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New charter school servicing Santa Clarita
As most of you have seen from my previous article about charter schools, we don't have a whole lot of them servicing Santa Clarita and if you have ever tried to join, you know that there is normally a long waitlist.
I'm writing today to let you know about a new opportunity, a new charter school with a home study program! This school, iLEAD in Lancaster is the sister school of our local SCVi charter school. The director of the program is Kimberly Etter.
October 1, 2012
Ripon man arrested, child removed by CPS in pot brownie seizure
RIPON, CA - One adult was arrested and a juvenile was turned over to child protective services (CPS) during a probation search at an apartment on the 1550 block of W. Main Street in Ripon on Friday.
Sgt. Steve Merchant with the Ripon Police Dept. said officers conducted the search around 4 p.m. Friday after a special investigation unit detective obtained information that marijuana was being sold from the apartment. A juvenile, was turned over to San Joaquin County CPS as they were deemed to be in danger due to their direct access to the drugs, pot brownies, knife and air rifle.
September 29, 2012
Cops: Meth Found Within Reach of 6-year-old
A Monterey County couple suspected of selling methamphetamine and other drug crimes were pulled over Friday in Watsonville.
Their arrests started an investigation that led to searches of two properties and Child Protective Services taking custody of a child who was living in a house where methamphetamine was within his reach, Watsonville police reported.
September 29, 2012
Mandatory vaccination bill meets opposition in Sacramento
A new bipartisan battle over parental rights and health care for kids is heating up in California as proponents of a new bill want to ensure that children are immunized.
In a last-ditch effort to sway Governor Jerry Brown, concerned parents rallied at the Capitol Friday urging him to veto a bill that requires parents to get a medical professional's signature on a form in order to opt out of getting their children vaccinated.
September 29, 2012
Reason.com: Vote No On Prop 37 GMO Labeling In California
If you go to Reason.com, the leading libertarian news site, you will find some troll-like commentary aimed at those voting yes on Prop 37 in California. There are five sides of this debate that and people may fall into multiple categories.
The government has been on the side of GMO/Pesticide companies since the beginning. The organic (real food) movement has existed despite decisions made in court rooms, not because of it. Prop 37 in California could be a major victory, despite the wave of corporate momentum against it. Recent articles published by Rense.com fail to mention anything in historical context and instead dive straight into the "science" and "free choice" arguments, the latter of which is understood. Failure to mention any of the past autrocities by companies like Monsanto and making it sound like Organic has is bullying the government is unreasonable, or without reason.
September 24, 2012
A Teen in Foster Care Who'd Like to Find a Forever
It's Emmy season in TV-ville, but this week we have our eye on a different prize ... A permanent family and home for Jeric (1995) to call his own.
Jeric is an easy-going and sweet teenager who is looking for a family with whom he can form a connection and that can provide him stability and permanence. While it's known that Jeric likes to skateboard and play basketball, in any initial "making a connection" phase there will be many more interesting things to learn about Jeric as he is game for trying new activities and experiences.
September 20, 2012
Nadia Lockyer, Calif. treasurer's wife, arrested on drug charges
Police found Nadia Lockyer, the former Alameda County supervisor and estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, with methamphetamine last week in an Orange County house where she was staying with her 9-year-old son, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Lockyer, 41, now faces drug possession and child abuse charges. This arrest is the latest in a series of public substance abuse and relationship struggles for Lockyer. She won her supervisor seat in 2010 with the help of her husband's campaign funding then resigned in April following a string of bizarre public incidents that she blamed on chemical dependency.
September 7, 2012
Yosemite: 1,700 may have had exposure to rodent-borne illness
Yosemite National Park is warning 1,700 people that they may have been exposed to a potentially deadly rodent-borne lung disease while staying in the famous California park, and said that two visitors had died from the illness known as hantavirus.
The tourists who died had stayed in Curry Village, a popular camping area tucked below the park's sheer granite walls, a Yosemite spokesman said on Tuesday. A third visitor was sickened by the virus but recovering. Investigators were looking into whether a fourth visitor was suffering from the illness, which is carried by wild rodents. All four stayed in the area's tent cabins on overlapping days in mid-June, spokesman Scott Gediman said.
August 28, 2012
California Moms Sue School District Over Teaching On Abstinence
Two mothers in California are suing the Clovis United School District over an abstinence-only sex education program. They say the students need information on condoms and sexually transmitted diseases.
The California District of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have joined the moms in the suit. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing those involved in the case.
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August 24, 2012
Hantavirus strikes two Yosemite campers, killing one
Hantavirus infected two Yosemite campers. One Bay area man is dead and another Southern California woman is seriously ill, according to an August 20 report from The Union Democrat.
Health officials believe that the rare virus was transmitted via rodents in the Yosemite National Park. Hantavirus is incredibly rare. The two are believed to have contracted the disease when they camped using rented tents in Curry Village in the Yosemite Valley back in June. Even though they both got sick, they were not together in Yosemite.
August 20, 2012
Pet owners on alert after mountain lion spotted eating cat in Davenport
DAVENPORT -- A mountain lion that was spotted eating a feral cat earlier this month has prompted some neighbors to keep their pets inside at night.
About 3 a.m. Aug. 10, the attack woke at least one neighbor on Marine View Avenue in Davenport. Resident Noel Bock said she scrambled to get her camera and took a photo of it, "Just to confirm what I was seeing." Bock said she is not afraid of mountain lions, she just wanted her neighbors to know that the big cats were active.
August 18, 2012
Mountain Lion Warning at LBL
Officials at Lawrence Berkeley Lab are warning employees to avoid using isolated stairs and walkways at dusk after a mountain lion with cubs was spotted roaming between lab buildings Friday morning.
UC police warned the campus community in July about multiple sightings of a mountain lion with cubs near Gayley Road. A sighting of a female mountain lion with her cubs was confirmed between Buildings 65 and 88 early this morning. Mountain lions generally exist where deer are found, as was the case this morning.
August 18, 2012
Record and Document Everything...
After 22 months, my children are finally back in my home.
One year ago, we got a company, other than DCFS, as our caseworker for the case. I think DCFS realized how much information I had gathered against them, and knew they had to get away from me being able to utilize their checks and balance systems.
August 12, 2012
Free Science, Art, Test Prep Classes Open at Valencia Library
Registration is now open for a variety of free fall classes offered through the Santa Clarita Public Library's Parent-Teacher Enrichment Resource Center.
Classes are designed to enrich homeschooled students' learning and educational experiences. In addition to these resources, the Enrichment Resource Center offers a variety of print and audiovisual materials with books on teaching, special needs education, learning theory, artwork and parenting.
August 11, 2012
Students Register For School
Some Calaveras Students have started school already and many Tuolumne students are heading back to school in two weeks.
Belleview, Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified Schools, Columbia, Curtis Creek, Jamestown, Sonora Elementary, Sonora Union High, Soulsbyville, Summerville Elementary, Twain Harte-Long Barn Union and Mother Lode Christian will all start on August 22nd. Summerville Union High will start a week earlier on the 15th.
August 9, 2012
Report: Boy Scout documents reveal repeat child abuse by sexual predators
LOS ANGELES - Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators.
A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991 found suspected abusers regularly remained in the organization after officials were first presented with sexual misconduct allegations. Predators moved from troop to troop because of clerical errors, computer glitches or the Scouts' failure to check the blacklist, known as the "perversion files," the newspaper said.
August 9, 2012
Inbred Mountian Lion Kittens Discovered
In what should have been a happy occasion, the celebration of twin mountain lions' birth, officials with the National Park Service were tempered by the discovery that two kittens - a male and female - are the second documented case of inbreeding.
According to officials, the two kittens, called Puma 23 and 24, are likely the product of a father lion that mated with his female offspring. Some have blamed the protected area's limited spaces as the cause of inbreeding. The Santa Monica park is the nation's largest urban national park in the country; however its many roads along with its proximity to urban life could be confining to some individual cats.
August 4, 2012
Homeschooling in Eagle Rock
In February 2011, when Eagle Rock Patch was a little more than three months old, we featured a "Mom's Talk" column about homeschooling that elicited a flurry of fascinating comments from readers.
We thought that everyone associated with the column as well as anyone interested in exploring the world of homeschooling, would be interested to know about a forthcoming book on the subject. Titled The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling, the book's author is Quinn Cummings, an actress and writer who lives in Atwater Village.
July 31, 2012
Kings Canyon National Park: A user's guide
This California park may get overshadowed by its famous neighbors, but you won't want to miss a chance to see one of the world's oldest living trees or a stunning waterfall.
Towering granite walls, picturesque valleys carved by glaciers, jaw-dropping giant trees, waterfalls. It sounds like Yosemite National Park. Kings Canyon National Park, not too far south from the more famous Yosemite, offers all that with smaller crowds. Kings Canyon National Park contains just a fraction of the wonders of the western side of the Sierra Nevada. Abutting Kings Canyon to the south is Sequoia National Park - another 631 square miles of high Sierra splendor.
July 31, 2012
Millions flee California because of progressive tax system
California has lost billions of dollars in revenue in recent years as businesses and residents flee the state, in part because other states have a more favorable business climate.
Small business owners are also increasingly trying to move to other states to avoid high taxes and cut costs. "Part of [moving operations to Texas] was the cost of doing business in California," Ronald Mittelstaedt, CEO of Waste Connections, told CBS News. "Highest tax rates in the nation. Until recently very expensive real estate. Tremendous regulation and really a broken legislature."
July 30, 2012
Amazing journey from foster care to Annapolis
This week 17-year-old Tim Cecil began his first year of post-high school military education at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, in Newport, R.I. After that he'll spend four years at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
For the past several years Tim has studied hard and played hard. He likes volleyball, track and field, cross-country running, soccer, golf, ultimate frisbee and, naturally, watching sports. Music, writing and drawing are his creative interests. At 5-foot-11 and 135 pounds, no one would guess by looking at him how fragile his life was as an infant in the foster care system. "It's incredible what he's doing, because none of this was supposed to happen," his mom said.
July 28, 2012
Search stepped up for missing hiker on High Sierra peak
A search is intensifying for a Bay Area hiker missing near one of the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada.
Officials said Tom Heng, 31, of San Rafael, left Sunday for what was supposed to be a day hike to the summit of Mt. Langley, which rises to 14,026 feet, on the boundary between Inyo and Tulare counties. Earlier in the day, Heng had been hiking with friends on a route that passes from the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead through New Army Pass. He struck out alone to the peak, one of California's 12 "fourteeners," mountains with more than 14,000 feet elevation.
July 26, 2012
Mom Accused of Leaving Baby in Car Had Criminal Past
A mother facing child neglect charges after police said she left her baby in a sweltering car has a criminal record, court documents show.
Starley Geart, 25, was arrested Tuesday after a maintenance worker noticed the baby in an unconscious state, soaked in sweat from sitting in the direct sunlight, according to National City Police Sgt. Julian Villagomez.
July 26, 2012
Apple's software brings attention to mountain lion research
Apple's release this week of its Mac OSX "Mountain Lion" operating system is drawing attention to the real thing prowling the wooded hills just a few miles from the company's Cupertino headquarters.
Since 2008, UC Santa Cruz researchers have captured 36 mountain lions (Puma concolor) in the Santa Cruz mountains as part of the UCSC Puma Project to better understand the big cats' physiology, behavior, and ecology. They've outfitted the lithe, tawny-colored predators with high-tech electronic collars that show where the mountain lions are and where they have been. Fourteen still have active GPS collars, said UCSC environmental studies Ph.D. student Yiwei Wang. Two others are followed manually. Of the remaining 20 lions, some collars have failed, or the lions have disappeared or died.
July 26, 2012
Parents' response to missing child disturbs police
When your child goes missing, the natural response most likely is calling the police.
But the lack of such a response by a couple who allegedly left behind their 3-year-old daughter at a family entertainment center Tuesday led Salinas police to ask the district attorney to look closer into the situation.
July 26, 2012
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