The Research Collection of Loyola Marymount University’s Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles will begin to archive the plans and records of the Democratic National Convention that was held in Los Angeles in 2000.

The convention materials consist of business, administrative and organizational records as well as operational plans.

There are also copies of the proposals submitted by the City of Los Angeles to host the convention.

Dates of the materials range from 1993 to 2000 and the center’s Research Collection is the only repository in the U.S. with 2000 Democratic National Convention materials.

Reed & Davidson, a Los Angeles law firm that served as the legal counsel for the 2000 convention, donated the materials to the university.

The records will be fully processed, indexed and incorporated into the Research Collection and will be open for public research use on campus in the reading room of the library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections.

The Research Collection is a program of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.

The center collects papers of public officials, post-World War II developers, late-20th century Los Angeles reformers and prominent Roman Catholic families.

Information, www.lmu.edu/ csla

CAL GRANTS INCREASED

In other Loyola Marymount University news, the California Student Aid Commission said Cal Grants funding will be restored to $9,708 for the 2006-2007 academic year. The restoration comes after a dip in funding since 2004 to $8,322.

Those eligible to apply for the grants are graduating high school seniors or recent graduates who are attending or plan to attend an independent college or university, have a minimum 2.0 grade point average and meet other financial requirements.

The grants are given to students to help pay for college and they do not have to be paid back.

The California Student Aid Commission administers the Cal Grants, which are funded by the State of California.

Robert Lawton, president of the university and executive chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, spearheaded the lobbying efforts to restore the funds. The association that Lawton chairs serves as the statewide voice of independent higher education in California.

The association represents 77 private colleges and universities on policy issues with the state and federal government, and includes institutions such as Stanford, USC and the University of San Francisco.

Information, www.lmu.edu

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