Lancaster

Construction begins on new Quartz Hill Library

Rendering of the new Quartz Hill Library. (contributed)  The Quartz Hill Library site is located at 5040 West Avenue M2.

QUARTZ HILL – Construction has commenced on the new Quartz Hill Library for the County of Los Angeles. The project team — consisting of SVA Architects, the Griffin|Swinerton joint venture, and the County of Los Angeles — hosted a groundbreaking ceremony July 27 to recognize the milestone. The new, 12,514-square-foot Quartz Hill Library will replace…

Help locate missing Lancaster man

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LANCASTER – Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating an 80-year-old Lancaster man who suffers from dementia and has been missing since early Tuesday afternoon. Paul Minnicks III was last seen around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, leaving his residence on Gillan Avenue in Lancaster. He left his home in a white 2006 Toyota…

OIG backs push for civilian subpoena power

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County’s inspector general Tuesday backed a recommendation for civilian subpoena power over the Sheriff’s Department, while a sheriff’s representative warned that work on a long-negotiated agreement to share information could be slowed as a result. Inspector General Max Huntsman is part of a working group hashing out the mission and…

AVH Foundation celebrates 40 years of fundraising

[Left to right] AVH Foundation Board Chairman Johnny Zamrzla; AVH CFO
Paul Brydon; Foundation board members Jennifer Hill, MD, Scott Evans, Hank Marvin, Sr., Janet Berard, Becky Smith; and AVH Interim CEO Jack Burke. (contributed)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Hospital Foundation recently presented a check to the hospital for nearly $1 million, the latest donation in a 40 year history of support for the only full-service acute care hospital in the Antelope Valley. This latest monetary gift was raised through the Foundation Golf Tournament, which took place at the…

Local robotics students educate teachers at Cal Poly Pomona

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QUARTZ HILL – Two recently graduated students from Joe Walker Middle School joined instructor Matthew Anderson to educate California teachers on 3D printing and vex robotics at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Anderson, a Joe Walker Middle School teacher, educates teachers from around the state each year on the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Gateway…

John Calandri appointed to Antelope Valley Fair JPA

John Calandri (image from http://www.calandrisonrisefarms.com)

SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) announced Monday that she has appointed John Calandri to serve as the Senate designee on the Antelope Valley Fair Joint Powers Authority (JPA). “As a multi-generation agricultural family, John and his family truly represent what the Antelope Valley Fair is all about,” Runner stated in news release. “John…

Group speaks out on $2 million settlement of Section 8 discrimination case

Alberta Jackson talks about what the Department of Justice lawsuit settlement means to her as a Section 8 resident of Palmdale. (Photo by Jim E. Winburn)

PALMDALE – The Community Action League (TCAL) on Friday held a press conference outside Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s Palmdale office, responding to this week’s announcement of a $2 million settlement in the Antelope Valley Section 8 discrimination case. The agreement resolves allegations that the Housing Authority of Los Angeles County and the cities of Lancaster…

More information sought in fatal crash

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LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Unit is seeking more information regarding a fatal single-vehicle collision that occurred around 5:20 p.m. July 8 on Avenue M at 30th Street West. A white 2013 Ford Fusion swerved into oncoming traffic near the 30th Street West intersection before crashing into two concrete poles, detectives said previously.…

County votes to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to incrementally raise the minimum wage in unincorporated areas over the next five years, reaching $15 an hour by 2020. Supervisors Sheila Kuehl, Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas backed the ordinance. Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe dissented, raising concerns about the…

Video: Flame of Hope passes through Palmdale

Flame of Hope run Andrea Kramer

PALMDALE – The Flame of Hope – the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 – was carried through Palmdale and Lancaster Friday afternoon on its journey to the opening ceremonies of the World Games on July 25. Law enforcement officers serving as the “Guardians of the Flame of Hope” and…

VIDA youth program accepting applications

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LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Lancaster Station is accepting applications for the Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) program slated to begin in August. VIDA is a 16-week program for “at-risk” youth between the ages of 11 and 17 that integrates counseling, physical fitness and community service to curb criminal behavior through…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

MARY TRUJILLO Lancaster Most Wanted 7.16.15

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for an alleged assault. If you recognize her and know where she might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspect’s photo or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Mary Trujillo Mary Trujillo is a 65-year-old white female with brown eyes.…

County settles Section 8 discrimination allegations

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in a closed session Tuesday to pay an undisclosed amount to settle charges of discriminatory enforcement practices against Antelope Valley residents living in subsidized housing. The details of the agreement involving the county, the Housing Authority and the U.S. Justice Department were not released…