General William J. Fox Airfield
General William J. Fox Airfield is a county-owned, public airport in Los Angeles County, five miles northwest of Lancaster, California. Locally known as Fox Field, the airport serves the Antelope Valley; the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation facility. The airport has limited scheduled cargo operations; the U. S. Forest Service has a fixed wing airtanker base on the airfield which becomes one of the main hubs in the region for aerial firefighting suppression efforts during fire season. Fox Field had scheduled passenger air service as early as the late 1950s operated by Southwest Airways with Douglas DC-3 aircraft to the Los Angeles International Airport. Southwest Airways changed its name to Pacific Air Lines which in 1959 was operating new Fairchild F-27 turboprops from the airport nonstop to Las Vegas and to Burbank Airport on a daily basis as well as operating Martin 4-0-4 and DC-3 prop aircraft on flights to LAX. By 1960, Pacific was operating daily F-27 propjet flights to San Francisco from Fox Field via a stop in Bakersfield and nonstop to LAX.
In 1968, Pacific Air Lines merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which in turn continued to serve the airport with F-27 flights to LAX. In 1968, Cable Commuter Airlines was operating de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter service to LAX. Air West changed its name to Hughes Airwest which continued to operate scheduled passenger service with the Fairchild F-27 turboprop to Los Angeles International Airport during the early 1970s with several nonstop flights a day. By 1983, Mojave Airlines was operating flights to LAX, San Diego and Mammoth Yosemite Airport with Beechcraft C99 turboprops. In 1985, commuter air carrier Desert Sun Airlines was operating up to five flights a day nonstop to LAX with Beechcraft 99 turboprops. Fox Field does not have any scheduled passenger flights with the nearest airline service being available at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. General William J. Fox Airfield covers 1,217 acres at an elevation of 2,351 feet above sea level, its one runway, 6/24, is 7,201 by 150 feet asphalt.
In the year ending August 10, 2011 the airport had 81,851 aircraft operations, average 224 per day: 97% general aviation, 2% air taxi, 1% military. 157 aircraft were based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 2% helicopter, 1% jet. Aerial image from USGS The National Map FAA Airport Diagram, effective March 28, 2019 FAA Terminal Procedures for WJF, effective March 28, 2019 Resources for this airport: FAA airport information for WJF AirNav airport information for KWJF ASN accident history for WJF FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart, Terminal Procedures
Greater Los Angeles
Greater Los Angeles is the second-largest urban region in the United States, encompassing five counties in southern California, extending from Ventura County in the west to San Bernardino County and Riverside County on the east, with Los Angeles County in the center and Orange County to the southeast. It consists of three metropolitan areas in Southern California. Throughout the 20th century, it was one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States, although growth has slowed since 2000; as of the 2010 U. S. Census, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of nearly 13 million residents. Meanwhile, the larger metropolitan region's population at the 2010 census was estimated to be over 17.8 million residents, a 2015 estimate reported a population of about 18.7 million. Either definition makes it the second largest metropolitan region in the country, behind the New York metropolitan area, as well as one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world; the agglomeration of the urbanized Greater Los Angeles area surrounds the urban core of Los Angeles County.
The regional term is defined to refer to the more-or-less continuously urbanized area stretching from Ventura County to the southern border of Orange County and from the Pacific Ocean to the Coachella Valley in the Inland Empire. The US Census Bureau defines the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area as including the entire Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County and the two counties of the Inland Empire. However, this Census definition includes large, sparsely populated and desert swaths of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties that are not part of the urbanized region; the term "Greater Los Angeles" does not include San Diego County, whose urbanized area is separated from San Clemente, the southernmost contiguous urbanized area south of Los Angeles, by a 16.4-mile stretch of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a total area of 4,850 square miles, while the wider combined statistical area covers 33,954 square miles, making it the largest metropolitan region in the United States by land area.
However, more than half of this area lies in the sparsely populated eastern areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In addition to being the nexus of the world's largest entertainment industry, Greater Los Angeles is a global center of business, international trade, media, tourism and technology, transportation. Los Angeles has a long-standing reputation for sprawl; the area is in fact sprawling, but according to the 2000 census, the "Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim" Urbanized Area had a population density of 7,068 inhabitants per square mile, covering 1,668 square miles of land area, making it the most densely populated Urbanized Area in the United States. For comparison, the "New York–Newark" Urbanized Area as a whole had a population density of 5,309 per square mile, covering 3,353 square miles of land area. Los Angeles' sprawl may originate in the region's decentralized structure, its major commercial and cultural institutions are geographically dispersed rather than being concentrated in a single downtown or central area.
The population density of Los Angeles proper is low when compared to some other large American cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Densities are high within a 5-mile radius of downtown, where some neighborhoods exceed 20,000 people per square mile. What gives the entire Los Angeles metro region a high density is the fact that many of the city's suburbs and satellites cities have high density rates. Within its urbanized areas, Los Angeles is noted for having small lot sizes and low-rise buildings. Buildings in the area are low when compared to other large cities due to zoning regulations. Los Angeles became a major city just as the Pacific Electric Railway spread population to smaller cities much as interurbans did in East Coast cities. In the first decades of the twentieth century, the area was marked by a network of dense but separate cities linked by rail; the ascendance of the automobile helped fill in the gaps between these commuter towns with lower-density settlements. Starting in the early twentieth century, there was a large growth in population on the western edges of the city moving to the San Fernando Valley and out into the Conejo Valley in eastern Ventura County.
Many working class whites migrated to this area during the 1960s and 1970s out of East and Central Los Angeles. As a result, there was a large growth in population into the Conejo Valley and into Ventura County through the US 101 corridor. Making the US 101 a full freeway in the 1960s and expansions that followed helped make commuting to Los Angeles easier and opened the way for development westward. Development in Ventura County and along the US 101 corridor remains controversial, with open-space advocates battling those who feel business development is necessary to economic growth. Although the area still has abundant amount of open space and land all of it was put aside and mandated never to be developed as part of the master plan of each city; because of this, the area, once a inexpensive area to buy real estate, saw rising real estate prices well into the 2000s. Median home prices in the Conejo Valley for instance, ranged from $700,000 to
Downtown Compton is the major business district of Compton, California. Downtown Compton started out as a thriving and safe environment throughout the early 1950s to the mid-1970s; when gang violence and robberies sparked in the 70s businesses began to move out and relocate leaving Downtown Compton a ghost town. It is now home to many businesses, two shopping centers, the Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center; the Metro Blue Line now runs through'Downtown Compton making travel to the city much easier. Throughout the 1950s to early 1970s Downtown Compton was a major business district and home to many companies. During weekends streets would be packed and filled with shoppers during the holidays. During the late'70s the face of Downtown Compton began to take a drastic turn. Robberies and ongoing gang violence due to the African-American street gangs the Crips and the Bloods, businesses began to move elsewhere to avoid further problems. During the late 80s the face of Compton began to change with new mayor, Omar Bradley, This included the construction of the new Compton Town Center.
Around this time the Los Angeles County Metro Rail System began adding the finishing touches to the Metro Blue Line that runs straight through Downtown Compton on the median of Willowbrook Avenue. This led to the construction of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center located on Willowbrook along with the Metro Blue Line Compton Station. Downtown Compton is now home to the following businesses. Martin Luther King Jr, Transit Center Compton Town Center Renaissance Plaza Compton Courthouse
Compton Cricket Club
The Compton Cricket Club, or the "Homies and the Popz", is a cricket club based in Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA. The CCC is the only all American-born exhibition cricket team; the CCC has toured to the UK 4 times and most to Australia in February 2011. The night of the photo shoot for an ad campaign featuring the CCC modelling the new National English Football jersey in LA, held on Super Bowl Sunday 2009, one of the team members was an innocent bystander in a drive-by shooting in Compton and died; this Ad campaign featured in British GQ magazine on a 2-page spread in 2009. That same night the future manager for the team's historic February 2011 Australian tour was at the photoshoot meeting the team for the first time; the team was called the Los Angeles Krickets. In the early nineties the club toured England. Upon their return the Los Angeles Krickets took a new direction when Disney signed up all members of the team for a film project; the publicity garnered by the tour was unprecedented in American cricket circles and included coverage by BBC Four, KTLA, ITV, Sky News, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and numerous local newspapers in England and Australia.
Compton Cricket Club was born at the Dome Village Homeless Community in Downtown Los Angeles in 1995, by US Homeless activist Ted Hayes and Hollywood Movie Producer Katy Haber, to combat the negative effects of poverty and homelessness. After a successful tour of Great Britain that year, the LA Krickets expanded the team to include inner city Latino gang members from the City of Compton; the Compton Homies and the Popz emerged in 1996 as the first All American Inner City Cricket Team. The club uses the ideals of sportsmanship, the particular importance of etiquette and fair play in cricket, to help players develop respect for authority, a sense of self-esteem and self-discipline; the Compton Homies travelled to the UK in 1997, 1999, 2001, joined LASCA and won the British Cup twice. “The aim of playing cricket is to teach people how to respect themselves and respect authority so they stop killing each other” The'Homies' mission is to: Curb the negative effects of gang activities amongst the youth of Compton.
Addressing homelessness in the inner city through the principles and ethics of cricket. Encourage and promote civility and productive citizenship; the team motto of'Let the game begin again in America' harkens back to the former popularity of cricket in the United States during the 19th century. The majority of the team is formed of the founding members and Hayes sees them as a "cross-generational village-like team"; the LA KRICKETS tour of the UK, 1995, laid the ground rules for future tours and partners and resulted in a movie deal with Disney. Since the Compton Homes and the Popz 1997, 1999 and 2001 tours included games against the Windsor Castle Staff cricket team, "Rap" session rapping for HRH Prince Edward at Windsor Castle, a visit with His Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace, with the Rt Hon Mo Mowlam at Stormont Castle, a cricket bat presentation to Gerry Adams at Stormont, Belfast and a Hurling Stick to David Pringle, to help broker the peace accord in Northern Ireland. A 2001 Game against the legendary Lashings team, with Brian Lara playing on the CCC cricket Club side.
In 2003, Warwickshire cricketer Paul Smith spent three weeks helping train the CCC. The trip was a part of Smith's work with'Cricket Without Boundaries', a charity that seeks to empower communities through cricket. A match with the Afghanistan national cricket team is being planned; the original date for this groundbreaking cricket event had to be postponed due to lack of funding for the National Cricket team from Afghanistan to fly from their home camp to Los Angeles for the historical match. This will be the first time; the match will help raise money for an orphanage rebuilt by US marines in Afghanistan and continue the CCC's vital work around the world promoting greater peace through'cricket diplomacy'. The clubs hopes that their recent historic Australian tour January 31 – February 12, 2011 will continue their development into a world class competitive and exhibition cricket team and sporting club, while the publicity generated by the tour will be used to highlight other Australian non-profit organizations that deal with similar issues in their own communities.
Touring Australia aims to raise awareness of the CCC with key stakeholders to improve cricket opportunities between the USA and Australia. The proposed tour and background to the Compton Cricket Club has received considerable attention in mainstream Australian and international media including CNN, Sky News, Channel 7, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio National, Alpha magazine, Courier Mail, NT News, Ninemsn.com, ESPN.com, Dailynews.com, Dumbo Feather, pass it on magazine, Centralian advocate & the Big Issue magazine. They have been publicized on KPFK and KABC-TV in Los Angeles USA. Music publicity includes articles in Faster Louder and 3D music magazine as well as Sky News UK, SBS World News; the CCC will utilise its high exposure to benefit other organizations in Australia attempting to deal with similar issues in their own community including: Credo Cricket, who provide recreational opportunities for disadvantaged Father Chris Rileys Youth off the Streets Program, Queensland premiers disaster relief fund, raising much needed support for victims of the devastating 2010–2011 Queensland floods.
Project Manager for their Australian Tour, Mr Hugh Snelgrove presented the team's st
Centennial High School (Compton, California)
Centennial High School is a public high school in Compton, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Construction of Centennial High School began in 1953, it was erected in 1954, with its first graduating class in 1954, it is the smallest of the three high schools in the Compton Unified School District, which includes Compton High School and Manuel Dominguez High School. 1,230 students attend Centennial High School. 9th Grade: 450 10th Grade: 329 11th Grade: 319 12th Grade: 272The ethnic composition of the student body is: 64% Latino 33% African-American 1% Two or more races 2% Other, declined to state, or non-response. Students speak English and/or Spanish. 48% of the students are Second-Language Learners with 33% of the total enrollment classified as Limited English Proficiency. Special Education students comprise 11% of the total enrollment. Of this, 5 % are identified as 6 % as Special Day Class. All students in attendance qualify for the National School Lunch Program receiving free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
The certificated staff and faculty at Centennial High School is ethnically composed of the following as of 2009: 43% African-American 1% American Indian or Alaska Native 6% Asian 27% Caucasian 3% Filipino 11% Latino 1% Pacific Islander 7% Multiple or No Response. The California Department of Education mandates a qualification for subject teaching known as a "Clear Credential". 91% of certificated staff hold a Clear Credential and all except for five staff members met the No Child Left Behind Act requirements of "Highly Qualified Teacher". The school offers eleven Advanced Placement courses. Centennial High School is designated by the Compton Unified School District as a Title I school. For over 5 years, the school has remained a Program Improvement school; as of the 2009-2010 school year, Centennial is in state rank 1 and ranks 1 with similar schools. Centennial High School has not met its state-identified goals for student progress in all areas each year since 2006. Students failed to meet the No Child Left Behind Act's Adequate Yearly Progress requirements in English Language Arts or Mathematics for all significant subgroups.
Centennial remains in year 5+ of school-wide Program Improvement. CAHSEE English Language Arts: In 2010, of 270 sophomores, 177 passed the ELA examination, or 66%. Of this number, 52 of 82 African-American students passed, or 63%. 122 of 182 Latino students passed, or 67%. CAHSEE Mathematics: In 2010, of 275 sophomores, 163 passed the Math examination, or 59%. Of this number, 43 of 83 African-American students passed, or 52%. 116 of 185 Latino students passed, or 63%. California Standardized Testing and Reporting Program: California requires a minimum Academic Performance Index score of at least 650; as of 2010, Centennial High School's API was 573, well below the statewide performance target of 800. Test scores indicate that the vast majority of students are not proficient or advanced and many of them are far below grade level in all core academic areas. Identified as a Tier 1 school in the Spring of 2010 by the California Department of Education, Centennial High School had a standing graduation rate of 58.9% and since has been reclassified as a “persistently low-achieving school” by the Assessment and Accountability Division, with graduation rates below 60% for three years or more.
California State and Federal Government guidelines for high school graduation rates dictate that all schools should be at 83%, or grow.01% over the past year or.02% over the past 2 years. The graduation rate at Centennial High School is 58.9%. Therefore, Centennial has chosen the "Transformation Intervention Model" in an effort to increase retention of students, student achievement and the site’s graduation rate; the Centennial Apaches compete in the Pioneer League of the California Interscholastic Federation. Centennial High School Football has an overall outstanding record in the CIF. Brittany Barber, Singer/ Songwriter Kendrick Lamar, rapper Arron Afflalo, basketball player Larry Allen, former NFL player Deonte Burton, basketball player Ken Dennis Masters world record sprinter Dr. Dre, rapper Charles Dumas, high jumper Allan Ellis, former NFL player Tony Franklin, baseball player Donte Gamble, former CFL player Mitch Johnson, former NFL playerPaul Lowe, former NFL player Lenny Randle, former Major League Baseball player Reggie Smith, baseball player Bobby Thompson, former NFL player Frank K. Wheaton, sports agent Roy White, baseball player Big Fase 100, rapper Official Athletics Website for the Centennial Apaches Centennial High Alumni: Social Networking Website Centennial High School Alumni Association: Website
Murder of Yetunde Price
Yetunde Hawanya Tara Price was the elder half-sister of, personal assistant to leading tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. In 2003, Price was murdered in a shooting in California. Yetunde Price was the eldest of Oracene Price's five daughters, she was one of the Williams’ three other sisters, a half-sibling from a previous relationship between their mother, tennis coach Oracene Price, Yusef Rasheed. For a time, Price worked as a personal assistant to her tennis playing sisters, as a nurse. At the time of her death, she was the owner of a hair salon. According to media reports, despite "accepting some financial assistance" from her sisters, continued to live with her children in their house in a "run-down" district and continued to work as a nurse engaging in her personal-assistant responsibilities which saw her appear at Wimbledon in the year of her death. According to the reports, Price was "determined to pay her own way in the world." Price was the mother of three children. On the night of 14 September 2003, Price was chatting with her boyfriend in her SUV, parked outside what subsequently was revealed to be a trap house in the suburbs of Compton.
According to the prosecution at the subsequent trial, two members of the Southside Compton Crips street gang who were guarding the house opened fire on the SUV in the belief that they were "defending crack house from gangland rivals," the Lime Hood Bompton Pirus. Price's boyfriend, who stated he did not realize that Price had been hit, sped the car away to a relative's home from where he called emergency services. Price was pronounced dead from a bullet wound in the head. Both the prosecutor and the defense at the murder trial agreed that Price was an innocent victim, that neither she nor her companion were in the area to buy drugs. Southside Compton Crips street gang member Robert Edward Maxfield, 25 years old at the time of his conviction, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on 22 March 2006, the day before his third trial for Yetunde Price's killing was scheduled to start; the first two trials had ended in a mistrial. The first trial ended in November 2004 with six jurors voting for acquittal, five for guilt, one undecided.
A second mistrial was declared 29 April 2005. A murder charge against a second defendant, accused of firing a handgun during the incident, was dismissed after the first trial, when authorities stated he did not cause the fatal wound. On 6 April 2006, Judge Steven Suzukawa sentenced Maxfield to 15 years in prison with the possibility of parole. Compton rapper Game's 2005 song. In 2016, the Williams sisters opened a community center in Compton for "victims of violence and their families" called the Yetunde Price Resource Center, its tagline reads: “Committed to helping others heal.”On 8 March 2018, after getting his sentence cut for "good behavior," was released on parole from the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, having served 12 years in prison. In an interview with Time, Serena Williams said she learned of his release on 31 July, through Instagram, ten minutes before her match against Johanna Konta at the 2018 Silicon Valley Classic, a match she went on to lose 6-1, 6-0 to Konta in 52 minutes.
Yetunde Price Resource Center official website
Compton is an at grade light rail station on the Los Angeles County Metro Blue Line. It has an island platform, is located in the median of Willowbrook Avenue at Compton Boulevard in the center of Compton, California; the station is located adjacent to the Renassiance Center Shopping Center. Blue Line service hours are from 5:00 AM until 12:45 AM daily. Metro Local: 51, 55, 60, 125, 127, 128, 202, 351 Compton Renaissance Transit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Gardena Transit: 3 On May 8, 2011 Metro and Compton City Officials opened the new Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center adjacent to the Metro Blue Line Compton Station; the new transit center allows easy and safe access to the rail station. Metro Bus lines 51, 125, 127, 128, 351 all stop at this facility. Metro Bus Line 60 stops in the early morning hours. Compton City Hall Compton High School Martin Luther King Transit Center Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Compton/Woodley Airport Compton Town Center Metro website