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October 14, 1999 | DOUG SMITH and RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
In a transition of power that had all the appearance of a coup, a new chief executive took the reins of Los Angeles Unified on Wednesday, officially relieving Supt. Ruben Zacarias of day-to-day authority over his staff. The dramatic changeover came about without a plan, without an executive search and without even a public hearing. It was precipitated by an emergency meeting only three days earlier in a Century City law office, participants said.
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September 14, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Crooked lawyers have long besmirched the profession's image, but the scale of their involvement in the loan modification scandals plaguing California homeowners has taken an unprecedented toll, the incoming president of the State Bar of California says. The proliferation of complaints against lawyers who said they could help rescue clients threatened with foreclosure has hurt tens of thousands of people and confronted the bar with a mounting and costly disciplinary burden, said Howard Miller, a partner with the Los Angeles plaintiffs' firm of Girardi & Keese.
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October 14, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The big question at Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Wednesday was: "Who's in charge of this place?" Supt. Ruben Zacarias steadfastly refused to give up direct authority over the city public school system's chain of command, although a day earlier the Los Angeles Board of Education had appointed former board member Howard Miller as chief executive. The board's order was precise: "All other departments, divisions and units of every kind of the LAUSD will report to Mr.
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June 17, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Howard Miller, the real estate lawyer who became a lightning rod for reform of the beleaguered Los Angeles school system, said Friday that he will leave his post as chief operating officer June 30, the same day interim Supt. Ramon C. Cortines steps aside. Together, Miller and Cortines made a formidable team that shook up a district notorious for its entrenched bureaucracy. Their efforts culminated in a reorganization plan that goes into effect the day after they leave.
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October 16, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Outraged by what they see as a personal attack on a local hero, Latino supporters of schools Supt. Ruben Zacarias were making themselves heard Friday, with activists vowing street demonstrations and state Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) planning hearings on the removal of Zacarias from daily management of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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October 20, 1999 | TED ROHRLICH and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Latino Legislative Caucus, the Black Legislative Caucus and key Latino civil rights organizations demanded Tuesday that the Los Angeles school board rescind what the group called an "illegal" order stripping Supt. Ruben Zacarias of effective authority over the district's staff. In response, school board President Genethia Hayes said the board would hold a public meeting Oct. 28 to reconsider last week's appointment of Howard Miller as the district's chief executive officer.
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October 18, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Claiming he has become a victim of "intimidation tactics" in the battle for control of Los Angeles Unified, the school district's top spokesman said late Sunday that he will resign his $101,000-a-year post in protest. Brad Sales, communications assistant to embattled Supt. Ruben Zacarias, lashed out at what he said were attempts by newly appointed chief executive officer Howard Miller and board President Genethia Hayes to control information.
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June 17, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Howard Miller, the real estate lawyer who became a lightning rod for reform of the beleaguered Los Angeles school system, said Friday that he will leave his post as chief operating officer June 30, the same day interim Supt. Ramon C. Cortines steps aside. Together, Miller and Cortines made a formidable team that shook up a district notorious for its entrenched bureaucracy. Their efforts culminated in a reorganization plan that goes into effect the day after they leave.
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January 25, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Community activists rallied outside the half-completed Belmont Learning Complex on Monday in opposition to a recommendation that the Los Angeles school board abandon the high school project. With the Board of Education scheduled to consider the recommendation today, the activists accused chief operating officer Howard Miller of betraying the community by pressing for a quick vote on Belmont rather than waiting for a state study to determine whether the polluted site can be made safe.
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October 13, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday removed Supt. Ruben Zacarias from direct authority over any member of the school district staff, appointing a chief executive to oversee all day-to-day operations. In announcing a nine-month appointment of former board member Howard Miller to the new post, the board said he would report directly to Zacarias. "All other departments, divisions and units of every kind of the LAUSD will report to Mr.
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March 20, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In their relentless push for change, the two main architects of Los Angeles school reform have antagonized many powerful interests, including unions, key Latino leaders, local officeholders and influential businesspeople. As a result, interim Supt. Ramon C. Cortines and chief of operations Howard Miller enter 90 critical days of their reform agenda in the fragile position of having more potential adversaries than allies.
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February 25, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The first signs of opposition to Supt. Ramon C. Cortines' plan to reorganize the Los Angeles Unified School District surfaced Thursday as the head of an association of school principals suggested that the time may have come to break up the sprawling district. "I don't see any need to keep the district in one piece if the interim superintendent is saying it's no good," said Eli Brent, director of Associated Administrators of Los Angeles.
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January 25, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Community activists rallied outside the half-completed Belmont Learning Complex on Monday in opposition to a recommendation that the Los Angeles school board abandon the high school project. With the Board of Education scheduled to consider the recommendation today, the activists accused chief operating officer Howard Miller of betraying the community by pressing for a quick vote on Belmont rather than waiting for a state study to determine whether the polluted site can be made safe.
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January 22, 2000 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Howard Miller, the Los Angeles Unified School District's chief operating officer, accepted an invitation to brief the City Council on Friday on the district's plans for building new campuses, and was greeted with a barrage of complaints. The swipes began as soon as Miller began to speak, when Councilman Mike Hernandez cut him off. "Why is the superintendent not here? Are you the superintendent?" Hernandez loudly inquired.
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January 21, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The two top officials of the Los Angeles school district recommended Thursday that the district abandon the environmentally plagued Belmont Learning Complex and instead explore converting the half-completed high school into a new district headquarters.
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November 3, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education postponed its interview of interim superintendent candidate Ramon C. Cortines on Tuesday after he and Supt. Ruben Zacarias suggested it would be inappropriate to conduct such a meeting before there is a vacancy. During the six-hour closed session to consider the replacement of Zacarias and other matters, the board received several new nominations and voted 4 to 2 to approve the general terms of a contract with Chief Operating Officer Howard Miller.
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February 25, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The first signs of opposition to Supt. Ramon C. Cortines' plan to reorganize the Los Angeles Unified School District surfaced Thursday as the head of an association of school principals suggested that the time may have come to break up the sprawling district. "I don't see any need to keep the district in one piece if the interim superintendent is saying it's no good," said Eli Brent, director of Associated Administrators of Los Angeles.
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November 3, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education postponed its interview of interim superintendent candidate Ramon C. Cortines on Tuesday after he and Supt. Ruben Zacarias suggested it would be inappropriate to conduct such a meeting before there is a vacancy. During the six-hour closed session to consider the replacement of Zacarias and other matters, the board received several new nominations and voted 4 to 2 to approve the general terms of a contract with Chief Operating Officer Howard Miller.
NEWS
November 1, 1999 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
When Los Angeles school trustees announce this week the hiring of a new top administrator to regain control of the vast district, they will undoubtedly say the occasion represents a fresh start and a promising opportunity to make progress. No doubt, too, there will be many skeptics who will wonder whether the appointment of an interim superintendent--no matter what his qualifications--will be enough to set the troubled school system on a truer course.
NEWS
October 28, 1999 | Louis Sahagun
Amid the ethnically tinged firestorm surrounding Supt. Ruben Zacarias and the school board, the Los Angeles Unified School District postponed a Multicultural Unity Day Celebration on Wednesday. Staff members were still blowing up balloons for the annual event when Human Relations Education Commission Director Edward Negrete issued an interoffice correspondence explaining that he had no choice given the "climate of uneasiness, uncertainty."
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