At 6-foot-2, the Bacolod-native terrorized the net and delivered the key points, including her team’s final two for their third win in four starts.“We were able to bring back the confidence and communication inside the court,” said Jocemer Tapic, the middle blocker who finished with 17 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It didn’t come that easy for Air Force which raced to 20-18 lead in the opening frame only to witness BaliPure storm away with the set on the heroics of Risa Sato, Jerrili Malabanan, Aiko Urdas and Grethcel Soltones.BaliPure lost grip in the next two sets but fought hard in the fourth to force a deciding fifth. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson But the Jet Spikers were bent on snatching the win, zooming to an 11-4 lead on Tapic’s scoring binge.BaliPure tried to come back through the efforts of Sato, Soltones and Malabanan to no avail.Iari Yongco added 16 points for Air Force which tied idle Pocari for second place.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments LATEST STORIES Dell Palomata rose from the bench to lift Air Force to a 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11 triumph over BaliPure Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.The 21-year-old middle blocker, subbing for Angel Antipuesto, made the best of the playing time given her as she unloaded 13 points aside from providing a menacing presence for the Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Blu girls repeat over Canadians Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade
“We are all just very excited,” said Kwek, 54, former superintendent of Standard School District in Bakersfield. “I feel a lot of support with the staff in the kinds of things we’re trying to do – and it’s just a really good feeling.” And the support doesn’t stop there, Kwek said. He’s met with several local organizations and county officials to become more familiar with the services offered in the unincorporated South Whittier area. “I was very impressed,” said community activist Victor Ledesma, who met with Kwek a few weeks ago as part of COPPA (Coalition of Parents and Public Advocates). “The purpose of the meeting was to welcome him and support him, and he gave us his background from his former district, which was smaller and very poor,” Ledesma said. “He said his biggest challenge is with the English-language learners, and he wants to get as much help in working with these kids as possible.” Although the changes in the district won’t be obvious to many parents or students, Kwek’s goal is to find out where the level of student achievement is, analyze testing data and set goals to improve areas of weakness. “I’ve outlined that to our staff, and they seemed enthusiastic and excited,” Kwek said. “I feel a lot of support in what we’re doing.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Kwek quickly went to work on rebuilding his cabinet, revamping job duties and titles, said board President Jan Baird. And as a result, “I do believe (the district) is going to be very different this year,” Baird said. “He’s kind of been going in a different direction, facing a lot of things with technology and he’s bound and determined to make changes in student improvement,” she said. First off, Laidemitt was promoted to associate superintendent – “the No. 2 person in the district,” Kwek said. Then Carmela Elementary School Principal Rosa Pope was promoted to assistant superintendent of educational services, while Alex Gasporra was named interim principal at Carmela. The only other position left to fill is assistant superintendent of business services. The application period for that position closes this week, and interviews will be conducted in the next two weeks. SOUTH WHITTIER – It’s a whole new ballgame at the South Whittier School District this year. Along with the thousands of uniformed youngsters who hit campus today for the start of the fall semester, there are a bevy of new leaders heading up the 4,000-student district – starting with new Superintendent Erich Kwek. Last spring, Kwek was chosen unanimously by the school board to succeed longtime Superintendent Richard Graves, who retired after 22 years at the helm. And if that task wasn’t daunting enough, he also had to deal with the retirement of nearly every top administrator in the eight-school district. Only one, then-Assistant Superintendent Cecilia Laidemitt, stayed on.
Sherman Oaks Drought problems Re “Villaraigosa threatens mandatory water cuts” (Dec. 11): Is the mayor going to limit or stop construction within the city until the drought is over? I don’t think so. New construction uses copious amounts of water. Usually, in Los Angeles, replacing older buildings means building bigger buildings. In both cases, the construction site will use more water then before. Unless part of the approval for the construction identifies, and pays for new, not previously used, sources of water the building(s) will be adding to our drought problems. – Irving Leemon Northridge Spending money Re “LAUSD pays for fliers backing mayor’s plan,” and “$4.7 million more may go to fixes of payroll system” (Dec. 11): Many weeks ago, the LAUSD spent millions fighting the mayor’s takeover of the L.A. schools. Now, it is helping him do it? Does anyone in the Los Angeles Unified School District know what they are doing, except spending money? Were not the teachers getting paid before LAUSD decided to spend $21million on a new payroll system? The LAUSD is too big and is just wasting our kids’ money? All you have to do is look at the above and Belmont High School to see that! Whatever happened to Belmont, by the way? Are we still wasting money there? – William Conroy Northridge Too much to ask? Regarding the proposed telephone-user tax referendum and the desire of the Department of Water and Power to raise water and power rates, I have only one concern. I would be happy to help if these agencies who come to us taxpayers for handouts would once show us they care about good stewardship of our resources. How about them taking the time to look at spending and using zero-based budgeting (a top to bottom audit of how a department can save money) to show us that they are doing all they can to spend our money wisely? Would that be too much for us, who are paying their salary, to ask? – Rev. Mark J. Jaufmann Woodland Hills Evil disclosure The editorial “Point, set, match” (Dec. 10) asserts the “public clearly has the right to know” the names, positions and salaries of Department of Water and Power employees. The Daily News editors fell into the cesspool of immorality when they exposed the private salary information of DWP employees – good, hard-working people who don’t negotiate salaries – to the world. Evil was victorious. The Daily News lost its moral compass. It was unnecessary, wrong and hurt people, even if it was legal. – Cliff Jones La Crescenta Phone-y tax Re “Phone tax could tap Net usage” (Dec. 11): Here we go again with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s phony phone tax. When will it stop? We are being taxed to death. Let’s see how many voters are going to fall for this scam. – Jose Fajardo Sylmar160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNorthridge Amen to Alan Re “Not the dark ages” (Letters, Dec. 10): A big “Amen” to letter writer Alan Falconer who had the conviction to step forward and state what I have believed for quite some time: If this world paid less attention to its self-serving, bullying organized religions and devoted a little more attention to basic common sense, it would be a much saner place. – Thomas R. Atkins Re “Rate hikes and phone tax are ingredients for trouble” (Dec. 10): If the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is to succeed in becoming a well-run department, a thorough and complete audit must be done. This includes auditing the purchasing department that spends more than $1billion annually. David Nahai should have a clean slate to begin his tenure as the new general manager. With a complete audit, the ratepayers will know if they are asked for a new rate increase that everything possible has been done to prevent it. We must have a complete and thorough audit. – Candido Marez