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A 68-year-old Yorba Linda woman proves it’s never too late to go to law school

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California’s bar exam is notoriously difficult.

Ask former governors Jerry Brown and Pete Wilson or California Senator Kamala Harris, all of whom failed the test on their first try.

Barbara Hodgson, 68, of Yorba Linda, said she fully expected to be in their company when she went to check her results in November.

But then, on her computer screen, it flashed: “The name above appears on the pass list.”

“I would have never guessed it,” she said. “I passed! Oh my goodness.”

Hodgson, among the oldest to pass the bar exam in California, walked across the stage and accepted her diploma on Thursday, Feb. 28, marking her graduation from the Concord Law School at Purdue University Global.

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Yorba Linda mayor is youngest female mayor in California

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At the age of 25, Tara Campbell is making a major name for herself in California politics.

After serving two years on the Yorba Linda City Council, her peers unanimously elected her mayor, making her the youngest female mayor in the state.

“This is my hometown, so to be able to have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me is the greatest honor,” Campbell said.

Campbell grew up in Yorba Linda playing sports and participating in Girl Scouts. She then went to USC to study sports journalism.

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Ed Nixon, last surviving brother of President Richard Nixon, dies at age 88

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Edward Nixon, the youngest brother of President Richard Nixon and an active participant in the presidential library in Yorba Linda, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the age of 88.

Ed Nixon was the youngest of the five Nixon boys, and the last surviving sibling. He lived in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle.

“Since our father passed away 25 years ago, Uncle Ed was our family’s rock,” Richard Nixon’s daughters, Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, said in a statement released by the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.

The daughters described their uncle as a mentor “with a practical mind and an ever-present, unassuming smile.”

Ed Nixon served in the Navy as an aviator, helicopter flight instructor and assistant professor of naval science before going on to a successful career as a geologist and expert on global energy use. He remained in the naval reserves as a captain.

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25 Orange County campuses among 2019 California Distinguished Schools

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Of the 162 middle school and high school campuses announced this week as California Distinguished Schools, 25 are in Orange County.

The state recognition highlights public schools for “achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years,” the announcement said.

“It’s exciting to win because it is recognizing how hard the teachers work,” Dana Aguilera, principal of Carl Hankey K-8 Academy in Mission Viejo, said. It is the first time the campus has received the designation.

“It really reflects a lot of working together and the strength of the model program,” she said.

Once schools show the achievements in data that make them eligible for the program, Aguilera said, they then submit an application highlighting their signature program – in Hankey’s case, the International Baccalaureate program in the middle school grades

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Yorba Linda woman identified as 1 of 3 victims who died in Kern County plane crash

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TEHACHAPI — Authorities have identified three people who died when their plane crashed in the snowy Tehachapi Mountains.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said those killed were 38-year-old Marina Villavicencio of Yorba Linda; 53-year-old Felipe Plascencia of Whittier and 74-year-old Ruben Piranian of Granada Hills.

The twin-engine Beechcraft was reported overdue Thursday on a flight from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles.

Kern County authorities spotted the wreck on Saturday and retrieved the bodies over the weekend.

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Yorba Linda plane crash: Community holds vigil to honor 4 family members, pilot

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Hundreds of people in Yorba Linda held a candlelight vigil as a way to keep the memories of their friends and neighbors alive.

Roy Anderson, 85, his wife Dahlia Anderson, 68, their 48-year-old daughter Stacie Leber and their 58-year-old son-in-law Don Elliott died Sunday after a plane crashed into a home, causing it to burst into flames.

Elliott’s pastor from The Bridge Church in Corona read part of a statement from the devastated family.

“It’s very hard to believe that he’s gone. The home lost was a beacon for so many family and friends, where many celebrations were held,” Pastor Mark Jackson said.

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Pilot in deadly Yorba Linda crash twice disciplined by federal air safety board

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The pilot of a plane that broke up in the sky and crashed into a Yorba Linda neighborhood on Super Bowl Sunday, killing him and four others inside a home, apparently was twice disciplined by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to federal documents.

Federal Aviation Administration officials confirmed Friday that the pilot of the ill-fated Cessna notified the agency in 1991 that he had changed his name from Jordan Albert Isaacson to Jordan Ike Aaron. In 2008, he told the FAA he again had changed his name, this time to Antonio Peter Pastini.

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