FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Camille Santistevan
January 6, 2010
UC DAVIS STUDENTS PLAN RALLY AGAINST FEE HIKES AT THE STATE
(DAVIS) Next week a coalition of UC Davis undergraduates, graduate student
instructors and professors will gather in front of the California State Capitol to continue
their rally against university fee increases. Bike for a Future, the group organizing the
rally, will meet at 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 13th on the quad near the Memorial
Union (MU). From there they will commence a 15 mile bike caravan to the Capitol’s
front steps. The group encourages all citizens displeased by the fee hikes to join them
at the Capitol at noon.
Protests began after a 32% fee increase was passed by Regents of the University of
California in November. The fee hike—half of which has been applied for this quarter—
adds a total of $2500 for each undergraduate student by 2011.
The Board of Regents voted for the fee increase at a meeting at UCLA on November
19, 2009. Protests took place outside the meeting and at other UC campuses. The
peaceful protest at UC Davis’ Mrak Hall resulted in the arrest of 52 people.
Representatives from Bike for a Future say that this rally is meant to show the Regents
that students have not forgotten about the fee hikes. “After the long winter break, we
really want to keep the momentum going,” said Alberto Salcedo, a member of Bike for a
Future. “The purpose of our rally is to raise awareness about the wastefulness and lack
of accountability that is rampant in the UC system. We demand our legislators to
establish reform and oversight of the Regents.”
The rally comes at a highly relevant time as legislators introduce and lobby for important
bills for higher education this month.
AB 656 by Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico (D-Fremont) will be heard at the
Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee on January 11. This bill aims to tax oil
companies and use the revenues to support UC, CSU and community colleges.
On Tuesday Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) reintroduced two bills designed to
bring greater transparency and accountability to the State’s public higher education
institutions. SB 330 would update the California Public Records Act (CPRA) to include
auxiliary organizations that perform government functions at the UC and CSU. SB 650,
which is a reintroduction of SB 219, would provide UC and CSU employees who report
waste, fraud and abuse, with the same legal protections as other state employees.
For more information on this event visit the Facebook event page at:
Questions or comments can be directed to Camille Santistevan at the e-mail address
above or to Bike for a Future’s e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org