This summer, Kammie’s a leader

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This year, she’s that older kid. “I’m a counselor-in-training this year,” she said Friday, smiling anxiously as her mother, Kathleen Dibble, dropped her off at camp. Kammie, who wants to teach visually impaired students one day, can see shapes and large objects – just enough to be able to help a young camper with no sight get ready to compete in the track and field, archery and aquatics events with a sighted buddy. “I’ll help them get dressed in the morning, help them brush their teeth – things like that,” she said. “I’m in their position, being blind, but I can see enough to figure out what clothes match.” She’ll also be working in the camp’s arts and crafts tent, helping the counselors there, said camp director Frank Cardenas. “It’s inspiring for all of us when an older camper like Kammie comes back to train to become a counselor,” he said. “No one knows these kids better than they do. How to make them feel important and learn to be independent.” It cuts both ways, says Kathy Dibble. For her daughter, the two weeks she spends at Camp Bloomfield is the highlight of her summer. “Like a lot of kids with disabilities, Kammie doesn’t have a huge amount of friends at home, so the kids she meets here every summer have become her best friends,” Kathy said. “Most kids have sleepovers, go to the movies with their friends, or hang out with them at the mall. Not our kids. “Camp Bloomfield is their chance to hang out together and be an independent kid. Without this camp, they’d be lost and lonely this summer.” Teaching independence is one of the main reasons this nonprofit organization, formed in 1953, exists, says Miki Jordan, president of Junior Blind of America. “These Summer Games are an important way we accomplish our mission of helping our students develop critical life skills and achieve as much independence as possible,” she said. So as Kathy Dibble pulled away in her car Friday after dropping her daughter off at camp, Kammie sat on a fence smiling and laughing with Laura Gonzalez, an old friend from previous camps. Kammie helped Laura, who is totally blind, put her fingers on a bow in the right place to shoot a rubber-tipped arrow at one of the balloons set up yards away. It traveled only a few feet before falling to the ground, but the girls didn’t mind. They were too busy having fun. Back with the Junior Blind of America for another summer camp where blind and visually impaired children hang out and get a chance to just be kids. Like Kammie says, they don’t need their eyesight to see the truth about Camp Bloomfield. Nobody is looking down at them here – only up. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She doesn’t need her eyesight to see the truth, Kammie Dibble says. “At school, I know I’m looked down at, but here I’m looked up to,” said the 15-year-old, legally blind Thousand Oaks girl. “That’s why we love this place.” “This place” is Camp Bloomfield, the Junior Blind of America summer camp in Malibu, where more than 200 blind and visually impaired children ages 5 to 12 gathered this weekend with their sighted buddies to take part in the camp’s 11th annual Summer Games. This is Kammie’s payback year – the summer she gets to say thanks for all the camps she attended as the little girl who needed a counselor to help her – an older kid who made her feel important and looked up to. last_img read more

Civilians with cash can walk in space

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 WASHINGTON – You don’t have to be an astronaut anymore to experience walking in space. All you need is $35 million and the willingness to risk your life. A private Virginia firm that already has sent three super-rich men to the international space station for $20 million each announced Friday it would offer an even rarer adventure: a stroll outside the space station for an extra $15 million. “It is the holy grail of spaceflight; it’s something very few of the astronauts and cosmonauts have done,” said Eric Anderson, chief executive of Space Adventures Ltd. Added former NASA spacewalker Kathy Thornton, who is on the firm’s advisory board: “It’s just sort of the feeling of freedom, that you are your own satellite.” 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

MTA CEO gets job extension

first_imgIn addition to his salary, Snoble receives annual allowances of $10,000 for his automobile, $12,000 for housing and $30,000 toward his retirement. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We were caught in a timing issue that is very unfortunate,” said board member Richard Katz, a Villaraigosa appointee. “I don’t think you can evaluate or have the perception that the CEO’s job is at risk when you are doing labor negotiating.” Snoble’s contract, which expires Sept. 30, requires the MTA to give Snoble 60 days’ notice of termination. But the board declined to take action on the contract, effectively renewing its terms for another year. Snoble declined to comment. During Snoble’s term, the MTA has faced rocky financial times with a $120 million structural deficit. But with recently wrapped-up labor negotiations, construction on track and a 10-year consent decree nearing expiration, Snoble has enjoyed mixed reviews from board members. “There are still concerns about how we deal with our bus service as a whole. That’s what we need to see. Either the board hasn’t provided leadership or (Snoble) hasn’t provided leadership to the board,” said John Fasana, a Duarte council member who sits on the MTA board. With no formal performance review and despite the MTA’s growing financial woes, the agency’s CEO, Roger Snoble, secured an extension of his $302,375-a-year job during a closed-door meeting Thursday. The default action allowed the 61-year-old executive’s four-year contract to roll over for a second one-year term. Some of the 13 board members said with four members absent, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the board decided to delay a formal decision. Others blamed recently wrapped-up labor negotiations between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its largest unions for diverting attention from Snoble’s performance at the $3 billion agency. last_img read more

Witness: Mayor pushed union

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut the judge kept 55 key pages of testimony under seal, including that of Gonzales and his aide, Joe Guerra, saying he was worried that testimony could contaminate the jury pool and jeopardize the defendants’ right to a fair trial. Gonzales is charged with six felonies, including conspiracy, bribery, misappropriating public funds and falsifying records, over a secretly negotiated garbage contract that cost taxpayers $11.25 million. In the transcripts, Sangiacomo recounted an Oct. 6, 2000, meeting with the mayor in which he said Gonzales told him he wanted to see plant workers represented by the Teamsters, rather than the Longshoremen – at a potential cost of an additional $2 million a year. Guerra eventually pushed a 9 percent garbage rate increase through the City Council to cover the extra costs, but the council was not told the increase was due to labor costs. Gonzales faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. A trial is set for May 4, 2007, nearly five months after Gonzales is scheduled to leave office. SAN JOSE – Mayor Ron Gonzales wanted workers at a San Jose recycling company to be Teamsters – his political allies – and pressured the city’s largest garbage contractor to accept the union, even though the deal would cost the city more, newly released grand jury transcripts show. The transcripts were released Friday by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge. In them, Norcal Waste Systems’ Michael Sangiacomo testified in March that Gonzales “applied political pressure” to get the Teamsters union recognized at the recycling plant, rather than another union that would have worked for less. “Typically, when a mayor asks you do to something, it’s been my experience they ask because they really want you to do it,” Sangiacomo testified. Judge James C. Emerson ordered the release of more than 2,500 pages of grand jury testimony that led to the criminal indictment of the mayor, his top aide and Norcal. 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

JonBenet Ramsey slaying suspect possibly linked to convicted killer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles “Our reasoning was that if there was evidence of them having this relationship, then it might shed some light on things — it wasn’t a far reach,” he said. “But I don’t think we’ve found anything so far suggesting there was a nexus between Davis, Karr and JonBenet Ramsey. Obviously Richard Allen Davis was in prison at that time.” Calls to Davis’ lawyers Friday were not immediately returned. Karr told authorities he drugged and sexually assaulted JonBenet, the child beauty queen who was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s Colorado home on Dec. 26, 1996. Karr said he killed the 6-year-old girl accidentally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Prison guards searched the death row cell of Polly Klaas’ killer after learning he may have corresponded with the suspect in the decade-old slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, authorities said Friday. San Quentin State Prison guards searched Richard Allen Davis’ cell Thursday, but not would immediately say what they found. A news conference was planned later in the day. Davis, 52, was sentenced to death for the 1993 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas. Lt. Eric Messick said officials decided to search Davis’ cell after learning that the suspect in the Ramsey murder case, John Mark Karr, 41, had told detectives in 2001 that he had a letter from Davis and was researching a book on him.last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesGrief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host an American potluck and dance garden party, 7 p.m. in west Palmdale. Bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 266-9778. Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host brunch, 1 p.m. at Vincent Hill restaurant, 533 W. Sierra Highway, Acton. Call (661) 267-2586 for reservations by Friday. Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 1/2 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12-Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Camarillo leads area rushers

first_img2:15 p.m. Another strong performance in a big Whittier Christian victory keeps running back Esteban Camarillo on top of the area’s rushing stats. Camarillo rushed for 289 yards and six touchdowns as the Heralds rolled over Campbell Hall, 68-7, in their Alpha League opener Saturday. the 5-foot-6 senior has 1,173 yards and 16 touchdowns in five games and has a shot at the school’s single-seaon rushing record of 2,445 yards set by Craig Johnston in 1975. Esteban has 3,874 yards in two-plus seasons and has an outside chance of topping Johnston’s career rushing record of 5,213 yards set in 1973-75. The school’s records for touchdowns are 37 in a season by Ron Papazian in 1989 and Papazian’s 66 career TDs set in 1988-89. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillipslast_img read more

Time for healing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system It’s on the particulars – or “on the ground,” as Brewer put it – where politics and personalities start to conflict. When it comes to reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District on the ground, choosing one course of action means rejecting several others. Putting one person in charge means demoting someone else. Turf is carefully guarded and egos are easily bruised. Which is why Brewer is right that a happy consensus in theory won’t amount to much in reality unless all sides in the LAUSD struggle agree to start working together “on the ground.” Villaraigosa seems to share this understanding. Even though he has good reason to be critical of the way Brewer was chosen, he’s been very supportive of the new superintendent. “I think he’s the right guy for the job and is committed to working with a partnership,” the mayor said. “PHILOSOPHICALLY, we’re on the same page,” LAUSD Superintendent-designate David Brewer III says of his relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “When you start talking philosophically, you’re talking at 30,000 feet. So I think right now the (mayor) and I are clearly philosophically linked at 30,000 to 20,000 feet. When we get down 10,000, 5,000, and start working things on the ground, that’s where we really have to start working even more together.” He can say that again. At 30,000 feet, we all agree on education policy: Reduce dropouts, empower parents, cut waste and raise kids’ test scores. It’s easy to agree on generalities. center_img It’s high time the Los Angeles school board, the unions and the other major players took an equally constructive approach. For too long, even though everyone has agreed on reforming the LAUSD, on-the-ground disputes have shattered lofty philosophical agreements. Brewer and Villaraigosa both seem to appreciate that cooperation is key to moving the LAUSD forward. Let’s hope the rest of the players soon catch on.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

‘£80m for Coutinho would be good business for Liverpool’, says Danny Murphy

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes it would be ‘good business’ for the club if they sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for around £80million.The Brazilian maestro has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp, despite Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting he is not for sale this summer.Speculation about Coutinho’s potential switch is rife in Spain, with some reports claiming he has told Liverpool he wants to leave and has already agreed terms to join the Catalan club.READ MORE: Philippe Coutinho ‘agreed terms in principle’ over switch to Barcelona, claim reports in SpainFurther reports on Thursday from Barcelona-based newspaper Sport then claimed Liverpool have slapped a £150m price tag on the playmaker.But Murphy believes the club’s valuation is way off the mark and that they would do well to recoup a more meagre £80m for their highest-paid star.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the former Anfield man said: “There comes a point where if a player expresses a desire to go, there is sense in getting as much money as you can for him.“If they’re talking about £199m for Neymar, you can’t put Coutinho in Neymar’s league at the moment.“He’s not worth £150m, could they get £100m for him? Maybe.“If Barca are prepared to pay over £80m for Coutinho, I think that’s good business.”HEDGING THEIR BETS! Barcelona interest in Philippe Coutinho depends on Neymar’s future, talkSPORT toldMurphy also suggested the Liverpool team could be more balanced overall if the Brazilian leaves and Jurgen Klopp invests his fee wisely in the transfer market, having already sealed the arrival of Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.The former England international added: “Liverpool have been clever in getting Salah. Maybe they signed him because they thought if Coutinho goes they’ve got a ready-made replacement.“I think with Salah and Mane in the wide positions they would be more dynamic. They’d lose a bit of creativity that Coutinho brings, but there are players out there you could get for less money who might give you just as much output.“Coutinho scored 14 goals last season and that was his best return. If Liverpool rate him at around £100m, what’s Dele Alli worth? He’s better than Coutinho. Different but better.“If they get £80m or £90m, you’d think they’d sign someone else. We’re hypothesising, but the goals and assists those players get might double or treble what Coutinho was bringing in, and you’ve also not got a player sat there unhappy.“I’m not saying Liverpool should get rid of Coutinho, because he’s a wonderful footballer and there’s no doubt about that.“But if he wants to go and we get £80m for him, I’d take that.”READ MORE: ‘He’s not exactly ideal for Jurgen Klopp’s vision’ – Liverpool face a dilemma over selling Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelonalast_img read more