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May 31, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The release of the annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare has generated some of the most overheated hand-wringing about the health of these two crucial programs in recent years, largely because the economic slump has made them look weaker than they may be over the long term.  The reports were released Friday, and so far the reaction has been muted -- possibly because both reports have more good news, or at least neutral news,...
May 31, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
What happens when a board of trustees stops trusting you? Ohio State President Gordon Gee may soon find out. The university's trustees says one more verbal gaffe could cost Gee his job.  Gee has had to go on an another apology tour after another round of offensive remarks he made at a December speaking engagement. Gee made fun of Notre Dame, Catholics and the Southeastern Conference. Gee had previously offended the Polish and even the Little Sisters of the Poor.
May 31, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The trustees overseeing the finances of Social Security and Medicare issued their latest report Friday, declaring that a) the Social Security Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in 2035, the same estimate as last year; b) Medicare's hospital trust fund is expected to run out of money in 2026, a two-year improvement over last year's estimate; and c) the Disability Insurance Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in 2016, just as projected last year. So, what kind of spin would you put on this news?
May 31, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The federal government projected Friday that Medicare's main trust fund would not run in the red until 2026, two years later than projected last year, in part because of slower growth in healthcare costs. Prospects for the Social Security retirement program, meanwhile, remain largely unchanged from last year. The program's main trust fund, which provides assistance to about 46 million retirees and their relatives, will be unable to pay full benefits starting in 2035, according to an annual report from the board of trustees that oversees the nation's major entitlement programs.
May 22, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The race for an open seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education was close in early returns with Monica Ratliff ahead despite financial support and union backing that made her opponent, Antonio Sanchez, a heavy favorite. In the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees election, incumbent Nancy Pearlman was leading challenger David Vela, according to returns. Sanchez, 31, had the benefit of the combined clout of labor unions along with a deep-pocketed political-action committee spearheaded by outgoing L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, which amassed more than $1 million on his behalf for the runoff.
May 22, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
William A. Covino, a veteran Florida and California administrator, was named Wednesday as the new president of Cal State L.A., becoming the first new leader of the El Sereno campus in 33 years. Covino's selection was among a slate of appointments announced by the California State University Board of Trustees, who were meeting in Long Beach.  Joseph I. Castro, who has held a number of positions at University of California campuses, was appointed to lead Fresno State. Trustees also appointed three interim presidents as permanent heads of the Dominguez Hills, Monterey Bay and Stanislaus campuses.
May 1, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Two college presidents and an acting chancellor were named by the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees on Wednesday. Laurence B. Frank, who is deputy chief of staff for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will become the new president of Los Angeles Trade - Technical College effective July 1.  He will succeed current President Roland “Chip” Chapdelaine, who is retiring after seven years at the downtown Los Angeles campus....
April 22, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Olga Rios is a middle-school teacher with a Harvard University graduate degree and a passion to politically represent the low-income Latino children she says mirror herself growing up in hard-scrabble Hawaiian Gardens. But that quest is virtually impossible, she says, under the current at-large electoral system that she argues gives an overwhelming political advantage to school board candidates from the bigger, richer city of Cerritos next door. Not one Latino sits on the seven-member ABC Unified District school board in southeastern Los Angeles County, even though a quarter of the district's registered voters share that ethnic background.
April 18, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Gifford Phillips, a gentlemanly patron of cultural institutions and passionate advocate of contemporary art who played a leading role at museums on both coasts of the United States, has died. He was 94. Phillips died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospice in Palm Desert, said his daughter Marjorie Elliott. A member of a wealthy family - including his uncle, art collector Duncan Phillips, who founded the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. - Gifford Phillips was a partner in Pardee Phillips, a real estate developer of residential and commercial property in California and Nevada.
April 17, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
College presidents in the Los Angeles Community College District will get a lower car allowance, but a higher salary under a plan approved Wednesday by the Board of Trustees. The action by the governing board was approved on a vote of 6 to 1, with Trustee Scott Svonkin dissenting. Senior administrators receive a monthly car allowance of $1,530 -- the highest of any district in the state. That allowance will be reduced to $500 monthly, effective July 1. The difference of $1,030 will be used to increase the salaries of nine campus presidents and several other top administrators.
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