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June 14, 1996
Schoolchildren and local politicians broke ground Thursday at the site of the Watts civic center. The structure, at 103rd Street and Compton Avenue, will house branches of American Savings and the Community Development Bank, the district office of Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr., the Community Redevelopment Agency's Watts office, the city clerk's office and space for businesses.
November 21, 1993 | SANDRA HERNANDEZ
Police response time and economic investment in Watts topped the list of concerns voiced by residents during a Town Hall meeting last week with Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. Calling his 15th District the most ethnically diverse in the city, Svorinich said Tuesday's Town Hall meeting was aimed at mapping out the future of Watts and was intended to "show my dedication to this community and to say thank you."
June 6, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Jason Song, Times Staff Writers
A band teacher at Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles was charged Thursday with possessing child pornography on his personal laptop computer, authorities said. Lief Arnesen Albaugh was arrested Wednesday evening by detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's juvenile division. The 27-year-old Los Angeles man posted $20,000 bail and was released at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department inmate website.
February 26, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
While civil rights leaders report that race relations in Los Angeles have remained stagnant in recent years, they point to several community-based programs and dialogues as positive signs. Joe Hicks, executive director of the city's Human Relations Commission, and Angela E. Oh, a representative of a national commission on race, told a city panel Wednesday that small improvements in local communities are a good beginning toward better understanding among the races and a more unified society.
May 12, 1996
Regarding "Orwell Still Speaks" (April 7): For a George Orwell fan, what better Easter treat could have been given than the remarkable review of Ralph Steadman's new illustrated "Animal Farm"? Thanks to The Times and those incredibly bright students from Markham Middle School, led by teacher Yvonne Divans-Hutchinson. Who says there's no hope for the schools and that students can't read? They were reading one of the masters of English prose, let alone a political philosopher. Keep the Aspidistra Flying!
May 8, 2008
What a difference a new senior deputy superintendent makes. The disciplining of two top Los Angeles Unified School District officials who failed to follow up on suspicions that a student had been molested is the sort of accountability the district has long needed and sorely lacked.
It began with a few calls from concerned parents anxious over stories their children were bringing home from school. "We've had complaints about kids being assaulted in bathrooms, having their money taken or getting beat up," said Arturo Ybarra, president of the Watts/Century Latino Organization. That was all Ybarra needed to hear to spur him to action.
March 4, 2010
California's public schools, which are laying off thousands of teachers and planning for shortened academic years, received the painful news Thursday that they will not get a federal Race to the Top grant in the first round of funding. The decision isn't surprising, though. The legislation that formed the backbone of the state's application lacked coherence and a real commitment to improving conditions at the lowest-performing schools. We don't yet know why U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan turned down California's application.
September 17, 2009 | Richard Winton
A former student who was sexually assaulted by a Los Angeles assistant principal now feels "worthless and guilty," according to a probation report obtained by The Times. The school official, Steve Thomas Rooney, was sentenced to eight years in state prison this week for molesting the victim and three other students. "I think Mr. Rooney is a terrible man who ruined my life," she told a probation investigator seeking to determine his suitability for probation. The report paints a picture of a respected educator who used his position to sexually abuse the youngsters he was meant to protect.
January 10, 1993 | DUKE HELFAND
The Watts branch of California Federal Bank has donated $1,925 to four organizations that provide sports, recreation and other services for youths and senior citizens. The Watts Friendship Sports League, the Families for Families organization and the Explorer Program at the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast station--all in Watts--each received $500. The Estelle Van Meter Multi-Purpose Center in South-Central received $425.
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