Allen Buchanan: Why no steel? Some answers to how commercial real estate is built
In our coastal climate of Southern California, steel is susceptible to corrosion. Nowadays, newly constructed metal buildings are not allowed in most Orange County cities. Many, however, are still found in the Inland Empire and numerous older …
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The house that sold for nearly $800000 over asking price speaks to the inequity of California
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Clark, the real estate agent, put me in touch with Bill Malcolm, an Irvine lawyer who grew up in the Sunnyvale house that sold for $782,000 above asking. “It was absolutely amazing,” said Malcolm. When he has visited his old turf, Malcolm told me …
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Here’s why these Republicans think they can be elected governor in deep-blue California
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Assemblyman Travis Allen and businessman John Cox, two politicians unfamiliar to most Californians, share an audacious goal that no Republican has achieved in more than a decade: to be elected governor of the Golden State. Despite the Democrats’ …
VICTORVILLE — In the middle of hosting a fall party for her students’ parents and families, teacher Ann Fisher was interrupted with an unexpected surprise.Fisher learned she’d been awarded the National KinderCare Education Legacy Award — an accolade that includes a $10,000 cash prize.Selected from more than 28,000 others, Fisher, who works at the Victorville KinderCare off Bear Valley Road, will also receive an all- […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20171118/real-superhero-local-teacher-recognized-with-national-education-award?rssfeed=true
PHELAN — Snowline Joint Unified School District Superintendent Ryan Holman listened as over 200 parents voiced their concerns over the issues of racism, bullying and intolerance they claim have flooded the campus of Serrano High School.During the parent-only meeting held at the school Friday that lasted more than four hours, Holman, SJUSD board members, district officials and school staff heard a tidal wave of concerns that included claims the […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20171118/serrano-parents-voice-concerns-district-school-officials-hear-claims-of-racial-strife-bullying?rssfeed=true
LUCERNE VALLEY — Bud Biggs, a local leader known for his work managing the Mitsubishi Cement plant and serving on several boards across the Victor Valley, has died, the Daily Press learned Saturday.Several sources reported Biggs, 77, died early Saturday morning at a local hospital following an apparent heart attack. Biggs retired from Mitsubishi Cement Corporation in January following 54 years in the cement business, according to a previous report in this newspaper.He […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20171118/report-longtime-cement-plant-manager-biggs-dies?rssfeed=true
ADELANTO — Nourish to flourish is the mission of former NFL defensive end Turk McBride.The Camden, New Jersey, native returned with his mission to Adelanto Stadium for the third year in a row Saturday, helping fund and organize the Holiday Harvest, an effort to feed thousands of local residents.He even helped carry bags of food out to residents’ vehicles. He says the work is part of his status as “almost an adopted citizen of Adelanto. […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20171118/heartfelt-harvest?rssfeed=true
LOS ANGELES — Sam Darnold stood atop a ladder in a corner of the Coliseum and led USC’s marching band in a rendition of “Conquest.”
Disaster threatened for most of Saturday night, but in the end, the Trojans could celebrate, escaping with a 28-23 victory over UCLA.
“I thought our kids did what needed to be done to win a hard-fought ballgame,” USC coach Clay Helton said.
The 87th edition of the crosstown rivalry was up for grabs late into the fourth quarter.
In a nationally-televised showcase featuring two of the nation’s top quarterbacks, UCLA’s Josh Rosen dropped a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley in the end zone with 2:43 left, moving the unranked Bruins within a touchdown and a potential for their biggest upset in the series in more than a decade.
Rosen had hit Lasley in stride after he had passed Jack Jones along the south sideline.
But the Trojans, who had entered as 16-point favorites and were ranked No. 11 in the College Football Playoff rankings, recovered an ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock on the final two-plus minutes in front of 82,407 at the Coliseum
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The victory meant little as far as USC’s postseason destination. It had already sewn up a Pac-12 South Division championship and fallen mostly out of the playoff mix. But its victory marked its third in a row over the Bruins, all under Helton, including his final game as the team’s interim coach in 2015, and gave the program its first 10-win regular season since 2011.
“It’s huge for how much adversity we’ve faced this year,” said Cameron Smith, a junior linebacker for the Trojans. “I’ve never played 12 games in a row in my life. To say we’re 10-2 is huge. I couldn’t be happier right now.”
UCLA (5-6, 3-5 in the Pac-12) out-gained USC, 501-417 yards, but remained one win shy of becoming bowl eligible. Its regular-season finale is Friday against Cal at the Rose Bowl.
“It’s upsetting,” said Jedd Fisch, the Bruins’ offensive coordinator. “Our guys played really really hard and really really good. And every now and then there was just a play that moved us back.”
USC has its first bye week on Thanksgiving weekend before it plays in the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 1 in Santa Clara.
Rosen, in his second game back from a concussion, shined, completing 32 of 52 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns with an interception against the Trojans. The junior quarterback often found Lasley, who caught 10 passes for 204 yards and all three touchdowns.
Darnold, USC’s prolific passer, completed 17 of 28 passes for 264 yards with an interception.
“It’s awesome being able to battle a great player like Josh,” Darnold said.
The 501 yards of total offense by UCLA were the most USC had allowed in a game this season and most since Helton was named the permanent coach. Notre Dame earlier this season amassed 497 total yards.
Before Rosen’s 27-yard scoring toss to Lasley, the Trojans had a 28-17 lead with 5:19 left, after running back Ronald Jones capped a 10-play, 90-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Jones totaled 122 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, but the Trojans had more trouble than expected on the ground against the nation’s worst-ranked rush defense. They ended with 153 total rushing yards, the fewest UCLA had allowed in a game this season. Its previous low was when it held Memphis to 162 yards in September. And its offense often stalled as a result.
“I thought our young men played hard,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said. “I thought they fought until the bitter end.”
USC led 14-7 at halftime and first scored on a trick punt return. While the punt fluttered to the north sideline, where Michael Pittman caught it, USC’s players collapsed around Ajene Harris on the south sideline. UCLA’s players then followed to Harris. Pittman, as a result, was left open and ran 72 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter.
It was the difference in the margin after the first two quarters.
Both quarterbacks saw potential scoring chances end later in the first half because of turnovers.
UCLA appeared poised to even the score at 14 right before halftime.
On a third-and-12, Rosen took a punishing hit as he delivered a well-timed throw over the middle to Christian Pabico, securing a first down at the Trojans’ 17-yard line. But the trip to the red zone ended two players later when Rosen was sacked and stripped.
Malik Dorton, USC’s defensive end, pushed past Bruins center Scott Quessenberry into the backfield, and as Rosen started his throwing motion, the ball was knocked loose. Linebacker John Houston scooped up the fumble.
The previous drive by USC had reached UCLA’s 30-yard line, but Darnold lofted a pass downfield in desperation on a fourth down and was picked off by Jaleel Wadood.
Most of the Trojans’ success against Rosen came as it sacked him a total of four times, including on consecutive plays in the third quarter.
Rosen was also intercepted by safety Marvell Tell in the end zone when he attempted to thread a pass into double coverage on the Bruins’ opening drive in the third quarter.
“When the going gets tough, our defense steps up,” Smith said.
It was the second of two trips to the red zone that ended without a touchdown for UCLA. Molson also missed a 47-yard field goal attempt in the first half.
“It was just one-off mistakes,” Rosen said. “Nothing really glaring. Just stupid mistakes.”
For the Bruins, if it stumbles next week, they will likely miss a bowl game for a second consecutive season under Mora.
“It’s been a tough season, obviously,” Mora said, “and we’ve had to overcome tremendous (adversity) on defense in terms of personnel. They will continue to fight back.”Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/18/usc-holds-on-for-28-23-victory-over-ucla/
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — The Santiago girls volleyball team did not play poorly during Saturday’s CIF State playoff match against Santa Margarita.
To knock off one of the state’s top-ranked teams, however, Santiago coach Courtney Krueger said her team probably needed to play a perfect match.
Santa Margarita used strong passing and a balanced offensive attack to sweep Santiago 25-17, 25-18, 25-15 in a Division I regional quarterfinal.
The top-seeded Eagles (31-9) will host No. 5 seed La Jolla The Bishop’s on Tuesday.
“We knew coming into the match that we needed to cut down the errors,” Krueger said. “We made a few too many unforced ones tonight, and they took advantage. We really had to be perfect, and that’s tough to achieve.”
Santiago (30-7) actually outhit the Eagles during the opening set, posting a .464 attacking percentage compared to Santa Margarita’s mark of .438. The difference, as Krueger said, were a few errors near the end of the set.
Santiago is a team that can get a team out of system with tough serving, but Santa Margarita’s receivers delivered pinpoint passes in the first set, making Devon Chang’s job of running the Eagles’s offense much easier.
Chang, who is headed to UCLA, spread the ball around, and Sarah Ciszek, Gabby Barcelos and Taylor Heberle took turns pounding from the outside. The trio of attackers combined to register 12 kills in each of the three sets.
”I think our pins played very well tonight,” Eagles coach Katy Daly said. ”Overall, I think the atmosphere was right and we played really loose.”
Barcelos and Ciszek combined for six kills to help Santa Margarita grab a 9-2 lead in the second set. Santiago staged a comeback, and the Sharks managed to close within 15-13 after back-to-back aces by Kayla Pronio. Santa Margarita answered back, and Peyton Ehmke’s kill ultimately ended the set.
Santiago had few answers for Ciszek, who continued to rip away from the right side. The southpaw had six kills in the final set and 16 in the match.
Santa Margarita was clinging to an 18-14 lead in the third, but the Eagles won seven of the final eight points to complete the sweep. Santiago had three hitting errors and two service errors during that final 7-1 stretch.
Barcelos and Heberle had 10 kills apiece for Santa Margarita.
Sydney Strasner had 10 kills to lead Santiago, while Erin Anderson and Ashlyn Blotzer each had eight kills.Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/18/santa-margarita-sweeps-santiago-in-division-i-state-volleyball-match/
RIVERSIDE – The swift ascent of JSerra’s Anthony Grover continued as he moved from atop Orange County to the top of the CIF Southern Section on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Grover, a sophomore who earlier this year won the Orange County Championships, blitzed across the course from the start and captured the boys Division 4 individual title and the spotlight at the CIF-SS Finals at the Riverside City Cross Country Course.
“I wanted to take it out hard,” Grover said. “I didn’t want anyone to run with me. I didn’t want anyone to have a chance to beat me.”
Grover got the win in a time of 15:22 and formed a 1-2 finish with teammate Peter Herold (15:29).
“It feels good because that’s the first step,” Grover said. “Obviously next is state, then hopefully NXN (Nike Cross Nationals).”
Grover put people on notice by earning All-County honors as a freshman, but JSerra’s No. 1 elevated himself to an elite level this season with an O.C. title and now a CIF-SS title, and he has a legitimate shot at winning a state title next week in Fresno.
“I’ve been doing the little things, having really solid workouts,” he said. “It’s really been improving. Middle of the season, that’s when I felt like I became pretty solid.”
Despite its 1-2 finish, JSerra held on to seventh place by just seven points, but it was enough for the Lions to qualify for state.
As he looked ahead to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 25, at Woodward Park, Grover said his goal was simple.
“I want to win,” he said with a smile. “That’s pretty much it.”
Laguna Beach took the runner-up plaque in Division 4 with three top-20 finishes including Ryan Smithers in sixth (15:41). Crean Lutheran’s Garrett Miller (15:39) and Peter Weiss (15:50) qualified as individuals.
The most entertaining race of the day was in Division 1 with what could only be described as a stampede.
The entire race was run as a large, speeding pack of racers, and the top 17 runners all finished within a 20-second span.
“It’s crazy that there were so many people in a pack throughout the whole race,” El Toro’s Adrian Vargas said. “It never broke off. Never (been in a race) like that one.”
Dana Hills finished third, and Vargas was the top county runner in 12th (14:54) to help El Toro qualify for state for the first time since 2013.
In Division 3, Ocean View held on to seventh place to qualify for state for the first time in the program’s history.
“Everything’s been worth it,” Ocean View coach Daniel Hurtado said. “The tears from last year, I feel like we had to pay our dues to get to this point.”
Brea Olinda and Santa Margarita’s Ian Howard (fourth, 15:19) also qualified.
In Division 2, Mission Viejo, considered by PrepCalTrack.com a strong contender for the division title, finished 11th and failed to qualify for state. Luis Chavez qualified as an individual in sixth (15:09).
Sunny Hills, Canyon and Newport Harbor’s Alexis Garcia (third, 14:57) also qualified.
St. Margaret’s qualified with a fourth-place finish in Division 5.Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/18/jserras-grover-uses-blazing-start-to-claim-title-at-cif-ss-finals/