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Brown increases power over UC

With NFL playoffs and BCS championship here, on whom would you bet? The four-term governor of California, who learned politics at his father’s knee 70 years ago? Or the former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? So the

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Harsh impact of CalSTRS bailout begins to emerge 4

The deal struck in spring 2014 to bail out the underfunded California State Teachers’ Retirement System will lead school districts, the state and teachers to increase their annual contributions to CalSTRS from $5.9 billion in 2014 to at least $10.9

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CA public schools can’t charge students for parking

San Diego tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson is also a libertarian civic activist challenging government nuttiness and illegality. In a public Google Docs file, he explained how to fight a petty abuse of power used in some school districts to free

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Will young CA justices use Vergara case to audition for SCOTUS?

The Volokh Conspiracy, the wonderful legal blog founded by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, had a provocative post about what might happen now that Gov. Jerry Brown has named three acclaimed youngish scholars to the California Supreme Court. George Washington

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Call her Prof. Dr. Big Sis 12

It was Matt Drudge who dubbed Janet Napolitano “Big Sis” when she was the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Given her duties of spying on Americans and repressing us in the strangely Teutonic-sounding “homeland/heimat” department, it was

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Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds 42

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raised sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the wealthy. The measure was sold with the promise it would directly help public education. It was “for the kids.” In 2013,

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Should U.C. be ‘independent’? 8

As I’ve noted in two recent posts, here and here, 50 years after the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, there’s no more academic freedom or free speech at California universities. Only politically correct repression. Meanwhile, costs are soaring for students and

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50 years after the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

It’s been 50 years today since Mario Savio gave his “put your bodies upon the gears” speech at the University of California, Berkeley, the best remembered part of the Free Speech Movement. He attacked the university administration for running the school like

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Protesters reject UC tuition hike 2

California witnessed protests not just against the grand-jury verdict in the Ferguson, Mo. situation. Students here also are protesting the proposed hike in tuition at the University of California advanced by President Janet Napolitano. Reported the Times: In Berkeley, scores of

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How Gov. Brown could ace Napolitano on U.C. tuition

As Chris Reed noted last week, U.C. President Janet Napolitano has another thing coming if she thinks she can push a huge U.C. tuition hike past Gov. Jerry Brown. L.A. Times columnist George Skelton just agreed in a column titled, “Gov.

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