Governor Jerry Brown

Bill on Brown's desk to make two-tiered system of college tuition: for the rich, and the poor

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It seems that one California politician is adapting an old adage for a modern era: If at first students protest and get pepper sprayed, try, try that legislation again. Read more »

"Refeeding" is prison authorities' new word for force-feeding

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The practice of force-feeding inmates has a branding problem.Read more »

From the mouths of BART workers; cleaning the dreaded escalators, skirting death

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A reprieve in BART negotiations has given the Bay Area time to breathe before the next possible strike, but a lot of public concerns and animosity toward BART still remains. So the Guardian decided to take a look at BART workers themselves (we found them through their union) and ask, “How would your life change if the unions adopted BART management’s offers on safety, pensions, wages and health care?”

Note: The audio interviews are summarized in this post, but give them a listen to get a fuller picture of the impact of labor negotiations on worker’s lives.Read more »

Jerrry Brown and UC

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So the guv is going to start showing up at UC and CSU board meetings, where he will be able to sit next to his pal Gavin Newsom. And he's going to tell the administrators that they have to start getting serious about cost-cutting -- as if they haven't whacked billions out of their budgets in the past few years.Read more »