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November 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
A man waiting in a parking lot outside his son's school shot the fourth-grader to death and wounded the boy's mother Thursday after a domestic dispute, police said. The shootings occurred about 12:30 p.m. as the woman was picking up the boy at St. James Catholic School, which serves 322 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Police Lt. Mark Misenhelter said the gunman was the child's father.
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September 7, 2004
Re "It's Back to School -- and to Rush Hours," Behind the Wheel, Aug. 31: I'd like to offer a simple solution to school traffic congestion: carpooling. My son's school is about half a mile from our house and the drop-off line inches along past us. We can walk faster. When we do, we pass a parade of sport utility vehicles transporting mostly one or two kids. They can easily carry twice that number, which would be a huge relief not only on traffic but on gas, pollution and parents' time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2000
Re: "Student Parking Squeeze Spills Beyond Schools," (May 29): As a parent and taxpayer, I take exception to some versions of the problem of students' vehicles crowding residential roadways. The problem is not the supposed overindulgence by parents in getting their spoiled children their own personal vehicle the minute they turn 16, thus creating the parking nightmare. I am a parent of a son who will soon be 15 who attends Capistrano Valley High School. The problem here is not in the parking but in the number of students attending this high school.
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November 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
A man waiting in a parking lot outside his son's school shot the fourth-grader to death and wounded the boy's mother Thursday after a domestic dispute, police said. The shootings occurred about 12:30 p.m. as the woman was picking up the boy at St. James Catholic School, which serves 322 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Police Lt. Mark Misenhelter said the gunman was the child's father.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1993
I just learned that the excessive number of holidays and pupil-free days at my son's school are not determined by school administrators but are set by collective bargaining with the teacher's union. It is nice to know that the next time my work schedule is disrupted with child-care problems, the California Teacher's Assn. is having another all-day union coffee session. If the leadership of the CTA is more concerned about pay, benefits, tenure, and pupil-free days than it is about children, parents, and education, then increased funding for schools buys us very little.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1999
Re "Toxic Cleanup at Belmont May Cost Millions," Feb. 4: Recently, I sold candy in my office for my son's school. A few months ago, I sold wrapping paper. I cannot really complain, since the sale of these items allows my son's school to replace unsafe playground equipment, purchase textbooks and fund a librarian position. I was told that PTA and booster club fund-raisers were necessary evils, as the Los Angeles Unified School District could not fund all of these programs. Imagine my surprise to learn that LAUSD could lose $200 million due to foreseeable mistakes from the Belmont Learning Complex fiasco, and no one will be held accountable.
OPINION
May 10, 2002
"School Parking Scofflaws Caught on Tape" (May 7) says that Michelle Nealy complained that the program of videotaping school parking violations has "generated plenty of money for the city, but has not changed the chaotic parking scene at her son's school." I have a great idea. Instead of ticket revenues going to the city, they should go directly to the school. This morning, as I dropped my child off at school, I counted six incidents of "illegal drop-off." Let's see, at $50 a pop, that's $300.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE
The father of a boy beaten to death several months ago donated $2,000 to his son's school Wednesday. About 20 teachers and administrators gathered in the lush garden at Pacific Continuation High School to commemorate 18-year-old student William Zara. The money, which was raised by family, friends and supporters, is meant to help needy students with scholarships and for textbooks.
OPINION
September 7, 2004
Re "It's Back to School -- and to Rush Hours," Behind the Wheel, Aug. 31: I'd like to offer a simple solution to school traffic congestion: carpooling. My son's school is about half a mile from our house and the drop-off line inches along past us. We can walk faster. When we do, we pass a parade of sport utility vehicles transporting mostly one or two kids. They can easily carry twice that number, which would be a huge relief not only on traffic but on gas, pollution and parents' time.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Now, the Web giant's proactive personal assistant, could soon be beefed up with local news. Currently, Google Now shows Android and Apple mobile device users "cards" with information they may want to know before they search for it. The cards display information such as a friends' birthdays, upcoming flights they might have, local weather or traffic to users' place of work. Google is now experimenting with a local news card that would show users stories that are geographically relevant to them, according to a report this week by online news site Quartz . PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet “One thing we're testing right now is a very local hyper-local news card, which is really useful,” said Johanna Wright, vice president of search and assist at Google, according to Quartz.
OPINION
May 10, 2002
"School Parking Scofflaws Caught on Tape" (May 7) says that Michelle Nealy complained that the program of videotaping school parking violations has "generated plenty of money for the city, but has not changed the chaotic parking scene at her son's school." I have a great idea. Instead of ticket revenues going to the city, they should go directly to the school. This morning, as I dropped my child off at school, I counted six incidents of "illegal drop-off." Let's see, at $50 a pop, that's $300.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2000
Re: "Student Parking Squeeze Spills Beyond Schools," (May 29): As a parent and taxpayer, I take exception to some versions of the problem of students' vehicles crowding residential roadways. The problem is not the supposed overindulgence by parents in getting their spoiled children their own personal vehicle the minute they turn 16, thus creating the parking nightmare. I am a parent of a son who will soon be 15 who attends Capistrano Valley High School. The problem here is not in the parking but in the number of students attending this high school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE
The father of a boy beaten to death several months ago donated $2,000 to his son's school Wednesday. About 20 teachers and administrators gathered in the lush garden at Pacific Continuation High School to commemorate 18-year-old student William Zara. The money, which was raised by family, friends and supporters, is meant to help needy students with scholarships and for textbooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1999
Re "Toxic Cleanup at Belmont May Cost Millions," Feb. 4: Recently, I sold candy in my office for my son's school. A few months ago, I sold wrapping paper. I cannot really complain, since the sale of these items allows my son's school to replace unsafe playground equipment, purchase textbooks and fund a librarian position. I was told that PTA and booster club fund-raisers were necessary evils, as the Los Angeles Unified School District could not fund all of these programs. Imagine my surprise to learn that LAUSD could lose $200 million due to foreseeable mistakes from the Belmont Learning Complex fiasco, and no one will be held accountable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1993
I just learned that the excessive number of holidays and pupil-free days at my son's school are not determined by school administrators but are set by collective bargaining with the teacher's union. It is nice to know that the next time my work schedule is disrupted with child-care problems, the California Teacher's Assn. is having another all-day union coffee session. If the leadership of the CTA is more concerned about pay, benefits, tenure, and pupil-free days than it is about children, parents, and education, then increased funding for schools buys us very little.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The wife of an Irvine man accused of plotting against a PTA volunteer at their son's school and having her arrested masterminded the scheme, his attorney said Wednesday in closing arguments. Kent Wycliffe Easter, 40, is accused of felony false imprisonment for his alleged role in having school volunteer Kelli Peters arrested after he called police to report her driving erratically and carrying drugs in the back seat. His wife, Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 40, who was accused of planting drugs in the car, pleaded guilty last month to false imprisonment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 | By William Nottingham
During separate video interviews with the Los Angeles Times last month, candidates for L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel responded to questions from individual voters. Among them is Kim Jones of Silver Lake, who asked: What would you do differently than Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in working with the schools? Jones, a middle school teacher, wondered if the candidates would try to take control of the board. “What do you think the relationship between city government and the Los Angeles Unified School District should be?
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