Phillips: Celebrating Success at Santa Ana Unified School District

Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent Stefanie P. Phillips reports that students in Santa Ana have achieved a significant increase of 11.5% in graduation rates over the last seven years, surpassing the State and County average with 91.6% of the District’s high school seniors graduating with their diploma and a direct pathway to college.

Block: A Special Democratic Party Convention

Rossmoor resident Joel Block headed to the California Democratic Party Convention last weekend and writes back that an influx of new, young delegates caused close elections and experienced procedural chaos.

Bauer: Radioactive Sharks and Other Problems

Cord Bauer, co-founder of San Clemente Cares, questions the need for the new Toll Road agency plan for expanding road infrastructure into the nearly 100-year old town once marketed as the Spanish Village near the Sea.

Reiff: Ila Borders’ Baseball (and Life) Odyssey

Rick kicks off a new baseball season with ’90’s pitching phenom Ila Borders, only woman in modern times to win a game in professional ball. She discusses the struggles of being a sports pioneer, and the secret she hid until now. Rick also talks with Jean Hastings Ardell, Ila’s co-author on their new book, “Making My Pitch”; original Los Angeles Angel and “one-hit wonder” Dan Ardell and Whittier College professor and prolific National Anthem singer Joe Price.