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Another Victory for Opponents of Current Teacher Tenure


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politico.com A Los Angeles judge last Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California. The final decision in the headline-grabbing tenure suit sets the stage for the appeals process. All eyes are on state Supt. Tom Torlakson. He is a named defendant in the case, and he said Friday he will ask the state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to seek appellate review.read

Meghan, Cooper, Weissman Take Whack at Hurry-up Fracking Study


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“Nothing here, Sherlock,” said Dr. Watson. “What do you have?” “Empty, too,” said the diva of Victorian detectives. Was it bad news for anti-fracking activists and vindication for fracking advocates last Friday morning when the latest study on the potential perils of fracking found none?read

FUNdraiser for Wounded Warriors


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Please support a FUNdraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project on Thursday evening, Sept. 11, at Joxer Daly's Irish pub, 11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City. The event, from 7 o’clock to 10, is called Honoring Heroes. Win great raffle prizes and auction items. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Wounded Warriors Project. In addition Joxer Daley's will donate 20 percent of the take across the bar.read

Looks as if Tale About Water Board Director Was a Tall One


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Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper. In the past week, the editor of the Whittier Daily News and his reporter Mike Sprague have published several questionable stories aimed at discrediting Central Basin Water District Director Art Chacon, while ignoring ethics and monetary violations of other water board Directors. Their mission to publicize Mr. Chacon’s alleged transgressions has involved, among other things, harassing Mr. Chacon’s diabetic 77-year-old mother Paula, his 80-year-old wheelchair-bound aunt Lupe, and his nephew’s fiancé, Jessica Lao.read

People’s Climate Marches in Three Weeks in L.A. and New York


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On Sunday, Sept. 21, people from around the nation will come together in an unprecedented citizen mobilization for the People’s Climate March in New York City. As world leaders meet at the United Nations climate change summit, tens of thousands of marchers will demand the world we know is within our reach: A global economy that works for people and the planet, a planet safe from the ravages of climate change, a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Solidarity demonstrations will take place around the world as we collectively call on our leaders to act on climate change.read

LaRose Cites When the ‘Art of Teaching’ Becomes Critical


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Fourth in a series. One of the defining characteristics of the new Common Core curriculum is commonality, students of a classroom coming along at a similar pace – no time or room for individualized learning for those who lean toward the rear of the parade. In the midst of citing four questions characterizing the new school term, School District Supt. Dave LaRose was asked how teachers should deal with individual differences, students who are slower but also those who are faster?read

Sweeping Changes: Schools Are First, Then Hot Spots


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Second in a series. “I’ll tell you what is annoying about street-sweeping,” said City Councilman Jim Clarke. “Someplace has an 8-to-noon schedule for street-sweeping. The street sweeper comes by every week at 11:30 on that street, and they are writing tickets at 8 in the morning. That is annoying.” Such scenarios recently prompted Mr. Clarke and his colleague Andy Weissmam to finally bring relief to harried drivers. They have championed a pilot project that halves the weekly sweeping schedule – on some streets -- from four hours to two. Gradually, the experiment is expected to fan out across all Culver City streets.read

Attention Millenium: A Quake That Happens Every 200,000 Years


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California’s top geologist has said the 6.0 earthquake in Napa Valley on Sunday surprised seismic scientists because it appears to be linked to an obscure fault previously deemed inactive. "We would not have predicted an earthquake on this particular fault,” Dr. John Parrish, the chief of the California Geological Survey, told Sacramento television station KCRA.read

Clarke,Weissman Find Faster Ways to Sweep Streets


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First in a series. A long elusive cure for one of Culver City’s most nagging problems for drivers – the dreaded street-sweeping days – has just been served up by Drs. Jim B. Clarke and Andy Weissman. The elder statesmen of the City Council may take bows for last week’s launch of a new weekly concept, clearing one side of streets for two hours instead of four.read

School Board Will Set a Bond-Priority Date for September


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Nearly three months have slipped by since the School Board scored a landmark electoral victory, winning overwhelming voter approval of a record $107 million schools-improvement bond. The overarching question all summer has been: How will the funding be apportioned when it becomes available in three separate portions?read


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