James Yi is the kind of teacher we all say we want. But with only five years’ experience, he and others like him are on the line for layoff because California’s lawmakers can’t manage to pass a budget. From Steve Lopez’s latest column:
On Monday morning at 7 — they start early at MCHS — Yi led 32 students in a discussion of the Vietnam and Korean wars and the Middle East during the Cold War. At 34, in faded blue jeans and sneakers, he looked barely out of high school himself, yet the class was attentive and in his command.
During a discussion of the Vietnam War, Yi noted that the North Vietnamese dug tunnels deep in the earth to survive bombing raids. He explained how the hatches to those tunnels were the size of two tiles on the classroom floor. Every kid in the room looked down to imagine that.
After a student tripped over a few words during her presentation on the Korean War, Yi discreetly sidled up to her and whispered that she was probably the only one in the room who thought she looked nervous. Yi later told me the only teachers he remembers from his youth were those who made an effort to get to know him
How far are you willing to walk for public transit?
The responses to our post so far: The majority of you said that you’re willing to walk around a mile to get to the nearest public transportation system. We had roughly equal numbers of people who said they were willing to walk up to two miles or more and those who said they wouldn’t go farther than a few blocks to half a mile (or 10 to 15 minutes).
The original article suggests that most people will typically max out at around a quarter mile, but are willing to walk farther for rapid transit.
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"A California park district general manager earned over $300,000 in total compensation in 2009, according to data released Tuesday by the state controller," reports Sam Allen. "His compensation was published Tuesday along with those of thousands of other special district employees as a part of an ambitious database project led by state Controller John Chiang. The database, which was launched in response to the salary scandal in the city of Bell, now includes figures from all of California’s cities and counties and over 1,500 special districts.”