State universities are slipping
Re “State auditor blasts UC over tuition policy” (Page 1A, March 30): As a UC graduate I can attest that state universities have changed dramatically over the years and not always for the better.
Time was when a California resident could enroll in a community college, complete one year, then transfer to UC or a CSU school and complete a B.A. in four years. Those days are long gone, for a variety of reasons. But the current trend of favoring non-resident applicants over resident applicants is a disaster.
The policy treats non-residents as little more than “cash cows” rather than students who bring needed diversity to the university. Meanwhile, children of taxpaying California parents are denied access even if their admission credentials are more substantial than non-residents.
UC and CSU have strayed far from their original charge, to serve California students.
Jean M. James,
UC reflects corporate model
Why should it come as a surprise that the UC system is benefiting by admitting more higher-paying students?
The university is a business that maximizes its revenues to run an inefficient system bloated by highly paid executives. When so many incoming students require remedial training, it is clear the university is simply looking to boost revenues.
Cost of going downtown
Re: “Sacramento City Council OKs plans for extending parking meter hours downtown” (Local, March 22): First the city decided to put parking meters in Old Sac, which discourages tourism. Next the city helps fund an expensive downtown arena. Then the city raises the price of downtown parking and extends the hours of paid parking.
Not enough people are using the public transit system, yet the city raises transit prices and considers cutting bus routes, making it more difficult for those who rely on public transportation. Logic would dictate if you lower the fare, more people would use the system.
Is there anything else city officials can do to discourage people from going downtown? I suggest that the “Sacramento City Limits” signs should add: “Enter at Your Own Inconvenience.”
Willis Dyer, Sacramento
Go all the way, governor
Re “State minimum wage plan ‘responsible,’ Brown says” (Page 1A, March 29): Gov. Jerry Brown’s support of raising the California minimum wage to $15 is not only morally defensible and fiscally responsible, he is reflecting the popular will.
If the governor would just stand up to the agribusiness interests and scrap his plan for the Delta tunnels, he would be remembered as a protector of the natural order.
Kathryn A. Klar,
Water and sewer hikes rankle
Re “City Council passes big increases in rates for water and sewer systems - 45% by 2019” (Local, March 30): City officials are again demanding cash from the taxpayers to support their lack of foresight.
Water and sewer system concerns have been ongoing, yet with the price of gas and diesel fuels at all-time lows for months, I have not seen my utility bills decrease. Don’t mind paying for water and sewer, but not for that pricey Kings arena.
Art Taylor, Sacramento
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