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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Murder trial ends in guilty verdicts

A jury announced Tuesday that it handed down guilty verdicts to two men in an Oakland triple-murder case — nearly four and a half years after the incident occurred. After deliberating for nearly a week, the jury found Asmerom Gebreselassie, 47, and Tewodros Gebreselassie, 43, guilty of all 14 charges
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AB 540 lawsuit may go to Supreme Court

After nearly six years of petitions and appeals, a class action suit against the UC Board of Regents may advance to the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of June. A group of 42 former UC, California State University and California Community College students — all of whom are U.S.
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UC nurses’ association ratifies labor agreement

Nurses throughout the University of California voted last Thursday to ratify a multiyear labor agreement with the university — the first in nearly a decade. The 26-month pact is the first multiyear agreement in years with the California Nurses Association — which represents nearly 11,000 nurses systemwide, including over 30
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The ASUC Auxiliary will exist under the Division of Student Affairs in order to align similar services.

ASUC Auxiliary oversight to change

The business arm of the ASUC will soon report to a new campus office for stated reasons of aligning similar services and efficiency. Currently, the ASUC Auxiliary sits in the Office of Administration and Finance and reports to Ron Coley, associate vice chancellor of business and administrative services. But as
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Study: deregulating education funding leads to program cuts

State deregulation of about $4.5 billion in funds for K-12 education has resulted in deep cuts to popular programs, as school districts have attempted to use the now-flexible money to balance their budgets, according to a study released last Thursday. Authored by researchers from the RAND Corporation and Policy Analysis
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Report: Berkeley high in renter satisfaction

Affordable housing and convenient public transportation are among several stated attributes that made Berkeley the number one college town countrywide in terms of renter satisfaction, according to a report released by the website Apartment Ratings last Thursday. The site’s second annual report, which ranked cities across the country that are
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UC raises retirement plan contributions

The University of California and its faculty and staff will be contributing more to the university’s underfunded pension plan beginning July 1. The UC Board of Regents approved the increases — which will see most faculty and staff paying 3.5 percent of their total compensation while the university will pay
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