The district signs year-to-year contracts with Gardena-based Administrative Service Co-Op. Taxi drivers must complete extra training to handle behavior outbursts. “These kids vary in their own behavior. Some of them are hyper, some are quiet,” driver Sammy Fadle said. Project manager Joe Viera said drivers undergo sensitivity training, background checks similar to teachers and random drug testing. School districts must provide transportation to students with handicaps that prevent them from walking to school. Measure exempts college upgrades ROLLING HILLS ESTATES – Eighty-seven special education students in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District use taxicabs for transportation to and from school. The district saves about $100,000 a year by using trained cabbies rather than buses provided by Los Angeles County. The district, which spends $750,000 for the service, shifted to cabs three years ago because they cost less and arrive on time, Superintendent Walker Williams said. “It saved us a few bucks, it’s a little bit more reliable, and we get less complaints,” Williams said. “It’s a win-win for us.” LOS ANGELES – The proposed $10 billion state school bond measure on the November ballot – Proposition 1-D – includes an earthquake clause that would exempt community colleges from California seismic inspection standards. Community colleges have long lobbied to be removed from the Field Act, which imposes tough building standards to protect students from earthquake hazards. The schools insist compliance is too costly and time consuming. Proposition 1-D authorizes borrowing for the construction and modernization of schools. Exempting colleges from the Field Act could endanger students, state Seismic Safety Commission experts said. “We believe Field Act buildings are safer buildings,” said Richard McCarthy, executive director of the commission. Assault leads to more patrols SAN DIEGO – Police said they were adding patrols in the Mission Beach neighborhood and planning community meetings a day after four armed men sexually assaulted two women during a late-night home-invasion robbery. The victims said two men entered their home at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, apparently letting themselves in through an unlocked door. Two other men joined them several minutes later, according to San Diego police Lt. Vince Villalvazo. The robbers immediately confronted a man and a woman in the living room and later found a second couple in another room. The women were separated from the men and assaulted by three or four of the men, who were armed with semiautomatic handguns, police said. Before leaving, the intruders stole cell phones, credit cards and electronic items. The men were last seen fleeing on foot. No detailed description of the men was immediately available. Villalvazo advised people to make sure their homes are secure at night by locking doors and windows. “If your doorbell rings in the middle of the night and you aren’t expecting anyone, be cautious in answering the door, or maybe just don’t,” he said. Woman sentenced for dumping baby SAN DIEGO – A woman who left her newborn baby boy behind a Dumpster in a trash-filled plastic bag was sentenced to five years in prison Monday. Janelle Bulatao, 25, was convicted in August of attempted murder and child abuse. Prosecutors said she abandoned her infant in the garbage collection area at a friend’s apartment complex in June 2005 after delivering the baby by herself. After giving birth, Bulatao took the baby, “put it in the trash and threw it away,” said prosecutor Wendy Patrick Mazzarella. Bulatao wanted to get rid of the baby because she thought a former boyfriend might be the father, Mazzarella said. Defense attorney Brad Patton said his client suffered from severe depression. – From wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!