Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent
Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio.
He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at L.A.’s MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene, social work interns helping students from military families cope, political dirty tricks funded by public funds in the Inglewood Unified School District, a profile of prominent L.A. poet Wanda Coleman, and a feature about Adolfo’s name appearing on the TV show "The Simpsons".
Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.
2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.
Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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.
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.
The University of Southern California announced yesterday a new dean will take over its art school in August.
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.
A tentative agreement reached late last night between Capistrano Unified’s teachers union and administrators ended a district-wide strike today.
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.)
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Months of friction about a seemingly innocent Los Angeles ethnic neighborhood designation came to a head at L.A. City Hall today.
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.
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.