UC Berkeley student senator released after arrest at immigration rally

A UC Berkeley student senator and six other illegal immigrant students arrested at a San Bernardino rally Tuesday were released from custody early Wednesday without triggering a hold from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mercury News reports. Friends were concerned the arrest of Cal political science student Ju Hong, 21, a graduate of Alameda High School, would trigger his deportation. Hong has lived in the East Bay since his family brought him here on a tourist visa from South Korea when he was 11…

Click here for the full story

…Read More

College leaders back taxes

The leaders of two of California’s three college systems urged passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to extend taxes, saying they are needed to avoid even more devastating pain than they already envision from $1.4 billion in higher education cuts Brown is proposing, reports Mercury News. Before a hearing at the Capitol Monday, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed said Brown told him and UC President Mark Yudoff “if this doesn’t pass, we’ll come back and cut more.”
“So, sure, we need to support an increase in revenue,” Reed said. “You have to pay for what you get. Everybody wants more and more government but they don’t want to pay for it. But they have to pay for it.”
Yudoff said that “intellectually, it makes a great deal of sense” and that he is “sympathetic” to it. But he needs to see the particulars of a ballot measure that has yet to be worked out among legislators who are considering Brown’s budget.
It would be “tragic” if a tax extension does not get on the ballot, said Jack Scott, the chancellor for California Community Colleges…

Click here for the full story

…Read More