Animating Local Development
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According to Alejandre, “In the best case environment, we could open up some time during the 2008/09 school year. If the timeline slips for any reason, then we may have to push back until the 2009/10 school year.”The News Mirror reports on rising gas prices and found a lot of variation on price even within Yucaipa. Their findings:
In some ways, the district is an information pacesetter -- a collaboration with the technology committee aims to teach technology skills in the context of subjects students already are studying.
In other ways the district lags -- the benchmark library at Yucaipa High School has 7,400 volumes, about half of the state per-student standard, said Margaret Updike, the district librarian and Yucaipa High librarian.
The library improvement plan could be approved by the district as early as June 5.
The children's section would nearly fill the entire Yucaipa library. It has a children's reference section, several aisles of fiction and non-fiction books, reading areas, play areas, a craft room, and four computers just for the kids.The new Fontana public library, opening next spring) will be almost double the size of Hemet's and have just as many amenities.
And there's a section just for teenagers. "I've gotten better grades because of all the research material they have," said Natalie Campos, 15, of West Valley High School.
The Yucaipa Planning Commission has approved a permit for commercial development on the corner of Calimesa Blvd and Avenue G (map). Oak Tree Industrial plans two buildings of 16,500 and 8,500 square feet. The permit included a variance from Yucaipa's hillside and ridgeline regulations that allows the developer to set aside only 6,500 square feet of open space at the top of the hill on the southeastern side of the property.
Tesco has been mostly mum on its product and pricing plans. What's known is that Fresh & Easy stores will range from 10,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet in size, about the size of a Trader Joe's.
Fresh & Easy will offer a mix of prepared and ready-to-cook foods, along with basic grocery staples, catering to time-strapped customers.
The only person to speak in opposition to this development was Bill McEwen, a member of Yucaipa's Parks and Recreation Commission. Noting that I Street Park was not all that far east of this proposed site, McEwen was concerned that the southern most section of the Oak Tree Industrial development site encompasses a path, running east and west, that could be used at some point as part of a trail head connecting Calimesa Boulevard with I Street Park.The planning commission also approved development of a storage facility on Dunlap Blvd.
Yucaipa resident Carol Burris was among the horde of family and friends on hand to watch their loved ones stride across the stage to receive their degrees. Burris was there to see her sister-in-law, Julie Lamoureaux, graduate at age 42.
"I'm so proud of her," Burris said. "It's such an accomplishment to graduate at a later stage in life."
Lamoureaux started at Crafton 2-1/2 years ago after being laid off from a job she held for nearly two decades.
"This feels outstanding," she said. "I'm very proud. I hope seeing someone like me graduate will encourage kids not to wait so long."
See the article for the full list of grads.
In Las Vegas, while the girls were warming up their final stunt, about 15 minutes before they were scheduled to perform, Tyler Morris (one of the flyers) fell from a high-level stunt and broke her arm. The team was devastated. The girls were hysterical. There were many tears and doubts. The team was able to think of ways to alter the performance to cover up the loss. With no practice running through the new changes in the routine, and with Tyler on her way to the hospital, the Yucaipa Pee Wee All Stars got in line to wait for their turn on the mat. As the team was walking out, they decided that the performance was for Tyler and that they would not let her down. When their performance was over, and they stepped off the mat, there wasn't a dry eye to be found.The Yucaipa Midget All Stars took first place in the Jr. Youth Cheer division.
According to Jack Dangermond, owner of Redlands-based company ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), Ward enlisted in the Marines to go overseas and help others during the war. "While he was a pacifist, he still volunteered to go to Vietnam," Dangermond said in an e-mail. "He helped in village assistance programs where he was killed."Thunderbird Sports
"His death was a significant loss to his friends and humanity in general," Dangermond said. "He was a great person and he had a big heart."
Obviously, I didn't follow Lucas into the world of super-rich filmmakers. I wound up going to college to take political science and history classes that often drew lessons from the Cold War. In my current assignment, my degree might become useful if Yucaipa ever gets The Bomb.Little does he know . . .
"It's fabulous," union President Cyndi Holman said of the agreement.
"The difference is more than numbers. There's no unknowns. It's competitive and it's comparable" to contracts other districts have, she said.
Both sides compromised to produce the agreement, said Sherry Kendrick, assistant superintendent of human resources and the district's chief negotiator. Approving a three-year contract instead of a two-year one makes it easier for the district to map out its financial future, she said.
What's more, Kendrick added, the long-term deal "is going to give us a year of relationship-building" with the union.
"I don't know that there's ever a good time," he said of his potential departure, but "we've done a lot of great things."
Cyndi Holman, president of the teachers' union, said Hovey "worked long and hard to get this settlement and I wish him the best. It gives us a chance to start fresh with a new superintendent."
Kent and Karen bought Law's Oak Glen Coffee Shop in 1972 from his parents and have operated the popular spot since. He is renowned for his cinnamon sauce, French toast and chicken pot pies.The Yucaipa Valley Kiwanis club will be celebrating their 60th anniversary on June 23 at the Mill Creek Cattle Club in Mentone. Kiwanis Club president Richard Rios is asking the public for more information about the original members:
Both Colbys have been active in the community. Karen was a leader in the PTA and Band Boosters for many years.
Kent is a long-time Yucaipa Rotarian and a member of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society. He is a board member of the Oak Glen School House museum. His historical work focuses on preserving the history of Oak Glen. He is a San Bernardino County Flood Control Commiussioner. He is also an avid collector, cabinetmaker and welder.
If you are one of those original members, or a relative or spouse, contact the Yucaipa Valley Kiwanis Club.
Here is the list of some of the charter members taken from the installation program:Do you recognize any names in that roster? It contains many community businessmen and area pioneers. Names like Bunn, Greenslade, Hale, Ward, Stater, Hansberger (father of current Third District Supervisor Dennis Hansberger) Congressman Harry Shepherd and many others.
H. William Acuff, G. Olda Barnett, Martin K. Barnett, (secretary), Elmer O. Bise, Frank Bunn, Hadley Burklow, John M. Cooley, Ralph W. Davenport, Roscoe R. Deaton, Robert W. Emmerson, Ben F. Fugate, William D. Fuller, Anthony R. Gazzo (president), Ed B. Gilmore, Gordon A. Greenslade, John P. Greven, Philip J. Greven, Elwein G. Hale, S. Leroy Hansberger; Bert Ivers, Allen Jamar, John T. Jamar, J. Lloyd Leer, D.O.S., A. W. Lund and Jack G. Spurlock.
Also on the list are Harold Lockwood, Joseph W. McKenney, J. Wilson McKenney, Jim H. Mann, Clarence A. Martin, Horace W. Miller, Joseph P. Monroe, Herbert W. Morrison, Jack C. Muirhead, Monroe A. Neiswender; Wilson P. Parker, B. M. Schim, Harry Sheppard, James R. Stader, Lavoy R. Stater, Ferdinand L. Sturtevant, Harry E. Teazle, Harlan R. Waite, Wilbur F. Walck, Floyd F. Ward; Cliford H.Wilcox, Jesse B. Wilcox and Albert W. Young.
After moving to Yucaipa, she adopted the community as the hometown she didn't have when she was growing up. She continued working in the medical field until meeting Third District Supervisor Barbara Riordan through the Yucaipa Municipal Advisory Council, where she served as secretary and field representative for 13 years. Teeters became an editor than more 10 years ago after Riordan stepped down.The other two District 3 honorees were Nancy Bailey, former commissioner for the San Bernardino County Committee on the and current board member and director of the capitol campaign for "Lets Build a Clubhouse" for the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands; and Ellen Weisser, who has served as a trustee on the San Bernardino County Board of Retirement
As many already know, her latest accomplishment has been in the recent publication of the book, "Yucaipa,” which was the product of 15 years of work and collaboration with other members of the Yucaipa Historical Society.
Groups typically visit a variety of military bases, hospitals and colleges, and can participate in an exchange program. Cody's twin sister, Callie, for example, spent several days in Scotland as part of an exchange.Park View Middle School had their own Renaissance fair on Friday, complete with costumes, and demonstrations of blacksmithing and archery. The celebration is a 10-year-old tradition, the culmination of what the seventh graders have been learning in their social studies classes all year.
Twelve-year-old Camree Harriman, dressed in a long tan-and-white satin dress, said she learned about a lot of interesting people through her studies, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth.
Da Vinci interested her the most.
"He's a true Renaissance man. He does a lot of things," Camree said. "He paints, he sculpts and he does anatomy."
Sounds like fun!
The newly-constructed inside lanes on the freeway are all but completed. Just as these lanes open, however, the outside lane each way is going to be closed for the next year while sound walls are constructed from roughly Sixth Street to Highland Avenue.Seven of the eleven bridges that span this bit of freeway will need to be reinforced to hold the sound walls. SANBAG (cutely referred to as "SANDBAG" by the News Mirror) says that they are on schedule to complete the project by May 2008, meaning lane closures for up to a year.
May 10, Press-Enterprise, "Aspiring firefighters form 'deep-seated brotherhood'"
deBaun is the director of the drama productions at YHS. The students and teachers who work with her say she's able to help the students relate to the various characters of their productions.
"Her eyes are drawn immediately to the kids that are struggling to have their emotions become the character," said Drew Pulver, vocal music director at YHS. "Sometimes the greatest work she does is pulling them aside and letting them know."
deBaun said working with her students is something that she will continue and her goal is to help them reach their best.
"They're such fun to work with," deBaun said. "I find them fascinating. They're wonderful, alive and vibrant."
According to Canyon Middle School teachers (who also serve as team managers) Karla Christie, Rick LeVan and Karen Hanley, it's a program that excites and motivates kids to want to learn more. It's also gives educators a renewed zest for teaching.Crafton Hills College
Christie, LeVan and Hanley all agree that the program has made them better teachers and has developed leadership qualities in the kids. Christie, citing the way the challenges are structured said “If I could teach our regular curriculum like we do this, I would. It's an exciting, fun way to learn.” With the short time they have to solve the challenge, the kids apply what they know or are good at and collaborate. They push the limits of their imagination, which goes far in broadening their educational horizons.
According to the Crafton Hills College newsletter, Yucaipa graduates include: Shawn Raae-Nielsen, Eric Parker, Dean Kowalski, David Aten, and Bryan Preston.
Cadet David Lopez of Banning, president of the Academy Association, said the group was a particularly strong one.
"Academy 66 is one of the most unique, goal-oriented, hard-working, genuine groups of people I have ever met in my life, and I am blessed to say that I was honored to be a part of it," Lopez told the group at their graduation, which was held late last month. "If you are ever interviewing someone, and they say they are from Academy 66 at Crafton Hills College, I am betting my reputation that the candidate will be one of the best investments you will make in your career."
Year after year, Yucaipa had one of the finest all-around programs in the county, highlighted by its back-to-back Large-School County Program of the Year awards in 1998 and `99.
"I think the bottom line is we've got good coaches and good kids," Taylor told The Sun at the time, neatly deflecting praise from himself.
Taylor couldn't totally escape the plaudits. In 1993-94, he was named the CIF-State Athletic Director of the Year.
As a coach, Taylor was not a screamer nor one to berate. As an athletic director, his stable of coaches mirrored his dignified image.
In later years, Taylor became the wise sage that coaches and athletic directors sought out for advice.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch denied a request by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for a hearing to present additional information in order to address compliance methods with the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).Watershed Enforcers, a group of sport fishermen, brought the original case that claims that the DWR "takes" protected fish species from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta without a state permit. The judge's April 18 ruling started a 60 day clock for the DWR to rectify the situation (a process that normally can take up to two years), which could result in the Delta pumps being shut down. San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (SGPWA), which delivers water to parts of Yucaipa, Calimesa, Banning and Beaumont water districts, is only due to receive 60% of it's alloted water for 2007, due to a dry rainy season. If the Delta pumps are shut down, SGPWA will only receive 20-30% of its allotment. The article did not indicate whether the Yucaipa Valley Water Agency would be affected, and if so, whether there are contingency plans in place. The DWR is appealing the ruling.
`God's Waiting Room' doesn't need schools," Calimesa Mayor John Chlebnik quipped at the new school's groundbreaking ceremony. "Things have changed. Our population is getting younger."400 to 500 students are expected to initially enroll in the school, which has a maximum capacity of 800.
Besides having to meet certain poverty-level requirements, it gets more difficult each year to qualify academically for the award, according to a CDE press release.
Just said that 95 percent of students at a school must participate in regular testing, barring some minor exemptions. Then an "appropriate amount" of students have to score "proficient" on their California Standards Test, which measures grade levels in reading, language, arts and mathematics.
"These schools keep the basic things going well, and they contribute to enhancing what they're doing for the kids," Just said. "What makes them remarkable is that... the principles and staff take the challenge to look very closely at the instructional program of the students. Everything was measured against the standards of: `How will this help our kids learn and perform well?"'
May 2, San Bernardino County Sun, "Teachers from two school districts picket"
The Yucaipa-Calimesa Teachers blog has photos here and here.
The Yucaipa-Calimesa district has offered teachers 9 percent in salary and health-benefits increases over two years, said school board member Patty Ingram.
She said district officials believe that's fair given needs in areas such as school safety. Money will be necessary, for example, to install security devices such as a schoolwide intercom system at one campus that would allow administrators to notify everyone quickly in an emergency.
According to district numbers, the district's offer would make Yucaipa-Calimesa educators some of the area's best compensated teachers.
[Yucaipa-Calimesa Teachers' Association President Cyndi] Holman said teachers want annual salary hikes that roughly match the cost-of-living increases the district received from the state - about 6percent in 2006-2007. The district's offer, in percentage points, is lower than what teachers in nearby districts have received, she said.
Her award cited Smith for “outstanding performance and achievement” and for “boundless energy and ability to lead and motivate others to put forth their best efforts to provide the best of education for all students.”Assistant superintendent of educational services Lucia Hudec received the "valuing diversity" award.
The award also praised her for developing “a program that considers the needs of the whole child by addressing both the social and academic needs of students.”
“Mrs. Hudec had the opportunity to live in South America where she learned about being a new student who does not speak the classroom language,” her award said. This led to “her life-long passion of working in support of those who are often overlooked in American society.”The News Mirror was given a statewide award for the Outstanding Media Coverage of Public Education. (As an aside, I have to admit that that award surprises me, at least based on the reporting I've seen in the News Mirror - there seems to be a lack of fact checking and details in some of the articles, which suggests that they have room for improvement in their news coverage.)
The project was joyful, [YVHS President Claire Teeter] says, always full of surprises.
Many generous people came forward willing to share grandma's school mementos. There were lots of amazing stories - like Crafton Hills gold mining in the 1870s.
The book will be specially promoted at the Yucaipa Iris Festival (May 21-23).
Moore is trying to sell the place on sellingrestaurants.com, but has been unsuccessful so far.
There are photographs, baseball cards and other baseball-related artifacts. There's a photo of Moore standing next to Hall of Fame baseball star Billy Williams, the former Chicago Cubs outfielder.
In a strong baseball-oriented community like Yucaipa, it may be the most popular place for youths throughout the city, Moore said. "It's the only thing for kids in town."
Chavez, 21, won't get a Purple Heart because his injuries weren't the result of enemy action. The U.S. Army, which provided some initial treatment, says he's not injured enough to warrant disability payments.Dean Stordahl, director of the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda says that the hospital is "well-prepared to meet the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans" and blames Chavez's lack of treatment on "a "regrettable" misunderstanding between Chavez and the hospital's dental staff."
He says the Department of Veterans Affairs has shown a cavalier and dismissive attitude toward his long-term dental treatment. He's not the first veteran to complain about the federal department responsible for ongoing care of injured soldiers after they are discharged from active duty.
Gomez was found by Riverside County sheriff's deputies on Sunday night 60 miles away in Perris. He was transferred to Rosemead hospital Monday morning.
More than 25 search-and-rescue volunteers and Citizens on Patrol members combed the streets of Yucaipa for any sign of the missing man.
No park, store or fast-food restaurant was left untouched.
Searchers even checked abandoned buildings known to house squatters.
Calls went out to transportation centers, hospitals and senior centers. Dozens were looking for the 4-foot-7-inch, gray-haired man who moseyed off.
Sadly, after she was tested, it was determined that she too was not a good tissue match. Needless to say, she was extremely disappointed. Carl knew how bad she felt and sent her flowers to cheer her up. He's still on the years long transplant list, waiting for a new kidney.Despite that disappointment, Hampton continued to lose weight and has lost 113 in 8 months. She had lots of support from friends and family, and her boss at County Line Cleaners altered her clothes as she dropped in size.
She agreed to talk to the media at this time for several reasons. First, she wants people to realize that they too are potential kidney donors for someone they are close to or love. Living donors can't donate their kidney to just anyone, you have to be connected somehow to the person in need. But if that need comes, she hopes that family and close friends will realize they have the potential to save a life.The National Kidney Foundation has more on kidney donation.
Second, if her weight loss inspires someone else, even if it's just one person, to lose weight and have a healthier life, it's worth talking about it, even if it's hard for her. And lastly, now that people know about the weight loss, she won't be able to back slide with her weight. She wants to be held accountable.