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May 12, 1997
Perhaps the good citizens opposing Val Verde ("The Manor Scorned," May 6) should take a look at the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. Open for tours only by appointment a few hours a week, it hardly creates a tourist rush. The day we were there, only nine people were on the tour. Insulting history and botany buffs with statements like "you don't put a toilet in the middle of the living room" takes NIMBY to a new low. LINDA SHAHINIAN Culver City
February 3, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Frank Shyong
Riverside County prosecutors filed felony sexual assault charges Monday against a former teacher and administrator who was investigated after one of her accusers went public in a YouTube video. Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, faces 16 counts involving aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, the Riverside County district attorney's office said. Cardosa was arrested on a $5-million warrant Monday evening in Perris, officials said, and was expected to be arraigned Thursday.
August 10, 1995
A 17-year-old Val Verde boy was stabbed to death Tuesday night in what authorities suspect was a gang-related incident, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Jim Youguez apparently died of a single stab wound about 8 p.m. near Newhall Avenue and 14th Street in Newhall, police said. The victim was brought to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia 30 minutes later. Homicide detectives said they have no suspect or witness and have asked for help from the public.
August 19, 2012 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Frank Godden, who played a significant role in the development of Val Verde, a secluded and long-closed local resort community known as "the black Palm Springs," has died. He was 101. Godden, who had cancer, died Aug. 3 at his Los Angeles home, his family announced. Val Verde was founded in 1924 in the Santa Clarita Valley at a time when the region's black citizens were barred from beaches, parks and other attractions because of the color of their skin. There they could escape racism, if only for a weekend.
A Los Angeles County food pantry to provide emergency supplies to the poor, the second in the Santa Clarita Valley, has officially opened. Volunteers and county workers Friday distributed shopping bags of food containing items ranging from government surplus macaroni to cake mix.
May 16, 1988
A Val Verde motorcyclist was killed when he slammed into a barbed wire fence, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday. The cyclist, James Cooper Jr., 48, was not wearing a helmet at the time. The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in a remote area of the Santa Clarita Valley, northwest of Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, said CHP Officer Margaret Sowers.
August 21, 1985
A 35-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in the living room of her Val Verde house, the Sheriff's Department said. Deputy Lynda Edmonds said the body of Cheryl Denise McGee was discovered Monday after McGee's neighbors noticed that the front door to her house was open. Deputies found that McGee had been stabbed repeatedly. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Edmonds said investigators know no motive and have no suspects.
April 3, 1994
This letter is in reference to the article, "Val Verde--A Forgotten Oasis of Freedom" (March 2). I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for Jocelyn Y. Stewart's presenting such a positive image of Val Verde and African Americans. Many avenues have opened for me and the African American community because of Ms. Stewart's efforts. A representative from the Cable News Network read the article and featured Val Verde on March 6. I, along with Val Verde friends, appeared on national television.
March 30, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN
A $1.4-million water tank that serves Val Verde and was severely damaged in the Northridge quake will be replaced. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will front the money for the huge tank, but the federal government will reimburse the department for all but about $57,000 of the cost. The tank will hold 1.28 million gallons--more than enough to meet the domestic and fire suppression needs of about 700 Val Verde residents.
September 4, 1986
A brush fire believed to have been set by an arsonist Wednesday charred 175 acres in Hasley Canyon, a mountainous stretch of Val Verde, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage in the fire, which started shortly before 2 p.m. and was contained at 4 p.m., fire Capt. Terry Hart said. About 160 firefighters from eight engine crews and three helicopters responded to the blaze, he said.
November 22, 2007 | Janet Wilson and Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writers
Newly released federal and state wildfire reports offer a grim assessment on threats to life, homes and drinking water supplies if hard rains hit steep slopes charred in last month's wildfires. Those most at risk appear to be residents of rural eastern Orange County, portions of Bouquet Canyon and Val Verde in Los Angeles County, and vacation homes in the Angeles and San Bernardino national forests, according to the reports and government officials.
July 27, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
State officials are investigating whether the Val Verde school district gamed the system that parcels out construction funds. A top official at the state's Office of Public School Construction said her office was looking into whether there were any "material inaccuracies" or false certifications in the paperwork the Perris-area district submitted in recent years to get financial aid to build its schools.
July 12, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
The Val Verde Unified School District, which has been under scrutiny for spending state bond money on locker room whirlpools, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and other luxuries, sued the state this week for allegedly providing inadequate funding for school construction and imposing regulations that discriminate against poor school districts. "The state of California is defending a broken program," said Supt. C. Fred Workman, speaking to reporters at the district's Perris-based offices.
May 24, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Members of the panel that parcels out state funds for school construction grilled top officials of a Perris school district Wednesday about its mounting debt and questionable spending decisions, but delayed for a month a decision that could deliver a major financial blow to the district.
April 26, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Several members of the state panel that oversees funding for new schools said Wednesday that they wanted a full review to determine if Riverside County's Val Verde Unified School District misspent state funds. One member also expressed concern that the district's growing debt may put it in financial peril. "I think we have a train wreck coming financially," said State Allocation Board member Sen. Bob Margett (R-Arcadia).
April 25, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Facing a possible investigation by the state, officials at the Val Verde Unified School District in Riverside County on Tuesday said they were within bounds when they used state bond money to build 5,000-square-foot weight rooms, stainless steel whirlpools in locker rooms and other accouterments even though the district declared it was a hardship case. Supt. C.
May 10, 1986
A Val Verde man who apparently ignored the advice of a shop owner to seek medical aid for chest pains was found dead Friday morning in a dry wash in his community, authorities said. Investigators for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department believe that Rafael Nieves, 30, died of natural causes, but are awaiting autopsy results to be certain, said Sgt. Art Reddy of the sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley station.
August 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Los Angeles County health officials this morning were cleaning up equipment from an illegal drug lab that was found in a remote canyon in Val Verde, sheriff's deputies said. Judging by the size of the containers found near a dirt road off Hasley Canyon Road, deputies estimated that 35 gallons of the drug PCP, with a street value of up to $5 million, could have been manufactured with the equipment. Numerous trash cans and empty ether cans were found about 7:30 p.m.
April 21, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
The financially strapped Val Verde Unified School District in Riverside County may be docked more than $53 million in state school construction money after it allegedly failed to disclose some of the special bonds it issued while the state was paying for the district's new schools, according to state officials.
June 16, 2005
Re "A Glorious Sight Unseen," [June 2]: How is it that the state can pass granny flat laws that effectively allow rental units in every single family neighborhood in California, yet the historic Val Verde estate sitting on 17 1/2 acres can't be opened to the public because that would disrupt the neighborhood? Jim Devore San Clemente
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