FROM Tommy Vargas
High School Shop Is Back as Career Tech Remember Shop class? For many years it was dropped from high schools and has now returned in a variant called Career Technical Education. And it may be a route to work in high tech manufacturing and other vocations that won’t leave kids drowning in student debt. To find out more, we start at a lighting company in the City of Industry. That’s where Tommy Vargas uses CNC milling, the digitized cutting of metal, to fabricate light fixtures that require a high level of precision. It’s a skill that’s now being taught at Van Nuys High School, along with automotive and other skills for today’s industrial needs. We hear from students David Avalos, Jasmin Benitez, Alejandro Martinez and Joseph Agruso, an automotive teacher, about the impact of this training. And we ask: is it available to all? Van Nuys High School Principal Yolanda Gardea and Jose Castro, the school’s machine class instructor Photo by Avishay Artsy
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.