In the News

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Protections have been weakened for-profit institutions' students

July 27, 2014

By Nanette Asimov and Stephanie M. Lee

As California lawmakers update the law that regulates for-profit schools, consumer advocates say there are not enough protections for thousands of students.

"It's really outrageous," said Robyn Smith, an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. "There are very few ways for students at these schools to get relief."


July 18, 2014

Closing a Critical Gap 

California State Senator Ted Lieu knows how hard life is without a stable place to call home. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, at 3 years old his family moved to Cleveland with just enough money to rent out a cramped basement apartment in someone else's house.

MARINA DEL RAY ARGONAUT: Which way, Santa Monica? The debate over possible closure of the city’s airport heats up with lawsuits and competing ballot measures

July 16, 2014

By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki

First came the lawsuits. Now, the ballot measures.

A years-long battle over whether to close Santa Monica Airport over noise, pollution and safety concerns is suddenly heating up, despite a precipitous decline in airport traffic over the past 14 years.

In 2000, more than 172,000 flights either took off from or landed at SMO, according to air traffic counts released by the airport. By 2006, that number had dropped to about 137,000. By 2012 it was down to 102,000.

SANTA MONICA MIRROR: State Sen. Ted Lieu Calls On Fox TV Host Bob Beckel To Resign After Racist Remarks

July 12, 2014

State Senator Ted Lieu, who represents Santa Monica and much of the South Bay, today called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements the Fox TV host made about Chinese people.

“We should all be alarmed by the racist, xenophobic comments by Fox News Host Bob Beckel," Lieu said. "His comments have no place in America and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately."

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Sen. Ted Lieu wants Fox News host to resign over 'xenophobic' remarks

July 12, 2014

By Javier Panzar

Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance called on Fox News host Bob Beckel to resign Saturday after he said on the air Thursday that "Chinamen" are the single biggest threat to national security.

CABINET REPORT: Arts education in schools could grow under LCFF

July 09, 2014

By Kimberly Beltran

(Calif.) A program that brings painters, dancers, poets and other teaching artists into a number of schools across the state is likely to expand thanks to a one-time $5 million boost to the California Arts Council’s budget – a gift Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled late last month.

But even more than that, say art industry leaders, the state’s new school funding system, with its accompanying educational priorities, appears to be signaling renewed and widespread interest in integrating arts education into core curriculum.

SALINAS CALIFORNIAN: Corinthian: Plans to sell Heald under way

July 08, 2014

By Roberto M. Robledo

Heald College in Salinas is on track to be sold, a spokesman for the parent company confirmed Tuesday. But students at the private, for-profit business school have been assured that they will be able to complete their coursework.

“All 12 of our Heald campuses, including Salinas, are being sold,” said Kent Jenkins Jr., vice president, Public Affairs Communications for Corinthian Colleges Inc. in Washington, D.C.

WEST HOLLYWOOD NEWS: WeHo's, and America's gay rights piñata has burst

July 07, 2014

By Ryan Gierach

To us in West Hollywood, where so much of this began, it look as though the gay movement’s piñata has finally broken.

It was 1985 when John Heilman introduced the first domestic partner registry in the nation, a simple form that made “official before the city’s eyes” a same-sex couple’s commitment to one another. Its import was soon tested during the crucible of AIDS and the deaths of so many partners.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Grow jobs by increasing California's export trade: Guest commentary

July 01, 2014

By Billie Greer

Given ramped-up competition from within the United States and around the world, can California continue to be a leader when it comes to exporting goods, which supports nearly 1.4 million jobs in our state?

As the gateway to the Pacific Rim, will California be ready to take full advantage of the exporting opportunities that will occur as huge numbers of new middle-class consumers emerge from the growing economies of China, South Korea and India?

LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL: A judicial 'no' on gay conversion therapy

July 01, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a California law authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu banning the use of so-call gay conversion therapy on minors.

By Times Editorial Board