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Archive for January, 2010

News Round Up

A trio of stories today covering UC and higher education in California:

National Public Radio’s report on the state of UC is at this URL:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123035049

Yudof makes an appearance. You should read his comments.

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The Public Policy Institute of California has a new survey out today. Here’s the bullet points when it comes to higher ed:

“When asked which of the four main areas of state spending they would most want to protect from budget cuts, 58 percent choose K–12 public education—the area most Californians have wanted to spare each of the nine times PPIC has posed the question. Fewer choose health and human services (17%) or higher education (15%). Far fewer choose prisons and corrections (6%). Californians back up these views when asked if they would be willing to pay higher taxes to maintain current funding for these areas:

* K–12 public education: 66 percent yes, 32 percent no
* Higher education: 50 percent yes, 48 percent no
* Health and human services: 50 percent yes, 47 percent no
* Prisons and corrections: 11 percent yes, 87 percent no”

The full report is available at http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=924

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just issued a report on the current state of the Master Plan. The following is their summary of the report:

The Master Plan at 50: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts–Coordinating Higher Education in California

California’s approach to coordination of the state’s higher education system over the past 50 years has been indirect, resting mostly on well–defined missions and eligibility pools to guide the development of higher education institutions. This approach worked well during several decades of expansion, producing arguably the greatest higher education system in the world. The effectiveness of this approach has declined over the last quarter century, however, and institutions have been left to pursue their separate interests with insufficient mechanisms to advance the state’s priorities. This report examines the need for a systemwide approach to planning and coordination of California’s system of higher education, and proposes strategies for improvement. (36 pp.)

The full report is available at
http://www.lao.ca.gov/laoapp/PubDetails.aspx?id=2189

CA Majority Rule Campaign Update

The DFA received the following message from the CA Majority Rule Campaign and are forwarding it on to our members:

Californians for Democracy CA Majority Rule Campaign Newsletter

Why We Can!

The California Democracy Act is the start of a movement in California to democratize the state, beginning with the state legislature. Most voters are not aware that the state’s problems stem from the fact that the majority of legislators, who are quite responsible, are controlled by a small minority, a situation that runs shockingly counter to the most fundamental of American values.

This is the only campaign that can change that situation. We intend, as well, to raise the issue of what government is about, not only in California, but in America – that it is the way that citizens protect and empower the entire citizenry. And we are building an infrastructure in the state to get those ideas out there, not only for this election and this issue, but wherever understanding democracy matters.

The reaction to our campaign so far has been positive and powerful. This is a chance for the average voter to actually change the future of the state. All we need is a majority of voters, the same majority that has already elected the sensible majority of legislators. We have found that this is a message that people, young and old, have been waiting to hear: You matter!

Can we get on the ballot? If enough people hear this message loud and clear. Will they? If enough people volunteer and contribute – and that takes leadership, in organizations large and small. If you and others dare to take the lead, we will win. But no matter what happens, these essential ideas will be out there for the future, and we will have an infrastructure to make sure they are heard.

Professor George Lakoff
Campaign Chair,
Californians for Democracy

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SPEAKER TRAINING AND PETITION TRAINING IN LOS ANGELES

When: Saturday January 16th;

11am – 1 pm – Speaker Training
1 pm – 2 pm – Petition Training

Where:

Denny’s Conference Room
10700 Jefferson Blvd.
(at the corner of Jefferson and Overland)
Culver City, CA  90230

Please join us for this important training for our speaker’s bureau and signature gathering efforts.

To RSVP, send an e-mail to susieanneshannon@yahoo.com

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George Lakoff Speaking Schedule

Monday January 25th – San Francisco
UCSF Faculty Association Teach-In
The University of California, San Francisco, HSW-300
4:30 pm

Wednesday January 27 – Santa Rosa
North Bay Labor Council meeting
6 PM | 2525 Cleveland Ave
(corner of Steele & Cleveland)

Thursday January 28  – Danville
San Ramon Valley Democratic Club
Crow Canyon Country Club,
711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville, CA, 94526
6:45 PM.

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PETITIONS CIRCULATING IN COUNTIES THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

Signature gathering has begun in counties throughout California.  Our goal is to collect 1.3 million signatures by mid-April to put the California Democracy Act on the November 2010 ballot.

With your help, we can change California’s future.

Please sign up to gather signatures at www.californiansfordemocracy.com

From tabling at the local farmer’s market to talking to neighbors outside the grocery store, we can get you started!

And please ask your friends and family to volunteer.

A petition coordinator will contact you to join a city or county team in your area.

ENDORSEMENTS

Organizations:

California Council of Churches – California Church Impact
California Federation of Consumers
Campus Progressive Alliance – University of the Pacific
Campus Progressive Alliance (Sac State)
Center for Elders Independence
The Davis Faculty Association
Education For All
Endangered Habitats League
Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness
Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers
Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Southern California Americans for Democratic Action
Region III of the Community College Student Senate
Sierra Progressive Alliance
California Common Cause

Elected Officials:

John Garamendi, US Congressman,
Bill Lockyer, Treasurer of the state of California
Darrell Steinberg, President ProTempore, CA Senate
Alberto Torrico, Assembly Member Majority Leader
Hector De La Torre, Assembly Member
Dave Jones, Assembly Member
Ted Lieu, Assembly Member
Steve Bradford, Assembly Member
Jenny Oropeza, Assembly Member
Julia Brownley, Assembly Member
Joan Buchanan, Assembly Member
Mike Davis, Assembly Member
Mary Hayashi, Assembly Member
Nancy Skinner, Assembly Member
Mark Leno, Assembly Member
Tom Torlakson, Assembly Member
Mark DeSaunier, CA State Senator,
Tom Hayden, Former CA State Senator
Susan Bonilla, Contra Costa County Supervisor,
Federal Glover, Contra Costa County Supervisor
Karlo Silbiger, Culver City School Board Member
Martha Parsons, City of Antioch Councilmember
Joyce R Starosciak, City of San Leandro Vice Mayor
Tim Sbranti, Dublin Mayor
Jim Frazier, Oakley Vice Mayor
Ben Allen, Santa Monica School Board Member
Kevin McKewon, Santa Monica City Council Member

For more endorsements, including individuals, please visit our website at www.californiansfordemocracy.com

University of Illinois furloughs

A member mailed us the following article about immediate furloughs and cuts at the University of Illinois. Full article is at:

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/01/u-of-i-staff-faces-furloughs-because-of-state-budget-issues.html

An excerpt follows:

…The cuts affect employees on all three Illinois campuses, in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

Ikenberry said the university faces a “cash crisis triggered by the state’s financial situation which is grim and worsening.” He said the university has only received 7 percent of this year’s state appropriation since the first of July — creating a shortfall of more than $400 million.

“At some point we will be unable to meet payroll and complete the academic year unless there are significant payments from the state as promised,” he wrote.

To preserve cash in the meantime, he asked university administrators, including chancellors and deans, to take 10 unpaid furlough days before June 15, and directed faculty and other academic professional staff to take four furlough days between February and May 15. Given the uncertain financial picture for 2011, he suggested that university administrators consider notifying employee groups of termination — something required in advance by some contracts.

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