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August 3, 1990 | LEON WHITESON, Whiteson is a Los Angeles architect and writer whose most recent book is "The Watts Towers of Los Angeles."
Six years ago, when Roland A. Wiley decided to set out on his own, he knew the odds were against an architect who was both young and black. By age 27, Wiley had worked his way up the ladder of Gruen Associates, a large Los Angeles architectural firm. As construction manager on such large projects as California Plaza, he had achieved a comfortable senior position.
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August 3, 1990 | LEON WHITESON, Whiteson is a Los Angeles architect and writer whose most recent book is "The Watts Towers of Los Angeles."
Six years ago, when Roland A. Wiley decided to set out on his own, he knew the odds were against an architect who was both young and black. By age 27, Wiley had worked his way up the ladder of Gruen Associates, a large Los Angeles architectural firm. As construction manager on such large projects as California Plaza, he had achieved a comfortable senior position.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2005
We appreciate Christopher Hawthorne's thoughtful exploration of the Ambassador Hotel issue ("The Equivocal City," Jan. 9). We agree with Hawthorne that the Ambassador is "overflowing with architectural and cultural significance" and is worth saving. Along with a diverse coalition of community groups, we also agree that the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) should find a solution for the Ambassador that works. The Los Angeles Conservancy, working with top Los Angeles architects, engineers, and development professionals, spent 2 1/2 years repeatedly proving that the Ambassador can convert successfully into a school at a cost far lower than the LAUSD estimated.
OPINION
September 25, 2004
The Ambassador Hotel battle is not a symbolic one -- it is about roughly 3,900 children residing in the neighborhood being shut out of nearby overcrowded schools, forced to attend schools outside of their neighborhood and on the unacceptable Concept 6 school calendar. A Concept 6 school year has only 163 instructional days versus the traditional calendar year of 180 days, limiting learning by nearly four weeks per school year. Over the K-12 experience, that amounts to losing a full year of instruction.
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