UC Regents committee votes to approve freshman eligibility proposal

By Khalida Sarwari The University of California Board of Regents’ Committee on Educational Policy voted unanimously today to approve a new proposal that would alter freshman admission eligibility, despite efforts by some local Asian American leaders who called upon the regents to delay action on the proposal. The proposal would include a reduction in statewide eligibility from 12.5 percent to 9 percent of California high school graduates and local eligibility, or the percentage of students Read More …

Officials to discuss state budget’s impact on community colleges

By Khalida Sarwari Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi and state Chancellor of California Community Colleges Jack Scott will hold a briefing today at Las Positas College in Livermore to discuss the impact of the state budget on community colleges, workforce development in the green tech industry and transit educational centers. Other speakers at the briefing will include Joel Kinnamon, chancellor of Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, DeRionne Pollard, president of Las Positas College and Celia Barberena, president Read More …

Asian American leaders call on UC Regents to delay action on freshman eligibility proposal

By Khalida Sarwari Asian-American leaders gathered today at Chinese for Affirmative Action headquarters in San Francisco to call on the University of California Board of Regents to delay action on a new proposal to alter freshman admission eligibility. The leaders, including UC Berkeley professor emeritus L. Ling-Chi Wang, CAA executive director Vincent Pan and San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, argued that if approved, the proposal would cause the most significant structural changes to UC freshman Read More …

Woman found dead near railroad tracks

By Khalida Sarwari Police are investigating the death of a woman found shot near railroad tracks in Richmond today, a police sergeant said. The body was reported around 2 p.m. by a train conductor who said he spotted the woman in the area of Chesley Avenue and Filbert Street when he passed through the area, and then found her still there when he returned hours later, Sgt. Bisa French said. He did not report the Read More …

Community volunteers to participate in 20th Annual African American Read-In

By Khalida Sarwari Hundreds of community volunteers will kick off Black History Month by reading books by black authors at 250 public elementary schools across San Francisco today during the “20th annual African American Read-In” to promote literacy and celebrate the contributions of black people to literature. Volunteers range from high school students to business leaders. Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, will participate at Bret Harte Elementary School and said he looks forward to Read More …