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November 12, 1992 | JEFF PRUGH
Anticipating growth in Santa Clarita's Latino population, now estimated at 13%, the City Council has appropriated $10,000 to pay half the tuition of voluntary Spanish classes for about 35 municipal and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees. Participants will pay the remainder of the $590-per-person tuition, officials said. Even this new funding may not meet demand for the 30-week course, which participants attend during lunch or off-duty hours, officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities are searching for three young men suspected of attacking a city of Santa Clarita employee and making racial slurs after the worker refused them entry into a skate park. The victim, a 33-year-old African American man, had asked the men to leave the closed skate park at about 8 p.m. Monday, but they refused, said Sgt. Howard Fairchild of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The park is popular with skateboarders and in-line skaters, Fairchild said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities are searching for three young men suspected of attacking a city of Santa Clarita employee and making racial slurs after the worker refused them entry into a skate park. The victim, a 33-year-old African American man, had asked the men to leave the closed skate park at about 8 p.m. Monday, but they refused, said Sgt. Howard Fairchild of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The park is popular with skateboarders and in-line skaters, Fairchild said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A work schedule that gives city employees every other Friday off has resulted in a rise in productivity with less time lost in sick days and less overtime, according to a recent city report. But the cost savings to the city, projected at $42,500 a year, still has not settled a debate over how many days Santa Clarita City Hall should be open each week. The current work schedule went into effect in March, with employees working 80 hours over nine days rather than 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Supporters of a proposed new city work schedule say City Hall would run more efficiently if it were closed every other Friday rather than operating with half the regular staff on Mondays. If approved by the City Council tonight, the new routine would close city offices on alternating Fridays and operate on other days between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. It would take effect in late March or early April. Currently, half the staff is off every other Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's all a matter of time for city employees. Santa Clarita has staffed City Hall with half the usual number of workers every Monday, giving half the work force a day off every other Monday for the past two years. Department heads say this system creates difficulty for residents trying to contact city employees, slows productivity as employees cover for missing workers and limits when staff meetings can be scheduled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1992 | JEFF PRUGH
About 250 Santa Clarita city employees are participating in a mandatory emergency training course this week in response to a report by scientists that there is a 47% chance of an earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater in Southern California within five years. The training, offered to some employees Thursday and all others today, is aimed at helping participants deal with having to leave their families to help the city cope with a major disaster, City Manager George Caravalho said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1992
Do not call Roubik Mardirosian cheap. He is a bargain hunter--even when he is spending someone else's money. And in today's recession, that makes him a hero in the war against government waste. Mardirosian, an assistant engineer for the city of Santa Clarita, saved local taxpayers at least $29,550 by insisting that soil contaminated with lead could be removed from city property for far less money than a consultant had estimated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Halloween is serious fun at City Hall. City Clerk Donna Grindley donned a matronly gray wig and put on school charm in the city manager's department as her "class" played hopscotch in the hall. Across the way in community development, Assistant Planner Dan Powers as Aladdin ruled over the mystical city of Agrabah, which was recreated on the third floor of the Valencia Boulevard office building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City offices would shut down every other Friday under a proposal to be considered by the City Council on Tuesday. Employees proposed the scheme as an alternative to staggered schedules that now leave city offices half-staffed on Mondays. City department heads say the current system slows productivity and makes it difficult for residents to contact city employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1994 | SCOTT GLOVER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beginning as early as April, City Hall will be closed every other Friday so that the city can meet regional standards for cleaner air. The City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to approve the plan, which compresses a two-week, 80-hour work period into nine days. Council member Jan Heidt and Mayor George Pederson voted against the controversial plan, known as the "9/80" work schedule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Supporters of a proposed new city work schedule say City Hall would run more efficiently if it were closed every other Friday rather than operating with half the regular staff on Mondays. If approved by the City Council tonight, the new routine would close city offices on alternating Fridays and operate on other days between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. It would take effect in late March or early April. Currently, half the staff is off every other Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's all a matter of time for city employees. Santa Clarita has staffed City Hall with half the usual number of workers every Monday, giving half the work force a day off every other Monday for the past two years. Department heads say this system creates difficulty for residents trying to contact city employees, slows productivity as employees cover for missing workers and limits when staff meetings can be scheduled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City offices would shut down every other Friday under a proposal to be considered by the City Council on Tuesday. Employees proposed the scheme as an alternative to staggered schedules that now leave city offices half-staffed on Mondays. City department heads say the current system slows productivity and makes it difficult for residents to contact city employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Halloween is serious fun at City Hall. City Clerk Donna Grindley donned a matronly gray wig and put on school charm in the city manager's department as her "class" played hopscotch in the hall. Across the way in community development, Assistant Planner Dan Powers as Aladdin ruled over the mystical city of Agrabah, which was recreated on the third floor of the Valencia Boulevard office building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1992 | JEFF PRUGH
About 250 Santa Clarita city employees are participating in a mandatory emergency training course this week in response to a report by scientists that there is a 47% chance of an earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater in Southern California within five years. The training, offered to some employees Thursday and all others today, is aimed at helping participants deal with having to leave their families to help the city cope with a major disaster, City Manager George Caravalho said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A work schedule that gives city employees every other Friday off has resulted in a rise in productivity with less time lost in sick days and less overtime, according to a recent city report. But the cost savings to the city, projected at $42,500 a year, still has not settled a debate over how many days Santa Clarita City Hall should be open each week. The current work schedule went into effect in March, with employees working 80 hours over nine days rather than 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1994 | SCOTT GLOVER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beginning as early as April, City Hall will be closed every other Friday so that the city can meet regional standards for cleaner air. The City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to approve the plan, which compresses a two-week, 80-hour work period into nine days. Council member Jan Heidt and Mayor George Pederson voted against the controversial plan, known as the "9/80" work schedule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1992 | JEFF PRUGH
Anticipating growth in Santa Clarita's Latino population, now estimated at 13%, the City Council has appropriated $10,000 to pay half the tuition of voluntary Spanish classes for about 35 municipal and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees. Participants will pay the remainder of the $590-per-person tuition, officials said. Even this new funding may not meet demand for the 30-week course, which participants attend during lunch or off-duty hours, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1992
Do not call Roubik Mardirosian cheap. He is a bargain hunter--even when he is spending someone else's money. And in today's recession, that makes him a hero in the war against government waste. Mardirosian, an assistant engineer for the city of Santa Clarita, saved local taxpayers at least $29,550 by insisting that soil contaminated with lead could be removed from city property for far less money than a consultant had estimated.
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