Supporters of the DREAM Act, pictured here in a September 2010 protest promoting the act, are now beginning to see results with Gov. Jerry Brown signing part one of the act, AB 130, into law Monday.

Brown signs first part of state DREAM Act into law

Gov. Jerry Brown signed one part of the California DREAM Act — which will provide increased financial aid for undocumented students — into law Monday at a town hall hosted by the bill’s author. AB 130 — which was authored by state Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles — was passed
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STATE LEGISLATORS PASS BUDGET PLAN, UC CUTS TOTAL $650 MILLION

After months of debate, state legislators voted late Tuesday night to pass a budget package, which brings a total $650 million cut — and a likely tuition increase — to the University of California as part of a solution to address California’s remaining $9.6 billion budget deficit. The package, which
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UC, CSU face $150 million cut each in Democrat budget proposal

Gov. Jerry Brown joined state Democratic leaders Monday afternoon to announce that they have agreed on a newly revised budget plan — which includes an additional $150 million cut each to the University of California and California State University systems, bringing the total cuts for each system to $650 million
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State Controller withholds legislative pay

State Controller John Chiang announced Tuesday that his office’s review of the state budget passed by the Democratic state legislature and vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week determined the budget’s spending plan was not balanced and incomplete, thereby forfeiting legislative pay. Under Proposition 25, which was approved by voters
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Sitting on the sideline

STATE ISSUES: While we are happy that the governor vetoed cuts to the university, we are upset at our EAVP’s absence.

Issuing the first veto of a state budget in California’s history, Gov. Jerry Brown’s rejection of the proposed state budget Thursday underscores the continuing threat that cuts pose to public education. The spending plan included $150 million in additional cuts to the University of California and the California State University
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Governor vetoes Democratic budget plan

Less than a day after state Democratic legislators passed a budget that included an additional $150 million in cuts to the University of California, Gov. Jerry Brown issued the first veto of a state budget in California’s history. Brown announced in a statement Thursday morning that the plan passed by
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State Democrats pass budget bills, higher education cuts

Budget bills approved by state Democrats Wednesday to close the state’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit include a combination of tax and fee increases, spending cuts and revenue assumptions, as well as an additional $300 million in cuts to California’s higher education institutions. Among the cuts in the Democrats’ plan is
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County leaders met to discuss a plan to shift responsibility for funding some services to local governments.

Forum covers proposed shift of state services to local control

Several Alameda County officials met and hosted a forum at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley on Friday to discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift responsibility for certain state services to local governments. Programs including mental health services, child and foster care and criminal justice have been proposed to
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State Senate passes higher education transparency bill

The California State Senate approved a piece of legislation Thursday that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the state’s public higher education institutions — the University of California, California State University and the California Community Colleges. Senate Bill 8 — dubbed the Transparency Act by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San
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