Damien, St. Lucy’s, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure claim religious bias in schools’ federal lawsuit against CIF

Story with federal lawsuit complaint atached

“Nowhere in American jurisprudence is the entity that hears the appeal the same entity that already decided the matter from which the appeal has been taken. CIF is mandated under the education code to provide a neutral appeals process. They never did. It was not a legitimate appeals panel.” Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.

cifBy Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Four Southland parochial high schools are claiming religious bias and lack of due process in a federal lawsuit fighting a California Interscholastic Federation decision to pull their sports teams from mixed public-private school leagues and place them in new leagues made up of predominantly religious schools.

Lawyers representing Damien, Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure and St. Lucy’s high schools filed federal lawsuits Thursday against the CIF State office, CIF-Southern Section and Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod in hopes of reversing a decision that would place the schools’ athletic teams in playoff divisions and leagues comprised of parochial schools beginning with the 2014-15 school year.” — Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.

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How can Arcadia justify “moving in a differen’t direction,” as reason for firing a state championship cross country coach .. Only direction left is down

STORY: James O’Brien, who led the Arcadia High School cross country team to two CIF State and the last three CIF-Southern Section championships, has been fired.
“The only reason I was given was, `We want to go in a different direction,’ and despite my pressing the issue for a legitimate explanation, the party line was, `I am not at liberty to discuss it any further,’ ” O’Brien said. “I haven’t done anything wrong and nothing warrants this.”
BLOG: The comments on the Star-News blog, more than a 100, are unreal, check it out.

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Track All-Area: Bonita’s Marissa Scott and Bishop Amat’s Darren Andrews earn top honors

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TRACK ALL-AREA STORY ONLINE: Bishop Amat High School’s Darren Andrews and Bonita’s Marissa Scott accomplished a lot in their athletic careers. But the duo saved their best for last.
Andrews, who finished seventh in the 100 at the CIF State championships, and Scott, who was the lone area competitor to win a CIF-Southern Section title in addition to advancing to the state meet, are Tribune Track and Field Athletes of the Year.

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South Hills’ Adrian De Horta will skip Cal State Fullerton to sign with Padres for cool $425,000 signing bonus

6-7-13 VDEHORTASan Gabriel Valley Tribune Baseball player of the year Adrian De Horta, a pitcher, has agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres after getting drafted in the eighth round, according to reports. De Horta, who was committed to Cal State Fullerton, apparently agreed to a $425,000 signing bonus, according to reports, which is roughly $269,000 over his slot value for being selected No. 238 overall in the draft. The big question is this: Is nearly half a million enough of a incentive to forgo your college education, or at least delay it? Once again, I say yes.

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