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By Michael Miller | June 6, 2012
There's an old Paul Simon tune called "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor. " The title sentiment can be taken literally — the song, on the surface, is about squabbling apartment tenants — but it can also be taken to mean that what seems lofty and unattainable for one person can seem like no great shakes for another. Consider this: When you donate to a food bank or a Third World clinic, do you ever read the literature explaining how they plan to stretch out your dollar?
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NEWS
August 17, 2011
Allegations against me by Mary Thompson in her letter to the editor ("Trustee's conduct not professional," Mailbag, June 16) cannot stand unchallenged. The first allegation that my "lack of courtesy and respect to the board president was shameful" and the implication that I should be disciplined is similar to another employee-written complaint submitted directly to the district. Apparently she believes the Ocean View School District president has dictator powers to be meted out against those that dare to speak up. I am a person who dares to speak up and speak out frequently.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
The chance to attend summer camp and learn to sail and swim are what drew 18-year-old Ana Munguia into a program eight years ago that would help her get into college and then help pay for it. But what was supposed to be a way to hang out with her friends over the summer changed her whole life for the better. Dressed up with a red carnation pinned over her heart, Munguia graduated Friday evening from El Viento at a small ceremony at Golden West College's amphitheatre. El Viento is an organization that takes students in the underprivileged, mostly Latino, Oak View neighborhood, between Warner and Slater avenues, and Beach Boulevard and Gothard Street, and helps them get into college by giving them academic assistance, enrichment opportunities from fourth grade through graduation and then pays for their first two years of college wherever they decide to go. Back in fourth grade, Munguia said she didn't think about going to college, she just wanted to go to summer camp.
FEATURES
By Claire Chang | March 18, 2010
Some of Huntington Beach’s underprivileged children may be forced to stay at home this summer due to a shortfall in funding. El Viento Foundation, which helps children who come from the low-income neighborhood of Oak View, is looking for community sponsors that can help cover the $30,000 cost for the transportation needed to keep the summer program alive. For years, the Coast Community College District has worked in close partnership with El Viento by providing children with transportation.
FEATURES
By Britney Barnes | January 28, 2010
Pictures of monkeys, giraffes, a hippopotamus and exotic flora and fauna wowed the fifth-graders watching the video slide show in the dark, but it wasn’t until a photograph of an icy mountain came up that the whole room thrilled. Students, teachers and board members of El Viento came together Tuesday afternoon at Oak View Elementary School to welcome back fellow board member Joseph Chairez after he climbed a 19,300-foot mountain through five climatic zones for them. “Joe, we are here to celebrate your climb.
FEATURES
By Britney Barnes | November 19, 2009
Traveling to Africa to climb a 19,300-foot mountain through five climatic zones might seem like a big undertaking, but after almost a year of training, Joseph Chairez says he is ready. Chairez has been eating right, hiking and getting up at 5 a.m. on weekends since January to train to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. He has climbed a volcano in Mexico, the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., and has been stockpiling climbing equipment. With his vaccinations out of the way and malaria pills ready, Chairez is ready to “Climb for our Kids,” a fundraiser for Huntington Beach students.
FEATURES
October 29, 2009
A local service organization raised more than $60,000 for academic and enrichment programs for the low-income Oak View community in Huntington Beach. El Viento Foundation raised the funds at its fourth annual golf classic Oct. 19. More than 100 golfers came out to support the event and participated in a round of golf, live auctions and a Chinese raffle. The organization works with students from fourth to 12th grade by providing them with college scholarships and assisting them with educational and leadership skills.
FEATURES
October 29, 2008
Local kids got a chance to carry away just-their-size pumpkins in a patch younger than them. Oak View preschoolers and kindergartners walked across the street Oct. 22 and 24 to tour a pumpkin patch that employees from Rainbow Disposal Co. Inc. planted last summer. “Farmer” Tony Hurtado, a 36-year Rainbow maintenance and construction employee, has made one acre of the site into a pumpkin patch and vegetable garden for the children. “I love to plant and see things grow and want the children to see all the pumpkins we have right across the street,” Hurtado said in a news release.
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