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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?
Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
The Los Angeles Unified School District and eight of its labor unions unveiled a tentative health and welfare agreement today that affects 250,000 employees, retirees, and their dependents. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Amid the gloomy economy, solar panel installation offers an occupational bright spot. L.A. Unified School District officials say they're expanding an adult training program to meet the need. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The Japanese government hopes the U.S. economic downturn won't affect Americans' growing taste for Japanese food. Japan's consul general in Los Angeles opened the doors to his Hancock Park residence this week to preview a food and sake festival in Anaheim next month. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit and sampled the fare.
During a town hall meeting in Pasadena today, L.A. County school district leaders warned that students would bear the brunt of budget cuts proposed by Sacramento lawmakers. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Millions of large metal cargo containers flow in and out Southland ports each year. One group of Long Beach artists saw an opportunity and with city permission, turned several used containers into a temporary art gallery on a busy street corner. It's called the Goods Gallery and a few days ago it hosted an exhibition, its last, of conceptual sculpture, photography and paintings. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended and brings us this report.
Scrutiny of public museums' ownership of looted antiquities came to a head one year ago in Southern California. Just after dawn, dozens of federal agents staged simultaneous raids on four museums. Federal authorities had investigated an alleged illegal tax write-off scheme that involved antiquities donated to museums. No one's been tried or convicted in the matter, and the U.S. Attorney says they're still investigating. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, the raids did change the way museums across the country conduct business.
The friends and family of a mentally ill musician featured in Los Angeles Times columns launched a foundation Wednesday to help other mentally ill people. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Usually when the L.A. Philharmonic announces its upcoming concert season, it's a low-key affair. Not today. The Phil's new conductor, the hottest classical music personality in the world, unveiled the concert list. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
During the Inauguration ceremony, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez listened in on a Spanish-language broadcast of the proceedings with patrons of a Mexican bakery and restaurant in Long Beach.
The L.A. Unified school board today gave its superintendent the authority to lay off more than 2,000 teachers in the face of massive state budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
A U.S. Army combat support unit stationed in Iraq for more than a year returned home to the San Gabriel Valley today. At the welcoming ceremony, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez heard quite a few soldiers talk about how the domestic economy has changed.
These last days of the year are also the last days on the job for L.A. Unified Superintendent David Brewer. He leaves his position almost two years before his contract is up. Earlier this month, most of the school board voted to buy out the remaining time on his contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez examines Brewer's record.
After two decades at UCLA, renowned education professor Jeannie Oakes has left for a higher-profile job. She'll be in charge of education grantmaking at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Part of her legacy at UCLA is an eight-year-old education think tank that's offered scholarly reinforcement to education activist groups in their efforts to improve public schools. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Trustees and supporters of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art announced today they're accepting a $30 million bailout from a prominent philanthropist. That'll avert a proposed merger with the much larger L.A. County Museum of Art. MOCA, as it's known, was running out of cash. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it could have closed next year if it didn't land a big patron.
The L.A. Unified School District has a new superintendent. The district's board yesterday appointed veteran educator Ramon Cortines to a three-year contract one week after it voted to buy out Superintendent David Brewer's contract for about half a million dollars. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.