• Defying man and nature, the sea otters of Morro Bay have made a comeback

    Defying man and nature, the sea otters of Morro Bay have made a comeback

    On a day of cozy coastal grays — soft cloud cover, a silver foil-wrap sea — a dozen gray fur balls brought visitors the most comfort. Bobbing 20 feet from a harbor walkway, the sea otters were part of a record number in California. They once were believed to be as extinct as the dodo bird or the...

  • Granada Hills wins state academic title after high-profile Super Quiz is thrown out

    Granada Hills wins state academic title after high-profile Super Quiz is thrown out

    A security breach was not enough to derail Granada Hills Charter High School, a perennial favorite, from winning this year’s California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento in results announced Sunday. The problem ended up invalidating the Super Quiz, which is the highest-profile and only public portion...

  • UC Berkeley chancellor improperly accepted free fitness benefits, probe finds

    UC Berkeley chancellor improperly accepted free fitness benefits, probe finds

    UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks improperly accepted free benefits, including membership to the campus fitness center, personal training sessions and the unauthorized transfer of exercise equipment from the public gym to his private residence, a university investigation has found. Overall,...

  • After therapy dog refuses to drink, San Diego Unified finds lead in water

    After therapy dog refuses to drink, San Diego Unified finds lead in water

    A dog’s reluctance to drink from a bowl in a San Diego classroom led to the discovery of lead in the school’s water system, and testing of all pipes in the San Diego Unified School District will begin soon. According to a notice sent Friday to parents and staff members at Emerson-Bandini Elementary...

  • Posters to go up at UC San Diego targeting Janet Napolitano and 'sanctuary campuses'

    Posters to go up at UC San Diego targeting Janet Napolitano and 'sanctuary campuses'

    An organization founded by conservative activist David Horowitz said it would put up posters at UC San Diego on Friday calling for University of California President Janet Napolitano to be prosecuted over "sanctuary campuses." The UC system announced in November that it would not assist federal...

  • UC is moving forward with Mexican initiative, regardless of Trump actions

    UC is moving forward with Mexican initiative, regardless of Trump actions

    University of California President Janet Napolitano is headed to Mexico next week to reassure leaders there that the public research university remains committed to academic collaboration — even if some of it, such as climate change research, is at risk under the Trump administration. In an interview...

  • Cal State trustees approve controversial tuition hike

    Cal State trustees approve controversial tuition hike

    After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, the California State University Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 Wednesday to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding. “I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy,”...

  • L.A. charter school network defends its founder's 2013 income of $471,842

    L.A. charter school network defends its founder's 2013 income of $471,842

    A Los Angeles-based charter school network on Monday defended its spending practices — speaking out for the first time since The Times published a story documenting a history of potential conflicts of interest and questionable use of public money. Leading up to the publication of the story, Celerity...

  • Advocates say L.A. Unified shortchanges its neediest students

    Advocates say L.A. Unified shortchanges its neediest students

    No one questions that students at La Salle Avenue Elementary, with their low academic achievement, could use a hand up. But a civic coalition spearheaded by United Way of Greater Los Angeles puts the South L.A. campus at the top of schools needing more services and attention, while the L.A. Unified...

  • UC regents debate enrollment limits on students from other states and countries, approve Berkeley chancellor

    UC regents debate enrollment limits on students from other states and countries, approve Berkeley chancellor

    University of California regents expressed an array of concerns Thursday over a controversial proposal to limit the number of undergraduates from other states and countries to 20% of total systemwide enrollment. The regents, meeting in San Francisco, also unanimously approved Carol T. Christ, a...

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