Tuesday, March 11, 2008

San Marcos Budget Meeting: CFA Report

The California Faculty Association (CFA) has this report about yesterday's Budget meeting at San Marcos:

A standing-room-only crowd greeted San Marcos campus President Karen Haynes, CFA chapter President Janet Powell, and other campus union and student leaders at CSUSM's Campus-Wide Budget Meeting on Monday.

The more than 300 people who filled the Arts Theater and overflowed into the lobby partook in a serious discussion of the governor's proposed budget cuts. Urging students, staff and faculty to take action for the CSU and to become a part of the Alliance for the CSU, Presidents Haynes and Powell described the gravity of the statewide budget crisis.

Haynes said San Marcos alone stands to lose $6 million if the governor's proposed budget is adopted. She said thousands of potential students – both high school freshmen and community college transfers -- could be turned away and the economic impact would radiate out to the communities in north San Diego County.

She called on CSU supporters to reach out to "our community friends and our supporters in business and commerce" to tell the legislature about the need to fund the CSU.

Powell drew cheers from the crowd when she said "We can't just sit by and let this happen to us without putting up a fight."

As they left the crowd grabbed up supplies of signs, buttons, sign up cards, and flyers.

Local news media including CBS Channel 8, Univision 17 and the San Diego Union-Tribune covered the event. See some of the clips at http://www.calfac.org/inthenews.html

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