Ousted Animal Chief Files Appeal

Six days after he was fired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the man who headed the city's animal shelters filed a challenge to his termination and accusing Villaraigosa of doing little to reassure his agency about animal extremists. Former Animal Services Department General Manager Guerdon Stuckey said neither Villaraigosa nor his aides provided support as the former department head and his employees were harassed and threatened by extremists seeking a "no kill" policy at the city's animal shelters, Copley News Service reported. Stuckey said he performed his job well even as he tried to comfort co-workers, had police officers on guard outside his home and conferred with investigators from the FBI looking into the harassment.


Warner Center Rental Limits Set
New apartment buildings in Warner Center will have to devote up to a quarter of their units for affordable housing under a plan approved by the City Council on Wednesday. The plan is part of a larger city effort to keep a balance of housing and jobs in the Warner Center area. The "work force housing incentive plan" for new Warner Center residential developments was unanimously approved by the council. Certain large projects would be expected to provide at least 10 percent of their units for tenants earning 80 percent to 120 percent of the county's median family income, or at least 25 percent of units for those earning 120 percent to 150 percent of the median, the Daily News of Los Angeles reported.


Effort Planned to Split LAUSD
The battle for control of L.A.'s public schools escalated Wednesday as a state lawmaker vowed to introduce legislation that would splinter the nation's second-largest district. Entering the fray over how to improve LAUSD, Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said he will introduce a measure next year that would break the district into more than a dozen smaller districts by 2010, the Daily News of Los Angeles reported. In addition, Richman's proposal would give broader authority to Villaraigosa and the mayors of the 26 other cities in the district in determining how best to reorganize it. The breakup would be overseen by a nine-member commission of the various mayors, the state superintendent of public instruction and university professors.


UC Official Acted Improperly, Probe Finds
An investigation by the University of California's general counsel found that the system's former second-in-command, M.R.C. Greenwood, had violated conflict of interest rules in a hiring decision involving an administrator with whom she owned real estate. The university announced Greenwood will take a 15-month leave with an annual salary of $301,840 before starting a new, lower-paid faculty position at UC Davis. Greenwood, who resigned her provost position last month amid the investigation, will also receive a $100,000 research grant to assist "her transition to academia," according to an agreement released Wednesday. Then she will take a tenured UC Davis professorship paying $163,800 annually, the Los Angeles Times reported.


DeVry to Sell 20-Acre Campus
DeVry Inc. plans to sell its 20-acre DeVry University campus in West Hills to the highest bidder. DeVry University may stay as a tenant in the 106,000-square-foot building it built six years ago at 22801 Roscoe Blvd. or move to another location in the San Fernando Valley. More students are taking at least part of their courses online, and those who do attend classes are finding it harder to get to school on increasingly congested freeways. The building alone is estimated to be worth about $20 million, but the entire site could be worth $70 million or more to a condominium developer if it could be rezoned for residential use, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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