SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Last week’s vote by the California State University Board of Trustees to once again raise the cost of tuition for students was a blow to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, one of six to vote against the plan, which passed by a 9-6 vote.

“In 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger invested over $750 million more in the CSU and UC systems despite a $19 billion budget deficit because he prioritized it. There are resources out there, but there’s not the political will to fund our priorities and that’s what’s lacking,” said Newsom. “There has to be a framework of more consolidation.”

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Newsom said they may have to look at consolidating some schools to better use their resources. He also said they have to be more creative in finding funding for the entire higher education system in California.

Higher education is not the only issue facing legislators in Sacramento as the Occupy protests continue around the state. But Newsom said for the most part, handling these demonstrations will be left in the hands of local officials.

“There’s no manual for this. Everyone is being selective,” Newsom said. “Many of the mayors have embraced the movement. But what happens when we have absolutely nothing in common with their movement. It’s an extremist movement of a different type. This story has yet to be written even after this movement begins to dissipate.”

Newsom said that it is a very slippery slope for local officials on how to handle the ongoing protests and encampments and that residents have a right to question not only their tactics, but also their decisions on how they are reacting to the Occupy movement.

Newsom said that the Occupy movement is a reflection of what is going on not only across the nation, but in the state as well. He said the protesters have alerted them to a “code red” on the economic and societal problems facing the state right now and that the only way to change things is to come up with a comprehensive plan of action.

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Comments (2)
  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Every qualified California student should get a place in University of California(UC) system. That’s a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for education at Cal. with $50,600 tuition Foreigners.
    Paying more is not a better education. UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The UC Board Of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university.
    Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty & others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Ca. Median Family Income! UC is hijacking our kids’ futures: student debt.
    I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students’ welfare & put it high on their values.
    Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students’ welfare values of UC Berkeley Birgeneau’s senior management and the UC Board of Regents.
    Opinions to UC Board of Regents, email

  2. briana says:

    Has American colleges/universities ever fully educated students?
    Learned from experience that so many grads are ignorant, surviving mostly on stereotypes! Ivy leaguers have trouble applying themselves oftentimes, as well.
    And what good is a degree if the one who earned it cannot apply themselves?
    First solve the unfathomable “why I learned nothing at college after I graduated” then maybe you can all figure out how to pay tuition hikes.