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March 6, 2011 | Steve Lopez
"It's just sad. " That's what East Los Angeles College student George Escobar had to say as we looked in the direction of a new clock tower that was built crooked and had to be fixed at an additional cost of $157,000. Sad, outrageous, scandalous, shameful. You could pick any of those words, or all of them, to describe the waste and abuse documented in a weeklong Times series about the Los Angeles Community College District's $5.7-billion building program. Reporters Gale Holland, Michael Finnegan and others have been turning over rocks for a year and a half, looking at how billions in tax dollars from voter-approved bond measures are being spent, and worms might be crawling up your legs as you read this.
March 3, 2011 | By Gale Holland, Michael Finnegan and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Community College District had launched a $5.7-billion campaign to modernize its nine campuses, and district leaders wanted the world to know. They hired marketing consultant Joan Marshall to help spread the word. She worked closely with Larry Eisenberg, the official in charge of the building program, booking speeches for him and seeking construction industry awards. Billions to Spend: Complete Coverage But on paper, Marshall did not work for the district.
February 27, 2011 | By Paul Pringle and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
Community college has helped Art and Michelle Gastelum get ahead. Way ahead. The father and daughter own two of the companies that have profited from close relationships with the trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District, connections built on campaign money, a Times analysis found. Companies working on the district's construction program account for 44% of the $4.6 million contributed to trustees' election efforts or to campaigns to pass construction bond measures since 2001.
July 16, 2009 | Gale Holland
Los Angeles Community College District trustees agreed Wednesday to lease part of the historic Van de Kamp's Bakery property to a charter high school, amid protests that officials broke a promise by dropping plans for a satellite campus at the site. The Glassell Park property, the subject of a ferocious preservationist fight a decade ago, underwent a $50-million to $60-million rehabilitation that saved the bakery's landmark 16th century Dutch town house facade in preparation for a campus.
May 10, 2009 | Gale Holland
Two runoff elections are set for trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District. Auditor Tina Park is challenging incumbent Angela Reddock for Office No. 2, and attorney Robert Nakahiro is taking on incumbent Nancy Pearlman for Office No. 6. Trustees are elected at-large to run nine campuses serving Los Angeles city and county. Reddock, a lawyer, was appointed to the board in 2007. She said she would increase student transfer rates to four-year colleges.
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.
October 3, 2008
Los Angeles' community colleges are an underappreciated treasure of this region. They are the door through which our immigrant culture enters the American workforce -- the educator of nurses and firefighters, and professionals of all types. What's more, in contrast to L.A.'s public schools, the Los Angeles Community College District is a responsibly run system with a record of fiscal and educational success. It has earned voter support for its latest bond issue, Measure J.
January 9, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday launched an investigation into how the Sheriff's Department conducted a narcotics-search operation at Los Angeles Trade Tech College in which 33 students, all minorities, were detained. The Oct. 17 incident has fueled allegations of racial profiling from civil rights groups and sparked changes in the way the Sheriff's Department communicates with the Los Angeles Community College District.
May 31, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Marshall "Mark" Drummond, the chancellor of the state's community college system since 2004, is returning to his previous job as head of the nine-campus Los Angeles Community College District, officials announced Wednesday. Colleagues and friends described Drummond as frustrated in the Sacramento position, which has much less power than that wielded by the heads of the UC and Cal State systems.
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