Clintons Arrive in San Diego for Oceanfront Break : Presidency: First family to stay at home of Coronado developer. Two events tied to his domestic agenda may be held.

<i> from Times Staff and Wire Services</i>

President Clinton arrived in San Diego on Sunday evening for a weeklong spring vacation that is likely to include two public events to promote his domestic agenda.

Clinton, staying with his family at the oceanfront home of developer H. Larry Lawrence, is expected to hold one event to promote his health care reform plan and a second to sign the Administration-backed Goals 2000 education bill.

Lawrence, a major Democratic contributor and owner of the Hotel Del Coronado, was confirmed as ambassador to Switzerland in February.

Details of the events are not settled, aides said, but the signing of the bill may happen Thursday. Both events are likely to take place in the San Diego area, aides said.


The President, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, flew to California from Dallas, where they had attended the wedding of his brother, Roger Clinton, Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the Clintons also visited a Dallas pediatric hospital in an effort to push the Administration’s health care reform plan.

Up early Sunday, Clinton jogged three miles through a lush, affluent neighborhood and then joined his family for Palm Sunday services at First Baptist Church in suburban Richardson, Tex. The pastor, Rev. Brian Harbour, used to be pastor of Clinton’s church in Little Rock, Ark.

The family then attended the NCAA Midwest regional final basketball game between the University of Arkansas and the University of Michigan.

Clinton, a fan of basketball and the Arkansas Razorbacks, roared and raised a clenched fist when the team played well, and grimaced, shouted and slapped a knee when play went against Arkansas. He was so upset at one point that Chelsea, 14, squeezed his arm for him to settle down.

Arkansas wound up winning, 76 to 68, and moving on to the Final Four national championships.

Clinton rushed onto the floor at the buzzer to give Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson a high-five.

He did not visit the locker rooms, however, choosing to get in the air as soon as possible to continue his vacation.


The spring break is Clinton’s third extended vacation as President.

He spent 11 days on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts last August and split a week between Arkansas and Hilton Head, S.C., over the New Year’s holiday.

The President last visited San Diego in May last year.