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

Villaraigosa Reveals Plans for Three Major Foreign Trips

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with LA's top foreign diplomats Friday and revealed plans to travel to Asia, Latin America and Europe.

City Council Approves Pay Hike for DWP Workers

The LA City Council has approved double digit pay raises for more than 8,000 Department of Water and Power employees.

Fixture in Southland Zydeco Scene Dies

Murphy Matthews was among a group of Louisiana expatriates who brought Zydeco music to Southern California. Matthews died last weekend while organizing fundraisers for Hurricane Katrina refugees.

Mexico Bans Presidential Frontrunner from Visiting Southland

Mexican presidential frontrunner Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador was supposed to meet with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and speak at a Mexican Independence Day event in Huntington Park, but Mexico's elections commission banned him from making the trip.

LA Unified Opens Baker's Dozen of New Schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District marked the first day of school by opening 13 new campuses as part of the district's $9 billion school construction effort.

Preservationists Settle with LA Unified Over Ambassador Hotel

The LA Conservancy has agreed to drop its lawsuit, allowing the LAUSD to raze the Ambassador Hotel and put in a new school.

Play Remembers Mexican American Journalist Salazar

A Vietnam veteran produces and performs in a play inspired by former LA Times journalist Ruben Salazar, who was killed during an anti-war march in East LA in 1970.

State Reaches Settlement with Special Ed Students

The California Department of Education has reached a settlement with special education students that will allow special ed students to receive a diploma even if they haven't passed the state's exit exam.

LAPD Announces Arrests in Alligator Caper

The arrests of two men by the LAPD answer the question many Harbor City residents have been asking - "Who let the gator out?"

Mediation Talks Held Over Future of Southwest Museum

The Autry National Center and a coalition of neighborhood resident groups participated in mediated talks yesterday, but little was resolved in their dispute over the future of the Southwest Museum.

Community Meets to Discuss Crenshaw High

Exasperated parents and school officials hold a meeting to discuss Crenshaw High School's loss of accreditation and what is being done about it.

USC Engineer Wins Award for Groundbreaking Music Research

USC Engineer Elaine Chew recently received a Presidential "early career" award through the National Science Foundation for research that could one day answer the question, "Why do we enjoy music?"

Standardized Test Results Show Racial Gap

State Superintendent of Public Schools Jack O'Connell says he's concerned with the latest standardized tests results showing white students scored significantly higher than black and Latino students.

Charter Company Proposes Takeover of Jefferson High

Green Dot Public Schools has unveiled a proposal to take over Jefferson High School in South LA, which has recently been the site of racial tensions.

Looking Back on the Watts Riots 40 Years Later

This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the Watts Riots and KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez returned to the scene of the unrest to look at what happened and explore how the area has changed.