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Palmdale offers landlord training classes

The city of Palmdale will conduct landlord training classes on Sept. 21 and again on the Sept. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the administration training room at Palmdale City Hall, 38300 Sierra Hwy., Suite A.

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Supervisors mull special election to address county homelessness

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to consider holding a special election in March to address homelessness and other issues.

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Settlement reached for Aliso Canyon

Gas Co. must pay $4 million

The Los Angeles County District Attorney announced this week that Southern California Gas Co. will pay $4 million as part of a settlement to resolve criminal charges accusing the utility of failing to immediately report the massive gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility near Porter Ranch.

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Board backs new payday loan lending guidelines

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to support federal regulations targeting predatory lending practices by payday, car title and installment lenders.

Jail nurses to receive better training

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have approved a plan to train more nurses to work with jail inmates. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended giving nurses already working with the Sheriff’s Department the advanced training they need to become family or psychiatric nurse practitioners in the jails.

Sentence for jogger attacks

A Palmdale man convicted of attacking two female joggers in the Antelope Valley has been sentenced to 23 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Serial burglar enters plea

A Santa Clarita man suspected of breaking into a series of residences and assaulting a woman recently pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts.

Prep seniors could receive free college tuition in 2017

This year’s Los Angeles Unified School District high school seniors will be eligible for one year of free community college tuition starting in 2017, under a program launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Community College District.

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Former child actress sues parents; appeared in Tina Turner biopic

The parents of a child actress who portrayed a young Tina Turner in a biopic about the singer wrongfully took money from their daughter for their own personal benefit, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled this week.

Seeking witnesses to Compton killing

Detectives and family members of a 61-year-old woman fatally injured during a fight in a Compton park last month appealed again this week to anyone who witnessed the killing to come forward.

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New water treatment plant will replace aged facility

Construction work has begun on a new water treatment plant in South Los Angeles that will use chloramine, instead of chlorine, to disinfect drinking water.

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Compton College to replace trustee

The Board of Trustees of Compton Community College will appoint an individual to fulfill the remainder of a seat recently vacated by trustee Leslie Irving. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 7.

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See the Commodores tomorrow

The legendary Commodores will perform tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater. Also, country music mega star LeAnn Rimes will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

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Gov. Brown signs climate legislation; new goals for GHG emissions

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law new legislation designed to dramatically extend the state’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tech school ordered closed

ITT Technical Institutes announced this week that it is ceasing operations following a ruling by the U.S. Department barring it from accepting new students who receive federal financial aid.

Child abduction thwarted

A homeless woman was arrested this week in Newhall, after attempting to snatch a 4-year-old boy from his mother, authorities said.

Teachers free at DryTown

DryTown Water Park in Palmdale is offering free admission to teachers this month. The amusement park is located at 3850-B East Avenue S.

Youth hear from Tuskegee Airmen

The city of Lancaster and Eastside High School this week hosted members of the famous Tuskegee Airmen. The gathering took place at the Tuskegee Monument in front of the Western Hotel Museum—part of the city’s Aerospace Walk of Honor—on the BLVD in downtown Lancaster.

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Stiff sentence given to 'third striker'

A Palmdale shoplifter—on his third “strike”—has been sentenced to 47 years to life imprisonment.

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'Black Man in a White Coat'

The African American Book Club at the Palmdale City Library on Sept. 20 will discuss “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine.” The discussion will begin at 6:45 p.m. at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

Councilmember Harris-Dawson backs more 8th district housing

Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson supports private development of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals in the 8th District.

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Pan African confab in Carson

The Sixth Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference will take place Sept. 16-17 at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St.

ITT Technical Institutes shut down across California

ITT Technical Institutes announced this week that it is ceasing operations following a ruling by the U.S. Department barring it from accepting new students who receive federal financial aid. The company is reported to have 14 campuses in California, seven of them in the Greater L.A. area.

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Ken Griffey Sr. tells his cancer story

Conference scheduled for Sept. 9-11

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) will host one of the largest meetings for patients, where leading prostate cancer physicians and specialists share insights on the latest research and treatment.

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Celebrate 25 years of freeway patrol

The Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) this week celebrated its 25th anniversary of helping stranded Los Angeles County motorists and easing traffic congestion in the process.

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Local Red Cross welcomes new head

The northern portion of Los Angeles County has a new executive director of the American Red Cross. Raul Claros has joined the team as executive director for Northern Valleys, after serving as a deputy for Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and says that disasters such as “Superstorm” Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and the recent earthquake in central Italy are “wake-up” calls that urge county residents to be prepared for an emergency.

Detectives probe shooting death

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the shooting death of a man in Lancaster. Detectives were called to the 44000 block of Gingham Boulevard shortly after 11 p.m. Aug. 22, said Deputy Tony Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Preparing for emergencies

The city of Palmdale Neighborhood Services department will host at 7 p.m. Sept 26 a free emergency preparedness presentation in the City Council Chamber, 38300 Sierra Hwy., Suite B.

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Help for homeless vets

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) extended praise recently to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for its announcement that they have provided federal funds to several local organizations working to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

PWD mulls rate increase

The Palmdale Water District (PWD) is considering a possible rate increase of up to 5.5 percent to customer’s monthly service bill. The proposed increase would equal about $2.64 per month per residential household.

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Walk of Remembrance

The city of Santa Clarita is inviting residents to attend the Walk of Remembrance beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 7 to promote safe driving and to show support for families who have lost loved ones in traffic-related incidents. The event will take place at the Youth Grove at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

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Legislature honors Runner, Chimbole

The California Legislature has given approval to name sections of two Antelope Valley highways as memorials for long-time community leaders Sharon Runner and Larry Chimbole.

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Writers workshops scheduled

Palmdale’s Culture and Recreation Department is offering a four-week creative writing workshop beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 at Marie Kerr Park Recreation Center, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.

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Carson objects to Measure M

Attorneys for a coalition of seven Los Angeles County cities attempted again this week to file a request for an accelerated hearing on a lawsuit filed on behalf of taxpayers concerning the ballot language for Measure M, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed half-cent county sales tax ballot action.

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Two brothers charged in the shooting death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin

The two brothers charged with killing the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade appeared in court this week. Police arrested 26-year-old Darwin Sorrells and 22-year-old Derren Sorrells, both documented gang members. They said the community played a big role in apprehending the duo.

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Golfers will pay more in green fees

In an effort to increase county coffers to tackle more underfunded issues—such as the homeless emergency—the Board of Supervisors this week voted to raise the greens fees at county-operated golf courses effective Sept. 1. Operating costs for the golf courses have reportedly increased.

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Proposition 51

Since 1914, 42 education-related bond measures have appeared on the ballot in California, and all of them were legislatively-referred. In 2014, legislators tried to place a legislatively-referred bond act that called for $9 billion for school maintenance and construction on the ballot. The legislation passed the California State Assembly, but Gov. Jerry Brown opposed it before it could pass the California State Senate, and so it did not qualify for the 2014 ballot.

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See Delfonics Revue Oct. 1

Coming to Legacy Commons

There’s a rare treat coming to Legacy Commons for Active Seniors. The Delfonics Revue featuring Gary Stevens will perform at 6 p.m. Oct. 1.

Sign-up for Palmdale Partners

The city of Palmdale is accepting applications for the 2016 fall session of the Palmdale Partners Academy, scheduled to begin Sept. 14. The sessions will continue on consecutive Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. through Nov. 2. Registration will conclude on Sept. 2.

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Deadline to register to vote

People who want to vote in the Nov. 8, general election must register by Oct. 24.

Community college students fly NASA Mars prototype

A team of students at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base successfully flew a prototype of an aircraft that could one day be deployed into the Martian atmosphere and send its findings back to Earth.

Santa Clarita engineer charged in theft

A former assistant engineer for the city of Santa Clarita was scheduled for arraignment this week on felony charges for allegedly embezzling more than one-half a million dollars.

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Reward offered for info on missing woman

Authorities hope a $20,000 reward offered this week will generate the lead they need to solve the disappearance of a young Lancaster mother who vanished in 2013.

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Beauty school settles lawsuit

The insurance carrier of the now-defunct Marinello Schools of Beauty, which operated a location in Palmdale, has paid $8.6 million to resolve civil allegations that the school—which operated in about a dozen Southland locations—obtained federal student loan funds for ineligible students, it was announced this week.

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Recycling event set tomorrow

The city of Lancaster, in collaboration with CalRecycle, tomorrow will host its latest free used oil and electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Maintenance Yard, 615 W. Avenue H.

Crash kills two

Two men were killed Thursday when their vehicle collided with another in Palmdale, authorities said.

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Santa Clarita hosts food drive

Next month, the Santa Clarita Public Library will partner with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry to launch the first-ever Food for Fines program which allows patros to donate one food item to waive up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees.

Sex assault victims sought

Sheriff’s investigators this week sought additional possible victims of a message therapist charged with sexually assaulting a woman during a treatment session at her Santa Clarita home.

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Baca goes on trial Dec. 6

A Dec. 6 trial date has been scheduled for former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who faces charges of conspiring to obstruct a federal probe of deputies.

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Santa Clarita burglar charged

A Santa Clarita man suspected of breaking into a series of residences and assaulting a woman has been charged with seven felony counts.