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Runners Charter School Accountability Measure Passes Committee

Senator George Runner's (R- Antelope Valley) charter school accountability measure, Senate Bill 430, unanimously passed the Assembly Education Committee late yesterday afternoon. 

"Charter schools were created to be free from many bureaucratic hurdles in order to provide a creative atmosphere where students can achieve academic excellence.  Accountability must go hand in hand with that freedom in order to ensure appropriate use of our tax dollars," said Senator Runner.

Fallen Deputy Remembered by Colleagues

Deputy Jerry Ortiz of Lakewood, killed last week, was a dedicated officer who helped kids stay clear of the gang life...

Colleagues mourned sheriff's Deputy Jerry Ortiz Thursday as a diligent street cop & punishing boxer with a memorable smile made brighter by the woman he married just weeks before he was gunned down during anti-gang work.


For more on this story, see today's Signal.

Power Outage Knocks Out Library

The Valencia library's expected to reopen today (Friday), barring furthur glitches like Thursday's air conditioner breakdown that followed a power outage Tuesday...


For complete details on this story, see today's Signal.

Rep. McKeon Reappointed to the National Council on the Arts

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) this week reappointed U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon for a two year term to the National Council on the Arts.  Rep. McKeon, who serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, has just completed his fourth term on the council.  Rep. Pat Tiber (R-OH) was also appointed to the council. "The arts are an important part of our culture and provide us with a deeper understanding of the world around us," said Rep.