FROM Mike Gipson
UC Schools Lowered Standards to Attract Out-of-State Students A state audit released today reveals that when University of California schools admit out-of-state students, it puts California kids at a disadvantage. That’s especially true for students of color. The UC’s motive is money. Students from other states pay $23,000 more per student in tuition than California residents. Citing budget constraints, the UC has tripled the number of non-residents in the past decade. The audit claims that in order to do that, they’ve lowered academic standards for these students. We hear from the lawmaker who requested the report.
Criminalizing Bullying Bullying is a problem usually left for parents, teachers and schoolyard justice to solve. Now the City of Carson wants to take it to court. Carson’s City Council voted unanimously this week to make bullying a criminal offense. The measure won’t be finalized until later this month, but if it goes forward, bullying in Carson would be punished as a misdemeanor. That could mean court hearings, fines, even jail time. But how does a city enforce a no-bullying law?
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?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.