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Teresa Watanabe

Teresa Watanabe covers education for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the Times in 1989, she has covered immigration, ethnic communities, religion, Pacific Rim business and served as Tokyo correspondent and bureau chief. She also covered Asia, national affairs and state government for the San Jose Mercury News and wrote editorials for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A Seattle native, she graduated from USC in journalism and in East Asian Languages and Culture.
At UC Santa Cruz, a housing shortage pits the need for beds against a much-loved meadow

UC Santa Cruz needsmore student housing to meet state demands — but places to put the housing are limited. One campus proposal is to build new housing on a beloved meadow covered in wild prairie grasses. It has outraged some on the campus, which takes pride in its harmony with nature.

Little Tokyo embraces housing for homeless vets in downtown's pricey rental market

Amid downtown L.A.'s luxury apartment boom, Little Tokyo is proposing an affordable housing project that would provide many of its beds to homeless veterans. But the city needs to extend a long-term ground lease in the neighborhood to help the project move forward.

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