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How does ‘Quality of Life’ rate in your community?

Posted January 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Newport Beach residents enjoy the highest quality of life in California – and people who live in Watts are on the other end of the scale, with the worst quality of life.
That’s among the findings of a new report that looks at income, life expectancy and educational attainment and scores neighborhoods throughout the Golden State.
The study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council says …

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Two-year colleges get ready to offer 4-year degrees

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Updated: Jan. 20 3:29 pm
Dozens of California community colleges have been selected to be among the first in the state to offer four-year degrees.
The bachelor degree programs are slated to begin in the fall of 2017 – and they’re designed to help close an education gap that some believe could threaten the Golden State’s economic future.
Thirty-four of the state’s 112 community colleges applied to the …

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Undocumented, and riding shotgun

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Up until my early 20s, I rode shotgun. With my high school and college sweetheart, I flipped through the soft sleeves of our shared CD binder in search of the right music. I double-checked our drive-through orders for extra ketchup. I pointed out the sights only I caught in time.
In 1991, my family left the Philippines for California, where my aunt had been living …

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Mixer: Budget is more of the same, and not much more

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown today released a record $113 billion state spending plan.
Under the proposal, the general fund will increase about 5 percent from the current fiscal year… something the governor says reflects California’s economic momentum.
The governor, however, did not propose many new programs but instead focused on covering growing costs to existing ones.
John Myers is at the California Politics Desk at KQED in San Francisco, and …

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How to keep John Muir’s legacy alive

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
John Muir Trail, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx. Photo by Kristine Paulus/ CC/ Flickr.

The pioneering environmentalist John Muir was no great fan of cities. In 1868, he hightailed it out of San Francisco as fast as he could for the Sierra Nevada. He later referred to Los Angeles as “that handsome conceited little town” and similarly skedaddled away pronto to the San Gabriel Mountains. Yet it was in Los Angeles, on Christmas Eve 100 years ago, that …

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350,000 students struggling with English in California

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The debate over how best to provide a quality education to students learning English shows no signs of cooling down in California.
In the first review of its kind, the state has identified about 350,000 students who have attended California schools for seven years or more and who still cannot speak English fluently.
Among those students, about 90,000 are classified as “long-term English learners,” because they’ve …

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UC to California students: take a hike

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The governing body of the University of California voted this week to go ahead with a plan to raise tuition for five straight years.
As expected, UC President Janet Napolitano and a majority of the Board of Regents voted to raise tuition by five percent each year. Board members who voted for it say current funding levels are insufficient to maintain the quality of a UC education.
We …

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Is mandatory school ‘volunteering’ against the law?

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California charter schools that require parents to volunteer as a condition of their child’s enrollment are breaking state law, according to a civil rights group.
Public Advocates – a non-profit law firm – surveyed roughly half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools. The group found that about a third of those schools required parents to volunteer.
Some of the schools required parents to pay a fee …

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Brown and Napolitano at odds over U.C. tuition hikes

Posted November 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A battle between Gov. Jerry Brown and U.C. President Janet Napolitano is brewing over Napolitano’s proposal to hike tuition by five percent each year for the next five years.
Brown appointed two new regents to the University of California yesterday: Former Assembly Leader John Perez, who’s about to be termed out of the Legislature, and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent of Long Beach City College.
The timing …

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The military drawdown means more vets will be looking for work at home

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
2008 Vet Job Fair in Redford, MI sponsored by State of Michigan, Military Veterans Services (Photo via Debra Drummond/Flickr/CC)

As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On this Veterans Day, let’s think about all of America’s soldiers who are receiving pink slips.
Members of the military receive rigorous training from a very selective …

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Will California Republicans sing the Blue State blues?

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Democrats may be on the verge of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate. But on the eve of Election Day, a new poll finds that here in California, Democrats are in a good position to keep their monopoly on statewide offices.
At the top of the ticket, the USC-Dornsife- L.A. Times poll says that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained his big lead over …

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Mixer: Pushing Deasy; from iPads to iQuit

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After more than three years heading the LA Unified School District, John Deasy stepped down from his post this week.
Howard Blume is longtime education reporter at the Los Angeles Times, and Vanessa Romo writes for the news website LA School Report. Both joined in for the Mixer.

Deasy is set to remain with the district on “special assignment” (read: a little golden parachute) through the end of …

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LAUSD Supt. John Deasy resigns

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, following criticism of his plan to put iPads in schools, and a class scheduling problem that placed kids in classrooms with no educational value. Ray Cortines, the district’s former superintendent will take the job on an interim basis.
In a statement, the school board thanked Deasy for his service. “In that period of time, academic achievement rose substantially despite severe economic hardships, and the …

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NASA’s JPL opens its doors

Posted October 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This weekend, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its annual open house, inviting the public to explore the grounds of the La Canada-Flintridge facility for two days. This was JPL’s first open house in two years as budget cuts kept the doors shut last year.
Thousands strolled from building to building at the college-sized campus to learn about current missions, future endeavors and poignant reflections of JPL’s history in exploring the …

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‘A Path Appears’: Nicholas Kristof’s reasons for optimism

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Nicholas Kristof at KCRW. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Every attempt at making the world a better place for people, starts with – you guessed it – people. What a surprise, right? We, as human beings, affect other human beings.
But that way-oversimplified thesis means nothing if not for good deeds and philanthropy, heart, and, of course, a dose of money too. How everyday people are creating paths to a better world.
A new book …

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Deasy under increasing scrutiny from School Board

Posted September 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. School Board is expected to hold a closed-door meeting tomorrow. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary.
What is unusual is that this is a specially called closed door meeting. And L.A. Times education reporter Howard Blume says the focus will almost certainly be on the future of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.
Deasy has been under fire for issues connected to the …

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Mixer: American identity, deconstructed

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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America means many things to many people.
Our nation is an amalgam of ideas from myriad perspectives. And those perspectives often get drowned out in a sea of ideology and noise (see: cable news).
This week, Zocalo Public Square, along with the Smithsonian, is asking what it means to be American. With essays and exhibits ranging from the patriotic to paternalistic, from purple mountains to brown …

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Mixer: Locked up, then locked out

Posted September 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, the Federal Reserve Board kept interest rates low, and vowed to keep them low for a “considerable time.”
And then there was the wonky we could raise rates down the road if the economy starts moving faster stuff.
The job market, says the Fed, is affected by myriad happenings: An economy that’s still sluggish, and recovering from a Great Recession. An older population. Jobs …

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L.A. teachers are due for a pay raise: But how big?

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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So how do L.A. teachers fare compared to their counterparts statewide when it comes to pay?
Not so well, according to an analysis by the L.A. Daily News.
LAUSD teachers brought home $67,475 on average in 2013. That’s about three percent less than the statewide public school average, which was $69,623.
The L.A. district does offer better benefits – including premium-free health insurance to its teachers. But …

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Does assimilation mean the end of gay neighborhoods?

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade in 1984, the same year the community, located between Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, incorporated. After its establishment, West Hollywood fought for an LGBT civil rights agenda that's moved from the fringe to the mainstream (Photo: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)

On a Saturday night on West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard, the sidewalks, dance clubs, bars and restaurants are packed. The crowd is made up of mostly men; mostly gay, joyfully, proudly and unapologetically gay men. This is West Hollywood after all, the community that’s been called America’s “Gay Camelot” because of its place in American gay life and culture.
It’s been a LGBT enclave in Southern California for decades. …

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