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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1994 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first step toward creating a large complex of schools in one of the Los Angeles Unified School District's most crowded areas, the Board of Education on Monday approved an ambitious project aimed at providing 16,500 students with courses linked to their career interests.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to pressure from prosecutors, Los Angeles Unified School District officials agreed Friday to rescind a closed-door vote on the Belmont Learning Complex and to reconsider the matter in a public meeting. The school board, in a private session Dec. 12, gave Supt. Roy Romer permission to explore proposals from the private sector for opening or selling the unfinished high school near downtown. But newly elected Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Latino advocacy group is drafting a proposal to complete the stalled Belmont Learning Complex, solve its environmental problems and turn the campus near downtown Los Angeles into a privately run charter high school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2002 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two competing proposals to finish the Belmont Learning Complex under a contract worth as much as $88 million both would seal off hazardous underground vapors from a former oil field and install an elaborate system of vents, air scrubbers and detectors, according to presentations made Tuesday. Details of the two plans were made public at a board meeting of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is expected to choose a contractor next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2002 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A construction team led by a Latino educational advocacy group should finish the environmentally troubled Belmont Learning Complex, Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer recommended Thursday to the school board members. Alliance for a Better Community, a coalition of Latino activists and businesspeople, assembled the best development team and presented the best plan to finish the high school and solve environmental problems at the 35-acre downtown site, Romer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1995 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Born from the rubble of two land deal disasters, plans for building the Los Angeles Unified School District's first new high school in more than 20 years--in the Temple-Beaudry area near Downtown--are finally beginning to jell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2002 | Duke Helfand, Joe Mathews and Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles school officials said Wednesday that they will consider abandoning the half-finished and trouble-ridden Belmont Learning Complex because seismologists belatedly discovered a small earthquake fault running directly beneath two buildings of the high school campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
An arbitrator has ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District to pay more than $17 million for breaching contracts with the developer, contractor and architect of the unfinished Belmont Learning Complex, officials said Friday. In a stinging rebuke, arbitrator Steven A. Arbittier called the district's failure to pay its outstanding bills "indefensible."
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December 15, 2000 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite its toxic reputation, the large Belmont Learning Complex property near downtown Los Angeles would certainly catch the attention of real estate investors if Los Angeles school officials decide to sell the controversial parcel, say industry observers. The Los Angeles Board of Education, at the urging of Supt. Roy Romer, this week decided to turn to the private sector for possible solutions to the Belmont problem--including an outright sale of the property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has thrown himself into the fight over the Belmont Learning Complex, quietly suggesting state legislation that could remove a major obstacle to completing the now-abandoned downtown high school. Riordan has declined to speak on the record about his efforts. But sources within the school district and the city administration say the mayor is seeking a pragmatic solution to the protracted debate over the school in the hope of providing badly needed classroom space.
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