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Palmdale School District ratifies contract with teachers

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale Elementary Teachers’ Association (PETA) and the Palmdale School District have a three-year contract, District officials announced Thursday. The Contract includes a 4 percent salary increase and an additional 2 percent increase to extend the work year by two days in order to provide professional development for teachers, with a 5 percent off-schedule salary…

Palmdale officials tout crime drop

Palmdale crime down

PALMDALE – With a 17.79 percent decrease in the number of Part I crimes reported in the first quarter of 2016, Palmdale’s overall crime rate has dropped to 211 crimes per 10,000 population — down from 2015’s overall rate of 246 and a phenomenal drop from 1996’s crime rate of 467.71, city and public safety…

AVEK honors longest serving employee

Doug Paterson [contributed]

PALMDALE – Directors of the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency recently adopted a resolution recognizing Douglas Paterson upon his retirement after 37 years of service to the State Water Contractor Agency. As the longest serving employee of the agency chartered in 1962, Paterson applied for a landscaper/maintenance job in 1979, stopping by the AVEK office…

DUI checkpoint in Palmdale this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Palmdale this Friday, April 29, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. They also will check for proper licensing and…

Palmdale employees show support for “Denim Day”

Palmdale denim day

PALMDALE – City of Palmdale employees wore denim on April 27 in support of the 17th Denim Day, a cause to raise awareness about sexual assault and to show support for survivors.   The campaign is presented by Peace Over Violence, a non-profit agency designed to educate the public about rape and sexual assault. “The…

Local robotics team wins Build Award

The local team won the Build Award, which is given to a team with a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail. [contributed]

PALMDALE– The Vex Jets Robotics Team 4073b from Joe Walker Middle School won the Build Award at the 2016 Vex World Championship, which took place  April 20-23.  The students competed against 86 teams in their division from a total of 172 teams from around the world for the title. The team of 12 students traveled…

Young entrepreneurs put on their PR hats

Students enrolled in the Young The team at Passantino Andersen provided post-presentation feedback and tips for
improvement. [contributed]

LANCASTER – The Young Entrepreneurs Academy gained some insight in the world of public relations during a recent field trip to Passantino Andersen Communications, a local award-winning public affairs firm. Each year students enrolled in the program have visited the firm to improve their strategic communication skills and help pitch their companies and products to…

Tip-A-CHiP fundraiser at Claim Jumper

Tip a CHiP

PALMDALE – You can support a great cause by joining local California Highway Patrol officers at Claim Jumper. The Tip-A-CHiP fundraiser to support Special Olympics Antelope Valley starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Claim Jumper at Antelope Valley Mall, located at 1247 West Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale. CHP officers and volunteers will…

Palmdale residents use HERO PACE Program to save water, money

The Purcells used HERO financing to install drought tolerant landscaping and drip irrigation at their Palmdale home. HERO estimates they will save more than 3 million gallons of water over the lifetime of the landscaping project, netting them an estimated $31,960 savings on their water bills. [contributed]

PALMDALE – Palmdale homeowners Shane and Karie Purcell were joined by city officials and water district representatives recently to unveil their new 2,500 square foot drought tolerant landscaping project that was installed and financed through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. PACE financing enables people to make water and energy efficiency improvements to…

Palmdale celebrates April as Fair Housing Month

[L to R] Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, Housing Coordinator Terri-Lei Wheeler and Councilmember Fred Thompson chat with students at the City's Yucca Neighborhood House about fair housing. [contributed]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in the city with a gathering at the Yucca Neighborhood House on Monday, April 18. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford presented a proclamation to Housing Coordinator Terri-Lei Wheeler on behalf of Housing Rights Center Executive Director Chancella Al-Mansour. Students who attend programs at the Yucca House…

Palmdale celebrates its volunteers

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale honored its volunteers on Thursday, April 14, at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Chimbole Cultural Center. The event was themed “Ordinary People — Extraordinary Efforts” and remarks were made by Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Palmdale City Manager Jim Purtee. “This theme really hits at the…

Summer fun at the Palmdale Amphitheater

Top L to R: LeAnn Rimes, Salt-N-Pepa with DJ Spinderella. Bottom L to R: DJ Streak, Bump City, Stone Soul, Herbie Kae & Tony Capko, Gina Eckstine, Adam Cohen. [contributed images]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale has announced the lineup for its summer concert series and Family Movie Nights at the Palmdale Amphitheater (The Amp). Now in its 12th year, The Amp will kick off its summer concert series on Saturday, July 2, with a free “Freedom Symphony” concert performed by West Coast Classical Orchestra,…

Cultural Heritage & Service Day coming April 28

A drum line performs at the event to announce details of the inaugural Community Cultural Heritage & Service Day. [contributed]

PALMDALE – Local elected officials, law enforcement representatives, school administrators and students performing musical selections gathered Wednesday to announce details for the inaugural Community Cultural Heritage & Service Day. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Guidance Charter School campus, located at 37230 37th Street East in…