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July 19, 1985 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
Everybody's got it, almost everybody experiences it, but there's not much agreement in San Diego County on how to teach it to our children. Sex. How do public schools teach a subject that is steeped in personal, parental and religious values, but which most people believe, according to public opinion polls, should be taught in the classroom? When it comes to math, there's little discrepancy among school districts about what skills to teach at what levels.
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August 18, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to political views, Jim Gibson of Vista and Mike Katz-Lacabe of San Leandro are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Gibson, 54, a father of four, is a conservative and an evangelical Christian; Katz-Lacabe, 40, describes his politics as "hippie-liberal-granola." But the two men have a bond: Both are school board members in small California districts who have proposed that their boards wade into the debate on Proposition 8, the initiative that would amend the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage in California.
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November 7, 1989
San Diego City Council District 1 Abbe Wolfsheimer District 5 Linda Bernhardt City of Encinitas Proposition A Yes $25-million parks bond issue Vista Unified School District Proposition C Yes $38.8-million school bond issue
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October 27, 2002
Re "Don't Let the Schools Down," Oct. 13: I served as the Santa Ana schools' assistant superintendent of facilities from 1989 to April 2000. During that time, Santa Ana Unified constructed 19 new schools. As the editorial stated, the district passed a $145-million local bond measure in November 1999 but has built no new schools in the last three years and has no projects under construction. What happened? Quite simply, Santa Ana Unified School Board members John Palacio and Nativo Lopez usurped the authority of the district's administration and decided to manage this multimillion-dollar public works program themselves.
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January 27, 1991
Jonathan Gaw's article "Integration Plan Draws Ire in Vista" (Jan. 11) attempted to explain what has become a snowballing problem in the Vista Unified School District for many years--the "ethnic imbalance" of Vista schools. This is not an issue of "rich people in north Vista wanting to keep Mexicans out of their neighborhoods," (as one parent said), and I truly resent that implication. If the new Mission Meadows elementary school had the radical imbalance that currently exists at Santa Fe/California school, I would still want my children to go to Mission Meadows.
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October 27, 2002
Re "Don't Let the Schools Down," Oct. 13: I served as the Santa Ana schools' assistant superintendent of facilities from 1989 to April 2000. During that time, Santa Ana Unified constructed 19 new schools. As the editorial stated, the district passed a $145-million local bond measure in November 1999 but has built no new schools in the last three years and has no projects under construction. What happened? Quite simply, Santa Ana Unified School Board members John Palacio and Nativo Lopez usurped the authority of the district's administration and decided to manage this multimillion-dollar public works program themselves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1994
The next few days will be some nail-biting times for Orange County parents as voters in several school districts decide whether their board majorities will move to the far right, as did Vista Unified School District (in San Diego County) two years ago. If so, will they be led down the same path toward fiscal ruin? Vista's fiscal health has deteriorated significantly since the extreme right took over, the result of widely publicized decisions of questionable judgment. Saddleback Valley Unified School District is one that will experience a fierce fight for control of the board.
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March 13, 1988
Vista's school board members put themselves on the right track in 1979 when they adopted a policy designed to maintain racial and ethnic balance in the city's schools. Now rapid growth is putting their commitment to that policy on the line. The number of minority students is increasing at schools in the older, densely populated part of the Vista Unified School District, while schools in the newer areas are predominantly Anglo.
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November 10, 1990 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several old smoke-belching buses will be retired from the Vista Unified School District, one of the first districts in the state set to receive buses run on compressed natural gas. A prototype bus was on display Friday, giving officials a glimpse of the California Energy Commission's $60-million effort to spread 163 clean-burning buses among 14 school districts throughout the state early next year.
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April 26, 1987 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
At an age when most boys are dreaming of making a Little League team, Shahram Jodiri was worrying about being drafted for war. In his native Iran, the military recruiters come around early, plucking up youths barely in their teens to use as fodder for the holy war against neighboring Iraq. Shahram, 13, was lucky. His parents, fearful for their son's future, fled their homeland, ultimately landing half a world away in the hilly North County community of Vista, where relatives live.
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March 14, 1995 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Never in her wildest dreams did Barbara Donovan imagine running for office, let alone winning a seat on the school board that California education authorities once called "the most closely watched in the state." Nor could she have predicted the issues she would inherit as a new board member: Creationism. Prayer in the schools. A ban on free breakfast programs for underprivileged children. Sex education programs that preached abstinence mixed with fundamentalist religious doctrine.
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November 6, 1994
The next few days will be some nail-biting times for Orange County parents as voters in several school districts decide whether their board majorities will move to the far right, as did Vista Unified School District (in San Diego County) two years ago. If so, will they be led down the same path toward fiscal ruin? Vista's fiscal health has deteriorated significantly since the extreme right took over, the result of widely publicized decisions of questionable judgment. Saddleback Valley Unified School District is one that will experience a fierce fight for control of the board.
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August 16, 1991 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a longstanding struggle to balance the ethnic makeup of its schools, the Vista Unified School District board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to adopt a far-reaching magnet school program. The plan, one of the most extensive of its kind in North County, aims to integrate Santa Fe/California Elementary School, which has become increasingly segregated in the past 10 years.
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August 15, 1991 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After five years of proposing and then shooting down a variety of racial integration programs, the Vista Unified School District tonight will consider adopting the most far-reaching magnet school program yet in North County to integrate schools. The plan calls for a dramatic redrawing of district boundaries and creates a district-wide magnet school whose ethnic makeup would be tightly controlled by the district.
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January 27, 1991
Jonathan Gaw's article "Integration Plan Draws Ire in Vista" (Jan. 11) attempted to explain what has become a snowballing problem in the Vista Unified School District for many years--the "ethnic imbalance" of Vista schools. This is not an issue of "rich people in north Vista wanting to keep Mexicans out of their neighborhoods," (as one parent said), and I truly resent that implication. If the new Mission Meadows elementary school had the radical imbalance that currently exists at Santa Fe/California school, I would still want my children to go to Mission Meadows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several old smoke-belching buses will be retired from the Vista Unified School District, one of the first districts in the state set to receive buses run on compressed natural gas. A prototype bus was on display Friday, giving officials a glimpse of the California Energy Commission's $60-million effort to spread 163 clean-burning buses among 14 school districts throughout the state early next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1991 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a longstanding struggle to balance the ethnic makeup of its schools, the Vista Unified School District board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to adopt a far-reaching magnet school program. The plan, one of the most extensive of its kind in North County, aims to integrate Santa Fe/California Elementary School, which has become increasingly segregated in the past 10 years.
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December 8, 1989 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vista Unified School District, where crowding is so bad that students regularly have to stand in long lines to use the lavatories, will try for the third time to convince the community of its plight. Twice now, voters have rejected the plea of the state's second-fastest-growing district to approve bonds for building new schools and repairing old facilities to handle nearly 1,850 new students a year.
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July 1, 1990 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Open house in July, what a thought," said Vista schools Supt. Rene Townsend as elementary and middle schools gear up for their first year on a year-round schedule and parent nights in the middle of summer. The trend toward year-round education in San Diego County schools takes a giant leap forward Monday when the 11 elementary and three middle schools in the Vista Unified School District all move to a year-round schedule, the largest San Diego County school district to make such a move.
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December 8, 1989 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vista Unified School District, where crowding is so bad that students regularly have to stand in long lines to use the lavatories, will try for the third time to convince the community of its plight. Twice now, voters have rejected the plea of the state's second-fastest-growing district to approve bonds for building new schools and repairing old facilities to handle nearly 1,850 new students a year.
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