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Las Caballeras memberS volunteer Statement of review of ESSA FOR THE CATALINA ISLANDER Instead of their traditional fall catalina Ride week, Las Caballeras members and friends visited Little Harbor with a different intent as volunteers for the Catalina Island Conservancy. Their goal for the weekend: remov- ing barb wire (left from the ranching days) off the Trans-Catalina Trail. Armed with wire cutters and plenty of hay string they cut, folded, rolled and dragged the rusty wire off the scenic trail between Little Harbor and Two Harbors. In addition to the team of cowgirls and cowboys, participants said they appreciated Care Metmpole for the lunch sandwiches, and the Wet Spot for the kayaks (which nobody had energy left to use). Las Callaberas members topped off the workday with a fabulous dinner at the Laura Stein Volunteer Camp catered by the Lobster Trap. Mission accomplished, Las Cailaberas members are Idoking forward to the next Catalina Island Ride, which they have rescheduled for May 2018. Watch for them riding the island trails between Mother's Day and Memorial Day-YeeHaw! Courtesy photo State Board of Education President Michael W. Kirst and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the follow- ing joint statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Education's feedback letter on California's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. The letter is part of the ESSA approval process, which all states are undertaking. California's letter is similar in length and scope to those received by many other states. "California appreciates the feder- al government's feedback and looks forward to the opportunity to further clarify and strengthen our Every Student Succeeds Act plan. We will be working to address technical points of clarification while noting that there are areas of disagreement over the interpretation of federal statute." "California's ESSA plan is grounded in our state's 2013 Local Control Funding Formula law, which emphasizes equity, public participa- tion, and continuous improvement. Our resubmitted ESSA plan will retain those principles." Va decision ready claims program expands to include more types of claims FOR THE CATALINA ISLANDER the program. (commonly known as claims for Veterans who choose to submit sion. This advance preparation As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) ongo- ing efforts to modernize and improve Veterans' experience with the disability claims process, VA unveiled its latest enhance- ments to the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program, which will expand the pool of Veterans, surviving spouses and service members eligible to participate in "These enhancements are another key step in modernizing VA's benefits delivery to Veterans to a fully digital operating envi- ronment," said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. "With electronic claims processing as a founda- tion, VA's innovation will improve service to Veterans, their families and survivors." In addition to claims for increased disability compensation increase), Veterans will now be able to file certain claims for direct service connection, pre- sumptive service connection and secondary service connection. Additionally, surviving spouses will be able to file certain claims for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and transitioning se~:vice members will be able to file pre-discharge claims less than 90 days from leaving the military. their claim under DRC can expect to receive a decision within 30 days from the time VA receives the claim. To file under DRC, Veterans must work with an accredited Veteran Service Organization (VSO) representative, who will ensure all supporting evidence -- such as medical exams, mili- tary service records, etc. -- is included with the claim submis- by the VSOs allows claims to be assigned immediately to claims processors for a quick decision. In the future, VA aims to expand the DRC program, where possible, to ensure more Veterans can get faster decisions on their claims. For more information about DRC or to find an accred- ited VSO representative, visit htt ps://www.benefits.va.gov/ compensation/DRC.asp. COMMERCIAl.: PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INDEPENDENT ESCROW MORTGAGE INSURANCE m/Eawa nena 6 Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 ~ CATALINA ISLANDER