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Briefly in Education

first_imgSeventh Street Elementary School Pre-kindergarten program to start The school is accepting applications for its School Readiness and Language Development Program, which provides pre-kindergarten students with oral language education in speech, listening and vocabulary. The program, which is scheduled to begin in February, will operate Monday to Thursday with morning and afternoon sessions. To qualify for enrollment, students must have been 4years old by Dec. 2 and have a parent or guardian available to attend mandatory monthly parent-teacher conferences and parent education classes, and volunteer in the classroom. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFor applications and more information, visit the school office, 1570 W. Seventh St., San Pedro, or call 310-832-1538. Local high schools Elks to give award to 6 high school seniors The San Pedro Elks Lodge will give away $6,000 in award money to six high school seniors as part of the Elks National Foundation 2008 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest. Local winners have the opportunity to advance through the district, state and national contest and win scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $60,000 awarded over a four-year period. The student must be a high school senior and a United States citizen to be eligible for the local contest. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. The deadline for completed applications is Jan. 11. Applications are available from the San Pedro Elks Lodge, 1748 Cumbre Drive, San Pedro, or http://www.elks.org.enf/ scholars/mvs.cfm. For more information call, 310-831-0624 Ext. 104. Marymount College Eveningdegree program is offered in SP The private college is accepting students for its evening degree program at a San Pedro location. The program, to be held at the Port of Los Angeles High School, allows working adults to earn their bachelor’s degree in management. Classes for the next nine-week term begin Jan. 7 and meet once-a-week from 6 to 10 p.m. at the school at 250W. Fifth St. Prospective students must provide a completed application, transcript, resume or personal statement and a $50 application fee. The deadline for admissions is Jan. 6. For more information call, 310-377-7742, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://www.marymountpv.edu/comEd/index.asp. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Auto row’s year may be a gas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The holiday, along with the Fourth of July and Labor Day, are high times for auto dealers to move inventory. The eye-catching balloons, patriotic rock music and kiddie bounce tents turned Creekside Road almost into a carnival Monday. But all one dealer needed to attract shoppers was a banner touting $1.99 gasoline. “We had a good turnout,” said Frank Hazem, general manager at Power Chevrolet in Valencia. “The $1.99 (gasoline) GM came out with increased a lot of interest on their product.” The Detroit automaker, which has seen sales lag for large trucks and sport utility vehicles as gasoline prices spiked to more than $3 a gallon nationwide, is offering buyers of some of those vehicles in California and Florida a gasoline credit. “I think it’s an issue for some of the larger SUVs,” said Marco, referring to the high fuel prices. “Where people are driving more long distances, when you fill up some of those tanks, it’s $75-$80. It’s a shock. VALENCIA – It’s time again for test drives and hard-nosed negotiations in the shadow of a giant inflatable Uncle Sam as local auto row dealers entered the busy summer season with Memorial Day weekend. Gary Marco, president of the Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association, said the holiday weekend proved promising compared with a year ago, though he couldn’t cite exact figures Thursday. “The association is definitely ahead of last year,” said Marco, general manager at BMW of Valencia. “Sales for Memorial Day were very good throughout the whole street. “We’re excited as we move within the summer season. We’ll have good (incentive) programs in place.” The credit, based on estimated mileage, would cap gas prices at $1.99 a gallon until the end of 2007. It all adds up to about $1,000 off, according to industry analysts. The current average for a gallon of regular is about $3.33 in California; $2.81 in Florida, according to the American Automobile Association. The General Motors’ offer applies to 2006 and 2007 models of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Hummer H2 and H3. “It creates an interest in the product,” Hazem said. “It made them actually come in and test it and buy it. It actually made people come and look.” Yet offering too much of an incentive could dry up future sales. When GM offered deep “employee pricing” discounts last summer, it cut into sales for the rest of the year. The city of Santa Clarita said tax revenue from auto sales slipped 4.1 percent in the last three months of 2005 compared with the same period a year ago. “For some of the domestic lines, where they had a very strong incentive program, their sales dropped off a little bit,” Marco said. “But customers are buying again.” Asked how high gasoline prices would have to go to affect sales this summer, Marco was optimistic, as there’s been no 1970s-style fuel rationing. “We’ve seen people downsizing a small amount to save gas,” he said. “But we do have the ability to get all the gas we want. … I think most people will adjust.” A National Auto Dealers Association study in April found the cost of gas is just one of many factors consumers consider when buying a vehicle, and some have coped by choosing more fuel-efficient drivetrains and engines. “In a tough competitive market like this, the victories are model by model, not typically across the board for any particular maker,” Paul Taylor, chief economist for the Virginia-based trade group, said in a statement. Hazem said he has seen some changes in consumer preferences, but nothing large scale. “We’re selling a lot more trucks,” he said. “But there seems to be a lot more interest in the cars also. “I don’t think the (gasoline) price has taken that much of a toll. I still see a lot of interest in sport utilities. People continue to need the room and the comfort of a sport utility. It may cost them a little more.” Asked about his location across the street from a Toyota dealership – the Japanese carmaker’s line of gasoline/electric hybrids has been touted as a model of fuel efficiency – Hazem laughed. “It gives us an opportunity to show the Toyota consumer what we have to offer,” he said. “They have their Sequoias, we have our Tahoes. They have the Corolla, we have our Cobalts. Whatever they have, we have the same, and even better.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more