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Dawn Urbanek April 17, 2014 at 06:33 am
So it appears that measuring the "Number of college-level tests given at a school in theRead More previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year." has nothing to do with how many students were actually prepared to enter college and do college level work since 61% of students entering college from CUSD need remedial coursework in English and 77% need remedial coursework in Math- that is why it is taking students 6 years to get through Community College. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source: March 26, 2014 Board Meeting Agenda Item #4 “Data for the Local Control Accountability Plan” http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/1463621950735616281.pdf Agenda Item #4 - Exhibit 4 - Slide 14 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source: March 26, 2014 Board Meeting Agenda Item #4 “Data for the Local Control Accountability Plan” http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/1463621950735616281.pdf Agenda Item #4 - Exhibit 4 - Slide 15
Dawn Urbanek April 17, 2014 at 06:33 am
The Post Article is pathetic and meaningless-
Frustrated Resident April 17, 2014 at 06:45 am
Always knew CVHS was better than MVHS (except maybe in football some years) but at leastRead More academically.
Alberto Flores Ramirez of San Clemente. Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Wilson Boozer April 16, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Where on earth does one find these people? California has been known since the 'sixties as the landRead More of fruits and nuts, but for a woman to go to a motel room with a strange man, take her clothes off and allow herself to be anointed with ammonia and eggs makes one wonder how anyone who has been alive for the past forty years can possibly be ignorant of the cult-like practices of California's spiritual "healers."
Juanita La Tremenda Bori April 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm
This man is no spiritual healer and how these women fell for his bullshit escapes me. When areRead More people gonna realize that in order to be happy all you need is to pray to God in the privacy of your bedroom, just you and Him and He will take your burdens off your shoulders and put them on His. You talk directly to Him, you don't need to talk to anyone else or to listen to stupid suggestions and ideas that only sick perverts can come up with just to take advantage of an innocent person. People please stop believing everything you here, especially on the internet. That's where people lie the most.
Juanita La Tremenda Bori April 16, 2014 at 11:17 pm
I'd love to make him drink a gallon of ammonia and make him eat a dozen raw eggs and rape him withRead More every object I can think off, just to see if he likes. This man is one sick individual and I guess his mother never taught him to respect women. I hope they give him a spiritual cleansing in prison performed by Bubba himself. Now that would be justice.
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OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 04:56 pm
Funny that the photo with the Lake Forest happiness article is of the Village Pond where a hundredRead More or more fowl died due to botulism disease - probably from the filthy water conditions. If the birds could figure it out they probably wouldn't be too happy and would undoubtedly relocate to a safer city. :) Honestly, no idea how little Lake Forest made the top 10 with those other cities many of which are resort towns. I'll have to check the warrant register and see if the City Council cut a check to credit donkey. Of course it would have only been a check after the study was completed and released as a token of appreciation for the nice compliment.
OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 05:19 pm
Maybe somebody could answer this question for me. Do you know what percent of people who work inRead More Lake Forest also have a primary residence in Lake Forest? I don't just mean municipal government workers. I mean both private and public sectors? That might be a hard number to dig up but it would be interesting to know.
Dr. Jim Gardner
Jim Gardner April 16, 2014 at 09:28 am
Hi Old Timer. I don't know what the geography is for MV or RSM. I suspect that the districts areRead More divided by the southern part of each city going to Capistrano and the northern part going to SVUSD. But I have no idea of the demographics of these two sections of each city. You may be right. Or not. I don't dispute the fact that there are many factors that go into how well students perform, and these certainly include the wealth, education, and culture of the family, and the child's own inherent abilities. But it would be foolish to think that there are no differences between how different schools and different school districts operate, and to disregard these differences and merely focus on the differences in the demographics. I spent many years teaching at many Universities and I can assure you that schools and teachers differ enormously. I spent more than a dozen years working with schools as a consulting clinical psychologist, and I saw enormous differences at this level as well. So I don't think we are at odds, just emphasizing different parts of the equation.
OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 10:13 am
Oh, and I respect your opinion as a former educator and professional. Trust me on that. However, IRead More am skeptical that there would be huge differences between school districts so tightly aligned geographically (SVUSD and Capo) with comparable demographics. Now, if you were to say there there are big differences between, let's say, SVUSD and Santa Ana Unified - I would jump right on board with you. But I suspect that the quality of teachers, the general funding, the class sizes, etc... are pretty similar for SVUSD and Capo. Also, I would like a breakdown of racial ethnicities in these 2 school districts - since there can be (not necessarily tho) a link between culture and race. Since we're going to dig deeper in the weeds we might as well get out the hand shovel and really analyze this so that we can come to mutual conclusion. That is my goal here. So that we can bridge the gap and walk away satisfied that we have exposed the problem and have some viable solutions. For that should be the goal of any publicly discussed matter.
OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Mr. Gardner is temporarily away. Does anyone other than me have an opinion on Jerry's BrownRead More solution to the education problem (as stated above) in California? Maybe I'm missing something. Convince me it's a good move on part of the governor and it will help solve California's dismal and pathetic K-12 academic performance (standardized test scores) as compared with the large majority of other states in the union.
Alberto Flores Ramirez. Patch file photo.
andy fischer April 16, 2014 at 05:52 pm
"Ever try to prove a negative? Can't be done." Ever heard of an alibi?
Shripathi Kamath April 16, 2014 at 07:09 pm
Well, there is this dude (among many others): http://bit.ly/1j3Gb14 Or if you prefer YouTube:Read More http://youtu.be/VuY85oTRyy0
Robert Curtis April 16, 2014 at 09:57 pm
...an alibi? How many people have been convicted after giving an alibi without anyone available toRead More witness or support their alibi? To many! As I get older I have come to realize rarely are things the way they are fed to us or as they appear on the surface. The other sad thing is the media will quickly ruin a guy's life but never after being found innocent go back and recant or disclose the facts for what they really are. Why is that? Because it sells more news to tear down than to report truth on a follow up.
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Rodger Higgins April 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm
You can believe the Mayor of New York will use this footage to help his case to get rid of ALL horseRead More drawn carriages in New York he promised he would do.
MillicentBroderick April 17, 2014 at 05:00 am
Horses should not be nose to exhaust pipe on city streets. That is cruelty and the horse had hadRead More enough.
kathleen macmurray April 17, 2014 at 05:46 am
A horse and carriage ride in a park, fine. But not on busy, crowded city streets. It's cruel to theRead More horse and dangerous to everyone else. I'm with the NYC mayor on this one.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
T. April 16, 2014 at 02:55 pm
Glad I am a vegetarian. The crap they inject the animals with, hormones, antibiotics, vaccinations,Read More and the the crap these animals are eating have all have all been treated with toxic pesticides, and other chemicals. You are what you eat.
Bob B April 16, 2014 at 09:24 pm
There is always a reason for a price-increase - I can't remember ever reading about a reason for aRead More price-decrease. It's possible no one else has noticed this. Isn't capitalism wonderful?
mark April 17, 2014 at 04:39 am
The disease came from China! Aids came from Africa, other diseases come from Mexico but yet we letRead More people flood to this country and they bring those diseases with them!
Photo courtesy of Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 10:40 am
Congratulations, kids! You are very fortunate to get your college education paid for (I assume allRead More have scholarships) by virtue of engaging in games that you love to play. What's not to love about that? And by the time you graduate college, who knows? Maybe your college will have an athletic union and you can sign million dollar contracts in addition to getting all your other expenses paid. Maybe they'll even offer pension programs. The world is changing fast. Way too fast for me. But I wish each of you all the luck in the world. Just one word of advice: Always plan in advance to come out ahead even if you lose.
mOmO123 April 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Way to go kids! your community is proud of you
Bob Oosdyke April 17, 2014 at 06:43 am
Everyone, make the most of it...Before you know it, you will be out of college and looking in theRead More rear view mirror. Dont believe me? Ask any senior in college now from SM who is playing sports or even going to college! Good Luck, SM has prepared you, trust me.
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D Penta April 16, 2014 at 02:12 pm
Natick news - Nebraska news -- well at least they both start with the letter N. I said this before IRead More think everyone should not open any article on their local Patch unless they see the name of their community in it. They are trying to trick up with news. We see a headline and think - in my case - Natick - and it is not. NO NAME - NO CLICK! I think if the click rate goes down for Patch, it will hurt them advertising wise and then maybe they will listen to us that we want LOCAL NEWS! Who wants to join me in my NO NAME No CLICK campaign?
noah arribas April 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVWyT5RWHtA How its done
knee jerk April 17, 2014 at 05:41 am
Hey," No News in Natick" ( D Penta} Good idea, don't click if it's not local news. TheyRead More are almost out of business now, let's put them over the top. What little local news you get now on Patch, will be non-existent.
Franc Cano. Photo courtesy of Anaheim Police Department.
S.A.P. April 16, 2014 at 09:13 am
So Cano got 1 YEAR for "lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14"? He cut offRead More his GPS & was not put back into prison? Who was the judge that decided that?
Joker Joe April 16, 2014 at 09:23 am
I actually blame the judges for these fine fellows being let loose. Who was the judge?
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 16, 2014 at 10:16 am
There should be an automatic go to jail without bail, etc. Do not allow them any exceptions. I hopeRead More with all my breath that they die and don't evev have a trial.
Bomb squad on scene. Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News
Daniella Ruiz April 16, 2014 at 10:25 am
strange how we respond just as the terrorists desire us to. the media commemorates each incident asRead More if it were a new profit center to mine for every last click. whole populations now sit in fear of another 'something' about to happen, never again, fully safe like we were in the good old days of the cold war? once these bstrds hit us deep inside our own turf we have not become stronger, but rather 'hardened', emboldened in our delusions of ultimate superiority, no longer safe on our 'island of north america'. each of these events changes us all even imperceptably, forcing us to accept their motives, their ideals, their imam imposed concept of living. we act in unison, determined to show them we are not affected, yet that very demonstration reveals our inner need to respond, to re-affirm our own injury, each of those crowd-felt sympathies we all cling to, even if for the brief moment of our 'crowd'. be strong, and further, be alert, be conspicuous in manner in which you care for each other. shy not away from those who seek your death, but do not embrace them, as they fein no challenge to seek close to your demise.
david mokal April 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm
It was on Twitter step by step what was happening with photos. There will be more nutbags pullingRead More crap you'll see. I give that police officer credit for stopping him he had his life in his hands. It could have been the real deal. We haven't seen the last of the sicko's yet.
Agranon April 16, 2014 at 01:36 pm
The police in Boston are terribly stupid. They are dumber than most cops and that would make themRead More total morons. And for all you idiots that are going to respond about how much you respect cops because 'not all are bad' or how their job is so hard, really, really? Please think about what you're saying.
April's blood moon eclipse will show itself on April 15, 2014. Photo Credit: jurvetson, via flickr creative commons
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 15, 2014 at 09:21 am
I got up every hour waiting to see a red moon. Not even a drop of blood, I had a great spot to seeRead More the moon. Did they lie about?
Sarah April 15, 2014 at 07:19 pm
I saw it at 12:05 am. It was amazing!!
johnclarknew April 16, 2014 at 07:27 am
At 12:15 am thin clouds obscured it. I went back to bed.
Midwest Hydroganics owner Joseph Vota said business has been booming since Patch revealed the DEA was staking out his store. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Rock Fan April 17, 2014 at 12:35 am
"Nine grams of cannabis were allegedly found in Kirking's Shorewood home after she was held atRead More gunpoint by flak-jacketed agents and police. That was the smallest amount allegedly found in the 11 cases, Pelkie said" Nine grams ? Nine grams ? Are you flipping kidding me ? All that police payroll for that ?.
David Madere April 17, 2014 at 03:02 am
MORE Gov't waste, we need to down size big Gov't and save money.
knee jerk April 17, 2014 at 05:24 am
So, Aileen, I guess we have Ronnie Regan to blame for the failed "war on drugs"? HeRead More decided to go after marijuana but ignore the aids epidemic? A true humanitarian and a right wing icon. And what is ironic is we are closer today to beating aids than drugs.
Mike Syi April 15, 2014 at 06:10 pm
I feel bad for the good people that will loose their jobs. The people who should loose their job isRead More the leaders of the company that have made decisions that have caused SCE rates to be one of the highest in the country. Not long ago SCE had one of the lowest rates. There is so much waste on new SCE programs that cost millions of dollars that do nothing except help with someone's presentation.
Allan April 16, 2014 at 06:14 am
Let's see now. LA City starts new trash program which will kill some small business and certainlyRead More result in layoffs. Now SCE going to be laying off 900 plus. Now looking too good there, SoCal.
OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 08:34 am
Well, this is what they call 'progress', folks. Think about it. Not long ago they installed theRead More 'smart meters', right? Well, with 'smart meters' you don't need meter readers, do you? So this has nothing at all to do with democrats or republicans. Let's stop going there. It's about cutting costs with technology. Remember when garbage trucks were 2 man units? I do. Those were back the days when the men manually hoisted the cans and dumped the garbage in the trucks. Well, now the trashing dumping is automated and only a driver is needed. Sorry, folks. That's called 'progress', like it or not. Those layed off garbage men and meter readers need to reinvent themselves and find other work in another industry. But let's not make this political. That's so absurd.
Franc Cano booking photo. Courtesy of Anaheim Police Department.
Joker Joe April 15, 2014 at 09:09 am
Cruel and unusual punishment is keeping people on death row for 22 yrs. Execute them in one year.Read More Show you have a heart! As for justice. It is a oxymoron. Justice comes from the front of a barrel.
Ron Lane April 15, 2014 at 10:34 am
Hey Douglas you may want to consider reading the article over.
Disgusted in SJC April 16, 2014 at 02:12 pm
our legal system SUCKS for lack of a better word.... Our problem starts in the juvenile system.Read More Slaps on the hand for serious multiple felonies. It should be mandatory for the scum ball criminals to face their accusers instead of cowering to a plea that is now where near as serious as the offenses that did in fact take place. *** Please note I am bitter and scorned as I have recently had to view the juvenile system up close and personal , my children were innocent victims of a 14 year old monster. 30 some felony charges led to a 2 yr sentence. Is it any wonder we have so many messed up people committing crimes.
Dr. Jim Gardner
OldTimer April 15, 2014 at 06:41 pm
Ricardo. Nice try. How could you possibly find the subjects that you are looking for to compareRead More illegal immigrants or children of illegal immigrants with 'similar backgrounds' of children who are legally in the country and with legal parents? Are you referring only to immigrants who arrived in the country legally who were offspring of parents authorized to enter America? That's where it gets confusing. You need to differentiate between legal and illegal immigrants, or products thereof. Westminster is full of poor asians, many who are probably 1st generation immigrants. Why not compare those subjects with the hispanic immigrants in Santa Ana? Wouldn't that be a fair and valid comparison, based upon the model of your study? I could tell you how that study would turn out with my eyes closed. Oh, and most of the Vietnamese refugees were not former government officials or "bureaucrats" (your term) born with silver spoons in their mouths. Most were poor Vietnamese people who were forced out of their nation by war. Arrived here with basically NOTHING! Fled in rickety boats and many didn't survive their mode of travel. And many, if not most, had to receive welfare once they arrived in America just to survive. And look at the thriving business community those folks turned Little Saigon into. A laudable achievement! But to claim that 1st generation immigrants (legal or illegal?) outperform 3rd generation immigrants just makes me scratch my head in confusion. It makes absolutely no logical sense from a rational perspective. There must be much more to the picture than meets the eye (Neil Young's words) with that study of yours. But I think making a blanket statement that 1st generation immigrants outperform succeeding generations academically is strongly misleading and takes the reader down a crooked road. My opinion.
Jim Gardner April 16, 2014 at 06:59 am
Old Timer. FWIW The % of older people in LB is 18.3% compared to only 9.2% in LF.
Ricardo Cabeza April 16, 2014 at 08:35 am
Old Timer says: "But I think making a blanket statement that 1st generation immigrantsRead More outperform succeeding generations academically is strongly misleading and takes the reader down a crooked road." The study says that by the third generation many of the cultural tools that contributed to success were gone. Beginning with the third generation, the positive aspects of American culture combined with their native culture can lead to further success for subsequent generations.
Patch file photo.
R. A. Velasquez April 15, 2014 at 08:59 am
Well, it's been until 10pm or later most of the last six years. I didn't go there last year. TheirRead More phone number is supposedly 818-374-5650, so I'd call them and see if they can confirm or disavow staying until 10 or midnight anymore.
OldTimer April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Yes folks. Keep paying your taxes and voting. You can see how well that formula has worked for usRead More in the past. I might even toss in a tip for Uncle Sam this year and ask him to apply it to more foreign aid. I heard that Ukraine needs some bailout money. Either that or give it to a to a too big to fail bank so that they can pay this year's executive bonuses. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
Autumn April 15, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Like I've said before: To all the idiots who voted an idiot not for one term but 2! Sit back andRead More enjoy the ride!!!!
Photo courtesy the Orange County Fire Authority.
andy fischer April 14, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Makes you wonder what would have happened if there had been a half dozen people strapped inRead More wheelchairs in the bus. It's not a trivial task to release all those straps.
GreenInOC April 15, 2014 at 09:23 am
Wow, what incredibly lucky timing and so glad the driver noticed the smoke and was able to escape.Read More What kind of mechanical failure causes a vehicle to burst into flames?
Stu Pidasso April 16, 2014 at 10:49 am
Mike- there is no hate here. actually a pathetic situation when one feels he is "owed"Read More something rather than earning it by working for it. Why not move down to the inner city and live there for 6 months, then get back to us!! it should be a real eye opener for you!! I work 6-7 days a week to enjoy what I have, even though i have little time to do so, I'm not complaining, but it bothers me that i am penalized by the way of extra taxes, fee's , etc., to help those who have no intention of trying to help themselves.. I have TWO children, NOT 5, 6, or 7 simply because I cannot afford it, and would NOT EXPECT the government to take care of them for me!!!
John April 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
Stu@ ask Mike( the Brown Nose) Brown what he thinks.All should be on the Gov't. A true Communist ifRead More ever.
Sent from my Lear Jet April 16, 2014 at 05:26 pm
Here's the story I posted this morning and was censored by PATCH Pistol Turned to ‘SubmachineRead More Gun’ By Clueless Media April 15, 2014 | Filed under Constitutional Issues,corruption,Culture,Culture Of Corruption,Democrats,Dumb Criminals,Gun control,Liberals,Media | Posted by Warner Todd Huston Once again we get proof of how mindless and clueless the media is, how they don’t fact check, but just mindlessly pass on each other’s bad work ad infinitum. This time it happened with a story about a criminal who used a .22 caliber pistol in a crime but one clueless reporter turned it into a “submachine gun” and hundreds of his mindless colleagues followed suit passing the lie on and on and on. Clueless reporter Darryl Holliday of DNAinfo Chicago, a website that caters to local news, reported on an incident that was perpetrated by a man from West Garfield Park who began wielding a .22 caliber pistol in a grocery store because he didn’t want to pay the 22 cents tax on a bottle of pop he was trying to buy. Holliday “reported” that the crook “pulled an Intratec submachine gun out of a Gucci satchel,” and in the next paragraph again claimed the piece was a “submachine gun” saying, “Officers arrived on the scene shortly after to find Shelton’s Gucci bag open on the counter as well as 15 bullets in the blue steel .22-caliber submachine gun–eight live rounds in one magazine, five in another and one in the chamber, according to court documents.” Of course, it is clear that reporter Holliday doesn’t have any idea what he’s rambling on about. The .22 caliber Intratec pistol is not a “submachine gun. It is a semi-automatic pistol like every other semi-auto pistol. A submachine gun is an automatic rifle that uses pistol cartridges instead of larger ones such as rifle or armor piercing cartridges. A one-hand-held version of this weapon is called a “machine pistol,” but it is also fully automatic. The Intratec pistol used in this crime is not a fully automatic weapon, however. It is semi-auto-meaning it fires only once when the trigger is pulled. It does not expel a stream of bullets like a fully automatic weapon does. Yet, as soon as this story went live on April 13, dozens of other so-called news outlets took up the claim that this dolt used a “submachine gun” in his crime. All one need do is put “Nahshon Shelton submachine gun” in any search engine and dozens of so-called news stories will be revealed saying that the criminal used a “submachine gun.” It all just shows that whenever you see a report on guns in the Old Media establishment, you should not trust it. They don’t even know the proper definitions of firearms terms and from there all their “facts” are suspect.
Twitter photo of the bus burned in a crash in Orland last week, where 10 people died, including five students.
Holly B April 14, 2014 at 07:20 pm
God bless Heaven's newest angels. We here on earth will miss them both.
RM April 15, 2014 at 08:26 am
Hey John Rithouse, if you don't like it, then don't come here for news. Guys like you make this sameRead More annoying comment every day. Are you mentally slow?
rubberband April 15, 2014 at 10:28 am
This was out in my neck of the woods. All really great kids, college bound and starting their adultRead More lives. Having lost a child, I can say these families will mourn for as long as they live, and will have to find a "new normal" as EVERYTHING is changed for them now...I wish them strength, there is nothing quite like burying a child. Appreciated are the messages of respect and sympathy. It can be annoying to get news from areas other than your own, however the new Patch is doing things differently, and show no evidence of changing it back.....my best advice would be to ignore stories not in your area, and to write your editor directly, and share your comments with those who can make changes.