AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – An open forum where Lowell Joint School District parents can give input about qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent will take place at 7 p.m. today at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School, 16430 Woodbrier Ave.Officials with Leadership Associates will conduct interviews at the open forum.They are also available to meet with employees, parents and others interested in the district individually or in small groups. Those interested in doing so should call the district at (562) 943-0211.Interested individuals who are unable to attend the open forum, small group or individual meetings should send requests to Leadership Associates, 23052 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692; fax to (949) 461-9119; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.For more information on the superintendent search, call the school district at (562) 943-0211. Bermudez spreads word on Cal Grants NORWALK – Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, has joined with the California Student Aid Commission to make local students aware of the state’s Cal Grant program.To receive a Cal Grant, students must have a 2.0 grade-point average or higher, or meet certain income requirements, and fill out the Cal Grant GPA verification form and the FAFSA by March 2.Through this grant program, students can receive up to $9,708 per year for use at most UCs, CSUs, private and vocational schools and community colleges in California.For more information on Cal Grants, call Bermudez’s office at (562) 864-5600, visit www.calgrants.org or call toll-free (888) CA GRANTS. For more information on applying to colleges, visit www.californiacolleges.edu. Applications open for Capitol fellows MONTEBELLO – Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has announced applications are available for the 2006-07 Assembly Fellowship Program, which gives college students the opportunity to become full-time Assembly staff members.Fellows work on fiscal and police issues in the Assembly member’s Capitol or committee office, participate in a weekly academic seminar with Assembly members, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists and state government officials.They will also earn 12 graduate credits from Cal State Sacramento.Fellows are paid a $1,972 monthly stipend, plus health, dental and vision benefits.To be eligible, applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by September. No specific major is preferred. Those with advanced degrees or mid-career professionals are also encouraged to apply.Applications are available by calling the Center for California Studies at (916) 319-3753 or by logging on to www.csus.edu/calst/assembly or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.The postmark deadline for applications is Feb. 22.Applicants will be screened and semifinalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges. The selection process will end in May. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Agnieszka Radwanska collected her 20th career WTA title after a dominant 6-4 6-2 victory over Britain’s Johanna Konta in the China Open final on Sunday.Third seed Radwanska, the 2011 champion, did not drop a set on her run to the title and closed out her win over Konta in an hour an 36 minutes.Konta, who is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released and is the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984, committed 34 unforced errors against Radwanska and struggled on serve.The Pole finished with just eight unforced errors and wrapped up victory with an ace. (Radwanska beats Wozniacki to reach China Open quarters)”It’s a very special moment; third final and second title here. It was a really special week for me and it couldn’t be any better,” Radwanska told reporters.”Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments. It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week.”Konta, who was 146th in the world 17 months ago, has continued a remarkable rise up the rankings despite her defeat. (Caroline Wozniacki ends Agnieszka Radwanska reign to reach Tokyo final)On her main draw debut at this year’s Australian Open, Konta became the first British woman into the last four of a grand slam in more than 30 years.She also earned her first WTA title at the Stanford Classic in July. (Agnieszka Radwanska rolls into US Open fourth round, hungry for more)advertisement”I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb. I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka,” Konta said.Radwanska, who bowed out in the fourth round of the U.S. Open last month, also won the Connecticut Open and Shenzhen Open earlier this year and has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore.