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CSU postpones vote on fee increases

CSU postpones vote on fee increases

Carly Gillis

November 13, 2012

  >> UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION << CSU Board Chair Bob Linscheid announced Tuesday that three proposed tuition fees will be delayed until further notice. “After the testimony of a number of folks, including students, and the outcome of the election of Proposi...

Students for Quality Education hold conference call about fee increases

Carly Gillis

November 12, 2012

Greg Lewis, a sociology major at CSU Dominguez Hills, only has to complete 18 units to get his degree. He said he could probably get it done in one semester and even though it would be a lot more work, he would be that much closer to the workforce and fulfilling his goals. New fees being considered...

Congressman Sherman defeats Berman in 30th District

Congressman Sherman defeats Berman in 30th District

Carly Gillis

November 7, 2012

UPDATE (9:12 A.M.): Democratic Congressman Howard Berman conceded to Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman just before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.  In a statement, Berman congratulated his opponent, as well as Tony Cardenas who won the 29th district. "I wish both of them the best of luck and the wisdo...

Bicyclists take to the road for CicLAvia

Bicyclists take to the road for CicLAvia

Carly Gillis

October 8, 2012

As many as 100,000 Angelenos took to the streets Sunday to imagine a car-less world -- or at least downtown Los Angeles. CicLAvia, a nine-mile street festival where the roads are only open to those with man-powered machines, closed down a sprawling criss-cross of streets from Chinatown to Exposition ...

CSU board of trustees discusses Proposition 30 and what will happen if it passes or fails

CSU board of trustees discusses Proposition 30 and what will happen if it passes or fails

Carly Gillis

September 18, 2012

LONG BEACH—At the CSU board of trustees meeting Tuesday, the finance committee passed two resolutions, both contingent on the success or failure of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30. The two approved resolutions state that a rollback refund of the most recent tuition hike will be implemented ...

CSU board of trustees votes on two resolutions, postpones the third

Carly Gillis

September 18, 2012

At the CSU board of trustees meeting today, the CSU board of trustees finance committee approved two resolutions, both contingent on the success or failure of Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30. The first resolution gives the CSU Chancellor to "take actions necessary" to implement their contingency...

CSU letter will warn of delay

Carly Gillis

September 17, 2012

A letter from the CSU will be sent out beginning Oct. 1 to prospective students, warning them that decisions to admit will be delayed until after Proposition 30 is voted on in November. The letter will be sent through the CSUMentor system and distributed by the admissions office of each campus. ...

Board of trustees approves pay hikes for new presidents amid budget woes

Carly Gillis

July 18, 2012

Along with deciding to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, the California State University Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve pay hikes for its four new presidents, including CSUN’s president, Dianne Harrison. All four new presidents’ salaries are capped at the previous pay rate, as stated by CSU’s Executive Compensation P...

Brown’s new California budget leaves fate of CSU and UC to November voters

Carly Gillis

July 1, 2012

The approval of California's state budget last week has left the fate of state public universities' funding in the hands of voters. The state's 2012-13 budget is contingent upon the passage of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act,  this fall. If voters do not approve it, $6 billion in automatic cuts will be made to a variety of state agencies including higher education. As is, the budget provides an extra $125 million each to the UC and CSU systems for the 2013-14 year if the universities agree to freeze tuition rates for the fall. However, if Brown's tax initiative gets voted down come November, so does that funding — and an additional $250 million will be cut from each system. That is on top of $750 million in cuts each will already take in the next fiscal year. CSU Board of Trustees has already raised fall tuition 9.1 percent, its sixth tuition increase in four years. Stephanie Thara, web communications specialist at the CSU Chancellor’s office, said if the tax initiative is approved, the difference between the fall 2011 tuition rate and the fall 2012 rate will be reimbursed to students at the end of the year. However, said Thara, the governor’s fund will not quite cover the amount the CSU would have received from the tuition hike. “The tuition would have given us $132 million and this only gives us $125 million so we’re still $7 million in the hole,” said Thara. “We’ll still have to consider some cuts.” The CSU has no official stance on the budgetary decisions, as much is still dependent on November’s election. “Nothing’s yet set in stone,” said Thara. “What we do know is that we need to reinvest in our education system, and this is one of the avenues to do it.” As for the University of California system, the UC Board of Regents were previously discussing a 6-percent tuition hike, but UC spokesperson Dianne Klein told the Daily Californian that UC President Mark Yudof will not be recommending tuition increases at the next board meeting in July. The budget also cuts $103 million from the Cal Grant program for the 2013-14 fiscal year by enacting increased academic performance standards and an overall reduction of private college scholarships. However, on June 29, the California Student Aid Commission announced an $85 million contribution from the Educational Credit Management Corporation to ease the cut. “These contributions from ECMC to the Cal Grant Program translate into over 42,000 California students having the financial resources necessary to pursue their dream of a higher education,” said the CSAC in a statement. Brown’s tax initiative would increase sales tax to 7.5 percent for four years and will also increase income tax for people who make more than $250,000 a year for seven years. A field poll, released on June 9, said 52 percent of voters agreed with the tax increases ,while 35 percent were opposed. The remaining 13 percent were undecided....

Obama’s new immigration policy mirrors DREAM act

Carly Gillis

June 20, 2012

President Obama announced an immigration policy overhaul Friday that may help over 800,000 young undocumented citizens avoid deportation from the United States. This change allows for two years of “deferred action” during which those who qualify can apply for work authorization, earn driver’s...

California open primary results: No cigarette tax and new term timits for state office

Carly Gillis

June 6, 2012

Votes tallied in California’s new open primary system struck down a proposed cigarette tax while upholding a change in term limits for state legislators. June 5 marks the first time California used an open, or “top-2,” primary instead of its usual closed primary. Besides voting for Propositions...

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