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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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April 1, 2009 | Gale Holland and Seema Mehta
Cole Bettles had been rejected by a raft of universities when he received an e-mail from UC San Diego on Monday congratulating him on his admission and inviting him to tour the campus. His mother booked a hotel in San Diego, and the 18-year-old Ojai high school senior arranged for his grandfather, uncle and other family members to meet them at the campus for lunch during the Saturday orientation. "They were like, 'Oh, my God, that's so awesome,' " Bettles said.
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February 25, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Santa Monica's homeless population has dropped by 3.5% since 2012, in part because of a focus on getting long-term street transients into housing, officials said Tuesday. "It's focusing on folks who have been here the longest and who are the most vulnerable," said Margaret Willis, the city's human resources administrator. A citywide count conducted Jan. 29 found 742 homeless people living in the streets, in cars or encampments, and in shelters and hospitals, down from 769 in 2012.
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September 30, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among California counties, according to a new analysis announced Monday that upends traditional views of rural and urban hardship by adding factors such as the soaring price of city housing. The measurement, developed by researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, found that 2.6 million, or 27%, of Los Angeles County residents lived in poverty in 2011. The official poverty rate for the county, based on the U.S. Census' 2011 American Community Survey, is 18%. The new analysis set California's poverty rate at 22%, the highest in the nation, compared with the official rate of 16%. Counties such as Placer and Sacramento, with more moderate housing costs, have lower poverty rates than those of metropolitan areas, researchers said.
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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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