Deasy expected to become LAUSD Super

Former Santa Monica-Malibu public school chief John Deasy is expected to become the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

Deasy, who became a deputy superintendent at LAUSD, the nation’s second largest public school system, in August, is expected to be appointed by the district’s board on Tuesday, the paper said, citing anonymous sources.

Deasy, who headed the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District from 2001-2006, was an executive with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation before joining LAUSD.

A proponent of using students’ standardized test scores in teacher evaluations — which the United Teachers Los Angeles vigorously opposes — Deasy, 50, is set to replace Ramon Cortines, 78, who has announced his retirement. Cortines has been superintendent since 2008.

A press conference to announce the appointment has been scheduled for Tuesday, the L.A. Times said.

— Daily Press


CityTV launches for-credit college class series

CityTV is turning living rooms into classrooms. Beginning Jan. 8, CityTV of Santa Monica and DHTV, the television program service of CSU Dominguez Hills, are teaming up to provide viewers with live, interactive broadcasts of classes and lectures on Forté cable channel 99. Each series of broadcasts provides viewers an opportunity to earn university credit.

All Forté viewers can interact with class instructors by calling in during each live broadcast via toll-free 800 numbers. Class offerings include: “Mass media in society,” “Jazz in the modern era.” “Gardens of California,” “Introduction to American government,” and several others. CityTV’s website is Phone: (310) 458-8590.

— DP


Power outage hits 4,000 in Thursday night

Utility crews were working to restore electricity to about 1,200 customers in Santa Monica, a Southern California Edison official said. The outage began about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when power lines fell near Main Street in Santa Monica, Scott Andresen of Edison said.

There were 4,071 customers without electricity from the resulting outage, and power was restored to about 2,800 customers by 9:45 p.m., he added. A spokeswoman for the company on Friday afternoon said 207 customers in the vicinity of Ashland Avenue and Third Street remained without power. She said electricity was expected to be restored to all Santa Monica customers by 6 p.m. Friday.

— DP


Expo orders review of finalists to build SM-Culver City rail link

Transportation officials have decided to take a closer look at two bidders seeking to build the second phase of the $1.5-billion Expo light-rail line from Culver City to Santa Monica after an initial review raised questions about ongoing investigations of the companies and about fraud allegations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority has ordered a comprehensive performance review of two finalists vying for the contract: joint ventures Skanska/Rados and URS/Shimmick.

City Councilwoman Pam O’Connor sits on Expo’s board but could not be reached on Friday.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, also an Expo board member, requested the initial review of the companies.

“This is important and indicative of a new level of awareness by the board that we should be proactive,” he told the L.A. Times.

The inspector general’s office of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will handle the comprehensive review of the companies.

An Expo spokeswoman on Friday could not be reached for comment about a possible delay to the project, which is scheduled to connect Santa Monica to downtown L.A. by 2015.

— DP

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