Friday, November 3, 2017

Eloy Ortiz Oakley - Sacramento Bee

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 19, which will allow California community colleges to promise a tuition-free first year for first-time, full-time students, I joined the cheers of students, parents and the public.

But we should recognize that the struggle to lower the cost of attending college has only begun.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Julia Wick - LAist

Hundreds of Angelenos crowded into downtown's favorite food hall on Friday morning to celebrate Grand Central Market's 100th birthday—and get a free slice of a massive, 100-layer cake prepared by Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.

The market first opened on Oct. 27, 1917, and has "witnessed Los Angeles grow up," according to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who spoke at the celebration. The festivities, which kicked off at 10:30 a.m, will continue until 10 p.m. and will include a vintage photo booth, live music, retro food and drink specials, and free rides for kids on Angels Flight. Visitors entering GCM from the Hill Street side will also be greeted by a sprawling, 13,000-balloon installation cascading over the market's facade.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christina Cox - The Signal

First-year, full-time students at all 114 California Community Colleges will soon be able to attend their first year for free under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday.

Assembly Bill 19, or the California College Promise, by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) will waive students’ first year of tuition fees as long as they are enrolled in 12 or more semester units.

Supporters of the bill said it would increase student performance and degree completion, and decrease regional barriers to college access.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Brooke Martell - News 4 Tuscon

For those who have ever thought about going to college but never had the funds to get there, the state of California is opening up the opportunity for people of all ages, regardless of their economic background, to get one year of community college for free.

It's called the California College Promise and there are no age restrictions.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stephanie Rivera - Long Beach Post

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California College Promise last Friday, an initiative that, if funded in the next state budget, would provide one year of free community college for new students.

Assembly Bill 19 was authored by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles, David Chiu of San Francisco and Kevin McCarty of Sacramento. The legislation passed both the Assembly and the Senate last month with bipartisan support.

“In 2025, California will face an estimated shortage of one million college-educated workers needed to sustain the state’s workforce,” said Assembly Member Santiago in a statement. “This bill isn’t about voting and polling numbers. When you talk to most reasonable people, whether it be a CEO or leader of any firm, some sort of program leader, they want a more skilled workforce. It just makes economic sense.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Esmeralda Fabián Romero - LA School Report

California community college students now have a faster route to a four-year degree, thanks to two new state laws.

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 705, allowing more students access to college-level courses instead of remedial courses when they start community college, and AB 19, giving all first-time students in the state a free year of community college.

AB 19 expands to the entire state programs already in place in Los Angeles and Long Beach called College Promise. Its author, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), celebrated on Monday the governor’s signature at a ceremony at Roosevelt High School.

Monday, October 16, 2017

La Opinion

Tras la aprobación del proyecto de ley AB 19 el viernes, los colegios comunitarios de California proporcionarán un año de estudio gratuito a todos sus residentes.

La medida, que busca aumentar la matrícula y el índice de graduación en el estado, fue firmada por el gobernador Jerry Brown, y eliminará el costo educativo para todo estudiante de tiempo completo que realice sus estudios por primera vez en uno de los 114 colegios comunitarios de California.