December 24, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Marty Ingels and Shirley Jones are spending more than $100,000 to keep developers at bay in a tiny mountain town east of Los Angeles.

The comedian and the actress outbid two developers last week on a half-acre commercial lot in downtown Fawnskin and plan to turn it into a public park.

``We are seeing the world buried by progress,″ Ingels said. ``They are going to try to figure out where they can put the 7-Elevens and hotels in downtown Fawnskin, and they will find they can’t put them in anywhere.″

The husband and wife actually live about 100 miles away in the Encino area of Los Angeles but own a 15-acre estate less than a half-mile from the center of Fawnskin.

Some of the town’s 360 residents said they appreciate the couple’s effort.

``We are flabbergasted,″ said Barbara Ortiz, who owns the North Shore Cafe with her husband. ``They just didn’t want to have any more development in this area.″

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