I went with Edna to see Claremont as there are 5 colleges there and it is supposed to be a cute town. It was easy to get there via Metro link train. We walked the campuses of all five colleges and even went to have lunch in one of the dining halls. I think Pomona College is the oldest and most prestigious one. It seemed like most of them were high cost private for rich kids 🙂
Sandy Mayo, VP Academic Affairs, Valley College, Valley Glen, CA. at her desk enjoying her new position on Sept 13, 2007. Sandy is a former Dean from Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA. She has degrees in Mathematics and Applied Sciences as well as an Education Doctorate. She mentions she does not like being called Doctor(Valley Star/Photo Larry?)
I was at one of the LACCD colleges but did not like the professor. He was a bit too rigid in his methods and was not doing things properly, in my opinion. I tried to work with him and the photo editor student but just could not work things out. So I have switched to Pierce. I went today and added the two journalism classes. I think this is going to work out well because I sat with the two teachers for about an hour and got a new assignment. I picked up the Roundup paper issue #1 for the semester. It looks good. The website is http://www.therounduponline.net and looks like its established. It seems to cover some good topics. The photos were mixed. Some were good and others were bad. But the teacher gave constructive criticism on them so I am sure students learned from it. I am guessing the photos I took for the second issue of that other paper will not be used so here is a sample.
Metropolita Transit Authority of Los Angeles fare collection machines located on the Orange Line at Valley Glen, CA and found at most subway stations, Sept 13, 2007. Recently MTA increased their fare structure to align with bigger cities. Citizens do not feel the system is up to par with those larger cities such as New York and Chicago and feel the rate hike is not justified. (Valley Star/Photo Larry?)
I have to take some pictures regarding the metro fare increases article that will run next issue. July 1, MTA increased their fares to align with larger cities and falling profits. Although the system is improving all the time, I am not so sure it is up to par with New York or Chicago. The rapid bus idea works some of the time, for example, on wilshire blvd where the lights are sync’d. But on other roads where lights are not in sync , such as Western, the buses still crawl. The subway system and rail system is not too bad with exception of the lack of west side extension that still seems to be very political. They halted construction back in the 90s when they ran into methane gas pockets. This mayor of LA seems to understand the importance of mass transit with the city growing daily. And driving in a car as time progresses will be less and less pleasant in this town.
I am really excited about working this semester on a class with the staff of a real newspaper. I will be considered a staff photographer and will go with writers to different stories and cover sporting events as well. I expect to get the needed experience from this class to work for a major publication in the future. I always wanted to work with Getty. I met one of their photographers at a red carpet once. It would be fun to work for a service like WireImage and cover celebs. Its pretty competitive, but I would not do it full time. I do not get star struck like typical LA residents and tourists. But if portraits of them are what everyone wants to see, I am happy to do it. See samples from red carpet at Abbey I took a year ago.