LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Los Angeles public schools Superintendent John Deasy said on Friday, a day after resigning from his post, that his testimony in a landmark case on tenure rules for teachers created a polarizing atmosphere over his leadership.
The former top official of the second-largest school district in the nation, who has been praised by reform groups seeking to hold teachers to more stringent standards, also told reporters in a conference call that he might eventually run for office.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Los Angeles schools
superintendent John Deasy, who became a controversial figure
over problems with the district’s $1.3 billion iPad rollout and
other issues, resigned on Thursday, officials said.
A joint statement from Deasy and the school board gave no
reason for the move, and said Deasy would continue working for
the district in some capacity through the end of the year to
help in the leadership transition.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday ordered an American Indian casino in California to remain closed over public safety concerns tied to an armed standoff that occurred last week between two tribal factions at the establishment, officials said.
The order by U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill of the Eastern District of California is expected to keep the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold closed at least until a court hearing on Oct. 29, said Madera County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California atheist convicted of drug possession who was found in violation of his parole and sent back to prison after he objected to a treatment program centered on belief in a higher power has won a nearly $2 million legal settlement, his attorney said on Wednesday.
Barry Hazle Jr., 46, had sued parole officials accusing them of breaching the constitutional separation of church and state, and won the payout after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found last year he was entitled to compensation for time he was unjustly held in prison.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California firefighting plane that crashed while battling a wildlands blaze near Yosemite National park this month is believed to have gone down after its wing struck a tree and broke off, the results of an investigation showed on Wednesday.
The air tanker slammed into the wall of a cliff on Oct. 7 while fighting the so-called Dog Rock Fire near a western entrance to Yosemite, killing veteran firefighting pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The mayor of Los Angeles
aims to reduce local water use by 20 percent over the next three
years to address a record drought through a mix of voluntary
measures for residents and mandatory restrictions for city
departments, the city said on Tuesday.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, in an executive order, asked residents
in the city of 3.9 million people to limit watering their lawn
to twice a week and ordered city departments to reduce watering
of municipal lawns.
(Reuters) – A Las Vegas company, seeking to capitalize on the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, is looking to sell the domain name Ebola.com for $150,000, a partner with the firm said on Tuesday.
Chris Hood, a junior partner with Blue String Ventures Inc, the firm selling the rights to Ebola.com, said it owns other domain names for deadly diseases, such as Birdflu.com and Chikungunya.com.
(Reuters) – A San Francisco 49ers fan beaten at the team’s stadium is partially paralyzed, prosecutors said on Thursday, days after an attack that recalls a 2011 beating outside Dodger Stadium that left the victim permanently disabled.
Two brothers with gang tattoos were arrested and charged with felony assault in connection with the Sunday attack on the man and his cousin in a restroom at the 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, prosecutors said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s 22 firefighting airplanes were kept out of the skies for evaluation on Wednesday, a day after an air tanker crashed in flames while helping quell a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, officials said.
The plane slammed into the wall of a cliff above Highway 140 near a western entrance to Yosemite while deployed to fight the so-called Dog Rock Fire. Officials were trying to determine the cause of the accident.
(Reuters) – A 29-year-old California woman with terminal brain cancer has moved to Oregon because it allows assisted suicide for the terminally ill and she is spending the last few weeks of her life campaigning for others facing death to have the same right.
A six-minute video featuring Brittany Maynard explaining her choice was posted to YouTube on Monday and has since been viewed more than 2.6 million times.