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CC city, mayor, school board and fire tax videos online

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 12:48 pm in 2012 Contra Costa County election.

Election Preview 2012 is online! Watch televised round-tables with Contra Costa mayoral, city council and school board candidates plus an hour-long debate on the fire safety parcel tax for Contra Costa Fire Protection District here.

Races include:

Measure Q, fire parcel safety tax, Contra Costa Fire District:

Antioch mayor:

Antioch City Council: TK. (We’re having some technical difficulties with this one!)

Antioch Unified School District:

Brentwood City Council:

Brentwood mayor:

Brentwood Union School District:

Clayton City Council:

Concord City Council:

Danville Town Council:

Lafayette City Council:

Lafayette School District:

Martinez City Council:

Martinez Unified School District:

Moraga Town Council:

Mt. Diablo Unified School District:

Oakley City Council:

Orinda City Council:

Orinda School District:

Pittsburg City Council:

Pittsburg School District:

Pleasant Hill City Council:

Richmond City Council:

San Ramon Valley Unified School District:

Walnut Creek City Council:

West Contra Costa Unified School District:




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  • Milan Moravec

    The public’s University of California harvests family savings, Alumni donations, supporter’s money and taxes. Cal. ranked #1 public university total academic cost (resident) as a result of the Provost’s, Chancellor’s ‘charge resident’s higher tuition’. UCB tuition is rising faster than other universities.

    Cal ranked # 2 nationally in faculty earning potential. Spending on salaries increased 29% in last six years. Believe it: Harvard College less costly.

    University of California negates promise of equality of opportunity: access, affordability. Self-absorbed Provost Breslauer Chancellor Birgeneau are outspoken on ‘charging residents much higher’ tuition.

    Birgeneau ($450,000) Breslauer ($306,000) like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them their entitled funding. The ‘charge instate students higher tuition’ skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011 academic years. If they had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over past 10 years fees would still be in reach of middle income students. Breslauer Birgeneau increase disparities in higher education, defeat the promise of equality of opportunity, and create a less-educated work force.

    Additional state tax funding must sunset. The sluggish economy, 10% unemployment devastates family savings. Simply asking for more taxes (Prop 30, 32) to spend on self-absorbed Cal. leadership, inefficient higher education practices, over-the-top salaries, lavish bonuses, is not the answer.

    UCB is to maximize access to the widest number of residence at a reasonable cost. Birgeneau Breslauer’s ‘charge Californians higher tuition’ denies middle income families the transformative value of Cal.

    The California dream: keep it alive and well. Fire Provost George W Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned. Cal. leadership must accept responsibility for failing Californians.
    Opinions? UC Board of Regents Calif. State Senators, Assembly members.