Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is an education reporter for KPCC. He's been a reporter at the station since 2000.

After college, in the mid-1990s, Guzman-Lopez began reporting freelance arts and culture stories, mostly about the red-hot rock en español scene, to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, and the Tijuana newspaper La Tarde. He got his first public radio job at KPBS-FM in San Diego in 1996 as a news talk show producer. He freelanced radio features to Latino USA, Marketplace and other national shows. At KPBS he hosted and produced a daily, Gen-X arts and culture show called "The Lounge" which featured in-studio performances by Howard Jones and Sean Lennon with the band Cibo Matto.

Guzman-Lopez's reporting at KPCC has included the South Gate city hall corruption scandal; the L.A. mayoral campaigns of James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa; the SB1070 protests in Phoenix, the 2007 May Day melee; and coverage of L.A. Unified Superintendents Roy Romer, David Brewer, Ramon Cortines, and John Deasy.

Guzman-Lopez was born in Mexico City and grew up in Tijuana and San Diego.He now lives in Long Beach with his wife and two kids and is always open to hear traffic tips for the 110, 710, or the 5 freeways to downtown L.A.

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Survey measures effects of school funding change

Last year, California legislators made an unprecedented change to public school funding. They removed restrictions on dozens of funding sources so school districts could use that money to balance budgets soaked with red ink. The state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office released survey results that shed light on the effects of the change.

Demolition to begin on Sunset Blvd. bridge

The $1 billion project to widen and improve the 405 Freeway through LA’s Sepulveda Pass involves demolishing and rebuilding three bridges over the freeway.

New leader picked for USC art school

The University of Southern California announced yesterday a new dean will take over its art school in August.

Costa Mesa mayor wants tougher crackdown on undocumented immigrants

Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor said today he’ll submit a proposal to the City Council to study a further crackdown on illegal immigrants within city limits.

Tentative deal ends Capistrano Unified teachers strike

A tentative agreement reached late last night between Capistrano Unified’s teachers union and administrators ended a district-wide strike today.

Tentative agreement reached to end Capistrano teachers strike

Students and teachers in the Capistrano Unified School Teacher are back in the classrooms this morning. The Capistrano Unified School District announced late last night that it has reached a tentative agreement with teachers, who’ve been on strike since last Thursday over pay and benefit cuts. (Audio: KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talks to Anna Bryson, president of the Capistrano Unified School District Board, about the tentative agreement.)

Capistrano teachers union says district placing negotiation roadblocks [Updated]

Members of the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) ended a third day on strike with a boisterous rally filled with the chants and cheers of nearly 2,000 teachers. Before she closed the rally to the public, teachers’ union president Vicki Soderberg told a packed gymnasium at Saddleback College, “Never in my entire life have I been more proud to be a member of CUEA.” The crowd roared in approval.

Capistrano Unified attendance sinks during teachers' strike

[Updated] Capistrano Unified teachers union officials have reported talks have ceased for today, adding they will resume Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Officials said Capistrano teachers are still on strike and if no settlement is reached this weekend, teachers will resume walking the picket lines Monday.

Capistrano Unified School District teachers strike to continue Friday

As a teacher's strike continued throughout the day, a Capistrano Unified School District spokeswoman reported huge absences at the district's six high schools during today's teachers' strike. Twenty percent of high school students showed up to school; 59 percent of middle school students didn't show. At elementary schools 52 percent of students were absent.

Schwarzenegger endorses teacher seniority overhaul

At a middle school in Watts today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he’s supporting a state bill that would do away with seniority as the main consideration in teacher placement and layoff decisions.

Capistrano Unified teacher's union gives district an ultimatum

Leaders at the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) gave school district administrators today a list of conditions to comply with by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow if they want to avert a strike by the 2,200-member union.

Capistrano Unified teachers cast strike votes

Capping nearly a year of unproductive negotiations over salary cuts to help close their school district’s budget deficit, members of the 2,200-strong Capistrano Unified Education Association began voting yesterday whether to give their union’s leaders authority to order a strike.

Ethnic groups wrangle over Koreatown boundaries

Months of friction about a seemingly innocent Los Angeles ethnic neighborhood designation came to a head at L.A. City Hall today.

Capistrano Unified School District teachers may vote to strike

The teachers union at the Capistrano Unified School District has called for a Thursday afternoon, closed-door meeting at which members will debate whether to go on strike.

Tustin teacher makes tough choice after layoff notice

Preliminary layoff notices are forcing thousands of public school teachers to ponder choices about employment, housing, and family. That's the situation fourth-year teacher Jenna Landero has found herself in this year.