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Introduction: Senate Bill 850

PAULA KIRYA Staff Writer For many jobs, employers are no longer considering applicants who have not excelled beyond an associate degree. In order to continue economic prosperity, California needed to provide one million more bachelor’s degrees to its graduates. Bill SB-850, passed on Sept. 29 by Gov. Jerry Brown, is …

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Straying from Tradition

AMBER LI Staff Writer California’s Senate Bill 850 (SB-850) would permit 15 campuses among the 112 community colleges in the state the chance to grant a four-year bachelor’s degree specific to the workforce in the area. Existing laws require community colleges to offer instruction through, but not beyond, the second …

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Two Sides to See of SB-850

REBECCA ZENG Staff Writer A new bill is on its way! In an historic first for public higher education in the state, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sept. 28 that allows California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in fields not currently served by the California State University or …

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California Gets Bucks from Bachelor’s Degrees

ELTON HO Copy Editor Education is said to be worth every cost, but realistically, economic factors may still limit one’s options for schooling. California’s SB-850 will ensure for some students that the benefits of a higher education can be attained with a lower price. SB-850 was created in response to …

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California Attempts to Jumpstart Hollywood

JANET GUAN Copy Editor California film industries are in for a treat. Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, was recently approved by the state Senate on Aug. 29. With this bill, a new film and TV tax credit program will be implemented starting …

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Californians’ Drought Dilemma

JANET GUAN Copy Editor Using the sprinklers in daylight is not acceptable for the next few months. This past July, California implemented mandatory water conservation rules to combat the ongoing drought. These restrictions will stay in place for 270 days or less if repealed. California’s most recent drought period was …

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California Secures Testing Waiver, Implements Field Tests in Lieu of CSTs

OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief For the many Californian students who have been accustomed to the annual California State Tests (CST), this year marks a transition with the elimination of state tests in favor of common-core-aligned field tests. “We appreciate the Obama Administration’s approval of this important request, which will …

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Student Success Fees or Failure Fees?

JACQUELYN LOI BRIANA THAI Staff Writers California budget cuts have been an ongoing problem that have caused class sizes to increase, courses to be cut and a rise in college tuition. As a result, many California State Universities (CSUs) have considered implementing student success fees that would provide financial support …

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SCA 5 Proposal Aims to Balance UC Demographics

DIANA LI DENISE TIEU News Editors On Jan. 30, the California Senate approved Senate Constitution Amendment No. 5 (SCA 5), a proposal that would allow schools in the University of California (UC) system to factor in an individual’s race and gender into the admissions process. SCA 5 would negate parts …

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Sweet Labels Attack Sugary Drinks

BARRY CHEUNG Staff Writer On Feb. 13, California senator William Monning introduced the California Sugar Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Bill (SB 1000), which requires bottling companies to place warning labels on sodas, energy drinks and any other types of sweetened drinks with 75 calories or more. State bureaucrats conduct checks …

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