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Victorville Daily Press (Newspaper) - April 21, 2011, Victorville, California * V •r » »" HIGH DESERT m Daily Thursday, April 21,2011 WDAItYPilSSS.COM Victor Valley & Thè High Desert 76f plus tax Hesperia raíl spur to spark 900 jobs Officials break ground on 210-acre project helped by $2M federal grant BY PETER DAY STAFF WRITER HESPERIA • Officials broke ground Wednesday on a 210-acre rail spur project that could bring 900 jobs over the next several years. The groundbreaking ceremony signified the start of a year of construction to lay TAKIXCi FLKiH 1 a rail switch and track from Mojave Street north to Lemon Avenue, all with the help of a $2 million federal grant. The G Avenue Rail Lead project began in 2002. "It's a great day of progress for our beautiful city," said Steve Lantsberger, deputy director of Hesperia's Economic Development Department. "We're very proud and pleased that we're moving forward." According to Mayor Mike SEE SPUR •PAGE 6 PETER DAY, DAILY PRESS GETTING READY TO DIG: BNSF Railway Vice President Vann Cunningham, second tronfi right, tallis with Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz, left, Hesperia Economic Development deputy Steve Lantsberger, second from left, and Economic Development Management analyst Lisa Lamere, right. "»^■Äa«"''-""•'■Via'?:.-. .. ^íaRD I BY NATASHA LINDSTROM I STAFF WRITER I VICTORVILLE • A little over two years Ugo the national housing bust left I Dave Johnson, who had worked for a [Victorville real estate brokerage firm, i standing in the unemployment line. [ The computer technician wasn't J having luck landing another job when he heard about the new Southern I California Logistics Airport School ; of Aviation Technology, which trains k students to become licensed A&Ps, or 1 airframe and power plant technicians, authorized to repair commercial aircraft. The 58-year-old Apple Valley resident is now nearly finished with the 82-week program, has a powerplant training certificate and is starting work at the Pacific Aerospace Resources and Technology firm at SCLA in coming weeks. "It's great to be back in school and learning again and especially in avia- i tion, something I've loved since I was I SEE TECH PROGRAM • PAGE 7 allocates $500,000 to sustain SC'IA tech pr()<2;rani; tech L!;rad salaries start at $40,000 a \ eai' Prosecutions turn online poker into a slialiy liet ■Y OSKAR «AIICIA ASSOCIAieDPAESS tAS VCGAS • America's midtibiUipn-doUar run at tl;ie online poker tables has l^en int^rupted by what could be a kiUer hand: feder&l prosecutions of the three biggest websites. The government has blocked US. gamblers from logg^ on to the offshore, sites» which are accused of triddn^ and brib^ into pro-cessing billions of dollars in ille^l profits. No# gamblers ^o dreamed of enormous prizes in Las Vegas^ or even used on^ poter to make a livings ci^'t access online bankrolls that Some preidict the American online Cutting off services to illegal immigrants easier said than done State pegs cost of illegal immigrants at $4.2 billion in Califomia; Donnelly proposes long-term strategy BY MICHAEL GARDNER ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER SACRAMENTO • While Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers wrestle with the budget crisis, some Californians are adamant that much of the problem can be laid at the feet of people who are in the country illegally. Their message is: Stop teaching the kids, cut off welfare checks and ship the prisoners back home. That way, billions of dollars spent on services could be put to work cutting the deficit, paying for vital programs and keeping tax increases at bay. But that's easier said than done. Court rulings require California to teach every child regardless of citizenship. Ditto for treating emergency cases in the hospital. All children born in this country are citizens, so counties are required to provide cash aid and other services, even if their parents are here illegally. And the federal government has been pretty stingy when it comes SEE IMMK kGE7 Verizon replaces Spanish billboard FROM STAFF REPORTS Following a grass-roots campaign by a local anti-illegal immigration activist, a Spanish-language billboard for Verizon has been removed. Raymond Herrera said his organization, "We The People California's Crusader," urged CBS Outdoor Advertising and Verizon to replace a Spanish language Verizon billboard on Foothill Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga. Herrera planned a boycott and rally SEE IIUIOARD • PAGE 6 % WT 1 r HIGH DESERT "7f Snow Summit closes after Saturday, but Sunday is free Page B1 STATE*NATION*WORLD IWo photographers killed in Libya MISRATA • Two Western photojour-nalists, including an Oscar-nominated film director, were killed Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded. A3 SPORTS MLB takes charge of L.A. Dodgers NEW YORK • Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by its owners' bitter divorce. CI BUSINESS Grocery workers vote on authorization LOS ANGELES • More than 60,000 Southern California grocery workers are voting on \n^ether to authorize a strike against some of the state's largest supermarket chains. C8 WEATHER > Page D6 High 70 Low 44 PT. SUNNY Our w«bslt* is now optimiztd for mobil« plioms. 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