2 Palmdale council winners credit their records

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Barcelona, who finished fourth in the balloting behind the two incumbents and Sandoval, said she didn’t know whether her campaign tactics backfired. “I think in the end, the voters saw the incumbents were doing a good job,” said Barcelona, a business owner and Antelope Valley Fair board member. “I’m going to give them a lot of credit for that.” Dispenza said he would work to address crime and public safety, water issues and creating more jobs so residents don’t have to commute. Hofbauer said he wants better analyses of crime to better deploy law enforcement resources and wants to see through to completion the new Palmdale hospital and a proposed city power plant. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, a $240 million school construction bond measure failed in Tuesday’s polling, the second unsuccessful attempt in two years. PALMDALE – City Council incumbents Mike Dispenza and Steve Hofbauer attributed their re-election victories to their records in office. “I ran on my record and ran a very clean campaign, and I’m very gratified that our residents responded positively to that type of campaign,” said Dispenza, who runs an insurance agency and is back for a third four-year term. “My record was a key factor,” said Hofbauer, an inspector with the Los Angeles Fire Department, who won a second term. “I got in on strong public safety and a commitment to listen to my constituents, and I did that.” The campaign was marked by personal attacks, most notably challenger Shawny Barcelona calling candidate Edwin Sandoval unfit for public office. She alleged he pointed a gun at a woman’s head in 1993, an incident Sandoval said never happened. District officials pegged the measure’s defeat to a number of reasons, including the housing market slump, anti-illegal immigration sentiment and low voter turnout. Without the bond, school overcrowding will increase, leading to the prospect of cramming more portable classrooms onto campuses. Other options that might be reviewed include double sessions and year-round calendars, officials said. Measure E would have assessed property owners $30 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation; the money raised would have helped pay for building two high schools, completing construction of Eastside High and paying for improvements at existing campuses. The measure got just over 50 percent of the vote, short of the 55 percent needed for passage. In 2006, the district’s $177.7 million bond measure got 52 percent of the vote. [email protected] 661-476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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AS PEOPLE MARCH AGAINST SCHOOL CUTS, O’DOMHNAILL ACCUSES FG/LABOUR OF LYING

first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the Government for deliberately misleading the public on the cuts facing disadvantaged and small schools from September.Senator Ó Domhnaill was speaking as of a major protest rally in Letterkenny was taking place today, with thousands of parents, teachers and community groups voicing their anger over education cuts.“It is simply not true to claim that the Government has reversed cuts to DEIS schools. It has not.  In fact, the part u-turn on Ruairí Quinn’s “mistake” only benefits urban primary schools.  Schools in Donegal have been left out, and still face severe cuts this September,” he said. There has been a war of words all week between Ó Domhnaill and representatives of Labour and Fine Gael.Labour Senator Jimmy Harte accused the Gortahork man of “telling lies.”“The Government is also forging ahead with an attack on small rural schools, and multi-faith schools and Gaeltacht schools in particular.  They are taking a blunt and heavy handed approach, with no consideration whatsoever of a schools ethos or the geography of an area,” said the Fianna Fail man.“He has also given no consideration to the impact on a community of the prospect that they may lose their schools.  Whatever way they want to spin it, this Government is taking every measure to force amalgamations of rural schools. “Labour and Fine Gael have deliberately muddied the waters to give people the impression that they have reversed their mistakes on education cuts, what the opposite is the case.  I have calculated, school by school across this county, that Donegal schools are set to lose at least 30 this coming September.  In addition to this, 101 of Donegal’s primary schools face staff losses and larger classes in September 2013, 2014 and 2015.“Communities across Donegal will not stand to for this.  Today, we are seeing thousands of parents, teachers, children and community groups take to the streets to voice their anger about the cuts facing their local schools.  They can count on my full support.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyAS PEOPLE MARCH AGAINST SCHOOL CUTS, O’DOMHNAILL ACCUSES FG/LABOUR OF LYING was last modified: March 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AS PEOPLE MARCH AGAINST SCHOOL CUTSO’DOMHNAILL ACCUSES FG/LABOUR OF LYINGlast_img read more

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