New Dornsife poll discusses race, education

first_imgThe Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times released polling results on the topic of race relations and education for the month of April. They discussed their findings in a phone conference on Monday morning and a series of online interviews with the Los Angeles Times and Dornsife.The data conducted from the first poll found that most Californians felt race relations in their respective communities or cities were better in comparison to the state or nation as a whole and the latter data set revealed a divide between support or opposition for standardized testing in schools.The data from first poll revealed that 63 percent of the Californians polled believed that race relations in the city they resided in met a good or excellent standard, while 27 percent of the polled voters felt that relations were good or excellent in the nation as a whole. Sixty-five percent of the respondents said that California is better than in other parts of the country in terms of race relations, compared to 24 percent who said that race relations were the same and 6 percent who believed it was worse.In the first poll that surveyed popular opinion on the current state of schools, Director of the Unruh Institute Dan Schnur was interviewed about the results with Howard Blume, reporter for the Los Angeles Times. In the latter, Schnur discussed the results with Michael Finnegan, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.“We asked California voters a whole series of questions on the state of race relations in California and the nation as a whole in the wake of a whole series of police shootings of African Americans that have generated a lot of controversy,” said Finnegan in an interview with the L.A. Times and Dornsife. “What we found is that voters in California see race relations in California as significantly better than they do race relations in the country as a whole and they also see race relations in their own communities as even better than they are statewide.”The surveys were conducted by Drew Lieberman, vice president at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Inc.; David Kanevsky, research director of American Viewpoint; Mike Madrid, principal of Grassroots Lab; and Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.In response to a question about the progression of race relations within the last decade, 37 percent of respondents found that race relations have began to improve throughout the nation, 32 percent reported race relations to be the same, and 29 percent reported race relations to have gotten worse.“There’s still a substantial amount of discrimination against African Americans and Latino Americans in particular, voters say,” Finnegan said. “African Americans and Latinos also report fairly substantial numbers experiencing discrimination themselves.”The poll found that 36 percent thought that law enforcement treats all groups the same, in comparison to 43 percent of voters who believe that the police are tougher on African Americans.During the conference, Schnur said that only a marginal percentage of respondents could have been informed with the death of unarmed black man who was shot by a South Carolina police officer in the beginning of April.Results from the poll also found that among the polled black voters, 77 percent said that police were tougher on African Americans in contrast to 16 percent who said that police treated them the same.“When we asked Californians about how law enforcement personnel — police and public safety officers, handled relationships with various communities, not only did African Americans feel like their relationships with the police were much worse, but, representatives of every other racial ethnic group felt that relationships between the police and African American community was much worse,” Schnur said in an interview with the L.A. Times and Dornsife.The poll also asked voters a specific question on immigration on whether people thought illegal immigrants in the country had a positive or negative impact on the economy. The data proved that more people thought immigrants had a positive effect on the economy. Similarly, it also found that more and more Republicans think that illegal immigrants had a positive effect on the economy.The second poll found partisan divides on the topic of education, specifically on standardized testing and areas of educational focus such as science and math or arts and music. Kanesky said that the gap among areas of educational focus might be contributed to a cultural divide, rather than variances in socioeconomic or racial factors.The poll results found a nearly 1:1 ratio with 47 percent of voters in agreement with the fact that standardized testing hurts education in California, and 46 percent who believed that standardized testing fails to account for extraneous factors in the students’ schooling environment.“This doesn’t really fall into the typical party lines on how voters view education, you see splits between some of the democratic coalitions on some of these issues,” Kanesky said in the conference call.The data revealed that voters from California were overwhelmingly in support of guiding public school teachers. Results also found that teachers were a “trusted source” of information when discussing public schooling and that the state should do more to support teachers.“[Voters] support apprenticeship programs for new teachers; they support higher education and advanced degree programs for teachers coming into the classroom; they want to see teachers paid salaries along the lines of what inarguably they deserve,” Schnur said.According to Blume, results concluded that among the Caucasian voters surveyed, many felt that there was too much standardized testing, in contrast to many Latino voters who said that they felt the current number of testing was just right. The poll also displayed increasingly high numbers for those in favor or placing their children in charter schools, in comparison to results found within the last three years.last_img read more

NBA holds firm as Donald Sterling attempts to transfer Clippers ownership to wife Shelly

first_img“The question is if before June 3, the NBA and the Sterlings can work out an arrangement that sets up a procedure for a voluntary sale so that the NBA puts off its process to force the Sterlings to sell,” said USC law and business professor Michael Chasalow. “Or maybe they still have the meeting, but delay the implementation of a forced sale pending a voluntary sale. Or they could ignore it completely.”Floating the possibility of a sale is a dramatic about-face from the Sterlings’ earlier defiance in the face of near-universal opposition. Donald Sterling — who is currently the only league-approved controlling Clippers owner — hired antitrust lawyer Maxwell Blecher, who then wrote a letter to the NBA denying any wrongdoing and rejecting its $2.5 million fine of his client.Shelly Sterling had previously said through various statements released by her representatives — as well as an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters — that she intended to fight for her stake in the team regardless of what happened to her husband.She had been named in past housing discrimination suits, but settled those — as her attorney Pierce O’Donnell pointed out — without admission of guilt. Many public figures, including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, have nonetheless protested her continued involvement with the Clippers.Trying to sell the team on her terms could be a further attempt to separate the perception that she is intertwined with Donald.“It’s a play for sympathy,” said USC law professor Jody Armour. “Donald Sterling, himself, is a very unsympathetic character to many people, not just on the basis of his words that were recorded and broadcast, but also on the basis of his history that nobody did anything about for a very long time. … His wife, on the other hand, could say, ‘I’m an innocent party here. He has been philandering on me and I am the victim.’ She’s arguing the NBA can’t use the sins of her husband against the wife.”A sale would carry significant capital gains tax implications for the Sterlings, as sports taxation expert Robert Raiola noted in Sports Illustrated last month. Donald Sterling purchased the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, but the franchise would likely fetch over $1 billion today. Federal and state capital gains taxes on the difference would then exceed $300 million.Silver said Tuesday that he would prefer that Donald Sterling sell the team “on a reasonable timetable” over the process of forcing out the 80-year-old.The NBA formally filed charges on Monday to end Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers, giving Donald Sterling five business days — until next Tuesday — to respond. He can also appear at the June 3 hearing to defend himself.On April 29, Silver banned Donald Sterling for life from the league following the release of audio that captured the Clippers owner making disparaging remarks about African-Americans. Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is attempting to turn his stake in the basketball team over to his wife Shelly, who will then negotiate a sale with the NBA.Donald Sterling agreed this week to transfer his half of the Los Angeles franchise to Shelly Sterling, a source confirmed. Shelly Sterling intends to negotiate with the NBA on her terms, the source said. However, league sources say its Board of Governors will not approve Shelly Sterling as a controlling owner.Any potential transfer of ownership must be approved through a vote by league owners. The NBA stated Friday that it will still move forward with a hearing in New York next week that could oust both the Sterlings, and subsequently cede control of the team to commissioner Adam Silver. “We continue to follow the process set forth in the NBA Constitution regarding termination of the current ownership interests in the Los Angeles Clippers and are proceeding toward a hearing on this matter on June 3,” league spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement.Article 5 of the NBA Constitution states that no membership can be transferred “in whole or in part, directly or indirectly” without league approval.The member in question — in this case, Donald Sterling — must submit a written request to the NBA commissioner, who then takes steps to vet the new prospective member. NBA owners must then approve the transfer with a three-fourths majority vote.The league has argued that, under its constitution, a three-fourths majority vote to remove Donald Sterling would also remove Shelly Sterling.Legal minds see this as a possible turning point in moving closer to a sale.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgThere will be great excitement this Saturday evening at 6pm in Kilmacrennan when a huge crowd is expected to see the switching on of the village’s Christmas Lights.The entire community are very excited about having their village lit up this year for Christmas and with Santa arriving in style to Kilmacreannan in the famous Coca Cola Truck he will also have treats for all the children who come out to see him.There was an art competition held in Kilmacrennan National School and the winer of the art competition will be the lucky child who will get to turn on the lights. Santa will be joined by the Mayor of Kilmacrennan, Adrian Boyce, the local county councillors, invited guests, and DJ Funky Monkey will be playing Christmas music throughout the evening too.The people of Kilmacrennan and the local councillors would like as many families to come out to see the switching on of the lights as possible and hope that people come from near and far!See you all there, because everyone is invited!If anyone is looking for any information on the evenings events please contact Councillor John O’Donnell on 074-9139800.  SANTA TO ARRIVE IN KILMACRENNAN ON THE FAMOUS COCA COLA CHRISTMAS TRUCK! was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Coca Cola TruckEntertainmentFeatureskilmacrennannewsSANTAlast_img read more