Palmdale

Community 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…

En Vogue performing in Palmdale this Saturday

En Vogue

PALMDALE – R&B divas En Vogue will take the stage at the Palmdale Amphitheater (The Amp) this Saturday, July 25, as part of the City of Palmdale’s summer concert series. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m., rain or shine. General admission tickets are $10. Both VIP and general admission…

Happening today: TNOTS themed ‘Home on the Range’

Jordan Hernandez of Lancaster was caught “green handed” last week at TNOTS and was presented with a backpack courtesy of Waste Management made of recycled materials full of treats, including day passes to DryTown.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s popular Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) will present the fifth of eight free events this evening (July 23) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square (9th St. East between Ave. Q-9 & Ave. Q-10). Families can enjoy live country music from Runaway, food from local vendors, free…

City of Palmdale’s voicemail system down until July 29

No voicemail

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s voicemail system sustained irreparable damage in this past weekend’s thunder and lightning storms and will be down until the replacement system is installed on Wednesday, July 29. The regular phone lines are operational, but callers will not be able to leave a voice message until the new system is…

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

minimum wage

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…

Martinez named as alternate to Metrolink Board

Roxana Martinez

PALMDALE – Palmdale City Councilmember Roxana Martinez has been appointed as an alternate member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors by Board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. Martinez was appointed to the Palmdale City Council at its Jan. 14 meeting to fill the seat vacated by newly elected State Assemblyman Tom Lackey.…

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…

AV R&B Royal Singers performing at Legacy Commons Saturday

(Top L to R) Sandra Welsh, Ayeasha, Vernon Isaac, Mr. Boo, DeVal Robinson. (Bottom L to R) Keyausha Washington, Brooklyn, Donese Ameachina (Ms. Pooh), (MC) Lawrence Brydie. [contributed images]

PALMDALE – A group of upcoming local singers will showcase their talents during a special performance in Palmdale this Saturday. Dubbed “AV R&B Royal Singers,” the performers include Sandra Welsh, Ayeasha, Vernon Isaac, Mr. Boo, Keyausha Washington, Brooklyn, Donese Ameachina (Ms. Pooh), (MC) Lawrence Brydie and DeVal Robinson. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday,…

NASA Armstrong leads team to test effects of volcanic ash on aircraft engines

Volcanic ash is sprayed into one of the F117 engines of a C-17 during the final phase of the Vehicle Integrated Propulsion Research project July 9 at Edwards. (NASA AFRC photo by Tom Tschida)

EDWARDS AFB – With approximately 1,500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide, more than 80 commercial aircraft have unexpectedly encountered volcanic ash in flight and at airports in the past 15 years, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seven of these encounters caused in-flight loss of jet engine power, which nearly resulted in the crash of…

Happening today: Gnomes set to invade TNOTS

Luke Newton of San Clemente, posing with Waste Management’s Josh Mann, was the winner of a recycled backpack filled with goodies in last week’s “Green Handed” contest. (contributed)

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s popular Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) will hit the halfway mark with the fourth of eight free events this evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square (9th St. East between Ave. Q-9 & Ave. Q-10). The family event will feature live swing music from Phat Cat…

County settles Section 8 discrimination allegations

Settlement graphic

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…

Students build robots, compete at robotics workshop

5012 Team member Nickolas Nottebrock helps William Garrett with his robot. (contributed photo)

PALMDALE – In keeping with its mission to expand robotics to all of Palmdale and the Antelope Valley, The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s Robotics Team 5012 “Gryffingear” hosted a workshop last week for 60 local students in grades fourth through eighth. The six-day robotics workshop, held July 6-11, featured hands-on activities, educational guest speakers, robot building…