Tuesday, January 14
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit workers' largest union ratified its contract with the agency yesterday, closing eight months of negotiations that resulted in two strikes that snarled traffic throughout the region. A Service Employees International Union spokeswoman said in a statement yesterday that 87 percent of SEIU members had voted to approve the contract, which will include employee raises and measures to improve safety.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor says charges will be dropped against a third officer involved in a struggle that led to the death of a homeless man during an arrest in California. The decision came yesterday after two Fullerton police officers were acquitted of killing Kelly Thomas. Three other officers involved in the July 2011 confrontation with Thomas were not charged.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governing board that sets policies for California's 112 community colleges has approved new eligibility requirements for a popular financial aid program. The Board of Governors for the state community college system yesterday adopted regulations that say students who do not maintain at least a C-average or complete at least half of the units they attempted during two consecutive semesters would be at risk of losing their fee waivers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport is getting a $118 million makeover. Airport commissioners yesterday awarded a contract to spruce up the Central Terminal Area. Officials want to improve traffic flow and develop an architectural theme for one of the world's busiest airports. Construction begins this spring.