Monday, February 4, 2019

By George Skelton - LA Times

A little-noticed gem in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget would return California partway back to its glory days of tuition-free college.

It’s a relatively tiny, $40-million item in a $209-billion state budget — and a bargain.

It certainly wouldn’t return California all the way back to when my generation — and all those before ours — could go to any public college without paying tuition.

That included what we called “junior college,” “state college” (later fancied up to California State University) and the University of California.

A college away from home, of course, really wasn’t free. There were housing and book costs. But just about any kid who wanted a college degree could afford one in California.

Friday, January 25, 2019

By Sophia Bollag - The Sacramento Bee

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is giving teeth to his efforts to build more housing in California by suing a city that he argues isn’t allowing enough low-income housing, as required by state law.

Newsom announced that Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing Huntington Beach, a coastal city in Orange County, to compel it to support construction of more affordable apartments and houses.

California law requires communities to plan for housing at all income levels. If the state finds those plans won’t allow for enough housing, communities are required to revise them.

Monday, January 14, 2019

By Chris Nichols - Politi Fact California

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom took his first step toward guaranteeing free community college in California last week, marking early progress on one of his top campaign promises.

Newsom proposed spending $40 million during the next fiscal year to extend the California College Promise program to a second year of free community college for eligible students. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the program into law in 2017, creating one free year of tuition for students who meet certain criteria.

"We're going to get that second year of free community college," Newsom, who was sworn-in last week, told reporters during the unveiling of his 2019-2020 fiscal year budget in Sacramento.

Newsom's move, which must be approved by the Legislature before it can go into effect, would only pay for a free second year for an estimated 28,000 students. That's about 1 percent of the state's 2.1 million community college students.

Friday, January 11, 2019

By Sentinel News Service

Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2019-20 Budget Plan that proposes to fully fund two years of free community college in California at a cost of $40 million.

Assembly Bill 2, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago, David Chiu, Kevin McCarty, Rob Bonta, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Laura Friedman, Lorena Gonzalez, and Sabrina Cervantes was introduced to strengthen the California College Promise policy. This budget proposal takes an important step towards guaranteeing a completely free community college experience for California students.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

By Andrew Sheeler - Sacramento Bee

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s newly unveiled 2019-20 budget includes funding for two years of free community college and a significant increase in the amount of money students can receive from Cal Grants.

The California Community Colleges System fared well under Newsom’s proposed budget, with $402 million going toward cost-of-living allowances, enrollment growth, legal services for undocumented students and their families and providing a second year of free tuition.

It has long been a priority of community college advocates to add another year to the state’s existing California College Promise program, which offers a year of tuition free community college to all first-time students enrolled in at least 12 credits, regardless of income level.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

By Melody Gutierrez - San Francisco Chronicle

California community college students could reap the benefits of Democratic dominance in the state Legislature, with lawmakers pushing for the state to cover the cost of two years of tuition for students who commit to enrolling full time right out of high school.

Democratic lawmakers across the country have made affordability at public colleges and universities a rallying cry, with free tuition programs popping up at the state and local levels. During the 2018 midterms, the free-college mantra of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders became a key campaign promise for liberal candidates in congressional and state races. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom pledged during his own campaign to make the first two years of community college free in California, as did some of his Democratic challengers.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

By David Caraccio - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Assembly Bill 2 would add a second year of community college tuition for full-time students in California. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago explain why.