Board eyes cost cuts for Castaic High

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Prefab buildings, portable classrooms and even a smaller campus are now on the drawing board as the Hart school board weighs how to cut the price tag of the $175 million Castaic High School. Three designs were introduced Wednesday night as the board opened discussions on how to tighten the budget for the long-awaited project. The original proposal for a deluxe campus – as well as plans for performing-arts centers at Saugus and Canyon high schools – were put on hold to fund renovations at aging Hart High. “This plan will bring Castaic High School into alignment with the Hart district model program,” said Rob Gapper, chief operations officer for the Hart Union High School District. The three proposed designs, presented by Fred Sweeney of PMSM architects, reduced the Castaic campus from 2,600 to 2,200 students and incorporated a two-story modular building and portable classrooms into the plan. The school had been scheduled to open in 2010, but delays in getting permits for the NorthLake project, whose developer donated the school site, likely will push back the high school project, as well. Parent advocate Flo Lawrence of Castaic said the Hart board should be more concerned about getting the school built than its design, and she encouraged members to choose another site. “For them to be redrawing these plans and taking out things before they know where the high school is going to be is lunacy,” Lawrence said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reducing the capacity on the existing 61-acre campus site cut the cost of the project by $25 million. Cutting the project to 42acres – about the size of the relatively new West Ranch and Golden Valley high schools – cut $3 million more. The third option used 30 modular classrooms and 35 portables on a 42-acre site at a cost of $124 million. But the presentations lacked the innovative modular buildings and alternative construction methods that the board had discussed at past meetings. “I was disappointed when I saw portables,” board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine said. “They missed the mark.” Paul Rivas, the district’s director of modernization projects, said schools statewide are using prefabricated buildings to cut costs. He added an entire campus made of modular or prefabricated buildings could be built for as little as $100 million. last_img read more

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Women’s Top 25: Tennessee’s Summitt reaches 900 victories

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 1 Tennessee 80, at 19 Vanderbilt 68 Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt collected her 900th career win as Shanna Zolman led five players in double figures with 16 points. Tennessee (18-0, 4-0 SEC) trailed 50-49 before scoring 19 of the next 21 points with 5:47 to play. at 2 Duke 77, N.C. St. 57 Monique Currie’s 20 points led the Blue Devils (18-0, 6-0 ACC), who warmed up for their game against top-ranked Tennessee on Monday. Duke has won 17 of 20 meetings against N.C. State, including the past nine, and haven’t lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the series in a decade. at 3 LSU 79, Alabama 43 Seimone Augustus’ 20 points led LSU (15-1, 4-0 SEC) over the Crimson Tide (8-9, 2-2). at 7 Ohio St. 60, Indiana 50 The Buckeyes (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten) won their fifth in a row and relied on Debbie Merrill (nine points, 10 rebounds) to patrol the middle against the Hoosiers (9-8, 3-3). 21 Temple 48, at 9 Rutgers 47 Candice Dupree’s go-ahead basket with 1:48 to play boosted the Owls (13-4) over the Scarlet Knights (12-3). at 11 Purdue 70, Penn St. 56 Katie Gearlds tied a season-high with 28 points to lead the Boilermakers (14-2, 6-0 Big Ten) to their 10th win ina row. Kamela Gissendanner had 22 points for the Nittany Lions (7-10, 1-5). at 12 Michigan St. 72, Illinois 61 Lindsay Bowen scored 16 points as the Spartans (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten) won their 23rd straight game at Breslin Center. Michigan State won its fifth straight win over the Fighting Illini (12-5, 4-2). 13 Georgia 81, Mississippi St. 42 Sherill Baker had 15 points and 10 of the 21 steals for the Lady Bulldogs (13-4, 3-1 SEC). at 14 Stanford 82, Arizona 51 Brooke Smith had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Pac-10-leading Cardinal (12-4, 7-1), which won its sixth straight and 41st consecutive home conference contest. The Wildcats (6-12, 2-6) appear to be headed for their first losing season since 1994-95. at California 66, 15 Arizona St. 64 Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 23 points as the Golden Bears (13-5, 5-3 Pac-10) took a 36-24 lead at halftime before holding on to beat the Sun Devils (14-4, 5-3). 16 Minnesota 85, at Michigan 57 The Golden Gophers (12-4, 5-1 Big Ten) scored 24 points off 23 turnovers by the Wolverines (6-12, 0-5) and got 38 points from their bench. at Wake Forest 77, 18 Virginia Tech 71 (OT) Cotelia Bond-Young scored 22 points for the Demon Deacons (10-6, 2-2 ACC), including a short jumper with 2 seconds left in regulation that tied the score at 67. Carrie Mason led the Hokies (14-3, 1-3) with 18 points. at Miami 82, 22 Boston College 68 Tamara James scored 25 points to lead the Hurricanes (13-4, 3-1 ACC) over the Eagles (12-6, 0-4). 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

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FORMER COUNCILLOR ATTACKED BOSSES AFTER HE WAS FIRED

first_imgFormer county councillor Gareth ReidFORMER Donegal County Councillor Gareth Reid has admitted assaulting two company directors after he was fired from his job.Letterkenny District Court heard the 31-year-old father of three was fired from his job at his grandfather’s car dealership on November 19, 2012. He had been brought before the company directors, including JJ Reid, where he was fired.But Gareth Reid waited outside where he attacked company directors Patrick McGinty and Alan Stoddard.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Mr McGinty was left with a  bloody nose, a cut eyebrow and a sore jaw after being punched by Reid.Fellow direct Mr Stoddard was kicked during the attack and ended up on the ground.Reid admitted assault causing harm against Mr McGinty and assault against Mr Stoddard.Both men were left “badly shaken” by the incident, said the inspector.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon told Judge Paul Kelly that Reid had brought €500 to court for Mr McGinty and €250 for Mr Stoddard as compensation for the attack.He said his client had worked at the long-established motor dealership from a young age.He had gone to England to work but had returned to the family business in 2009.However he claimed he had found the direction of the business had changed and there were disagreements.Reid, said the solicitor, had gone to the meeting hoping that a plan for the future could be agreed but instead he had been made redundant.“It seems this meeting was called to dismiss him and he took it very badly,” said Mr Dillon.“He deeply regrets his actions.”Judge Paul Kelly said he wanted the views of the victims of the attack before passing sentence on read.He adjourned sentence until February 17 to allow this to happen and also to allow for the preparation of a probation report.FORMER COUNCILLOR ATTACKED BOSSES AFTER HE WAS FIRED was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultCouncillorDonegal County CouncilFine GaelGareth Reidlast_img read more

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DONEGAL ETB LAUNCH FULL-TIME ACCOUNTING COURSES FROM NEXT SEPTEMBER

first_imgAccounting Technicians Ireland Courses – September 2014Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work in all levels of finance.They are involved in the day to day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. In a small company they can be the only qualified employee looking after the finance function, while in a larger company they may be working as part of a team alongside accountants and administrative staff.Donegal ETB Letterkenny will be running a full time Year 1 course starting in September 2014.The Year 1 subjects include Financial Accounting, Taxation, Management and Law and Ethics.Year 2 subjects include Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Taxation, Management Accounting and Integrated Accounting Systems. Mature applicants over 21 can apply to enter Year 1 on the basis of age and experience rather than educational background.Trainees selected for the Year 1 course will be eligible for training allowances. Trainees are expected to do 2-3 hours home study per day.Course times are 8:30 to 14.00 Monday to Thursday with 12:45 finish on Friday.For Year 1 the only fee to be paid by trainees is the Accounting Technicians Ireland annual registration fee of €170.Please see www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie for 2014-2015 prospectus. To book attendance on information sessions please contact Rory @ 0749560521 or email: roryrushe@donegaletb.ie.DONEGAL ETB LAUNCH FULL-TIME ACCOUNTING COURSES FROM NEXT SEPTEMBER was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AccountingDonegal ETBFeaturesFull timenewsNoticeslast_img read more

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Proposed deal decried

first_imgLANCASTER – An accused drunk driver blamed for the death of a baby girl riding in the back seat of her parents’ car has been offered a plea bargain that would free him after less than a year in jail, angering the baby’s family. Eric Boden, 27, whose blood alcohol level was later tested at .13 percent, was talking on a cell phone when his Ford Ranger pickup truck rear-ended Manuel and Jessyka Ceja’s Honda Accord as the Sylmar couple pulled over to let a fire engine pass, authorities said. “I think it’s outrageous,” said Manuel Ceja, 22, who lost his only child in the July 16 crash on Pearblossom Highway but who escaped injury himself. “It’s way too lenient.” Said Natalie’s uncle, Jose Monzon: “If we are going to do anything about drunk drivers, how are we going to do so if the sentence for death is a year? It’s kind of contradicting the goal of ‘don’t drink and drive.”‘ When Natalie was killed, strapped into her child-safety seat, her parents had been taking her to see friends in the Antelope Valley. They were going to deliver the friends an invitation to her baptism. “She was a perfect, healthy baby. What can I say about her?” Manuel Ceja said. Boden, free on $100,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury. He has not accepted the plea bargain. Boden’s attorney, Michael Eberhardt, declined to comment on prosecutors’ offer, except to say one was being discussed. Eberhardt said he was waiting for a copy of the coroner’s report. “We can’t agree to do anything until I know for sure what the cause of death is,” Eberhardt said. Deputy District Attorney Robert Foltz said Boden had no prior drunk driving record and his .13 percent blood alcohol level was above California’s .08 legal limit but fell within “the kind of normal DUI range.” Proving in court that Boden acted in a grossly negligent manner, a requirement for a conviction for gross vehicular manslaughter, would be difficult, Foltz said. “You have to find a person was so outrageous in his conduct that they showed a complete and total disregard for anyone’s safety and human life,” Foltz said. “It would be different if the kid was road racing or had prior drunk driving or prior reckless driving. We just don’t have that element.” Foltz said it was unlikely that Boden would get a prison sentence if he went to trial. “His behavior is abhorrent, but the realities are that we have to evaluate these cases proportionately so that they are handled appropriately,” Foltz said. “It has not been my experience that a case with these facts and with this particular defendant with absolutely no record, no prior DUIs or drug arrests, that a court would likely send him to prison.” California Highway Patrol investigators recommended Boden be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. They have no power over what prosecutors do when the case gets to court, a CHP sergeant said. `’To see someone sentenced to one year for something so egregious is a true disappointment,” CHP Sgt. Tom Lackey said. Manuel Ceja said the family expected a minimum sentence of four years in state prison, but hoped for a maximum sentence of 10 years. District Attorney Steve Cooley refused an interview request about the offer, saying through a spokeswoman that he did not know the details of the case and nothing more to add than what Foltz said. Because of overcrowding in the Los Angeles County jail system, most jail inmates are being released after serving about 30 percent of their sentence. A jail official said early release depends on what other charges inmates are facing, the crimes for which they are sentenced and the judges’ sentencing orders. Foltz said he spent almost 90 minutes talking with the family about the offer and was aware of their sentiments. “I’m sure they think it’s too lenient,” he said. Foltz added that if it was his family who lost a child no prison sentence would be high enough. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Fishing the North Coast: Fall kings yet to show on the Klamath

first_imgThe fall run of Klamath River Chinook has yet to really take off, which is a little unusual heading into the third week of August. There’s been flurries of fish moving in the estuary, but not many are choosing to head upriver as of yet. Reportedly, the commercial boats have been seeing lots of salmon offshore of the Klamath mouth. It should be just a matter of time before they decide to make their way upriver in big numbers. According to Dan Troxel, an Environmental Scientist on the Klamath …last_img read more

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spotPoint: Free Lighting Plugin for FCPX

first_imgCreate cool effects with this useful — and FREE — spotlight/point light Final Cut Pro X plugin!Final Cut Pro X editor Paul Figgiani from ProduceNewMedia.com released a handy lighting plugin for FCPX. Created in Motion, this plugin provides a one-dimensional flat light source on your video footage.Simply choose a spotlight or point light and drag to the right spot on your video frame. For a unique effect, tint the light with the color picker or simply leave it white. Additional keyframeable lighting controls include:IntensityFalloffSpot Spread ControlSpot Edge SoftenerUse spotPoint to reveal parts of the frame or highlight parts of the video image. The latest version of this FCPX plugin, spotPoint Duo, allows you to simultaneously use a spot and point light.  Very cool.For more information and to download this FREE FCPX plugin visit ProduceNewMedia.com, and check out the PremiumBeat blog for additional Final Cut Pro X tips.last_img read more

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What is the Darbar Move in J&K all about?

first_imgAs summer sets in, the Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to start functioning from Srinagar for the next six months. For the last six months, however, the government was working from its winter capital Jammu, as part of the pre-independence bi-annual ‘Darbar Move’ practice.Darbar Move is a century-old practice in which the government functions for six months each in the two capitals of the State, Srinagar and Jammu. The practice was reportedly started in the late 19th century by Ranbir Singh, the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, who used to shift his capital between Srinagar in the summer and Jammu in the winter to escape extreme weather conditions in these places.  The government will function in Srinagar, the summer capital of the State, till late October and then move to Jammu, the winter capital, in the first week of November. Security measures and other arrangements have been made to ensure smooth functioning of the offices in Kashmir Valley, which has witnessed a spurt in militant activities in the last few months.Ahead of the Darbar Move, Srinagar usually receives a facelift every year. Roads around and leading to the Civil Secretariat, the seat of the government, are being renovated now. Besides, the government offices and quarters have been renovated and the streetlights restored, officials said.While most of the Kashmir-based government employees associated with the Civil Secretariat and other departments arrived in the Valley on April 29 and 30, Jammu-based employees have started arriving in Srinagar already, they said. The Jammu and Kashmir High court also moves from Jammu to Srinagar in summers and vice versa in winters.Hundreds of trucks are usually plied to carry furniture, office files, computers, and other records to the capital.  Over the years, there have been voices raised against the century-old practice which involves heavy funding towards ensuring the smooth conduct of the move.last_img read more

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Another Filipino shoots for world title

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Ceres still on top; Global forges draw Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Tagged a huge underdog against Iwasa, Saulong trained at Survival Camp in Cavite under rising mentor Joven Jimenez and sparred with IBF junior bantamweight king Ancajas.“He (Saulong) is in peak form, has trained hard, and is determined to succeed just like Ancajas, said Jimenez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSaulong breezed through the weigh-in Wednesday, coming in at 121.5. Isawa tipped the scales at 121.75 lb. —ROY LUARCA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Late Tuesday night, Jerwin Ancajas received his trophy as one of the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s Athletes of the Year. On Thursday, another boxer hopes to achieve that same success.Ernesto Saulong, who is trained by Ancajas’ mentor, guns for the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title of Japanese Ryosuke Iwasa in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

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