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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...
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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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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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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
He aimed to be a doctor Atul Vyas was on the Metrolink train on his way home to Simi Valley from Claremont McKenna College, where he was preparing for a career as a medical doctor. Only 20, he was interviewing for a graduate program next year at MIT and Harvard that combined science and math. "He was a thoroughly brilliant kid, flying high," said his father, Vijay Vyas, an engineer. "Ask his professors." Atul and his brother, who graduated from Claremont McKenna last year, took the train home every two or three weeks to enjoy the comforts of family.
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February 24, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
"You're not going to believe what happened last night," Jeff Galfer said as he opened the door to his Atwater Village apartment. "I got another ticket. " Galfer and I had been talking for weeks about his Kafkaesque battles with the Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau. Galfer would contest what he thought was an unfair parking citation, and the bureau would tell him his fine was on hold while the appeal was under review. The next thing he knew, a letter would arrive saying he owed not only the original fine, but late fees and penalties.
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November 21, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A jump in the number of Los Angeles County residents who became homeless in the last two years defied the national trend of a modest decline in the overall homeless population, according to federal estimates released Thursday. Los Angeles County's homeless population rose 15% from 2011 to 2013, to  57,737, a total second only to New York City. By contrast, the number of homeless Americans declined 6% since 2010, to 610,042, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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March 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
A bar popular with a high-tech crowd in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood has banned patrons from wearing Google Glass , the local CBS station in the city reports. A sign posted at the Willows at Folsom and 12th streets features a picture of the wearable computer with the familiar red circle and a slash over it, along with a message saying customers “have expressed concerns with being recorded while enjoying themselves.” The device, which combines many of the functions of a smartphone, has aroused fears of privacy intrusions.
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September 14, 2008 | Gale Holland
He aimed to be a doctor Atul Vyas was on the Metrolink train on his way home to Simi Valley from Claremont McKenna College, where he was preparing for a career as a medical doctor. Only 20, he was interviewing for a graduate program next year at MIT and Harvard that combined science and math. "He was a thoroughly brilliant kid, flying high," said his father, Vijay Vyas, an engineer. "Ask his professors." Atul and his brother, who graduated from Claremont McKenna last year, took the train home every two or three weeks to enjoy the comforts of family.
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