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September 13, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER
Seeking to ease tensions between the staff of Sun Valley Middle School and the school district, Los Angeles Schools Supt. Sid Thompson appointed an interim administrator Tuesday to run the campus that has been locked in a dispute over its choice of a new principal. John Liechty, who ran the district's middle schools unit and now works in the district's instruction division, will begin overseeing the campus today.
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July 12, 2010
Turmoil in Oakland Re "Ex-BART officer guilty of involuntary manslaughter," and "Oakland rally turns violent," July 9 When I read about the involuntary manslaughter verdict against a former transit police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland train station platform — and the violent response from the people of Oakland — I had an idea: Perhaps we should have the communities affected participate with the police...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clearing the way for Sun Valley Middle School to hire a new principal, the Los Angeles Board of Education agreed Thursday to give schools operating under the district's reform programs greater latitude in selecting administrators. The board, on a 6-0 vote, loosened district hiring guidelines by allowing nearly 300 schools to hire principals regardless of whether they have passed a required administrative exam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2008 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Perched against the mountains on the northern tip of Los Angeles, Sun Valley is used to being ignored by City Hall. The gritty community of old landfills, power plants, auto-body shops, junkyards and industrial sprawl was home to massive quarries that produced the sand and gravel that helped build modern Los Angeles. But residents have long complained that the city has given them little in return -- except for trash hauled into the local landfill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
Residents of Sun Valley, which has no storm drains, will learn at a public meeting Wednesday about a proposal to create a flood basin that doubles as a park with soccer and baseball fields. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will outline what it calls "an organic approach" to solving the area's flood problems, including the construction of a park/basin similar to Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Park, said Carl Blum, deputy director of the DWP.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
A town hall meeting on Proposition 174, the proposed school voucher initiative, and local school policies will be held Thursday evening by the San Fernando Valley Partnership. The nonpartisan event, which will include a question-and-answer session, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Sun Valley Middle School, 7330 Bakman St., in Sun Valley. The first half of the forum will present views on Proposition 174, the Nov. 2 ballot initiative under which voters can decide to create voucher schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000 | SARAH TORRIBIO-BOND
Sun Valley residents will learn about a proposal to solve the area's flood problems at a public meeting Wednesday evening with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. The department plans what it calls "an organic approach" to flood-control--including the construction of a combination park and flood basin similar to Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Park, said Carl Blum, deputy director of the public works department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1995
Regarding "School Loan Administrator on Temporary Assignment Leads Campus Transformation," Oct. 25: It is lucky for Sun Valley Middle School that the temporary principal, John Liechty, has influence with Sid Thompson, the superintendent of schools. One phone call and they got their fence. This response is markedly different for those of us who must go through regular channels to get windows, computers, air-conditioning and window blinds repaired. Instead of one call, it sometimes takes six or seven to get a worker who will appear in six to eight months . . . maybe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER
Manny Rangel, the assistant principal at Sun Valley Middle School, was promoted Friday to be the school principal--a move that ended nearly four months of dissatisfaction at the northeast Valley school. Supt. Sid Thompson said he made the appointment the day after the board approved a new hiring policy designed to allow schools like Sun Valley to promote administrators who have not yet taken a required exam.
OPINION
September 26, 1993
I am a resident of Granada Hills and the father of three preschoolers. My wife and I are trying to decide whether to trust the education of our children to the L.A. city schools, or to try to save enough to pay for private schools or move to another school district. I was therefore very interested in "Hard Times" (Sept. 19) about the Northridge Middle School. I was really appalled. In the educational mission of the school, "building self-esteem" takes precedence over learning.
SPORTS
December 11, 2001 | Eric Sondheimer
Attention fathers of teenage boys: If your son is moping around the house, watching too much "Jerry Springer," eating too much junk food and complaining about Britney Spears not returning e-mails, here's what you do: Go to a book store, put down $12 and purchase "Get Strong" by Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake fame. It's coming out Jan. 8, and it should be a helpful guide for teenagers struggling through adolescence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000 | SARAH TORRIBIO-BOND
Sun Valley residents will learn about a proposal to solve the area's flood problems at a public meeting Wednesday evening with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. The department plans what it calls "an organic approach" to flood-control--including the construction of a combination park and flood basin similar to Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Park, said Carl Blum, deputy director of the public works department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
Residents of Sun Valley, which has no storm drains, will learn at a public meeting Wednesday about a proposal to create a flood basin that doubles as a park with soccer and baseball fields. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will outline what it calls "an organic approach" to solving the area's flood problems, including the construction of a park/basin similar to Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Park, said Carl Blum, deputy director of the DWP.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2000
I have no problem with the Los Angeles Unified School District linking teacher pay to performance, as long as the district differentiates between student performance and teacher performance. I'd be happy to be paid based on my performance. Student test scores and grades are often not a reflection of the grand efforts of many of our teachers' labor each day--efforts for a student body that often rejects any attempt to better it. STEVE FRANKLIN Sun Valley Middle School Los Angeles In his latest blast against teachers unions (i.e.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1995
Regarding "School Loan Administrator on Temporary Assignment Leads Campus Transformation," Oct. 25: It is lucky for Sun Valley Middle School that the temporary principal, John Liechty, has influence with Sid Thompson, the superintendent of schools. One phone call and they got their fence. This response is markedly different for those of us who must go through regular channels to get windows, computers, air-conditioning and window blinds repaired. Instead of one call, it sometimes takes six or seven to get a worker who will appear in six to eight months . . . maybe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER
Manny Rangel, the assistant principal at Sun Valley Middle School, was promoted Friday to be the school principal--a move that ended nearly four months of dissatisfaction at the northeast Valley school. Supt. Sid Thompson said he made the appointment the day after the board approved a new hiring policy designed to allow schools like Sun Valley to promote administrators who have not yet taken a required exam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2000
I have no problem with the Los Angeles Unified School District linking teacher pay to performance, as long as the district differentiates between student performance and teacher performance. I'd be happy to be paid based on my performance. Student test scores and grades are often not a reflection of the grand efforts of many of our teachers' labor each day--efforts for a student body that often rejects any attempt to better it. STEVE FRANKLIN Sun Valley Middle School Los Angeles In his latest blast against teachers unions (i.e.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER
A group of parents and teachers at Sun Valley Middle School are fighting for the right to choose the school's next principal. School district trustees will discuss the vacant post in a closed-door meeting Tuesday. They hope to settle a four-month debate that has disillusioned residents about how much control they really have over the campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clearing the way for Sun Valley Middle School to hire a new principal, the Los Angeles Board of Education agreed Thursday to give schools operating under the district's reform programs greater latitude in selecting administrators. The board, on a 6-0 vote, loosened district hiring guidelines by allowing nearly 300 schools to hire principals regardless of whether they have passed a required administrative exam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1995 | TIM MAY
Teachers and school administrators from 14 east San Fernando Valley public schools met in a massive, unprecedented forum to discuss creating a new "community of schools" in the area. Students were sent home at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to allow about 565 educators to gather at Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley to meet one another, share ideas and discuss ways to bolster student achievement. "It was excellent," said Heather Daims, assistant principal at Polytechnic.
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