Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

MacArthur Park Band Shell Reopens After $1.7 Million Renovation

Live music is returning to the band shell at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The city closed the 70-foot-wide performance stage five years ago because it was in such bad shape and the park around it was so dangerous.

Getty Agreement Brings Closure

L.A.'s Getty Museum announced today it's returning 40 ancient art objects the Italian government alleged were illegally looted from that country. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports the agreement wraps up foreign governments' claims that the Getty owned artifacts art thieves had smuggled out of their countries.

State Republicans Propose Cut to UCLA Labor Center

Sacramento Republicans are proposing a series of cuts to close a state budget deficit next year. One of the minor cuts would erase the budget for a very visible academic center in Los Angeles. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Southland Poet's New Book Explores Love, Death and Los Angeles

Los Angeles writer Eloise Klein Healy retired last year from a 14-year teaching career at Antioch University in Marina del Rey. Now she's released a new book called "The Islands Project." KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez sat down with her.

Arts Groups Worried About Hollywood Gentrification

Redevelopment in Hollywood is changing the face of a fabled, formerly gritty Los Angeles neighborhood. City officials say they're halfway through a 40-year effort toward achieving the landscape they want. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some arts leaders fear redevelopment may erase what makes Hollywood unique.

Latinos Sound Off on Telemundo Scandal

Executives of Telemundo and parent company NBC placed reporter Mirthala Salinas on leave yesterday after she admitted having an intimate relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Latinos in the Southland say they have mixed feelings about whether the scandal undermines their trust in Spanish-language television news.

Artist Leaves Mark on Former Latino Gay Bars

There's no shortage of opinion in the Southland about what constitutes a landmark. Earlier this week, in the dead of night, one Los Angeles artist cemented her own historical plaques to commemorate the Latino gay bars she says have been gentrified out of the Silver Lake area. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez went along and filed this report.

Avalon Students Celebrate Hard-Won Graduation

Public school districts across the state are struggling to lower high school drop out rates. Administrators at one school in the L.A. Harbor area say their campus should serve as a model. Teachers say it's a place where students make the best of their second chances. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Visual Art Strikes a Chord with L.A. Punk Rocker

Punk rock singer Exene Cervenka of the band X is showing off a new exhibit of collages in Culver City. It traces her punk rock travels and her emotional trips. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Turning a Passion for Cars into an Associate's Degree

Governor Schwarzenegger and other lawmakers want public school students to get more vocational education and one program that could stand to benefit is automotive education. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez profiles a recent community college graduate who enrolled in an auto program because his high school didn't offer one.

LAUSD Renames Magnet in Honor of Journalist Daniel Pearl

26 years ago, slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. Now, the school's magnet journalism program carries his name. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Artist Probes Socialization Role of High School ROTC

For more than a decade, Santa Monica photographer and filmmaker Jona Frank has peered into the eyes of high school teens. In a new exhibit, Frank explores teens' often painful yearning to belong.

Big Donations Boost LA Charter Schools

Impoverished Los Angeles neighborhoods can expect to see more new charter schools in coming years. A Los Angeles charter company announced Thursday it has raised $10 million to open 13 new campuses.

Demonstrators Return to MacArthur Park

Immigration reform demonstrators held another rally at MacArthur Park on Thursday, two weeks after violence marred a May 1 rally. The May Day demonstration ended when police used batons and rubber bullets to clear people from the park after some demonstrators lobbed bottles and rocks at them.

Villaraigosa-Backed Candidates Win L.A. School Board Seats

Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Tamar Galatzan and former West Covina Unified Superintendent Richard Vladovic were both elected Tuesday to the L.A. Unified Board of Education. Both candidates were endorsed by Mayor Villaraigosa.