Hugh Hefner may have died, but the Gothic-Tudor facade of his famous Playboy Mansion will live on, thanks to a recent agreement between its new owner and the city of Los Angeles.
According to the agreement, which one official described as a permanent protection covenant, mansion owner Daren Metropoulos has informed officials that he has no plans to demolish the 14,000-square-foot main residence and will restore the house and facade to “its original grandeur.” Metropoulos signed the agreement with 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz.
Metropoulos bought the Holmby Hills property in 2016 for $100 million with plans to connect the estate with one he already owns next door. Both structures were designed by architect Arthur R. Kelly. The Playboy Mansion now requires “substantial renovations and repairs following a long period of deferred maintenance,” the agreement said.
Florida’s Senate on Monday narrowly passed a sweeping yet contentious bill to increase school safety and restrict gun purchases, nearly three weeks after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
California’s public colleges and universities face a “drastic disparity” in diversity between their undergraduates, who are overwhelmingly students of color, and their predominantly white faculty and campus leaders, a new study has found.
That mismatch can negatively affect student academic success and must be addressed, says the report by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a Los Angeles nonprofit.
“Our public colleges and universities have to do more than communicate that they ‘value’ diversity while tolerating its absence,” Michele Siqueiros, the nonprofit’s president, said in a statement. “We can no longer accept excuses that leave out African Americans, Latinx, Asians and women from faculty and leadership positions in our colleges and universities, especially when we know including them on our campuses is key to our students’ success.”
Coast Community College District officials said Monday they are reviewing how to proceed after a professor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach was identified in a video telling a Long Beach couple to "go back to your home country."
On Feb. 28, high school track coach and government teacher Bon Bennett stepped up to the microphone at the community center in Bartlesville, Okla., as hundreds of parents, students and teachers sat rapt in attention.
After a month of advocacy and efforts to reassure vulnerable students that filling out applications for financial aid would not put them at risk, the state has reached its goal for applications for aid under the California Dream Act, officials said Monday.
The act allows many students who are in the country illegally — and those afforded temporary protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — to apply for financial aid packages available to others.
When officials saw applications were down last month — for the second year in a row — they enlisted college counselors, teachers and even DJ Khaled to convince more students to apply. They were concerned that immigrant families’ increasing distrust of the government was driving numbers down.
Jaylee Cortes, a junior at Charter Oak High School, wrote an open letter to the president.
Mr. President, where were you on Valentine’s Day? Were you out to dinner with a loved one or were you sitting in the Oval Office, alone?
I was scrolling through Snapchat when I saw a story about the Florida shooting. My parents came home and immediately were engrossed by the television. My mother watched with tears streaming down her face, my father watched in horror, and I sat there, a million thoughts racing through my mind.
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, L.A.’s political leaders are focusing on making schools safer. The city attorney is forming a blue-ribbon panel and three school board members are pushing a resolution calling for stronger state and federal gun control.
A potential threat led to canceled classes Monday at Cypress College in Orange County.