Palmdale

$320,000 Mega Millions ticket purchased in Palmdale!

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PALMDALE – Somebody in Palmdale bought a Mega Millions ticket and matched five out of six numbers to win a cool $320,061! The lucky person bought the ticket at Palmdale Liquor & JR Markets, located at 2270 East Palmdale Boulevard, the California Lottery announced in a press release. The ticket matched the numbers 39, 4,…

SAVES is new venue for Housing Rights Center workshops

Palmdale City Council Member speaks at a press conference Tuesday to announce that the Housing Rights Center will host its workshops at SAVES. (Photo courtesy city of Palmdale)

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale and the Housing Rights Center (HRC) have announced a change in venue for the monthly housing rights workshops. Beginning this month, the HRC will host its workshops at the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) facility, located at 1002 East Avenue Q-12 in Palmdale. “This truly is a great…

Job recruitment in Palmdale for lead technicians

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PALMDALE – Altech Services, Inc., on behalf of Kinkisharyo International and their customer, LA Metro, is currently hiring Lead Technicians for the final assembly of rail cars in Palmdale. The South Valley WorkSource Center will host a job recruitment, starting 10 a.m. this Friday, April 18 at the Center, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in…

Residents rally to keep serial rapist away

He, now 63, was nicknamed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads.

PALMDALE – “Keep Christopher Hubbart away from the Antelope Valley!” That was the clear message sent by local residents gathered for a press conference outside the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Friday. “We’re coming together as a community in unity to make sure that our voices are heard. We don’t want Christopher Hubbart in the Antelope Valley…

Palmdale School District announces candidate for Superintendent

Raul Maldonado (Photo courtesy McFarland Unified School District)

PALMDALE – Palmdale School District officials have selected Raul Maldonado as candidate for Superintendent. With the public announcement of the selection, the Palmdale School Board will begin contract negotiations during the closed session of the April 15th board meeting. “I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the new Superintendent of Schools for…

Pat Murray commended for lifelong service

By the close of the war in 1945, Murray had earned the rank of Sergeant.

SACRAMENTO – Patricia “Pat” Murray is the 36th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year, Assemblymember Steve Fox announced Thursday. “Pat Murray is one of the best loved people in our community for the simple reason that she brings joy to every person she meets,” Fox stated in a news release. “She has made it her…

Jury duty phone scam alert

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The “jury duty scam” that has circulated around the nation for several years has made its way back to the Antelope Valley, local law enforcement officials warn. The following is a community advisory from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been advised that citizens are receiving phone calls…

Construction begins on Palmdale solar project

Located on three sites, Palmdale’s Civic Center, DryTown Water Park and Marie Kerr Park, the solar power arrays are comprised of approximately 3,200 photovoltaic panels located on shade structures which were designed to blend with the look and feel of the city’s surroundings.

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale on Monday announced the construction of a 976-kilowatt DC solar generation project that will help the city meet California mandates for renewable power generation and greenhouse gas reduction. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014, the solar generation project is expected to eliminate 1.8 million pounds of carbon…

Public hearing for alcohol sales permit becomes spirited debate

This family market, located at 1060 E. Palmdale Blvd., was granted a conditional use permit to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises.

PALMDALE – Considering public approval against protests, the City Council voted 4-1 at Wednesday’s meeting to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for a family market seeking to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Newly-appointed Councilman Fred Thompson was the lone dissenter in the vote, noting that the council should not support a fourth…

Group calls for ethics investigation of Assemblyman Steve Fox

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ANTELOPE VALLEY – With the State Senate belatedly taking action against three senators accused or convicted of various crimes, local activists are calling on Assembly Speaker John Perez, the Assembly Rules Committee and the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee to institute an investigation into the whistleblower allegations against Assemblyman Steve Fox. “The public was first notified…

Palmdale celebrates groundbreaking for new shopping center

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PALMDALE – City of Palmdale officials, developers and representatives from several retailers gathered Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking of Palmdale’s newest shopping center, which will be the new home for Chick-fil-A, Krispy Kreme, Yogurtland, The Habit, and international grocery chain Aldi. “We are thrilled to have these great new retailers coming to Palmdale,” stated Palmdale…

Thompson appointed to council vacancy

Thompson poses for a photo with members of Girl Scout Troop 4382, who were holding up signs from the audience, reading "We Want Fred".  (JIM WINBURN)

PALMDALE – The City Council appointed Fred Thompson to a vacancy on its board Wednesday evening, making the former Palmdale School District trustee the first African-American to serve on the council. The four-member council voted unanimously in a motion to appoint Thompson to Councilwoman Laura Bettencourt’s vacated seat. Bettencourt resigned her seat on the council…

New evening time for ‘Coffee with a Cop’

Deputy Jodi Wolfe sits for a chat with a resident.

PALMDALE – To accommodate the work schedules of local residents, Palmdale Sheriff’s Station has added a new evening session to its “Coffee with a Cop” program. This month’s event will still take place at 9 a.m. Friday, April 4 at the McDonald’s, located at 131 East Palmdale Boulevard. However, Palmdale Sheriff’s Station will hold a…

AVTA expands service

The North County TRANSporter began operating on August 6, 2012.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is expanding its North County TRANSporter route further south to give residents greater connectivity to the Santa Clarita Valley. Starting Monday, April 7, three of the 10 TRANSporter runs will stop at the new McBean Regional Transit Center. “The route expansion is a direct response to the increasing…

Help get Palmdale’s first mayor bronzed

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PALMDALE – A small committee of local citizens is working to raise funds to create a bronze statue of Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole, and they need your help. Chimbole, 94, is one of the “50 Grand Men” who helped incorporate the city of Palmdale. He is still actively involved in the community and is…