February 19, 2013
It would probably be better for the Los Angeles Community College District if endorsements like this one weren't necessary. That is to say, if the trustees of the community colleges were no longer elected but appointed. Because elections have not served the colleges well. For one thing, the position of trustee is so obscure that it attracts few high-caliber candidates. For another, voters are disengaged and uninformed about the community colleges, which means that unions, employees and the construction industry - the main campaign donors - have too strong a role in who is elected.
April 8, 2001 |
He is the essence of academic excellence, breezing through calculus, steam-rolling through trigonometry. He aced his College Boards--not only the SAT but the three achievement tests in math, writing and physics as well. He is one of only 71 California high school students named a candidate for the 2001 Presidential Scholarship, among the nation's most prestigious academic awards. But, most amazing of all, Trevor Loflin did it all while homeless.
January 22, 2013
The Los Angeles Times editorial board has invited each of the 77 candidates for 17 Los Angeles city, school district and community college district offices on the March 5 ballot to meet and discuss their candidacies as the board considers endorsements. To make our recommendations , the board goes beyond our face-to-face discussions and studies the candidates, the districts and the issues and weighs them against the needs of the city. Editorial writers offer some thoughts and questions about the contests in our blog, Opinion L.A. , and we invite readers to share their thinking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1986
The Trustees of the Santa Clarita Valley College District are concerned about a proposed reorganization of the system of governance for local community colleges which would replace elected boards with appointed advisers. This proposal, the so-called Alternative A of the Commission for the Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education, would wipe out the 70 elected community college boards of trustees and replace them with 12 regional districts without regard to community identity or autonomy.
March 13, 1996 |
When the University of California Board of Regents gathers today in San Francisco for its monthly meeting, two of the 26 seats around the board's ring-shaped table will be assigned to no one. Septuagenarians Dean Watkins and Glenn Campbell finished their board terms last month--having served 27 and 28 years, respectively--and Gov. Pete Wilson has yet to name their replacements. In the short term, the vacancies have raised hopes among affirmative action supporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1989
Two decisions by the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees were reported side by side (Feb. 13). One, rejecting a request to hold the San Fernando Valley Fair on the Pierce College campus, was rational and politically brave. The second, to begin construction on Mission College, was wasteful and politically expedient. We must face the fact that in 1947, when Pierce College was opened primarily as an agricultural college, the land usage of the western San Fernando Valley was decidedly different than it is today.