May 30, 2012 |
Eating its dessert before its vegetables, the Assembly approved a bill Wednesday that would provide generous new scholarships to the public universities and colleges in California for families earning less than $160,000. The measure, AB 1501 , includes no way to pay for the scholarships, however; that heavy lifting is done in the yet-to-be-considered AB 1500 , which would raise corporate tax revenues to fund the new program. Neither bill would go into effect unless the other one passed as well, so the order of the votes doesn't really matter in the long run. (And just for the record, The Times' editorial board has come out in favor of the package.)
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May 14, 2012 |
The FBI is investigating the apparent disappearance of an estimated $1 million in donations that about 200 nonprofits reported losing when the organization that handled their finances abruptly shut down this year, forcing some groups to curtail their charity work. The head of one nonprofit said two FBI agents specializing in white collar crime interviewed her in April about the International Humanities Center, and the director of another said she has been asked to meet with agents this month.
April 12, 2012 |
"Caine's Arcade," a short film about 9-year-old Caine Monroy and the cardboard arcade that he created in his dad's used auto parts store, went viral this week, getting 1 million views in just two days on Vimeo. In the 11-minute short, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick gives viewers a glimpse of Monroy's ingenuity -- how he made a claw machine out of an S-hook and a piece of yarn, and made fun passes that can be verified by pressing the square root...
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March 16, 2012 |
Santa Monica College's plan to offer some high-demand classes at a premium cost received a boost Thursday with the announcement of a $250,000 donation to support scholarships for students who qualify. The donors are businessman Daniel Greenberg and his wife, attorney and civic activist Susan Steinhauser, two longtime supporters whose previous giving has centered on the Broad Stage of the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. The two-year college approved a plan last week, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, that would offer core education classes such as English and math at a cost of about $200 per unit, alongside state-funded courses.
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July 27, 2011 |
A day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law giving thousands of illegal immigrant college students access to private scholarship funds, immigrant advocates said they are aiming for a far bigger prize: California public grants. "It was a good step forward, but the glass is still half-empty," said Ivan Ceja, 19, a Fullerton community college student who was illegally brought to the U.S. from Mexico as a baby. At a Los Angeles town hall gathering Monday, Brown signed into law AB 130, which will allow undocumented students who qualify for reduced in-state tuition to apply for $88 million in private scholarship funds administered by the University of California, Cal State University and the California Community Colleges.
September 16, 2010 |
President Obama, who has worked to shield his children from the spotlight, has a children's book coming out this fall, framed as a letter to his daughters. Aides to Obama say the president and first lady aren't worried that the book will foist the girls into the public eye because it is not about them, but rather a tribute to 13 Americans and their commitment to the nation. The Obamas intend to continue protecting the privacy of their daughters, Malia and Sasha, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.