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February 16, 1989
Grants and equipment worth more than $275,000 have been received by the Los Angeles Unified School District to establish what the district says is the nation's first facility using computers to teach students and parents at the same time to read English and Spanish. The Family Literacy Center began operating Feb. 6 at Harrison Elementary School in City Terrace, where during the day about 250 children learn English and Spanish using computers and instructional programs.
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February 14, 2002 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the red brick streets in downtown Santa Ana, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan darts in and out of tiny shops like he's just arrived at an amusement park and has to try every ride. He shakes every hand he can reach. He pats every baby's head. Bystanders watch as he makes his rounds on his quest to be governor of California. With a few exceptions, they have no idea who he is.
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BUSINESS
July 29, 1992 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Touting it as an oasis of entrepreneurship in a neighborhood that lost much of its commercial base during the riots, civic leaders Tuesday opened a new retail center in South Los Angeles--the first project approved under a post-riot city ordinance designed to accelerate the rebuilding process. Paradise Market, on South Broadway at 52nd Street, was unveiled at a ceremony designed to promote entrepreneurship in South Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, weighing a campaign for governor, continued his statewide tour Thursday in typical fashion, calling himself "a nerd," stumbling in an attempt at Spanish and still managing to win over a room of computer students. Riordan, a Republican who is considering challenging Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 and is on a pre-campaign tour of the state, visited the Cesar Chavez Community Center in the rough-and-tumble Riverside neighborhood known as Eastside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, weighing a campaign for governor, continued his statewide tour Thursday in typical fashion, calling himself "a nerd," stumbling in an attempt at Spanish and still managing to win over a room of computer students. Riordan, a Republican who is considering challenging Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 and is on a pre-campaign tour of the state, visited the Cesar Chavez Community Center in the rough-and-tumble Riverside neighborhood known as Eastside.
NEWS
February 14, 2002 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the red brick streets in downtown Santa Ana, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan darts in and out of tiny shops like he's just arrived at an amusement park and has to try every ride. He shakes every hand he can reach. He pats every baby's head. Bystanders watch as he makes his rounds on his quest to be governor of California. With a few exceptions, they have no idea who he is.
NEWS
April 27, 1999 | CANDACE A. WEDLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Simple as ABC: Youngsters go to school to learn the three Rs. Sometimes they do and sometimes . . . "When you realize in the L.A. public schools a poor child, 6 years old, has a statistical 12% chance to read and write at the eighth-grade level by the time they're 18--this is pathetic." This, from Mayor Richard Riordan.
NEWS
February 5, 1995
Cienega Elementary in Los Angeles and St. Augustine School in Culver City are among 17 county schools to receive grants from the Riordan Foundation for the purchase of instructional materials. The schools received the "Story Club," a computer-assisted literacy program for elementary school students. Included in the Story Club package is one CD-ROM, 10 videodiscs, 11 audiotapes, books, support materials and teacher training. The system is worth $6,000 dollars.
NEWS
November 22, 1990
A $25,000 computer lab to teach kindergarten and first-grade pupils reading and writing has been installed at Mark Twain Elementary School in the Lynwood Unified School District. The computer-assisted program, called "Writing to Read," uses IBM computers and was made available through the Riordan Foundation of Los Angeles and City Bank of Los Angeles. The bank provided the funds for the lab and the Riordan Foundation trained the teachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1995
More than $250,000 in grants to the Los Angeles Public Library will go to expand the "Grandparents and Books" program, and add computers to the Hyde Park branch. The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation donated $150,000 to support educational and cultural programs at the Central Library, and $100,000 came from the Annenberg Foundation for Grandparents and Books, an inter-generational program in which seniors read to children at branch libraries.
NEWS
April 27, 1999 | CANDACE A. WEDLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Simple as ABC: Youngsters go to school to learn the three Rs. Sometimes they do and sometimes . . . "When you realize in the L.A. public schools a poor child, 6 years old, has a statistical 12% chance to read and write at the eighth-grade level by the time they're 18--this is pathetic." This, from Mayor Richard Riordan.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1992 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Touting it as an oasis of entrepreneurship in a neighborhood that lost much of its commercial base during the riots, civic leaders Tuesday opened a new retail center in South Los Angeles--the first project approved under a post-riot city ordinance designed to accelerate the rebuilding process. Paradise Market, on South Broadway at 52nd Street, was unveiled at a ceremony designed to promote entrepreneurship in South Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1989
Grants and equipment worth more than $275,000 have been received by the Los Angeles Unified School District to establish what the district says is the nation's first facility using computers to teach students and parents at the same time to read English and Spanish. The Family Literacy Center began operating Feb. 6 at Harrison Elementary School in City Terrace, where during the day about 250 children learn English and Spanish using computers and instructional programs.
NEWS
December 19, 1991
The department of education at Loyola Marymount University has received $25,270 to establish a computer lab. "This lab will move us into the forefront of teacher training," said Father Albert Koppes, the department's chairman. "Our students will be extremely well prepared to go into the classroom and work with the available technology." The lab will be used to teach reading and writing to area students and as a teaching lab for university students.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Santa Fe Springs St. Paul has a new all-weather turf football field, an all-weather track and renovated gym as part of major campus improvements thanks to donations from the Riordan Foundation and Shea Foundation. There's also new Internet wiring and a new Science center. St. Paul will play its first football game on the new field on Aug. 30 against Buena Park. The gym has been given a hardwood floor after previously being a Tartan all-purpose floor. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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