â€œThis new law will simplify the transfer process and allow California community colleges and the California State University (CSU) system to serve more students. I co-authored this bill because I believe that by simplifying the process for students to access higher education, we are taking early steps towards closing our stateâ€™s projected workforce shortage.â€
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Assemblyman Jose Solorio, (D-Anaheim), author of legislation to stop the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds, was pleased with the announcement. “We knew from the beginning that the process was not designed to garner the highest bid, and the local community didn’t want the fairgrounds sold at all,” Solorio said. “This is good news for the state, Costa Mesa, and all Orange County residents who enjoy the OC Fairgrounds.”
While our local districts are comprised of well intentioned, highly educated and reflective leaders who are doing their best to find resources to fill the budget shortfall, we are perplexed that some districts (60% state-wide) agreed to submit a â€œMemorandum Of Understandingâ€ with the Governorâ€™s Office to participate in Californiaâ€™s application for the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive grant program.
After meeting with Governor Schwarzenegger today, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor and Councilwoman Katrina Foley did not seem too optimistic about the chances of the Governor stopping the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds.
“I strongly request that you stop the current process to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds. Under the current circumstances, it is not in the best interest of California or Orange County to sell this valuable property. This sale has been tainted by misinformation, misrepresentations, conflicts of interests, questionable legal and ethical activities, and a potential constitutional barrier regarding the sale of the property,”
One of the foundational principles of American democracy is under attack. When the nationâ€™s Founders crafted the United States Constitution in 1787, they were careful to include a requirement that: â€œThe Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United…
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. — Alfred Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade. Like the Russians did to the British…