Charter Schools, Bus Fares and a Casualty at the LA Times…
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Headquarters of the MTA were overrun by protesters today due to a plan to increase fares. The MTA cites rising costs, a massive deficit and expanded services for the cost increase. Also tonight, Eli Broad gives another 6 million dollars for charter schools. On Reporter’s Notebook, columnist Al Martinez has been pushed out at the LA Times.
Hundreds Protest Fare Hikes ()
For the first time since 1994, the MTA says it has to raise fares by 60% because of rising costs, a massive deficit, and spending on rail projects. The agency claims that the only alternative is cutting services. Today, approximately 1,500 people showed up for a hearing in a room that holds only 600.
- Tammy Bang Luu: Organizer with the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union
LA Charter Schools Reap $6.5 Million Boon From Broad ()
Last year Eli Broad gave ten million dollars to Green Dot Charter Schools. Today, he came up with 6 million for the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. LA Unified already has one-hundred and three charter schools, more than any other district in the United States has. Tonight, we speak with Eli Broad.
Al Martinez Forced Out At The Los Angeles Times ()
Columnist Al Martinez has worked for the LA Times since 1972. By his own account, he has more awards and honors than could fit on his wall and his papers are on file at San Marino’s Huntington Library. That’s not enough for the new owners and operators of the LA Times.
- Al Martinez: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
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