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!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A massive project to replace worn railroad tracks between the eastern San Gabriel Valley and Riverside will begin next week, causing disruptions for some Metrolink passengers and traffic detours on some roads along the route. Union Pacific will begin replacing 43 miles of track on Metrolink’s Riverside Line on Feb. 2, starting in the city of Industry. Crews will gradually work their way eastward through Pomona, Ontario and Riverside, spacing out the work through April. On days when work is scheduled, Metrolink trains will not run between Riverside and the location where work is occurring. Roads that cross the tracks in areas where work is being performed will be closed, forcing detours. “There have been several breaks of rail along that stretch,” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. “I know this is a terrible inconvenience, but it is a matter of safety.” More than 4,600 passengers typically ride the Riverside Line train each day. The tracks are also heavily used by freight trains, which will be rerouted during the work. Union Pacific’s $21.3 million project will replace the tracks’ current wooden ties and steel rail and resurface many public crossings along the route. Concrete ties will be used to anchor the new steel rail, making the tracks more durable and easier to maintain, Union Pacific officials said. “We believe the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term delays,” Dave Wickersham, Midwest and West Regions chief engineer, said in a statement. “Concrete ties offer superior track support, and last longer than wooden ties, which should reduce the time the track will have to be out of service for future maintenance.” Work will be performed about two weeks each month and will be spaced out to minimize disruptions, the railroad said. The work is slated to be performed in Industry Feb. 2-3; in Walnut Feb. 4-8; in Pomona Feb. 16-22 and March 1-7; in Ontario March 8-9 and 16-23; and Riverside April 1-6. Metrolink service between the Industry station and Union Station in Los Angeles should not be affected during the upgrades. As construction progresses, completed areas will be reopened to train service. Metrolink passengers can check the agency’s Web site at www.metrolinktrains.com or call (800) 371-LINK for work schedule updates to find out when they’ll need to make other travel arrangements. On days when a portion of the Riverside Line is shut down, limited bus service will be available to transport riders from closed stations to one of the other two nearby lines that run into Los Angeles. However, Metrolink officials advise customers it will be faster to drive themselves if possible. “We are strongly recommending that they drive to the closest station on the San Bernardino or 91 Freeway lines,” Tyrrell said. “Many of our customers who ride the Riverside Line may be able to move over to either of those lines while the work is being done.” Ontario resident Bob Bryant, who takes the Metrolink train to work in Los Angeles every day, said Wednesday he hadn’t decided what he would do on days when service is shut down. He might just take the bus, he said. “Or else I’m going to drive to Rancho Cucamonga and take the San Bernardino Line,” he said, “or I’m going to drive to Industry to take the Riverside line from there.” Once the project is complete, Metrolink will compensate Riverside Line monthly pass holders for their troubles, although officials aren’t yet sure how much. “We don’t know how big of a pain in the neck it’s going to be,” Tyrrell said. “We don’t really want to determine how much of a discount it’s going to be until we see how much grief we’ve caused.” email@example.com (909) 483-9338