THE HUMAN FACE OF BUDGET CUTS, by David Bacon

OAKLAND, CA (12/2/09) — Cesar Cota was the first in his family to attend college. “Now it’s hard to achieve my dream,” he says, “because the state put higher fees on us, and cut services and classes.” Cota, a student at LA City College, was encouraged by the internship program of the LA College Faculty Guild to describe the human cost of budget cuts in he community college system.
David Robinson, who’s worked since he was 14, hoped he’d get automotive mechanic training, and a good job at the end of it. “But by cutting these programs and raising fees,” he says, “you’re cutting opportunity for a lot of people who need it.”
Another endangered student is Tina Vinaja, a mother of three teenagers whose husband took a weekend job to help pay her tuition hikes. Monica Mejia, a single mom, wants to get out of the low-wage trap. “Without community college,” she says, “I’ll end up getting paid minimum wage. I can’t afford the fee hikes. I can barely make ends meet now.”
LA City College even suspended its sports programs for a year. The school had a legendary basketball program that gave low-income students a pathway out of poverty. JaQay Carlyle says city college basketball sent him to UC Davis and on to law school.

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Notice of Regents Meeting, January 19-21, 2010 – revised

Notice of Regents Meeting, January 19-21, 2010 – revised

Meetings of The Regents of the University of California and its committees are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 19-21, 2010 at the Community Center, UCSF Mission Bay as follows. Starting times following the first session are estimates. If a session ends earlier than expected, the next scheduled session may convene immediately. Closed sessions may be convened earlier in the day if time permits.

Live audio Internet broadcasts of the open sessions are available during the open session meetings. Please use this link to connect to the audio streaming during the meeting: http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

Click on each Committee/Board meeting below to see the agendas; click on item titles in each open session agenda to view the background materials.
Tuesday, January 19

2:30 pm

Committee on Grounds and Buildings (Regents Only session)
concurrent with regularly scheduled meeting

Special Meeting: Committee on Grounds and Buildings (Regents Only session)
2:45 pm*

Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)
concurrent with regularly scheduled meeting

Special MeetingCommittee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)
*or upon adjournment of previous session
Wednesday, January 20

8:30 am

Committee of the Whole (public comment)
9:30 am*

Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
10:15 am*

Committee on Finance (open session)
11:00 am*

Joint Meeting: Committees on Finance and Educational Policy (open session)
11:30 am*

Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories(open session)
11:45 am

Lunch
12:45 pm*

Committee on Long Range Planning
2:15 pm*

Committee on Compensation (closed session)
3:00 pm*

Joint Meeting: Committees on Compensation and Finance(Regents only session)
3:15 pm*

Committee on Finance (Regents only session)
3:45 pm*

Board (Regents only session)
*or upon adjournment of previous session
Thursday, January 21

8:30 am*

Committee of the Whole (public comment)
8:50 am*

Joint Meeting: Committees on Long Range Planning and Health Services (open session)
9:30 am*

Committee on Compensation (open session)
10:45am*

Committee on Health Services (open session)
11:30 am*

Committee on Governance(open session)
11:45 am*

Board (open session)
*or upon adjournment of previous session

Meetings may not begin at the exact time scheduled.

Diane M. Griffiths
Secretary and Chief of Staff to The Regents

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Dear Higher Education Supporter

January 7, 2010

Dear Higher Education Supporter,

As we return from the winter holiday, we have an opportunity to effect change in the way that higher education in our state is funded.

A hearing has been set for next Monday (January 11, 2009) at which Assembly Bill 656 will be heard by the Revenue & Taxation Committee of the California State Assembly.

AB 656, as you may remember, is a bill authored by Assemblymember Alberto Torrico which would create a dedicated funding source to help public higher education weather tough economic times like these.

The California Faculty Association and Assemblymember Torrico urge you to attend Monday’s hearing to show your support for this important piece of legislation.

The hearing will take place at 1:30 pm in room 126 of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Those interested in attending should RSVP to action@calfac.org

Ensuring that the bill passes out of committee will require the combined efforts of students, faculty, staff, lawmakers and community supporters.

Your actions in support of this bill last fall, along with advocacy efforts and public demonstrations by campus communities throughout the CSU, UC and community college systems have created an immense amount of public interest in California’s public colleges and universities.

This was highlighted Wednesday, when, for the first time during his term in office, Gov. Schwarzenegger publicly acknowledged in his State of the State address that public funding of state colleges and universities is a high priority and that they should not be cut any further.

In order to continue this momentum, we must make a strong statement Monday that there are solutions to the funding crisis in higher education and one of the solutions is AB 656!

So please mark your calendar to attend this hearing.

If you are unable to attend Monday there are other things you can do to support the bill:
Sign up to support AB 656 online, by going to: http://tinyurl.com/Isupport656
Become a fan of “Fair Share for Fair Tuition” on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/FairTuition
Read the text of the bill online: http://tinyurl.com/ab656text
Check the CFA website regularly for updates on the status of the bill: http://www.calfac.org/

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SAVE UC’S MASTER PLAN!

The undersigned Faculty, Students, Staff and Alumni of the University of
California object strongly to changing our current Master Plan. The University of California should lead the nation in holding strongly to the principle of affordable and accessible public higher education for all deserving students. Only the restoration of public funding can guarantee the educational freedom and creativity on which technological and economic innovation depend.  We urge the State Assembly to poll and consult thoroughly with UC’s students and employees, as well as the general public. Polls show that a strong majority of Californians support affordable, accessible public education, with good reason: the University of California is the best financial investment our state ever made. Its work
contributed crucially to the prosperity of our Golden Age, and by
educating Californians capable of achieving financial success, continues to support our tax revenues. It can, once again, be the chief engine of our economic recovery if its core commitment to liberal arts education is sustained. Can our state afford to reinvest in accessible public education?  No mistake about it:  we can’t afford NOT to.

Click here to sign the petition.

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