Loni Hancock speaks in support of faculty strike

State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, joined striking faculty members, staff, students and California Faculty Association supporters at a rally this afternoon at California State University, East Bay in Hayward.

From her prepared remarks:

“This is a pivotal moment for California’s educational system. In times of economic fragility such as we are in now, we are faced with gut-wrenching choices. It is all too easy for high-level managers to shift a disproportionate burden of cutbacks and suffering to those who are the real heart of the university system – the faculty, staff and students.

“I am here to congratulate and support the faculty of this great university for having the courage to stand up for fairness and for making a stand against the destruction of our education system.

“You have been more than patient as you have watched the California university system diminished by drastic budget cuts, skyrocketing tuition and fee increases, reduced resources for faculty and staff and an intransigent administration refusing to compromise on contracts.

“You have been more than patient as you have watched students suffer the consequences. Every day, I hear from frustrated and angry Americans worried about being able to send their kids to college because their savings have been depleted thanks to Wall Street greed and mismanagement.

“I urge the university’s administration to listen to you – to heed the voices of the faculty, staff and students who are the heart and soul of this great university. You are the 99 percent, and your voice will be heard.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    If the profs went on a sufficiently lengthy strike, the savings to the state would be significant; maybe enough to restore some courses. If I told a grandchild he isn’t going to college because greedy Wall Street and mismanaged banks lost his family’s money, he would probably ask why I was able to go when I had my turn. Were bankers and Wall Streeters unselfish a generation ago?

  • Elwood

    “their savings have been depleted thanks to Wall Street greed and mismanagement.”

    Loni needs to start going to KoolAid Anonymous meetings, and soon.

  • I am in agreement with Elwood but also think there are additional causes for unfunded teachers and education. We need to start putting more importance on education.

  • John W

    I wouldn’t send a kid to a public college in California, not with 800 kids in a Chemistry class and the difficulty in getting the courses you need to complete your chosen major. When I went to college, you not only could get any course you wanted, but you could choose the best sections and professors. Now, you get grad assistants. And, speaking as a former grad assistant, that’s not good.

  • Jim

    How hypocritical for State Senator Hancock to point the finger at the CSU Administration. It has been the State Legislature that has cut billions from higher education in California, and continue to lack the courage to stand up in Sacramento and draw the line on any more budget cuts in education. And finally, it is the voters of California that were gullible enough to approve the necessary 2/3rd vote to pass any revenue increases. As a result, in California, the 1/3 minority rules the majority.

  • Elwood

    Yo, Jim!

    In your opinion is democracy two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner?