The City of L.A. has a new plan for fixing its sidewalks, and it shifts future maintenance to homeowners and businesses. What’s the idea behind this? Then, a new Reuters investigation says that many foreign students bound for college in the U.S. are cheating on the SATs. In our series on peacemakers of South L.A., reporter David Weinberg profiles a mother turned activist. And finally, the comedy duo known as the Sklar Brothers gives us a sports news roundup.
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“Nobody walks in L.A.” is a truism immortalized in song. The big reason for this, of course, is L.A’.s car culture. Another? Our city’s sidewalks are terrible. So bad, in fact, that conditions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last year the city settled a lawsuit and agreed to fix our sidewalks. This week, the city approved its plan. It’s called “Fix and Release,” and under this plan the city will pay for initial sidewalk repairs. After that, responsibility for maintaining sidewalks will fall to homeowners and businesses. What’s the thinking behind this?
It was nervous time for thousands of American high school seniors when they sat down to take the SAT on March 5th. Their scores will impact where they go to college. But it looks like many of their foreign counterparts may have a serious, and seriously unfair, leg up on the test. A Reuters investigation says that many foreign students, particularly in Asia, have had access to significant parts of the tests. Documents reveal that not only has the non-profit administering the tests known about the problems for some time, they’ve reused tests they knew were compromised.
Steve Stecklow, Reuters
Violent crime is up 20 percent across Los Angeles, but South L.A. has seen the most of it. All this week we've been bringing you profiles of people who are trying to stop gang violence in South L.A. You've heard from a cop and a former gang member. Today we bring you the story of Lita Herron and her evolution from a regular mom to an activist who has put herself in the middle of several violent conflicts. David Weinberg of our “Below the Ten” project has the story.
Credit: Lita Herron Photo by Alexandra Garretón
It’s the time of year we call March Madness, and it’s time to talk sports with the Sklar Brothers. We discuss the basketball frenzy and more in today’s sports news roundup.
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