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April 23, 1991 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County Community College District trustees Monday picked a new chancellor, a man credited with reviving a dying junior college in one of Los Angeles' poorer areas. Thomas Lakin, 47, president of Los Angeles Southwest Community College, emerged the winner in a seven-month search by the district to replace retiring Chancellor Barbara Derryberry. He will take the reins of the three-campus, 30,000-student district on July 1.
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July 24, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
It's a powerful thing, a voice. The folks over at Imperial and Western found one Thursday, so resonant it carried beyond their words, into their smiles, their handshakes, their hope. It was believable, this voice, echoing around a gymnasium hallway at Los Angeles Southwest College, where neighborhood children, students and champions gathered to celebrate a gift.
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October 26, 1988 | LARRY GORDON, Times Education Writer
A new high school aimed at preventing dropouts and at getting minority youngsters into college is being planned for a September opening on the campus of Los Angeles Southwest Community College. Officials say the school and a similar one planned for Contra Costa County would be the first of their kind in California. The so-called middle college high schools are to be modeled after a successful program at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y.
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August 31, 1991 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
On the eve of fulfilling a promise made after the Watts riots a quarter century ago, officials have concluded that the recent discovery of an earthquake fault beneath Los Angeles Southwest College will force them to tear down half of the college's only permanent building. The fault, part of the Newport-Inglewood system, was found just as a long-awaited construction program was getting under way this summer.
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January 19, 1990 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A quarter of a century ago, Odessa Cox began lobbying tirelessly for a college for the predominantly minority neighborhoods in South Los Angeles. At one point, she recalled recently, she surveyed students in all the area's high schools and found that many of them would go to college if they could get there on foot or by bicycle. She won the battle in 1967, when Los Angeles Southwest College was born, two years after the Watts riots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1991 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
On the eve of fulfilling a promise made after the Watts riots a quarter century ago, officials have concluded that the recent discovery of an earthquake fault beneath Los Angeles Southwest College will force them to tear down half of the college's only permanent building. The fault, part of the Newport-Inglewood system, was found just as a long-awaited construction program was getting under way this summer.
SPORTS
July 24, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
It's a powerful thing, a voice. The folks over at Imperial and Western found one Thursday, so resonant it carried beyond their words, into their smiles, their handshakes, their hope. It was believable, this voice, echoing around a gymnasium hallway at Los Angeles Southwest College, where neighborhood children, students and champions gathered to celebrate a gift.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | JANE HULSE
Thomas Lakin, the new chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District, will be paid $112,500 a year under the terms of a contract released Tuesday night. Lakin, 47, president of Los Angeles Southwest Community College, was appointed last month by the district's board of trustees to replace retiring Chancellor Barbara Derryberry. At that time, the trustees and Lakin had not worked out the details of his contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1989 | SALLIE W. NEUBAUER, Sallie W. Neubauer is president of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park.
The Los Angeles Police Department is once again trying to bully its way around Elysian Park. Proposition 2, the Police Facilities Bond Measure, is so poorly worded that most voters will probably not realize that it includes funds for a new police academy. But it does.
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March 15, 1993 | GARY LIBMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Each Sunday afternoon, many homeless people walk miles to South Park in South-Central Los Angeles. More arrive from the cars they live in near the park at 51st and San Pedro streets. Once each week, a mouth-watering home-cooked meal turns the park into an oasis for 100 men, women and children as Gloria Gary, 57, spreads tablecloths over two park benches and serves a 3 p.m. spread of pinto beans, rice, vegetables, corn bread, cake and occasional chicken or fish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1991 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County Community College District trustees Monday picked a new chancellor, a man credited with reviving a dying junior college in one of Los Angeles' poorer areas. Thomas Lakin, 47, president of Los Angeles Southwest Community College, emerged the winner in a seven-month search by the district to replace retiring Chancellor Barbara Derryberry. He will take the reins of the three-campus, 30,000-student district on July 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1990 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A quarter of a century ago, Odessa Cox began lobbying tirelessly for a college for the predominantly minority neighborhoods in South Los Angeles. At one point, she recalled recently, she surveyed students in all the area's high schools and found that many of them would go to college if they could get there on foot or by bicycle. She won the battle in 1967, when Los Angeles Southwest College was born, two years after the Watts riots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1988 | LARRY GORDON, Times Education Writer
A new high school aimed at preventing dropouts and at getting minority youngsters into college is being planned for a September opening on the campus of Los Angeles Southwest Community College. Officials say the school and a similar one planned for Contra Costa County would be the first of their kind in California. The so-called middle college high schools are to be modeled after a successful program at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y.
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November 28, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What appears to be California's first death from the so-called flesh-eating bacteria was recorded Sunday here, where the popular chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District died a few days after complaining of a severe sore throat. Thomas G. Lakin, 50, died Sunday afternoon at Los Robles Regional Medical Center. Ventura County Senior Deputy Coroner Mitch Breese confirmed that the cause of death was necrotizing fasciitis, which has been dubbed flesh-eating bacteria.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thomas G. Lakin came to Ventura County in his lifelong quest for a bigger podium. Lakin had wrought huge changes in five years as president of Los Angeles' Southwest Community College. By 1991, he had pumped new life into the campus, improving everything from the curriculum and community outreach programs to the football team and the flower beds. But when he was tapped that year to run an entire community college system in Ventura County, said a longtime friend, Lakin jumped at the chance.
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