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As heat bakes Valley, LAUSD classrooms will cool off with $107M in upgrades

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AMG & Associates to renovate Santa Barbara High School stadium

AMG & Associates, Inc., a Santa Clarita-based public works contractor, has been awarded a $29 million contract for the Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement & Stadium Renovation project. The award comes as a result of ...

By Kevin Smith|


  • Libraries

    Free concerts to be held at libraries throughout Los Angeles County

    LOS ANGELES >> Several Los Angeles County libraries will turn into unlikely concert venues this summer and early fall, officials announced Friday. Some 21 free concerts will be offered at the libraries through Oct. 25, part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s “Free Concerts in Public Sites” program, sponsored by the county’s Board of Supervisors. A diverse slate of artists from the commission’s artists roster will perform at the...

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  • Education

    Holocaust survivor has her story preserved, thanks to LA students

    World War II. Eva Trenk was a young girl growing up in Czechoslovakia. Adolf Hitler already had invaded neighboring Poland and the situation in Trenk’s country was deteriorating when she and her family were forced from their home. “We had to pack some suitcases, and the buses took us to a different location, and from there we went to the camp,” Trenk, 79, recalled Thursday. “There was no food. There was nowhere to sleep. It was very...

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Lawsuits

    Fired LAUSD teacher can sue district for alleged discrimination, court says

    LOS ANGELES >> A state appellate court panel Thursday upheld a trial judge’s ruling that a former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher can move forward with his lawsuit alleging he was removed from his classroom for criticizing many of the school district’s policies and initiatives. The three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal found that Rafe Esquith’s causes of action did not arise out of an employment investigation conducted against...

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  • Business

    Southern California consortium to create Center for a Competitive Workforce

    Workers with specialized skills are more important than ever to Southern California’s economy. But that trend has pushed many unskilled workers aside while also leaving employers scrambling to fill openings. A regional consortium of Southland organizations and community colleges is hoping to solve that dilemma. Los Angeles County’s 19 community colleges, including Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio College, have agreed to partner in the region’s first...

    Kevin Smith

  • Military schools

    After ‘tough’ cuts, Sun Valley military school stays open, though future unclear

    Thanks to additional self-imposed cuts, a public military school in Sun Valley will remain open this fall. But its long-term future is uncertain. Faced with a $1 million debt, the North Valley Military Institute was forced to make some $600,000 in cuts during the last school year and plans to make more this coming year to end up in the black next June. That’s when the independent charter school is due to have its charter renewed so it can keep operating. Lt. Col.

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Education

    Former LA deputy mayor to head LAUSD task force. First mission: boost attendance

    A new task force will work with Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King to tackle declining attendance and other issues facing the second-largest school district in the country. The group, called the L.A. Unified Advisory Task Force, will focus first on student attendance, said Austin Beutner, a philanthropist, former L.A. deputy mayor and former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who created and will co-chair the task force. Because it’s an...

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Performing arts

    Here’s what a $17 million gift means for CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center

    NORTHRIDGE >> The Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge may soon change its name thanks to $17 million gift for long-term programming, university officials announced Tuesday. The world-class concert hall will likely be renamed the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts after a prominent Los Angeles donor couple, with “The Soraya” its preferred shortened name. “Through this historic and transformational gift, Younes and...

    Dana Bartholomew

  • Workplace diversity

    Immigrants are 42 percent of California’s STEM workforce

    Forty-two percent of California’s workers in science, technology, engineering and math occupations were born in a foreign nation, according a recent analysis. The American Immigration Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, studied the occupational, gender, educational and geographic distribution of foreign-born STEM workers in the United States, using 2015 survey data by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nationally, about one-quarter of the nation’s STEM workforce is...

    By Lisa M. Krieger lkrieger@|

  • Higher education

    Cal State instructor accused of assaulting GOP students reinstated

    An anthropology instructor who lost his job after being accused of assaulting a conservative student during a campus protest at Cal State Fullerton will be allowed to return to work. The California Faculty Association, which represents faculty members working in the Cal State University system, announced Tuesday that an arbitrator reversed Fullerton campus...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Immigration

    Immigrant CSUN students can soon get free legal aid thanks to 2 fellow Matadors

    This fall, undocumented immigrant students at Cal State Northridge will be able to access free legal help through a law clinic that’s the brainchild of two CSUN students, one of them an undocumented immigrant herself. When Sevag Alexanian and Kenya Lopez ran together for president and vice president of the student body government last year, one of their ideas was to provide a resource for CSUN students who might need legal aid. They surveyed students about what kinds of legal...

    Antonie Boessenkool

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