Our Top 10 Most Viewed Stories of 2011

ANTELOPE VALLEY – Since being founded in August 2011, The Antelope Valley Times has grown each month, thanks to loyal readers like you who have helped spread the word for us.

With 2012 just hours away, we decided to look back at the stories of 2011 that have contributed to our dramatic rise in readership each month.

The following are the Top 10 stories that attracted the most page views since August 2011.

10. David Grajeda: “I’m fighting all the way!”

LANCASTER – Outspoken Lancaster City Council critic, David Grajeda, made his first court appearance in November on charges of disrupting a public meeting. READ MORE…

Related stories.

UPDATED: Protest to be held for jailed local activist
David Grajeda to represent himself, stay-away order stands



9. Eye in the Sky gets City Council approval

(Left to right) LASD Lancaster Captain Bob Jonsen, Aero View President Steve McCarter, and Lancaster Mayor R. Rex ParrisLANCASTER – In November, Lancaster City Council members approved an aerial surveillance system – or as Mayor R. Rex Parris called it – an ‘Eye in the Sky’. READ MORE…

Related stories:

ACLU to scrutinize ‘Eye in the Sky’
Fighting crime from the air: City announces new aerial surveillance system



8. Mayoral Candidate, Maggie Campbell, responds to critics

PALMDALE – Maggie Campbell contributed an article to our Viewpoints section in October to address several of her critics. READ MORE…

Related stories:

Palmdale mayoral candidates face off
Candidate: Mayor is afraid to debate!



7. Occupy Antelope Valley Sets Date

LANCASTER – In October, AV residents made plans for an occupation in Lancaster in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and occupations in cities all over the world. READ MORE…

Related stories:

Occupy AV: “WE…ARE… THE 99 PERCENT!”
Occupy AV: “Move your money or lose your money!”
Occupy AV demonstrates at Farmers Market



6. DOJ to hear complaints

LANCASTER – The California Community Action League announced in November that DOJ representatives were coming to town to take complaints from residents as part of the federal investigation into alleged discriminatory policing by law enforcement in the Antelope Valley. READ MORE…

Related stories:
Section 8 investigators on hold, 90 more days
DOJ meets with AV community leaders
Section 8 lawsuit spurs federal investigation into racial discrimination AV


5. The BLVD named in Top 10 Best Main Streets on US Route 6 List

LANCASTER – In October, a feature travel writer named The BLVD one of the top 10 prettiest, coolest most charming Main Streets in the United States. READ MORE…


4. Man sues Sheriff’s Dept. over hospital beat down

LANCASTER – In late November, Marco Chiclano filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department claiming he was excessively beaten and falsely arrested by deputies on April 2 in front of Antelope Valley Hospital. READ MORE…

Related stories:

Video: Fight between deputies and Chiclana


3. Residents to City Council: Bring back televised comments!

LANCASTER – In October, Mayor R. Rex Parris decided to stop televising the portion of City Council meetings that allowed residents to comment on items not on the City Council’s agenda. At the following City Council meeting, residents pleaded with council members to bring back televised comments. Read more…


2. Car crash claims life of Antelope Valley Youth

LITTLEROCK – Teenager Christopher Tovar lost his life in a car accident on October 18. READ MORE…

Related stories:

CHP to teens: Drive smart and stay safe!


1. Shooting victim’s wife: I want justice for my husband

Krystle Washington and Darrell Logan Jr.PALMDALE – Darrell Logan Jr., 32, was shot and killed by deputies in his garage on October 13. The following day, Logan’s wife of six years, Krystle Washington, gave an exclusive interview to The AV Times. READ MORE…

(Note: The AV Times published five articles on Logan’s shooting. Four of the five articles were originally on our top 10 list of articles that generated the most page views. We decided to combine them all into the number one position to make room for other topics. Here are the related articles that originally made the top 10 list.)

Candlelight Vigil remembers man shot, killed by deputies
Human Relations Commission President: Deputy-involved shooting not a hate crime
Emotions run high at town hall meeting