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An asbestos scare has forced the indefinite closure of a Huntington Beach grade school and an examination of every campus in the district, leaving parents frustrated and some unsure where their children will go to school. School officials estimated that Lake View Elementary will be closed five to 10 weeks as asbestos is removed from classrooms.


Two Ocean View School District elementary campuses will be closed through Tuesday while the district conducts tests to determine whether there is evidence of potentially dangerous asbestos inside the Huntington Beach classrooms. The district's asbestos reports from the past several years show there is debris in the ceiling tiles at Oak View and Hope View elementary schools.


Tensions ran high during a community meeting in Huntington Beach about the Ocean View School District's handling of asbestos at various school sites. More than 100 parents and teachers gathered in an auditorium at Marine View Middle School on Thursday evening and demanded answers from Superintendent Gustavo Balderas about a modernization project gone awry.


Living in Ventura, there is no shortage of Mexican food; being a native of San Diego, though - and a frequent Baja California traveler basically obsessed with its taquerias and street stands - the 805 sometimes leaves an empty spot in my belly when it comes to simple, flavorful tacos, burritos and tortas. Hiding behind beans and rice is easy.


Mary Adkins was last seen about 8:20 a.m. at her Oak View-area home, the Ventura County Sheriff's office said in a written statement. Adkins is 5-foot-4 and weighs about 100 pounds.

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