October 25, 2005
State funds will allow office to target repeat DUI offenders. The Orange County District Attorney's Office launched a campaign Monday to provide increased training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers to enforce drunk-driving laws against repeat offenders. The program, paid for by a $691,631 grant from the state's Office of Traffic Safety, will also provide for public education on the consequences of drunk driving, said Todd Hart, director of government community relations for the Orange County District Attorney's office.
October 18, 2005
Newport-Mesa has a plan to emphasize science at Eastbluff Elementary, in part to draw students there but also as a test for construction that would be funded by the proposed Measure F school bond. Do you think the proposal is a good idea and a reason for voters to back the bond? The new science facilities and emphasis at Eastbluff are very good ideas and good reasons to back Measure F. The more projects like these we can launch, the more momentum we'll build for continuing to improve public education in our community.
May 19, 2005
Michael Miller Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials joined in the chorus this week protesting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's revised budget proposal, which allots extra money for one-time education programs but stops short of restoring $2 billion in withheld Proposition 98 funding. Due to a budget crisis in late 2003, Schwarzenegger subtracted $2 billion from Proposition 98 funds, which cover basic expenses in schools and community colleges, for the current fiscal year.
January 20, 2005
Regarding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's merit pay for teachers' proposals, if he ties teacher job security and pay to student performance, teachers will fight over the better students, who will learn in spite of us. And, good teachers who have the less able students will be penalized. After my 30 years as an educator in the public school system, I challenge the governor to find harder working individuals, working together to ensure success for all students but getting challenged daily for "their failure" in meeting students' educational needs.
November 24, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Despite new laws meant to give homeless children better access to public education, student retention remains a problem for local schools. At the end of last year, 276 students identified by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District as homeless were enrolled, district spokeswoman Jane Garland said. As of Nov. 1, 93 didn't return and 31 new homeless students had enrolled. "It's so difficult to educate these children because they're constantly on the move," said Garland, who also serves as the district's homeless liaison.
June 6, 2003
Christine Carrillo Some of Lindsay Ricker's classmates looked to her for special favors and a little leniency here and there, but this 11-year-old wasn't about to misuse her principal powers. On Thursday, the Kaiser Elementary fifth-grader served as principal for the day, a job she won at a school auction. While her duties didn't include handling the disciplinary issues Kaiser's full-time principal Stacy Holmes has to deal with, they did include some of the perks, the foremost her being referred to as "principal."
October 25, 2002
Dana Black Not in our wildest dreams did we think of embezzlement. As a parent of two boys, a happy PTA volunteer, a Cub Scout leader and a classroom volunteer, I was shocked to learn that all elementary art, music and [physical education] teachers would be laid off the next year because of budgetary shortfalls. We had just completed another successful jog-a-thon at Mariners. I decided we could volunteer our time and money to keep these teachers at our campus.
March 24, 2002
It's a Fine day for Riverside schools. A Mike Fine day to be exact. Fine, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District financial wizard, has accepted a job in his Inland Valley hometown that will take him away from the job he's done here since 1992. For Newport-Mesa that translates to not-so-fine news as residents, parents, teachers and students have much thanks to dish out to this able administrator. Fine arrived at the district with the title of budget analyst and auditor just as the devastation of Stephen Wagner's embezzlement schemes were coming to light.
May 2, 2001
This column will cost you $25, so let's take care of business up front, shall we? Get out your checkbook and grab a pen. Now, make the check payable to the Costa Mesa Senior Center for $25 (more if you can spare it). Hold on, we're almost done. Drop the check in an envelope and address it to Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627. OK, now fling a stamp on that envelope and hold on to it for a moment while you read on. On Friday, while occupying a chair at the Costa Mesa Senior Center's luncheon honoring a dozen of its most treasured volunteers, my mind wandered a bit. But not necessarily off the topic.