AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Other observers voice concerns about partisan endorsements in this nonpartisan election – as well as concerns about the influence of the teachers union in the election. While Tomblin has certainly made positive contributions to the state of education on the Peninsula, our nod goes to de la Rosa and Vanden Bos. Both would favor a districtwide kindergarten class size reduction in conjunction with the district’s curriculum review provided the program does not drain reserve funds. The idea would be to get the student-teacher ratio in kindergarten classes to 20-1. We also like Vanden Bos’s vow to be a consensus-seeker who would allow all points of view to be heard and respected at board meetings. Vanden Bos is also a Rolling Hills Estates planning commissioners and a former AYSO regional commissioner. On Nov. 6, we recommend a vote for Dora de la Rosa and Larry Vanden Bos. The campaign for Palos Verdes Peninsula school board this fall has produced an unfortunate polarization of views in the community. Whichever way the public votes to fill the two school board seats, we hope any lingering divisions will heal after the election. Four years ago, we endorsed the Dave Tomblin and Dora de la Rosa, who are now seeking re-election. Both came with impressive resumes of public service on the Peninsula. This year Tomblin has endorsed challenger Paul Neights, a chief technology officer with two children in the district. Meanwhile, other voters seem to be lining up behind de la Rosa and challenger Larry Vanden Bos, a business owner who chaired the citizens oversight committee for school bond Measures R and S. A number of charges are swirling around this campaign, including statements about inefficient spending of bond funds and a need for more open discussions when the board conducts board business. Those are concerns mentioned by Tomblin and Neights. It is true that the cost of a high school classroom construction project increased by about $2 million over a 2005 estimate, but that was due to a number of factors, including the addition of rooms for ceramics, photography and science classes to better serve the needs of students and teachers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue has expressed his disappointment at AIB’s decision to shut down 8 bank branches in Co Donegal by the end of next year.The Fianna Fáil TD has also slammed the bank’s decision to hike mortgage rates by 0.5%.Announcing its interim results for the first half of the year today, the bank confirmed plans to close 67 branches nationwide including those in Lifford, Dunfanaghy, Milford, Falcarragh, Gweedore, Raphoe, Moville and Bundoran. It also announced an increase in its variable interest rates by 0.5% to 4.45%. “This will come as a great shock not just to the staff affected, but also to AIB customers across Co Donegal and mortgage holders who are facing a considerable hike in monthly repayments as a result of today’s decision,” said Deputy McConalogue.“AIB’s decision to hike mortgage interest rates is completely unacceptable given that the ECB rate is at its lowest level ever. It will put even more pressure on AIB mortgage holders in Donegal and across the country, many of whom are already in serious difficulty with their mortgages. Homeowners with an average sized mortgage will now see their annual payments increase by over €1,000.”Deputy McConalogue has also expressed concern at the concentration of AIB bank closures in Co Donegal.“With 8 branches due to close in Donegal, this county will be hit with the largest number of branch closures in the country. Local bank branches are a pivotal part of so many communities here in Donegal. “While I recognise that there is a growing trend of online banking, customer service must remain a top priority for banks. Many of AIB’s customers here are simply not in a position to use internet banking or to travel to branches elsewhere.“The branch closures are part of an ‘aggressive’ cost cutting plan by AIB. While there are no immediate job losses as a result of today’s announcement, AIB is committed to at least 2,500 redundancies by 2014. The Government must play a strong role in guaranteeing that those who lose their jobs at the State-owned bank are offered every support to allow them remain in the workplace.”MCCONALOGUE SLAMS CLOSURES OF EIGHT AIB BANKS IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:AIBCharlie McConalogue TD