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Pact with banks could help California homeowners

Almost 2 million struggling homeowners nationwide, including about half a million Californians, will receive some relief from a sweeping settlement with the nation’s five largest banks over their allegedly reckless lending practices. The agreement aims to prevent foreclosures, partially compensate those who have lost their homes and help stabilize the housing market, as well as […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Economy | Tagged ,

Legislative analyst cites flaws in education plan

By Nanette Asimov Gov. Jerry Brown’s rescue plan for higher education — including his idea to let public colleges and universities decide for themselves how many students to enroll — is flawed, the independent legislative analyst says in a critical new report. Each year, enrollment levels for the University of California, California State University and the community college system […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Assembly speaker wants to cut college costs

By Wyatt Buchanan SACRAMENTO — California students from middle-income families would receive massive breaks on tuition and fees at the state’s colleges and universities under legislation Assembly Speaker John Pérez planned to introduce Wednesday at the state Capitol. Under the plan, undergraduate students from families with household income of less than $150,000 would have their tuition and […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Students ask UC: Why armed cops on campus?

By Nanette Asimov BERKELEY — Why in the world does the University of California employ an armed police force on its campuses? That question, and the anger implied in its wording, was asked repeatedly Wednesday night by UC Berkeley students and faculty of top UC brass. Berkeley was a whistlestop on their tour of campuses before they prepare UC’s […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

UC picks Richmond for Lawrence Berkeley lab campus

By Carolyn Jones Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has chosen to build its new research facility on the Richmond shoreline, a move that could rank the city with Livermore and Berkeley as a new hub for scientific innovation. The lab’s new campus will bring in more than 800 jobs, attract spin-off enterprises and generate millions of dollars […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UC eyes plan to eliminate tuition altogether

By Nanette Asimov SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not every day that University of California students tell UC President Mark Yudof to abolish tuition — and he says he’ll consider it. But that’s exactly what happened at Wednesday’s regents meeting at UC Riverside, as Yudof praised the students’ tuition plan as “a constructive idea.” “We will give it a close […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Affirmative action suit gets Brown’s support

By Bob Egelko More than 15 years after California voters approved a ban on affirmative action based on race or gender preferences, a new challenge to Proposition 209 has reached a federal appeals court — and the challengers this time include Gov. Jerry Brown. Prop. 209 “imposes unique political burdens on minorities” and violates the constitutional guarantee of equal […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Yee bill is second effort to cap CSU executive pay

By Nanette Asimov For the second time this month, a state senator has introduced legislation to limit executive raises at the California State University system within two years of a tuition increase or risk no boost in the allocation it receives from the state. Base pay for newly hired executives also would be limited to 5 percent more than […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Tax break for students sought in California bill

By Nanette Asimov As tuition steadily climbs at California’s public universities, low-income students turn to financial aid for help and high-income students turn to the family bank account. But middle-class students, who do not qualify for financial aid, often have nowhere to turn and simply don’t enroll. A state lawmaker is hoping that a tax break of up […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Accountability sought from UC, CSU systems

By Nanette Asimov California’s public colleges and universities are changing too many rules unilaterally and should be more accountable to the public, the state’s independent Legislative Analyst’s Office said in a report released last week. California State University is setting its own rules for raising executive salaries; the University of California is shifting who is eligible to enroll; and […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

State community colleges set to ration classes

By Nanette Asimov During World War II, there was food rationing. In 2012, California’s community college leaders are poised to approve education rationing for thousands of students. The proposal is controversial, with many students and educators critical of a shakeout that could end free courses offered for generations, including classes such as music appreciation and memoir writing. Also squeezed out […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Project aims to show crops, marshland can coexist

By Peter Fimrite WOODLAND — Five acres of mud and rice stubble doesn’t look much like fish habitat, but the rectangular patch of summertime cropland is in the process of being converted to a teeming marsh filled with young salmon. The conversion to wetland of the rice paddy at Knaggs Ranch, north of Woodland next to the Yolo […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Lake Tahoe resorts patiently await return of snow

By Ellen Huet Skiers and snowboarders who reveled in a record-breaking snow season last year are stuck this year waiting for the snow to fall in the Lake Tahoe basin, and it’s in no hurry to arrive. After last winter’s snowfall doubled yearly averages, ski resort bookings boomed this year with residual excitement. But so […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Berkeley’s Occupy camp thrives, unthreatened

By Carolyn Jones It took a few weeks, but Berkeley is finally taking center stage in the Bay Area’s Occupy movement. The 2-month-old encampment in Civic Center Park — until recently a smattering of tents in the corner — is now a booming megalopolis of tents, banners, dogs and teach-ins. It fills most of the park and has […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,
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