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Holcomb Fire 80 percent contained; smoke advisory remains for Victor Valley

BIG BEAR — After six days of battling the Holcomb Fire, firefighters have reached 80 percent containment as of Saturday morning and Highway 18 has reopened, according to an update from San Bernardino National Forest Service.Acreage “shrunk” to 1,503, down 37 acres from Thursday’s estimate “due to more accurate mapping,” Forest Service officials said via Twitter just after 7 a.m. Saturday. […]

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Local charter schools struggling since ruling restricts satellite locations

As the tug-of-war between public and charter schools intensifies across California, a pressing concern for local schools has emerged: What will happen to nonclassroom-based charters?Thousands of High Desert parents opt for their children to be educated outside of the traditional school setting, one of the most popular choices being to send them to publicly-funded, independently-operated charter schools.Some of those […]

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Date: 1498385224

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Digital Provocateur: ‘Resident troll’ gets town’s attention with YouTube videos

APPLE VALLEY — He calls himself the “Trump of Apple Valley.”Like the president, Kerry Henard is brash and unapologetic. Unlike Donald Trump, who primarily uses Twitter, the town resident prefers YouTube and, more recently, Facebook to convey his message.Since March 2016, Henard has posted 179 videos to his YouTube channel that document what he sees as municipal ineptitude and hypocrisy. He has filmed everything from gushing sprinklers to “disgusting” park […]

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Date: 1498385187

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AESD appoints Dr. Amy Nguyen-Hernandez as new superintendent

ADELANTO — During a special meeting on Friday, the Adelanto Elementary School District Board of Trustees opted not to hire a search firm to seek a new superintendent, instead appointing Dr. Amy Nguyen-Hernandez to fill the role.Nguyen-Hernandez, who served as the interim superintendent for just two weeks before her appointment, said she is “honored” to fill the vacancy left by former superintendent Dr. Edwin Gomez since he […]

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Date: 1498384716

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Gutting the state’s tax board is bad news for taxpayers

SACRAMENTO — When I first learned about the existence of something called the California Board of Equalization, it sounded like something that might have existed in the novel, “Animal Farm.” All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. Few things sound more totalitarian than a government agency in charge of equalizing things.

But California’s BOE, founded in 1879, simply is a banal tax board that oversees collection of the state’s sales and excise taxes. It also handles appeals of the state’s income and corporate taxes. The “equalization” has nothing to do with equalizing Californians’ financial status, but

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SoCal Republicans have Georgia on their mind

For the last several months, all eyes have been on Georgia’s 6th Congressional District — a legislative seat that opened up when former Rep Tom Price vacated the post to become the secretary of Health and Human Services. Democrats, who raised and spent tens of millions of dollars on the race, touted political newcomer John Ossoff as the party’s best hope to capture a Republican district, in what they billed as a referendum on President Donald Trump.

But, to borrow a phrase from country singer Reba McIntyre, “that’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia” — at least

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Date: 1498384240

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Should we hate cops, or hug them?

The long-delayed release of the Philando Castile video, along with a Minnesota jury’s inexplicable decision to acquit the policeman who killed him, raises basic questions of self-governance in this country. I’ll mention three. First: Is competent, humane policing really that difficult? Second, does our criminal justice system even function in such cases?

Thanks to the obtuseness of Minneapolis’ gay rights leaders and their enablers in the media, a third question arises: Why do liberals keep stepping on their own message — dividing Americans by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and now, by profession — all under the banner

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How to take advantage of the retail apocalypse

Amazon’s stunning acquisition last week of Whole Foods signaled an inflection point in the development of retail, notably the $800 billion supermarket sector. The massive shift of retail to the web is beginning to claw into the last remaining bastions of physical space. In the last year alone, 50,000 positions were lost in the retail sector, and as many as 6 million jobs could be vulnerable nationwide in the long term. Store closings are running at a rate higher than during the Great Recession.

Yet, there’s an opportunity opening for cities and regions to take advantage of new space for

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Date: 1498384228

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