SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed public state universities to consider race as a relevant factor in their admission policies.

SB185 by Democratic Sen. Ed Hernandez of Los Angeles would have authorized public universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity and other factors in their undergraduate and graduate admissions. Voters barred the preferential treatment when they approved Proposition 209 in 1996.

Brown said in his veto message Saturday that he agrees with the bill’s goal but that the courts, not the Legislature, should decide the limits of Proposition 209.

The bill was the subject of a satirical bake sale at the University of California, Berkeley, where students opposing it based prices for baked goods on the buyer’s race, gender and ethnicity.

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Comments (3)
  1. Bay Area Guy says:

    So where is our Federal government now? We legalize marijuana and they storm in to take it away. SOOO why aren’t the Feds storming in to root out the illegal’s in our school systems???? Or is being an illegal alien, not illegal any more. Governor Brown you are a traitor to the Citizens of California. One term , just like last time.

  2. dbarco says:

    Pandering to the illegal’s relatives and soon the illegals themselves as registering to vote is being streamlined. Watch out for the online voter registration where you affirm that you are legal!!! WHO is going to check it out and even if there is someone doing it, how long will it take to find out that they lied? Then, what are the consequences? My bet would be, nothing!!!!!

  3. Milan Moravec says:

    Need for transparency at University of California Berkeley has never been so clear. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) displaces qualified for public university education at Cal. instate Californians for a $50,600 payment and a foreign passport.

    UC Berkeley, ranked # 70 Forbes, is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 FOREIGN students at the expense of qualified Californians.

    UC Regent Chairwoman Lansing and President Yudof agree to discriminate against instate Californians for foreigners. Birgeneau, Yudof, Lansing need to answer to Californians.

    Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents

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