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AM Alert: California colleges ponder limits of safe speech

rpench@sacbee.com

These are fraught times for speech on college campuses.

Every week brings new stories of students seeking safe spaces and seeking to stifle speech perceived as hateful. At the University of California, much of the recent debate has pivoted on what constitutes intolerance.

An initial anti-discrimination statement adopted by UC leadership ignited the ire of some students and Jewish groups for not explicitly condemning anti-Semitism. An updated one mentioned anti-Semitism but omitted anti-Zionism, a timely topic given the rise of a movement to divest from or boycott Israel that has produced legislation to clamp down on the movement and corresponding concerns about suppressed speech.

Today the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate will delve deeper during a hearing at UCLA on campus freedom of expression. Witnesses will include students from a variety of backgrounds and representatives of outside groups like the Anti-Defamation League, the Council of American-Islamic Relations and the American Civil Liberties Union. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the James West Alumni Center.

CASH IN: In this high-spending election year, it can be tough to collate all that cash. Find out which races and ballot initiatives are attracting the big bucks with our new mobile-friendly feature, The Money Trail.

HIL CLIMBING: The Republican presidential primary may be over, shattering California’s dreams of presidential relevance, but the Democrats continue to campaign. Hillary Clinton will be at La Escuelita Elementary School in Oakland for a 4 p.m. event, continuing her push into a state where she has already rolled out campaign staff. Naturally, there will also be an evening fundraiser in San Francisco featuring senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, along with some special celebrity guests.

TURN, TURN, TURNOUT: Will California’s turnout slide continue into 2016, or will people show up at the polls in larger numbers? Mindy Romero, head of the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis, will discuss how changes in factors like vote-by-mail and online registration might impact the numbers in June and November during a University of California Sacramento talk from noon to 1 p.m. at 1130 K Street.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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