16 Jun 2014

Sweet Charity: The Truth Behind Hospitals’ Community Benefits Windfall

Every year Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center releases a glossy brochure called Report to the Community. Among the doctor profiles and research-breakthrough stories are several dry metrics dealing with the number of beds, total patient and outpatient days and, perhaps most impressively, the year’s dollar value for something called “community benefit

20 Feb 2014

David Welch: The Man Behind Vergara v. California

As the Vergara v. California trial ends its fourth week, the most conspicuous absence in court may be that of the man most responsible for bringing the education lawsuit — David Welch, the 52-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of Students Matter. His Menlo Park-based nonprofit initiated Vergara and is picking up all of the

07 Feb 2014

Deasy v. Deasy: The Two Faces of L.A.’s School Superintendent

Last week’s testimony in the Vergara v. California trial raised many an eyebrow when Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John E. Deasy testified on behalf of plaintiffs in a lawsuit whose defendants had originally included LAUSD. Despite its supporters’ protests to the contrary, Vergara is widely seen as a frontal attack against