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February 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It was just like old times at the Los Angeles Unified school board meeting last week. The board voted to close two excellent charter schools for reasons that had nothing to do with the quality of education they are providing to students but rather over provincial concerns about turf. This was the kind of board behavior - common a decade ago - that drove so many frustrated parents and policymakers into the arms of the school reform movement. We had hoped those days were over. At issue were charter renewals for two Huntington Park schools run by Aspire Public Schools, one of the most highly regarded charter operators in California.
Local street gangs are making dangerous inroads into Anaheim's illegal drug trade, fueling fears that commonplace battles for turf could soon explode into more violent wars for profit, authorities said this week. "What we are starting to see now is something that happens in larger cities and what we hoped we wouldn't see here," said Police Sgt. Craig Hunter, assigned to the department's Gang Enforcement Unit. "The gangs are starting to deal drugs. Soon, you're going to start seeing wars."
August 22, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Movie Critic
It's tempting to call "The Garden" a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent documentary that does them full justice. Produced and directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, "The Garden" takes us behind the scenes into one of the most incendiary L.A. situations of recent times. That would be the fierce battle over a 14-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda streets known as the South Central Farm, a dispute that turned so bitter and protracted it is still going on. It's especially fitting that Kennedy is the director.
January 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Socks is not getting booted out of the first family, at least not yet. A decision about where the first cat will go after President Clinton leaves the White House has not yet been made, a White House spokesman said. USA Today reported that the 9-year-old cat will be going to live with Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie, in her Virginia home. Socks and Buddy, Clinton's Labrador, have not been the best of friends.
August 29, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A bloody battle for power between rival gangs claimed the lives of 29 inmates at a remote Venezuelan maximum security jail, authorities said. Thirteen inmates were injured in the violence at El Dorado jail, 440 miles southeast of Caracas, the capital. The attackers hacked and stabbed to death the victims, decapitating several of them.
May 9, 1995 | From Associated Press
Prospects for a bill that would let banks and securities firms combine remained in doubt Monday due to a longstanding turf war with the insurance industry. "There is some chance for a compromise, but it looks like it's going to be very, very difficult," said Sam Leaman, banking expert for Natwest Washington Analysis, the research arm of Natwest Securities. The House Banking Committee was scheduled to take up a major reform bill this morning sponsored by the panel's chairman, Rep.
August 7, 2002 | From Associated Press
Bureaucratic mistrust and infighting stymied efforts to improve the Interior Department's management of royalties from Native American lands, an internal investigation found. The report, by the Interior Department's inspector general, said the turf wars led to false information being given to Congress and a judge in a lawsuit over the mismanaged Indian money. The mismanagement also led to the destruction of e-mails that should have been saved as potential evidence, the report says.
November 20, 1990 | ROBERT A. JONES
This story begins in Santa Barbara, although you could pick any city in California and produce more or less the same results. Sometime last summer I was walking through Santa Barbara's downtown, looking for city hall. Actually, I was lost. It's not easy to get lost in Santa Barbara, but I had managed. I kept turning one corner after another until, finally, there it was. Only it was different from what I remembered.
October 11, 2006 | Steve Lopez
Moth balls. White Ivory bar soap. Cayenne pepper. Coyote urine. Talk radio. Sprinklers. Guinness stout. Grub killer. Deer repellent. These are a few of my favorite things. Why? Because every one of them has brought me relief. But only for a while. The sad truth is that in my long-running battle with furry critters intent on destroying my yard, I have been the Dodgers and they have been the Mets. Raccoons are the kings of my castle.
June 24, 2008 | Martha Groves and Harriet Ryan, Times Staff Writers
The summer surf is up in Malibu, and that means competing cultures are colliding with more zest than usual: surfers who jealously guard their favorite beaches, locals who want Malibu to remain a West Coast Mayberry and younger celebrities who love to hate their attendant paparazzi. Case in point: Over the weekend, obscenities, fists and video equipment went flying in two incidents involving paparazzi, celebrities and surfers, capturing the attention of Internet junkies around the world.
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