Castaic waits for campus

first_imgPaul Novak, an Antonovich aide, said delays are to be expected when a school is tied to a developer. “Even if SunCal had all the approvals for NorthLake, there is no guaranteed schedule of how quickly they can proceed,” Novak said. “In this regard, the opening of this high school is entirely dependent on how quickly the developer proceeds, which is dependent on construction costs, interest rates, and the health of the local economy.” Antonovich recently suggested another site, a portion of 450 acres on what’s called the Castaic Mesa, owned by The Newhall Land and Farming Company. Novak said the site is not meant to derail the district’s work on the NorthLake site but is a way of ensuring options are available. But Hart’s chief operations officer Rob Gapper said Antonovich made the offer public without consulting the district, which sees problems including its proximity to the county jail in Castaic and to a water treatment plant. “We are in the process of looking at that site and we will continue to investigate it,” Gapper said. “But there are some concerns we already have.” Gapper, who is in charge of construction for the district, said that in his short review of the site he’s also noted limited access and geology and environmental concerns. The site requires approval of the state Department of Education, which has stringent guidelines for school locations. Land purchased in the Hasley/Sloan canyon area by the district’s nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation also has drawbacks if reconsidered. Gapper said the district recently completed a timeline for the Hasley/Sloan site that estimated it would take four to five years to get ready. Designs would be done concurrently, but the district would need to invest an additional $2 million – already spent on designing Castaic High on the NorthLake site – for designs for the Hasley/Sloan site. Meanwhile, the environmental impact report for NorthLake was completed this month. If there is no opposition, the development could go before the county in April for review. The Hart District has said a construction-ready pad in March 2008 would allow Castaic High to remain on schedule. Hart Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said the district remains focused on the NorthLake property, having invested time and effort. “Right now we are moving straight forward with SunCal developers on the NorthLake site,” Castellanos said. Facing a possible $125 million deficit, Hart won’t consider other properties unless the money is available. For Gastaldo, a mother of two boys in sixth and seventh grades, the issue is not where the school is built, but when. “It’s about getting something built as soon as possible,” she said. “The delays that we’ve encountered, no matter whose fault they are, are unacceptable.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – The issue of where Castaic students will attend high school for the next four years was settled last week, but Castaic families still have one question: Where’s our school? The Hart Union High School District has three pieces of land available for the long-awaited Castaic campus, now priced at $175 million. The No. 1 choice is dependent on a large residential development that is planned; a second site is a semirural area already owned by the district and opposed by some community members; a third site was suggested by county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich – without any input from the district. As the pros and cons are weighed for each site, patience in the community is growing thin. “I am frustrated with the lack of monitoring regarding a school site,” said Castaic resident Lisa Gastaldo. “We take one step forward and two steps back.” The Castaic saga started almost five years ago when Hart district officials realized the fast-paced growth mandated a Castaic high school. The area’s hilly landscape made the process of finding a site difficult and community opposition to certain sites – even one eventually purchased by the district’s nonprofit foundation – further delayed the project. In 2003, developer SunCal offered 60 acres on the NorthLake site for use as a high school, and all parties seemed pleased. The district would waive developer fees and SunCal would deliver the district a construction-ready site. But design and environmental issues have delayed the school further and resulted in its newest projected opening date of fall 2010. Now a slump in the housing markets adds a question: Will the land be available with or without the rest of the development? last_img read more

Continue Reading

Inconsistency cost Barcelona La Liga title, says Luis Enrique

first_imgBarcelona’s inconsistency over the season had cost them the La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique has said.A second half comeback from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season proved futile as Real beat Malaga 2-0 to end a five-year run without the title.Barca took 14 points from 18 in their six games against Spain’s top four sides Real, Sevilla and Atletico. Real picked up just eight in the corresponding games.The Catalans, however, proved less reliable against supposedly weaker opposition, dropping points against Real Betis, Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo, Deportivo La Coruna, Alaves and Malaga. Madrid took maximum points from those games.”We haven’t ended the season as we wanted. La Liga is 38 games long and it rewards consistency. We were not consistent enough,” Luis Enrique told a news conference.”Especially earlier in the season at home and we have paid for that. We didn’t depend on ourselves. We fought until the very end and now we congratulate the worthy champions.”Whoever wins the league is the worthy winner. We know where we fell short, but this is how it is in the top competitions.”Barca supporters unveiled a huge banner before the game in tribute to the coach, who spent eight seasons with the club as a player, in his last league match in charge before taking a sabbatical.He won a treble in his first season in charge in 2014/15 and a double in his second campaign, but next week’s King’s Cup final against Alaves is his only chance of silverware in his final season.advertisement”I think the team has done great things throughout the season but unfortunately the line that separates victory and defeat is very small, as we have found out,” he added.”I wish we could have kept winning trophies but there are other teams that want the same and are at the same level as us.”last_img read more

Continue Reading

Maradona denies racism claim

first_imgWorld Cup Maradona denies being racist towards South Korean fans Jon Fisher 21:57 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Maradona Getty World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Iceland The Argentina legend was accused of making a racist gesture following his country’s World Cup opener in Moscow but he claims he is innocent Diego Maradona has denied making a racist gesture at a group of South Korea fans following Argentina’s World Cup clash with Iceland on Saturday.The inspiration behind Argentina’s 1986 title triumph was accused of pulling at the corner of his eyes – a move widely accepted as being racist – when a group of fans waved at him after he took in his country’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted “Diego” and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned.— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) June 16, 2018 But Maradona claims the incident has been blown out of proportion and he was actually showing his gratitude that fans from Asia should be supporting Argentina. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He wrote on Facebook : “I understand better than anyone that in the World Cup people are looking for news everywhere, but I want to be clear with this: today, in the stadium, among so many demonstrations of affection from the people, I was struck by a group of people around a fan who filmed us, an Asian boy wearing an Argentina T-shirt.”I, from afar, tried to tell them how nice it seemed to me that even the Asians cheer for us. And that’s all, guys, come on.” The initial accusation of racism came from British television broadcaster, Jacqui Oatley, who tweeted: “Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted “Diego” and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then [he] pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned.”last_img read more

Continue Reading

Yukon vows to improve life for inmates at Whitehorse jail following report

first_imgLuke SmithAPTN NewsThe Yukon government is vowing to improve life for inmates at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre, following an independent report into conditions at the facility.An independent inspector released the report in May, after the government called for an investigation into the correctional facility.The government responded to the report’s 40 recommendations this week.APTN‘s Luke Smith has more.last_img

Continue Reading