Similar but different

first_imgWhen it comes to dropouts, what divides the mayor and the school board has never really been a matter of what to do, but a commitment to actually do it. At issue is not competing plans, but how willing either side is to making its plan a reality. The board’s record in this regard is unimpressive. It all but ignored the dropout issue until Villaraigosa’s takeover campaign forced it to take notice. And even now, its implementation has been less than aggressive, targeting limited resources at a few campuses, rather than taking a more comprehensive approach. District officials complain they lack the money to do more, but that hasn’t stopped them from lavishing a massive pay raise on their union. SO Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has his sights set on taking over the Los Angeles Unified School District, finally delivers his plan for reducing the high school dropout rate – and it’s largely the same one LAUSD officials adopted a year ago. What does this tell us? Not a lot, actually. Defenders of the status quo can try to make the case that the mayor’s reforms aren’t necessary because they’re already under way, but that’s a stretch. It’s only natural that two serious plans dealing with the same problem would be similar. After all, there’s no great mystery here. Experts have long agreed that reducing the dropout rate requires a mix of better student-tracking, intervention efforts and more personalized education options. It was Villaraigosa, on the other hand, who drew the dropout issue to the public’s attention and has staked his legacy on fixing it. Whether he would put the same passion into running the district as he has into taking it over remains to be seen. But for now, although his and the board’s plans may look similar, their sense of urgency couldn’t be more different.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Driver to stand trial in 2 deaths

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – A 19-year-old Santa Clarita woman was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in a drunk-driving crash that killed two people who were changing a tire alongside Interstate 5 near Magic Mountain. Chelsea Elise Arcos, who graduated in 2005 from Saugus High and was enrolled at College of the Canyons, remains free on $250,000 bail, with her arraignment set for May 1. She is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license. The crash occurred about 1:45 a.m. Aug. 7 on the southbound Golden State Freeway. Authorities said Arcos was drunk when she struck Thoung Pok, 35, of Fresno, and John Tun, 27, of Long Beach, as they changed a flat tire on their 1999 Honda Accord. Denise Cueva, the passenger in Arcos’ truck said she fell asleep as the two left Frazier Park and was awakened by “an impact of some sort.” Prosecutor Lou Holtz Jr. told the court that Arcos thought only about herself. “Arcos could have gone back to care for the victims but she only cared about one person – herself – and avoiding punishment,” he said Tuesday afternoon. After the hearing, defense attorney Richard A. Hutton said Arcos was in shock after the crash. “She was totally unaware until she was told by the officers after she was arrested that she hit someone,” he said. “This is tragic from every perspective.” The petite Arcos, her hair pulled back in a ponytail, was dressed in a black pantsuit. Her family members sat two rows behind Ok in the small courtroom. Chelsea’s father, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Robert Arcos, pulled out a white handkerchief to wipe away tears as the testimony unfolded. “It’s very emotional for us still,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s awful for everybody involved. We’re devastated.” (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tun’s wife, Rumchoul Ok, and four children, were in the sedan at the time and were unharmed. “I heard the driver scream … when I looked up, the car window shattered,” Ok testified tearfully during Arcos’ preliminary hearing. “I felt the impact when the body scraped against the car. I saw (Pok) drop to the ground with her eyes open.” Donald Gollahon, who works on scenery for CBS in Los Angeles, testified that he was headed to work when he saw Arcos’ truck changed lanes in front of him, then veer onto the shoulder of the interstate. Gollahon said he saw something fly up in the air and as he drove by he recognized it as a body. He followed Arcos to the off-ramp where she’d stopped. “I said `Girl, you need to go back, you hit that guy,”‘ Gollahon said. He recalled Arcos saying she had to “clean up” first. last_img

Meetings 4/30

first_imgWinnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 8, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 8 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 9 in Room 1B at the Braude Building, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 994-3919. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 9, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 10, Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-4346 or see Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 201-202 at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Call (818) 718-9498 or see Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3585. West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Balboa Studios, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 10 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 10, Tulsa Street Elementary School, 10900 Hayvenhurst Ave., Granada Hills. Call (818) 321-6259 or see North Hills East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 14 in the auditorium at Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 16 in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 21, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 23, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of June 22

first_imgBeatton Community 4-H “Fun Shoot”Beatton Community 4-H “Fun Shoot” Non-competitive courses (2-10 animal target courses), concession, BBQ supper (included with registration fee), separate peewee shoot, no arrow speed/ arrow height restrictions, wagon rides by the Northern Horse Mule and Harness Association. Pre-registration: $40 Registration on shoot day: $50 (starts @ 9am only on site) Peew […]Fort St. John North Peace Museum Yard SaleSaturday June 22 from 9 am to 3 pm Fort St. John North Peace Museum 9323 – 100th Street Come support your local museum and find great treasures. For more information call 250-787-0430. Donations are welcome. We will not be accepting large electronics or appliances. Please take them to electronic recycling. Please ensure your donations meet Health Canada’s Co […]Drag Racing at Northern Lights RacewayCome see the loudest and fastest show in the Peace Region this weekend. Racers of all ages driving vehicles of all kind down the 1/4 mile strip at speeds up to 200mph! Admission is $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Racing begins around 11am. Dates: June 22 & 23 […]4th Annual Taylor Hill ClimbThe infamous hill is back……….. Where: Taylor Elementary School Time: June 22 from 4pm – 6pm The climb will start at 4:15pm at the base of the hill. Three stations mark the way up to the hill and you can win a prize at everyone. But there is more: This year’s climb will be a wacky climb! That’s right. Bring a costume, some funny glasses, a stuffed animal or j […]6th Annual Summer Solstice Chili Bowl BashThe Chili Bowl Bash is the major annual fund raiser for the guild. Funds raised go to help maintain the community studio for members, adult and young people’s classes and for special events. Cost / Ticket Info : $30.00. Available at the Hair Bin Allowed Ages : Adults. Children welcome at the regular ticket price. For more information contact: 250.785 55 […]Come Dance!Come Dance! June 22, 2013 starting at 8:30pm-12:30pm Sponsored by the Derrick Dance Club, music by Night Sounds Tickets: $12 Club Members $15 Non Members For more information contact Chris 250-785-1021 or Glen 250-262-1693 […]Drag Racing at Northern Lights RacewayCome see the loudest and fastest show in the Peace Region this weekend. Racers of all ages driving vehicles of all kind down the 1/4 mile strip at speeds up to 200mph! Admission is $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Racing begins around 11am. […] – Advertisement –last_img read more

Leisure pool and water slides remain closed for another day

first_imgHowever, the lap pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness room are all open for public use.The city expects to release more information later in the day, at which point we’ll update you on the status of repairs.For all other inquires, including schedule information, contact the North Peace Leisure Pool at 250 787 8178.- Advertisement –last_img

Zimmer’s motion against UN Firearms Regime debated in House of Commons

first_imgPrince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer was in the House of Commons yesterday debating his Private Members’ Motion on the UN Firearms Regime. The motion is aimed at discouraging the government from adopting a United Nations resolution on firearms.According to a media release from Zimmer the UN resolution contains a clause asking State Parties to have imported firearms marked with an identifying code of the country of origin. Zimmer’s opposition to the resolution stems from the costs that would be created, and the potential of adding another form to the firearm registry.In a release Zimmer said, “I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and I firmly believe that Canada already has measures in place to protect public safety that are far superior to this model offered by the United Nations. Our government kept its 17-year-old promise by scrapping the long-gun registry. My intention in tabling this motion is to ensure that any door that could re-open the long-gun registry remains firmly closed.”- Advertisement -He added the UN resolution is designed to “needlessly target” gun owners in Canada who follow the law, and as such he put forward his motion against it.last_img read more

Rotary Mega Lottery’s final draw fast approaching

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Finally, winners of the remaining prizes from the Rotary Club will be picked soon.The final draws for the 50/50 prize and the mega prize will be on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at the Totem Mall. The 50/50 prize will be drawn at 3:15 p.m. and the mega prize will be drawn at 3:30 p.m.If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket for this draw, they are still for sale at the Totem Mall from now up until 3 p.m. on the day of.- Advertisement –last_img

Italian league probe Matuidi racist abuse claims

first_img0Shares0000France midfielder Blaise Matuidi (C) celebrates with Juventus teammate Gonzalo Higuain © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Apr 30 – The Italian league are investigating reports that Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi was the victim of racist abuse during Saturday’s Serie A game against Inter Milan at the San Siro.Serie A disciplinary officials said Monday all three of their observers present in the San Siro heard “chants expressing racial discrimination… which lasted for a few seconds” aimed at the French international. The chanting reportedly came from all three levels of the ‘Curva Verde’ occupied by Inter Milan fans and took place 55 minutes into the game, which Juventus won 3-2 with two goals in the final three minutes.But before any ruling can be made officials, in accordance with rules governing discrimination in the Italian game, have to gather data to ascertain how many fans were involved.“We must acquire the data, even an approximate estimate, on the occupancy of the sectors involved, as well as receive confirmation that the chants heard came from all three sectors of the Curva Verde, as indicated in the report,” Serie A said in a statement.The punishment will depend on how many fans took part and how loud the chanting was, it added.Midfielder Matuidi has been the victim of similar abuse twice this season, by fans in Verona and Cagliari.Verona were handed a 20,000 euro ($24,000) fine and a suspended partial stadium ban, but Cagliari were not punished although the club issued an apology to the 31-year-old French player.Matuidi, who has 64 caps for France, joined Juventus before the start of the current season from Paris Saint-Germain and has scored three times for the Italian champions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Argentina’s Lanzini ruled out of World Cup due to knee injury

first_imgThe 25-year-old, who had been linked with a summer transfer to Liverpool, now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. His injury is a blow for Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli who had counted on Lanzini for his starting line up.Argentina’s national team is due to travel to Russia on Saturday for the World Cup. Argentina have been drawn in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Lanzini out of World Cup BARCELONA, Spain, June 8 – West Ham’s Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini will miss the World Cup after injuring a knee during training in Spain, the Argentine football federation said Friday.“Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today’s morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee,” the federation wrote in a Twitter message.last_img read more

Conte to sue Chelsea over delayed sacking

first_img0Shares0000Antonio Conte is reported to be set to sue Chelsea over his sacking © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 20 – Antonio Conte is set to take legal action against Chelsea over damage to his career and loss of future earnings following his sacking by the Premier League club, according to reports on Friday.Conte is believed to be furious Chelsea made him return to pre-season training before finally dismissing him last week to make way for the arrival of new boss Maurizio Sarri. The Italian, who spent just two years with the Blues, was widely reported to be facing the sack for much of last season after the breakdown in his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the club’s hierarchy.But Conte was made to wait 55 days after Chelsea’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United before he was axed.After winning the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge, Conte presided over a dismal collapse last term, with Chelsea finishing fifth and missing out on a place in the Champions League.Conte is believed to have received a £9 million pay-off for the year he had remaining on his Chelsea contract, yet the Times reports the former Juventus coach is keen to get additional compensation.That could trigger an ugly legal battle, with Conte’s lawyers reportedly set to claim the west London club cost their client a year of his career, as all the top management jobs in Europe have been filled.Real Madrid were believed to be interested in Conte after Zinedine Zidane left in May, while the Italy job was also available earlier this year.The Times also reported Chelsea have threatened to withhold Conte’s contract settlement due to repeated criticism of his employers over their failure to back his transfer demands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more