Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

Long Beach district to cut five school days

Students in the Southland’s second-largest public school district are the latest to lose instructional days because of cuts in state education funding.

UCLA conference seeks betterment of young black males

A two-day conference with an ambitious goal begins tomorrow at UCLA. Its organizers want to turn around the lives of young black males in Los Angeles.

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.