• Good times but crowds, too, in Pasadena this weekend

    Good times but crowds, too, in Pasadena this weekend

    Pasadena officials are warning residents and visitors that they’ll have a lot of company this weekend with multiple events, including U2 concerts and a road race, expected to draw thousands to the city. U2 will perform at the Rose Bowl on Saturday and Sunday. “Expect full houses both nights,” warns...

  • L.A. teachers union faces tough questions in wake of charter election wins

    L.A. teachers union faces tough questions in wake of charter election wins

    Los Angeles’ teachers union, for decades a dominant political force in school district politics, suffered a crushing defeat this week that speaks to a larger power shift away from labor and toward the growth of the well-heeled charter school movement. Two candidates opposed by United Teachers Los...

  • State auditor urges UC regents to boost oversight of budget but says audit found nothing 'nefarious'

    State auditor urges UC regents to boost oversight of budget but says audit found nothing 'nefarious'

    When state Auditor Elaine Howle told a joint legislative committee this month that University of California central administrators had amassed a $175-million undisclosed surplus, paid fat salaries and interfered in her audit, lawmakers cried foul. One compared UC administrators to corrupt officials...

  • Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within?

    Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within?

    As the vote totals trickled in Tuesday night and his opponent conceded defeat, Nick Melvoin grabbed a microphone and told his supporters that, by electing him to the Los Angeles school board, they had “awoken a sleeping giant.” He described himself as “just the conduit,” the person “who was crazy...

  • One L.A. campus, divided between traditional school and charters, may offer window into future

    One L.A. campus, divided between traditional school and charters, may offer window into future

    On a shaded Westside street nestled just below the curve where the 10 meets the 405, two different visions of how to teach students in Los Angeles sit side by side. Daniel Webster Middle School is a traditional public school, serving about 430 students both from the neighborhood and elsewhere in...

  • UC regents meeting disrupted by protests over state audit finding of undisclosed surplus

    UC regents meeting disrupted by protests over state audit finding of undisclosed surplus

    A stinging state audit of University of California budget operations cast a long shadow over a UC regents meeting Wednesday, as students and union members chastised officials for raising tuition while squirreling away millions. On Thursday, State Auditor Elaine Howle will talk to the regents about...

  • Charter backers win their first L.A. school board majority

    Charter backers win their first L.A. school board majority

    The Los Angeles Unified School District underwent a dramatic political shift Tuesday night, as the curtain dropped on what has been the most expensive school board election in the nation’s history. The election has been a proxy war between wealthy charter school advocates and public employee unions....

  • UC regents to tackle hot-button issues of state audit and nonresident enrollment

    UC regents to tackle hot-button issues of state audit and nonresident enrollment

    University of California regents will get their first chance this week to drill down into a critical state audit that found widespread problems with the budget practices of the UC Office of the President. The regents, opening a two-day meeting Wednesday in San Francisco, also will vote on a proposal...

  • L.A. school board candidates tackle questions on tenure, charter growth, graduation rates

    L.A. school board candidates tackle questions on tenure, charter growth, graduation rates

    On Tuesday, voters in two regions of Los Angeles will go to the polls in a pivotal school board election. In one contest, school board President Steve Zimmer, 47, is facing challenger Nick Melvoin, a 31-year-old attorney who’s worked recently for groups trying to limit union influence and promote...

  • The L.A. school board race: Brutal, expensive and important

    The L.A. school board race: Brutal, expensive and important

    The four people vying for two pivotal seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education agree on at least two things: The campaign has been brutal, and there’s a lot at stake. The nastiness leading up to the May 16 runoff election has been generated by independent campaigns set up on behalf of the candidates...

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