Beth Barrett

Fresh talent: Markham Principal Tim Sullivan (left) and former Teach for America teacher Nick Melvoin; Credit: PHOTO BY TED SOQUI

On the Backs of Children

Two years ago, when Principal Tim Sullivan, who saw educating inner-city children as his life's work, walked onto the Markham Middle School campus in Watts ...
Yolie Flores is turning out to be a surprise reformer on the School Board.; Credit: PHOTO BY CHRIS MARTINEZ

Insiders Versus Charters at LAUSD

Next year, almost 40,000 children will be detached from the Los Angeles Unified School District, their 30 schools turned over to groups of teachers and a handfu...
MODELS (LEFT TO RIGHT): BOB PURVEY

LAUSD's Dance of the Lemons

Editor's note: After this article went to press, LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines announced that the district plans to substantially cut back on granting...

Numero Uno Versus LAPD

Veteran LAPD cop Greg Kading had since his days as a rookie cop in Newton Division 21 years ago been intensely interested in George Torres, whom he watched rise...

Los Angeles Infrastructure or Bust

Nearly four years ago, a jubilant Roger Snoble, the Metro transit agency’s CEO, stood on the tarmac at LAX and gushed to television crews about how “neat” it wa...
Credit: Illustration by Patrick O’Connor

Los Angeles' Bungled Solar Plan

Despite its sunny title, the “Green Energy and Good Jobs for Los Angeles Solar Initiative” is dogged by the fact that the plan to generate 400 megawatts from ac...