October 18, 2001
Mike Sciacca, Independent They are beaming with pride on the Oak View Elementary School campus -- and for good reason. When the state released the latest Academic Performance Index scores on Monday, Oak View students had made an astounding 100 point increase from the previous testing period. It was the greatest gain in all of Orange County.Principal Karen Catabijan attributes the success to hard work on the part of teachers, students and their parents.
October 4, 2001
More than 700 students at Mesa View Middle School stood beside three Huntington Beach fire trucks Friday in reverent silence -- a rare scene on any middle school campus. As student trumpeter Rachel Burdette played taps, students, staff and six members of the Huntington Beach Fire Department honored the fallen firefighters of New York. The Mesa View Peer Assistance Leadership, a school service class, organized the event to celebrate the raising of more than $1,800 for the families of the fallen firefighters.
May 17, 2001
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The identity of the police officer who shot and killed a Huntington Beach teen, who allegedly pointed a toy rifle at the patrolman during a recent early-morning foot chase, was released Tuesday. Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Officer Mark Wersching, 26, a five-year veteran with the Huntington Beach Police Department, was the patrolman who shot Oak View resident Antonio Saldivar, 18, May 5 in the 17100 block of Ash Street.
December 21, 2000
Angelique Flores Two local child development centers previously run by the county were taken over Monday by a private, nonprofit agency. The Orange County Department of Education announced in October that it would discontinue operating 13 child-care centers, including Oak View Child Development Center in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley Child Development Center. Both closed Friday but reopened two days later. With only a weekend for transition, Continuing Development Inc. took over the Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley sites along with eight others.
October 19, 2000
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- City officials are beaming with pride after accepting an Affordable Housing Award for their efforts to build homes for low- and fixed-income residents. The Orange County Community Housing Corp., a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping large families with low wages find suitable housing, presented the award to the City Council last week for the city's outstanding efforts to build affordable homes. "We've been working with the city for the last 10 years," said Allen Baldwin, the agency's executive director, who presented the city award during the Oct. 2 meeting.
October 5, 2000
Angelique Flores Teachers at the Oak View Child Development Center have been caring for Teresa Gomez's two daughters, 5 and 7, for three years. But the Huntington Beach family doesn't know what they're going to do when the county-run center closes down. "They're not just baby sitters, they take care of them and educate them," Gomez said. "Those who will suffer are the children. I'm very worried." The Orange County Department of Education announced last week that it will close the Huntington Beach center and the Fountain Valley Child Development Center on Dec. 15, leaving 49 employees out of jobs and causing 160 children to be relocated to other programs.
September 7, 2000
Angelique Flores Here's a rundown of some of the action taken at Tuesday's meetings: ISSUE: MIDDLE SCHOOL FACILITIES Vote: No vote Summary: District architects Paul Westberg and Bonnie White reported on the status of a proposal to build a gymnasium-auditorium at each of the four middle schools: Marine View, Mesa View, Spring View and Vista View. The new gyms would be available for community use and would each include two basketball courts, six practice or three full-size volleyball courts, TaraFlex sports flooring, locker rooms, bleachers, a 40-foot stage and seating to fit 1,700.
May 11, 2000
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- While a compromise was reached last week in a funding battle between young and old, there was no money left over to help an organization housing people suffering from AIDS. An advisory board made up of residents finalized its recommendations May 4 to the City Council on how to spend $287,400 in federal Community Development Block Grant money. The funds pay for area social services for low-income families. The board received requests totaling $483,373, officials said.
April 20, 2000
Paula Pisani HUNTINGTON BEACH -- A student assessment taken 24 weeks into this school year shows that 46% of Oak View Elementary School students are at risk of being held back, said James Tarwater, Ocean View School District superintendent. The district assesses student performance and skill every 12 weeks. Tarwater said by the end of the year, he expects Oak View school's retention figure to drop to about 30%. The district analyzes student improvement using the Stanford 9 test, as well as other tests to determine reading, math and language skills.
March 9, 2000
Since Proposition 28 bit the dust, Oak View Family Center and other local health programs will continue to benefit from the 50-cent tax levied on cigarettes. Proposition 28, which lost with 72% voting against, would have repealed the tax. Passed in November 1998, money from the tobacco tax is to be used to fund health programs for children and infants. Oak View is one of six sites in Orange County to benefit from tobacco tax revenues totaling more than $1 million.