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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Turning the Cecil Hotel into homeless housing was supposed to be a quick and innovative way to get skid row residents off the streets. But a proposal for hundreds of homeless units in the hotel collapsed recently in the face of opposition from downtown business leaders and social service providers, backed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. They argued the neighborhood is oversaturated with homeless housing and other services. "Supervisor Molina's strong opinion is that the skid row area is the way it is because of an over-concentration of services," Roxane Marquez, Molina's press deputy, said Friday.
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January 18, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor. The 61-year-old Eagle Rock resident had been making $200 per load, enough to pay his daughter's cellphone bill. But that was before a new state law tightened the redemption rules, making it harder for people at the economic fringes to scrape by. Now his take is only $50 to $60, Morataya said. "It's really bad," he said this week, flinging plastic bottles into a garbage bin. "I can't help my daughter.
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July 12, 2008 | Gale Holland
The University of California's 8,500 service workers will go on strike Monday, union president Lakesha Harrison said. "The workers are fed up," said Harrison, whose union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, represents 20,000 university employees. He said the strike will go forward despite a temporary restraining order issued by a San Francisco judge. The service and healthcare employees have been without a contract since last year. -- Gale Holland
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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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