Johnny Depp predicted this story would be written — probably because that’s what happens when someone famous talks about assassinating President Trump. 

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star asked a cheering crowd Thursday night at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in Somerset, England, where he was introducing his 2004 film “The Libertine” at the fest’s Cineramageddon stage. 

“I want to qualify, I am not an actor,” Depp added, per the Guardian. “I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

The answer to his question would be 152 years, two months and seven days since John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln on April 15, 1865.

Depp talked about Trump after taking questions from the crowd before “The Libertine” screened, the Guardian said. 

“I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” he said. “It is just a question — I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”

In late May, comic Kathy Griffin learned how far is too far when she published a photo, in the style of Islamic State, showing herself holding a bloody, decapitated head in the likeness of Trump. 

Facing backlash from people on both sides of the aisle, she apologized and took down the image. However, days later, she held a news conference where she broke down in tears, said the Trump family had bullied her and and broken her, then vowed, “I’m going to make fun of the president, and I’m going to make fun of him more now.”



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President Obama has been out of office only a few months. But he might have both a street and an L.A. freeway named after him soon.

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson has proposed renaming Rodeo Road in southwest L.A. “Obama Boulevard” in honor of the president. Wesson noted that Obama held a campaign rally at Rancho Cienega Park on Rodeo Road when running for president and that the area already has streets named after presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Adams).

In May, a plan to name a stretch of the 134 Freeway after Obama moved forward this week with approval from the state Senate. The freeway is not far from Occidental College in Eagle Rock, which Obama attended.

In California alone, several schools have been named after Obama. And in the Monterey Bay town of Seaside, city leaders designated a key street Obama Way.

Rodeo Road is a major street that runs from near the Culver City border east to Mid-City. It’s sometimes confused by newcomers with the more upscale Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Rodeo Road is not far from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. That used to be Santa Barbara Avenue until the city changed the name three decades ago.



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When Stan Kasten entered the Los Angeles sports scene in 2012, as part of the group buying the Dodgers, he was keenly aware of the stakes.

They bought a franchise that had filed for bankruptcy protection earlier in the year from an owner whose standing in major league baseball had taken a hit. Returning the once-proud franchise, that meant so much to Los Angeles, to respectability would mean so much.

“From a distance this was always one of those franchises you held in such a high regard,” said Kasten, the Dodgers president and co-owner. “Such a special place among all franchises in any sport, and clearly the Lakers are the same kind of franchise.”

Kasten succeeded. The Dodgers haven’t won a championship with this ownership group yet, but they have finished first in the NL West for the past four seasons. He believes Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is well equipped to succeed as well.

Kasten has known Buss since her family entered the NBA in 1979. He was an executive for the Atlanta Hawks from 1979 to 1990.

“I think she has great credibility from having been associated with and instrumental in so much of their success over such a long period of time,” Kasten said. “I think everyone around her in the organization has tremendous confidence in her… the decisions she’s made have been decisive and really smart and I think people can already attribute that to success.”

To succeed in a rebuild, Kasten believes a team’s fans must be brought along for the ride.

“When we came in we made a point of first of all focusing on our long-term plan to achieve long-term success,” Kasten said. “We were lucky to also have immediate success. But having that long term plan and then articulating to your fans what you’re going to do, if you do that clearly your fans are going to be there for you.”

There, he feels Buss has a head start.

“The best thing Jeanie has going for her, apart form the fact that she has been around more success than anyone in the world, she’s blessed with maybe the most loyal, patient fan base anywhere in the world,” Kasten said. “They have continued to stick with the Lakers and that’s critical. They are just ready to embrace it even more fully. … I know they don’t think they’re patient but they’ve been extraordinarily patient.”

The idea that fans in Los Angeles create extra pressure because of the expectation for championships can be exaggerated, Kasten said. He believes all executives feel that same pressure to win.

He added: “If you are good at what you do, and Jeanie is, you can block out any extraneous unhelpful pressure.”

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On Sunday, Delta Air Lines’ and Bank of America’s decision to cave to right-wing pressure and pull funding for the New York Public Theater over a Trumpian production of “Julius Caesar” sparked debate over the role of corporate sponsors in the arts.  

“House of Cards” creator and playwright Beau Willimon tweeted a call to action to boycott the companies. “Now I know where not to bank & who not to fly with,” he wrote. “Actions like this create a culture of fear. We must support free expression, not punish.”

“Freedom of expression,” tweeted “The Leftovers” star and Tony-nominated actress Carrie Coon. “Also, try reading the play.”

As my former Daily Beast colleague Asawin Suebsaeng reminded me this morning, nary a corporate suit batted an eye in 2015 when a Hollywood blockbuster blew the head off of an Obama-esque POTUS in even more spectacular fashion. 

I wrote then of the historic cinematic killing of President Obama in 20th Century Fox’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the first film to depict the then-POTUS’s death onscreen. In it, an Obama lookalike, one of several world leaders in cahoots with Samuel L. Jackson’s bad guy Valentine, gets his head blown up in the film’s bombastic denouement.

“The White House and Obama-ish president — there’s no other symbol about a global power than the White House,” director Matthew Vaughn said of the depiction months before its release. Later he backpedaled, insisting that the onscreen president bearing an unmistakably eerie resemblance to Barack Obama was not officially supposed to be Obama. 

“First of all, it’s not Obama,” he told Entertainment Weekly of the Obama doppelganger in “Kingsman.” “I just want to be clear. This is not an attack on Obama at all. This is an attack on all politicians, but the easiest way to making the point where people knew that Valentine was in power was to have the White House. We needed someone who was reminiscent of Obama, so that people got the point.” 

The point of “Kingsman” was much less pointed than fitting Julius Caesar (played by actor Gregg Henry) with a familiar blond coif and a business suit. But, of course, no corporate partners distanced themselves from the film then. It opened in wide release, grossing $414 million worldwide, and now has a sequel set for release in September.

The Trumpius Caesar-disapproving Delta Air Lines even extended its partnership with 20th Century Fox post-“Kingsman,” launching a big cross-branded campaign for the studio’s “Snoopy” movie later that year.

The difference between “Kingsman” and the production of “Julius Caesar”? Pressure from right-wing outlets such as Breitbart and Fox News and tweets from Donald Trump Jr., which led Delta and then Bank of America to withdraw their support of the production. One which was not, in fact, financed by the National Endowment for the Arts as Donald Jr. had asked on social media, the NEA clarified.

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik points out that a similarly contemporary production of “Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare’s masterwork about perceived tyranny and its consequences, was staged by Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater in 2012 featuring an Obama-esque protagonist. “Delta, which was a sponsor of the Guthrie though not of this particular production, wasn’t heard to object,” Hiltzik wrote. (Read more on the Delta debacle here.)

Perhaps a celebrity-led boycott will budge Delta and BofA into reconsidering their de-patronage. We’ll find out in September if the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” sequel will take similar aim at President Trump — and if any corporate suits care then, too.



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Bruce Arena, the head coach of the United States national soccer team, wanted to make something clear.

When his team takes the field against Mexico at Azteca Stadium on Sunday, it will be representing the United States. It won’t be representing its president.

It’s a strange time to be an American, especially an American abroad. And with the U.S. playing in Mexico for the first time since Donald Trump was elected president, Arena was doing the same awkward dance many of us do these days when speaking to foreigners or visiting another country, explaining how the views and policies of the administration might not reflect your own.

“We have the greatest respect for Mexico, its people, its football team,” the former Galaxy coach said. “I live in Los Angeles. I experience, on a daily basis, people of Mexican heritage. They’re wonderful people, they contribute greatly to our society in many ways. We think the world of them.

“I’m ashamed that there’s perhaps some discord on the political side, but, believe me, I think most Americans appreciate the Mexicans that have come to America to make a better future for themselves and their families and the way they have contributed.”

His words are unlikely to diminish the amount of abuse his players will receive Sunday.

Trump insulted Mexico and its people on the campaign trail. The close to 100,000 people that will pack the Azteca on Sunday can’t voice their displeasure directly to him. The closest they can come to doing so is by hurling insults and who-knows-what-else at the U.S. soccer team.

The irony is that there is no collection of American athletes that less represents the ideals of the Trump administration. The roster is a reflection of our country’s multiculturalism that was rejected by Trump voters. Several players have spoken out against Trump, perhaps none more so than captain Michael Bradley, the Caucasian son of a Princeton-educated coach.



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Brazilian President Michel Temer triumphed Friday in a court case that had threatened to boot him from office and drive the country deeper into political chaos.

In a 4-3 vote, the nation’s top electoral court ruled that the 2014 campaign that earned him a second term as vice president — before he ascended to the presidency with the impeachment of Dilma Rouseff — did not break campaign finance rules.

The decision allows him to keep his job until his term ends next year.

The case, which was brought by the Brazilian Social Democracy Party after the 2014 election, alleged that Temer’s ticket had received illegal contributions.

Without a deadline for the seven judges of the court to hear the case, it dragged on. A hearing was finally held in April, but then delayed until June to allowed new witnesses to testify. Legal experts accused Temer’s team of stall tactics.

Temer became president in August after Rouseff was impeached for illegally moving funds between government budgets.

The hearing this week was for both Temer and Rouseff. Both denied any wrongdoing.

A ruling against them would have annulled the 2014 election, forcing Temer out of office.

Initially expected to last three days, the hearing was extended by a day to allow for more debate, including over whether testimony in the country’s billion-dollar Lava Jato corruption investigation should be considered. It was.

The decision was 3 to 3 until the court’s president, Gilmar Mendes, cast the final vote. His friendship with Temer, which both have acknowledged, has stirred debate over whether he should have recused himself.

The court released a statement saying that the judge frequently meets with politicians to discuss electoral reform and that all of his meetings with Temer have been transparent.

Temer, whose approval rate is 4%, is also being investigated on allegations of approving the payment of hush money to impeached lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.

The president is also accused of receiving bribes by way of his former aide, Rodrigo Rocha Loures, who was arrested on June 3 after police released video that authorities said showed him carrying a suitcase containing $154,000.

Langlois is a special correspondent.



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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto called for the defense of free trade, democracy and environmental protections during an appearance Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Though neither Peña Nieto nor Merkel mentioned President Trump by name during their joint news conference in Mexico City, his pugnacious relationship with both countries was the backdrop for much of what they had to say.

Peña Nieto said Merkel’s two-day state visit comes “at a crucial time for the world.”

“It is extremely important to defend the values we share,” he said.

Those values include free trade, a principle at the core of Mexico’s relationship with the United States, and one Trump has threatened in an attempt to erase a trade gap of roughly $60 billion in Mexico’s favor.

They also include combating climate change, Peña Nieto said. After Trump this month announced he will be withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, Mexico and Germany both announced they would stay in the accord and press forward.

In her remarks, Merkel emphasized the importance of nations having relationships with a wide range of countries instead of relying on alliances with just a few.

In recent weeks, as Trump has attacked Germany for its trade surplus with the U.S. and for not spending enough on defense to meet its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Merkel has said that Europe “can no longer rely” on its longtime ally, the United States. Europeans, she said at a recent campaign rally in Munich, must “take our fate into our own hands.”

Some political scientists viewed Merkel’s visit to Mexico as an attempt to forge a global leadership role amid what some see as a possible rearrangement of international alliances in the Trump era. Before the trip, Germany’s ambassador to Mexico called Merkel’s visit a “sign of solidarity” with the Latin American nation, which has been one of Trump’s favorite targets since he launched his campaign for president in 2015.

If that was her goal, Merkel did not obviously embrace it Friday night. She side-stepped questions from journalists that would have offered her the chance to criticize Trump, and she declined to address a question about whether she is taking on a new global leadership role.

Rather, Merkel focused on the importance of the upcoming Group of 20 summit and emphasized the importance of her country’s trade relationship with Mexico, which is valued at $18 billion. Merkel traveled to Mexico with a large delegation of German business leaders looking to broaden an existing trade agreement with the European Union by the end of the year.

Though Merkel repeatedly praised Mexico, she also took the opportunity to gently scold Peña Nieto on his nation’s human rights record. She spoke of the importance of protecting journalists, who are killed in Mexico at an alarmingly high rate, and about bringing to justice those behind Mexico’s high number of forced disappearances.

“It is important to punish and find the culprits; it is vitally important,” Merkel said.

The two leaders have a series of events and more talks scheduled for Saturday.

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Is there a working woman alive who cannot identify with poor James Comey right now?

The former FBI director’s boss tried to seduce him. When the seduction failed, his boss fired him.

And then called him “crazy, a real nut job.”

Hell hath no fury like a scorned President Trump.

When you are the kingpin of a family business, used to a world in which no one questions or challenges you, where you can grab anyone in the … well, you know, it’s no wonder you see the world as divided into two sorts of people: you, and the subordinates who are here to meet your every need.

Comey’s first private encounter with President-elect Trump came shortly before the inauguration. According to a copy of the testimony Comey is to give Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the FBI director asked if he might have some alone time with Trump. He wanted to warn the incoming president about a “salacious and unverified” intelligence report involving Trump, Russian hookers and bizarre sexual behavior, which Trump adamantly denied.

How surprised Comey must have been when Trump thought their tete-a-tete meant they had created some sort of special bond — “that thing,” as the president would later describe it. Comey, by contrast, was discomfited enough by the president that he decided to document their conversation in a memo “the moment I walked out of the meeting.”

Three weeks later, Comey reluctantly attended a White House ceremony honoring law enforcement officials who had worked during the inauguration. He didn’t want to be anywhere near the president; the FBI is supposed to have limited contact with the White House.

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So, like Scarlett O’Hara, he wore a suit that looked like blue curtains and tried to camouflage himself by standing next to a window. Unfortunately, when you are 6-foot-8, it’s hard to hide.

The president spotted him and called Comey across the room. The director, determined to minimize physical contact, held out his long, long arm for a handshake. The president tried to yank him into a hug. What resulted was the don’t-hug-me-handshake, a hybrid greeting familiar to any woman trying to fend off unwanted touching by an alpha male.

Like so many clueless pursuers, Trump could not take a hint. On Jan. 27, an unbidden invitation arrived from the White House. Dinner tonight, Mr. Comey?

“It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room,” he wrote. “Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.”

At least the president didn’t excuse himself to slip into something more comfortable. He did, however, ask Comey if he wanted to keep his job. Of course, Comey replied, puzzled because he’d already told the president twice he planned to finish his 10-year term.

“I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” the president told him.

“I didn’t move, speak or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed,” wrote Comey. “We simply looked at each other in silence.”

Awkward for Comey perhaps, but enflaming for his dining partner.

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Their next meeting (not making this up) was on Valentine’s Day. After a counter-terrorism briefing in the Oval Office, the president asked everyone to clear out. Except for Comey. He wanted to be with alone with his FBI bro.

The president wanted to talk about the investigation of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, who had resigned amid allegations that he’d concealed meetings with Russian officials. “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Comey.

Comey knew he should have gone straight to his boss, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. But he was stuck. He couldn’t tell Sessions, Comey decided. That might compromise the Flynn investigation.

Anyway, he reasoned, who would believe him? It was a he said/he said situation, “a one-on-one conversation,” he wrote. “There was nothing available to corroborate my account.”

The sexually harassed women of America feel your pain, Director Comey.

Trump thought he had some kind of bromance going with Comey. He wined him. He dined him. And because he is transactional to his core, he expected a little somethin’ somethin’ in return.

As it happens, he is getting a little somethin’ in return. It’s just not exactly what he had in mind.

robin.abcarian@latimes.com

Twitter: @AbcarianLAT

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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, June 7, and here’s what’s happening across California:

TOP STORIES

Brown meets Xi

Gov. Jerry Brown met with President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, in a rare move that catapults California’s status as a negotiator with China while the U.S. falls back on climate change. They discussed global warming and green tech in the Great Hall of the People, a granite-columned building on Tiananmen Square reserved for high-level dignitaries, political gatherings and ceremonial occasions. “It’s highly significant that the governor of California can meet with the president of China and talk about the foremost issue of our time,” Brown said. Los Angeles Times

L.A.’s next member of Congress

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez won the race for the 34th Congressional District after L.A. attorney Robert Lee Ahn conceded. Gomez will continue a decades-old tradition of Democratic Latino representation in the district, which stretches from downtown Los Angeles to Boyle Heights and incorporates Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Koreatown. Los Angeles Times

Change is coming to DWP

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has put a hold on a $2.2-billion plan to rebuild old natural gas power plants while it studies clean energy alternatives to meet electricity demands. Los Angeles Times

Plus: This decision was the result of an investigation by the Los Angeles Times published earlier this year that showed the state is operating with an oversupply of electricity, driven largely by the construction of gas-fueled generating plants. Los Angeles Times

Uber tries to clean up its act

Uber has fired 20 employees after a company investigation into sexual harassment claims. A law firm hired by the company looked into 215 complaints and took no action in 100 instances. Los Angeles Times

L.A. STORIES

Drivers take note: Major streets in West Hollywood and the surrounding areas will be closed this weekend for LGBTQ pride events and a protest march that will replace the usual L.A. Pride parade. Los Angeles Times

Settlement reached: Los Angeles is getting $400,000 to settle its lawsuit against real estate developer Geoffrey H. Palmer over a massive fire at a downtown construction site that damaged city property, city officials announced Tuesday. The money is a tiny fraction of the $20 million that the city had originally sought. Los Angeles Times

History discovered: An ancient Native American site has been found on the Channel Islands just off the coast of Southern California. Associated Press

Cool milestone: Kia Patterson has become the first black independent owner of the Grocery Outlet, which opened in Compton two months ago. The Undefeated

Video: Turning L.A.’s many urban challenges into a miniature golf game. Los Angeles Times

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Budget preview: Here’s what lawmakers in Sacramento are still negotiating when it comes to the state’s next budget. Los Angeles Times

Ready for prime time: Sen. Kamala Harris is hoping to get her close-up in the James B. Comey hearing on Capitol Hill. San Francisco Chronicle

Plus: Here’s a guide to the Comey hearing Thursday. Los Angeles Times

Get more national and international news in the Today’s Headlines newsletter.

A fight for the house: A conservative super PAC called the Congressional Leadership Fund isn’t representing a specific candidate, but it is on a mission to keep California’s vulnerable GOP congressmen in office. Los Angeles Times

Reducing the burden: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to eliminate the $50 “registration fee” that the public defender’s office and other court-appointed counsel may charge defendants before providing them with legal services. Los Angeles Times

A debate continues: The California Supreme Court appeared closely divided Tuesday over the constitutionality of a ballot measure passed in November to speed up executions. Los Angeles Times

Saddled with student loans: State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra is “calling on the federal government to discharge the student loans of thousands of former students of Corinthian Colleges who have already been approved for loan forgiveness before they are forced to start paying again.” The Mercury News

CRIME AND COURTS

Robbery gone wrong: “A gun battle that began when two men, one armed, walked into an east-central Fresno home Tuesday morning ended with three men dead and one wounded.” Fresno Bee

Major verdict reached: A jury has awarded the granddaughter of televangelist Jan Crouch $2 million in connection with the Trinity Broadcasting molestation scandal. Los Angeles Times

Grandmother arrested: A grandmother wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of her 18-month-old granddaughter and the wounding of her daughter and grandchild Monday in Colton has been captured, police said Tuesday. Los Angeles Times

A bad batch? Eleven students at a middle school in Southern California, some as young as 11, were hospitalized Monday after taking prescription anti-anxiety pills, according to school officials. CNN

THE ENVIRONMENT

Get ready for pie! California is about to wrap up its best cherry harvest in years. “The crop will end up at nearly 9 million, 18-pound boxes, possibly surpassing the 8.7 million box record crop of 2008.” Capital Press

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

A soundstage problem: The golden age of television has brought production roaring back to the Los Angeles area, with streaming companies and cable channels shooting year-round to fill viewers’ insatiable demand. But producers are facing an unintended consequence of the surge in local shoots — a shortage of soundstage space. Los Angeles Times

Women warriors: A different side of the Vietnamese American experience is finally being explored. New York Times

A pioneer dies: William Krisel, a pioneering architect who brought his vision of modernism to Southern California tract housing, died Monday at age 92. Los Angeles Times

Bringing a mainstay back: The Formosa Café on Santa Monica Boulevard, unexpectedly shuttered last year, will be restored and reopened next summer. The Chinese restaurant was known for its famous clientele and appearances in films including “L.A. Confidential.” Los Angeles Times

Tasty: L.A.’s best cocktails aren’t just delicious, they’re more sustainable now too. LA Weekly

CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

San Diego and Los Angeles area: partly cloudy Wednesday and Thursday. Sacramento and San Francisco area: partly cloudy Wednesday, rainy Thursday. More weather is here.

AND FINALLY

Today’s California memory comes from Paul Lux:

“I recently viewed the dates for when the snowbound Tioga Pass would open and found that one of the latest was July 8, 1933. My family drove over the pass that day. It was an often told story in our family. My mother spoke of how scared she was going over boards that had been laid over washed-out sections that crossed chasms! We also got stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out by a grader. Pictures show our car dwarfed by snowbanks. Since then, my sister, wife, my children and I have traveled over the pass many times for happy vacations in Yosemite and Tuolumne Meadows.”

If you have a memory or story about the Golden State, share it with us. Send us an email to let us know what you love or fondly remember about our state. (Please keep your story to 100 words.)

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Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger, who expanded campus diversity and oversaw the school’s largest capital project, announced Monday that she will retire at the end of the next academic year.

“Serving as president of Whittier has been the highest honor of my professional life and there is no doubt that I will miss this college mightily when I leave,” Herzberger wrote in a letter to students, faculty, alumni and staff.

Herzberger, who took the post in 2005, has led Whittier through notable — sometimes difficult — changes. In April, school officials announced, to the shock and anger of students and faculty, that their affiliated law school would be closing. Whittier Law School has been struggling with low student achievement and has been hit by a nationwide decline in law school applicants. It will be the first fully accredited law school in the country to shut down in three decades.

Under Herzberger’s leadership, the liberal arts college, whose most famous alumnus was Richard Nixon, increased its undergraduate enrollment by more than 20%. One of the largest freshman classes in the school’s history will arrive on campus in the fall, bringing total undergraduate enrollment to about 1,650. Herzberger also increased research and fellowship opportunities for undergraduates, rebuilt alumni relationships and pushed for more language study abroad, particularly in Asia. She helped develop numerous Chinese study-exchange programs, including an academic partnership with a university in Xiamen, China. The number of students who study abroad in faculty-led programs had doubled in the time she’s led the college.

She oversaw significant construction on the campus, including a major expansion of the campus center, the renovation of athletic facilities and a move to sustainable landscaping with a “Mediterranean plant palette” featuring the college’s colors, purple and gold. She also oversaw the renovation of Whittier’s Science and Learning Center, now the largest academic building on campus.

Known for her swift walks around campus each morning, Herzberger, 67, said she hopes to spend much of her last year connecting with students and visiting and thanking the many alumni she’s worked with around the country and abroad. She said she looks forward in retirement to spending more time with her husband, David, chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies at UC Riverside, and her sons and granddaughters.

“President Herzberger is unquestionably leaving Whittier College in an excellent position for future generations,” Whittier’s Board of Trustees said in a statement Monday.

The board will begin the search for the school’s next president in the coming weeks.

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