California

UC faculty say proposed cuts unfair, show favoritism

Christi Morales, The Public Press — Aug 2 2009 - 12:07pm

Now that California has finally passed a budget, public higher education officials are moving forward with the difficult task of implementing cuts that will greatly impact students and educators.

And as University of California officials discuss additional reductions, some faculty members at the UC Berkeley campus say cuts are being distributed unfairly. Certain sciences reportedly are seeing less than a quarter percent cut while the school’s physical education program funding is being cut in half.

UC regents approve furlough plan; standoff foreseen with unions

Christi Morales, The Public Press — Jul 16 2009 - 11:35pm

n a 20-1 vote, the University of California Board of Regents decided Thursday to move forward with a contentious furlough plan that will affect more than 108,000 employees, setting the stage for a standoff between UC officials and labor unions.

Beginning Sept. 1, UC faculty and staff members will have to take 11 to 26 days off a year, depending on their salary level, which amounts to pay cuts ranging from 4 percent to 10 percent. Those making $40,000 or less will have to take 11 furlough days, with the number of days off increasing for those with higher salaries.

The plan is expected to create $184 million in savings for the 10-campus university system, which is saddled with an $813 million deficit.

UC regents back furloughs and pay cuts; staff protest

Christi Morales and Michael Winter, The Public Press — Jul 15 2009 - 10:00pm

More than 108,000 full-time University of California faculty and staff face extended unpaid furloughs and pay cuts under an emergency plan endorsed Wednesday by a Board of Regents' committee. Senior managers would also see their salaries cut an additional 5 percent.

The plan passed, 11-1. The full board will vote Thursday.

If approved, the plan would take effect Sept. 1. UC faculty and staff would be required to take from 11 to 26 unpaid days by Sept. 1, 2010, which works out to a pay cut of 4 to 10 percent. Higher earners would take more furlough days and deeper pay cuts.

News Notes: July 1 budget cuts to trim homeless and AIDS support

Hank Drew, The Public Press — Jun 1 2009 - 1:55pm

Mayor Gavin Newsom's July 1 budget cuts would raise Muni fares and elminate, through layoffs and attrition, about 1,600 city jobs.

One homeless drop-in center will be closed as part of the new budget proposal and services for HIV and AIDS patients, drug addicts and the mentally ill will be reduced.

News Notes: Thousands of Bay Area children to lose health coverage

Hank Drew, The Public Press — May 29 2009 - 12:11pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to end the Healthy Families Program could leave more than 60,000 Bay Area children without health care coverage by June 30, 2010, according to the California Budget Project.

Ideologies continue to divide same-sex marriage issue

Christi Morales, The Public Press — May 28 2009 - 2:32pm

As hundreds gathered in front of the Earl Warren Building on Tuesday waiting to hear the California Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld Proposition 8, a war of words erupted and some even turned into screaming battles that reinforced the deeply divided ideologies about same-sex marriage.

The scene of people arguing amidst the flurry of pro and anti-gay marriage banners illustrates the chasm among Californians that has played out since same-sex marriage took center stage in 2000, when voters passed Proposition 22.

'Remind me why I was so afraid'

Brenda Payton, The Public Press — May 13 2009 - 11:06pm

Late last month, more than 200 UCSC students staged a walkout and rally to protest budget cut proposals. Many of the students and supporters voiced their concerns that the budget axe would fall heavily on the Community Studies and the Latin American and Latino Studies departments. Earlier this month rumors surfaced that UCSC officials planned to eliminate the community studies program, a major focused on social activism and that two prominent LALS lecturers would be let go.

UC, CSU students brace for budget cuts fallout

Christi Morales, The Public Press — May 6 2009 - 4:09pm

It’s yet another blow to Bay Area public college students who have already felt the negative effects of budget cuts spurred by California’s fiscal crisis – if university administrators have their way, educators say.

University of California and the California State University officials are in the process of raising tuition fees to offset the budget cuts. On Thursday, UC Board of Regents will discuss a $662 undergraduate fee increase during a meeting, while the CSU Board of Trustees will meet to consider raising fees by $306.

UCSC students rally against budget cuts

Christi Morales, The Public Press — May 6 2009 - 4:02pm

Earlier this month rumors surfaced that UCSC officials planned to eliminate the community studies program, a major focused on social activism and that two prominent LALS lecturers would be let go.

Shanty towns rise in the Central Valley as poverty levels climb

Thea Chroman, Mar 2 2009 - 11:51pm

Fresno, Calif. has the highest levels of concentrated poverty in the nation. In some neighborhoods, nearly half of all residents are living below the federal poverty line. Over the past year, many of those poor residents have slipped out of housing completely. Now shanty towns are springing up along the railroad tracks, an image that recalls shanty towns of a different era: the so-called Hoovervilles of the Great Depression. KALW's Thea Chroman reports.

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