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David Ferrell

Weed Takes Root

These are not your run-of-the-mill potheads jammed into the long, narrow classroom at Oaksterdam University, a tiny campus with no sign to betray its location on busy San Vicente Boulevard south of the Beverly Center. A serious vibe fills the loftlike space, where rows of desks are arranged like church......

Cirque Du DWP

The issue before the Department of Water and Power amounted to a simple question: Why settle for one exorbitantly paid top executive when the department could e...

Free Pass From (Teacher) Jail

Mediocrity is so entrenched in Los Angeles public education that an entire lexicon has emerged. “Teacher Jail” refers to the housing of wayward instructors ins...
Credit: Illustration by Ken Garduno

Chicago Schools vs. LAUSD

It’s been a rocky start for Ramon Cortines. The genial 76-year-old bureaucrat — who was never on anyone’s list of tough-minded academic reformers — was thrust i...

Griffith Park Shenanigans

Having orchestrated a flurry of last-minute deals and concessions in the polished corridors of City Hall, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge beamed like a ...

Brewer's Bungled Buyout

Note: Story updates earlier version. Once David L. Brewer III was officially out as Los Angeles schools superintendent, TV crews crowding the foyer at the Los ...
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