After more than a year of often-bitter negotiations, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a two-year contract with its 10,000 teaching assistants, 70% of whom are bilingual Latinas.
The assistants, members of Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union, will receive a pay raise and also will be eligible for medical benefits if they work at least four hours per day. The contract also provides more money and benefits to assistants who take college classes toward their teaching credentials.
Civil rights groups have launched an investigation into what they describe as a disturbing escalation of hate crimes and violence by U.S. law enforcement officers against immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. The groups plan to issue a report that will include recommendations on how to reduce the violence.
A new agency will oversee the development and preservation of Olvera Street under a measure adopted by the Los Angeles City Council. The agency, to be run by seven trustees, will take jurisdiction over Olvera Street and Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Park away from the City Department of Recreation and Parks.