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December 11, 2008 | Gale Holland
Student employees at California State University called off a threatened strike Wednesday after Darrell Steinberg, the new state Senate president pro tem, offered to mediate between the union and the college system. United Auto Workers Local 4123, representing about 6,000 students working as teaching and research assistants and tutors, is asking the university to give its members free tuition and fees, a benefit extended to other Cal State employees. The university says it can ill afford the estimated $8-million to $11-million cost of the proposal in the middle of the deepening state budget crisis.
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July 3, 2009 | Gale Holland
Marshall E. Drummond is out as chancellor of the nine-campus Los Angeles Community College District. On Thursday, the office of the acting chancellor, Adriana Barrera, issued a written statement to all employees saying that the longtime community college leader was stepping down, with two years left on his $300,000-a-year contract. The announcement followed another release last week, after a closed-door meeting of the Board of Trustees, stating that Drummond was on a leave of absence.
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February 14, 2009 | Gale Holland
A student has sued the Los Angeles Community College District for allegedly censoring a classroom speech he gave against same-sex unions in the emotional aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban. Jonathan Lopez, who is working on his associate of arts degree at Los Angeles City College, quoted a dictionary definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and cited several Bible verses during a public speaking class...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2008 | Gale Holland
Student employees at California State University called off a threatened strike Wednesday after Darrell Steinberg, the new state Senate president pro tem, offered to mediate between the union and the college system. United Auto Workers Local 4123, representing about 6,000 students working as teaching and research assistants and tutors, is asking the university to give its members free tuition and fees, a benefit extended to other Cal State employees. The university says it can ill afford the estimated $8-million to $11-million cost of the proposal in the middle of the deepening state budget crisis.
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September 14, 2008 | Gale Holland
Air traffic manager As an air traffic control manager at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Walter A. Fuller had earned the respect and admiration of his employees. "He was a good boss, very fair, very sensitive to his employees," said Fernando Morales, who worked directly under him. And he liked to commute by train from his Simi Valley home, Morales recalled, to save gas and to "do his part in taking another car off the road." "He was very knowledgeable and passionate about his career and aviation in general," Morales said.
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November 12, 2008 | Maura Dolan and Gale Holland, Dolan and Holland are Times staff writers.
Anti-discrimination groups and bar associations have joined 44 state legislators in calling on the California Supreme Court to overturn the anti-gay marriage initiative voters passed last week. In letters to the court, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups sided with lawsuits that said Proposition 8, which reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage, amounted to a sweeping revision of the state Constitution instead of a more limited amendment.
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February 16, 2009 | Gale Holland
A classroom dispute at Los Angeles City College in the emotional aftermath of Proposition 8 has given rise to a lawsuit testing the balance between 1st Amendment rights and school codes on offensive speech. Student Jonathan Lopez says his professor called him a "fascist bastard" and refused to let him finish his speech against same-sex marriage during a public speaking class last November, weeks after California voters approved the ban on such unions.
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January 6, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
"Awesome," according to one dictionary of slang, is "something Americans use to describe everything. " The linguistic overkill horrifies John Tottenham. So the British-born L.A. poet, painter and journalist has launched what he calls the Campaign to Stamp Out Awesome, or CPSOA. "Saying the word in my presence is like waving a crucifix in a vampire's face," Tottenham says. "It's boiled down to one catchall superlative that's completely meaningless. " I met with Tottenham last week at CSPOA headquarters inside Stories, the Echo Park bookstore he is trying to turn into the world's first awesome-free zone.
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September 14, 2008 | Gale Holland
Air traffic manager As an air traffic control manager at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Walter A. Fuller had earned the respect and admiration of his employees. "He was a good boss, very fair, very sensitive to his employees," said Fernando Morales, who worked directly under him. And he liked to commute by train from his Simi Valley home, Morales recalled, to save gas and to "do his part in taking another car off the road." "He was very knowledgeable and passionate about his career and aviation in general," Morales said.
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