Friday, November 20, 2009

In Solidarity With the Protests at UCLA

Protesters confront University of California regents at UCLA over fee increases. Photo from the Daily Bruin.

Okay, this is an urban planning blog, but I have to cover this story. Let's just say it's near and dear to my heart. Also, UCLA has a master's degree program in planning. The student fees have been rising at the University of California system (and probably the Cal State system as well) since the late 1970s and the passage of Proposition 13, which requires a 2/3 vote to raise a tax (bad idea).

California is broke, the Regents just voted to hike tuition again, by 32%, from about $9,000/year (if you include campus-specific mandatory fees) for undergrads to about $11,500/year now.
Students are in the streets. They took over a building. I can't say I blame them.

We're choosing to deal with this recession in CA not by raising taxes on the wealthy, but instead by cutting (gutting really) vital public services like university subsidies.

Keep struggling on students. Raise awareness, and know your enemy: Prop. 13 and misguided federal spending (e.g. on war and Wall Street bailouts). Remember the post about the fiscalization of land use making housing more expensive? Well, Prop. 13 screws up education too.

1 comment:

  1. Hear, hear! When I started undergrad at UCSD tuition was less than 5k per year! And that was only 6 years ago. It's effectively a tax on students for what's supposed to be public education. Thank you, Prop 13, for devastating us. Your blog is awesome, by the way.