With just two weeks until Election Day, we hear the pros and cons of Prop 92, which would limit fees at California's community colleges. Also, after just 14 months on the job, the Editor of LA Times is leaving. James O'Shea says he was fired. Publisher David Hiller says the two no longer saw things the same way. It's the third change of its kind in less than four years. On Reporter's Notebook, a conversation with a veteran pilot about yesterday's collision of two small planes near the Corona Municipal Airport.
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Just 14 months ago, James O’Shea was sent out from Chicago to be Editor of the LA Times. Now he’s gone - the third person to vacate that position in less than four years. O’Shea says he was fired. Publisher David Hiller says the two “not longer saw things the same way about how to take the company forward.”
Proposition 92 on next month’s ballot would limit fees charged by 109 community colleges to $15 dollars a unit. They are now $20 dollars. The Legislative Analyst says the college system would collect about $70 million dollars less under Proposition 92 than it does now. But the state would still have to provide funding at a minimum level just as it does for K-12 education.
Yesterday, two single-engine Cessnas collided in mid-air a mile from the Corona Municipal Airport. Five people were killed. Two bodies from one plane fell on a busy commercial strip of auto dealerships. Two others died when their plane hit the ground nearby. An employee at Corona Chevrolet was killed by aircraft parts that crashed through the roof of a building. The FAA is still investigating the cause.
Adrian Funnell, LA-based businessman and regular pilot of single engine planes
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