THE WEEKLY BLOTTER

Jan. 30 – 4 p.m. Five laptop computers were stolen from Room 1411 sometime between Jan. 16 and Jan. 29. Though the room was locked, no forced entry was detected. Feb. 4 – 1:50 p.m. In the agricultural area, a contractor engaged in a loud verbal dispute with union representatives.

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Proposition 92 shot down

Proposition 92, which would have reduced student fees and injected money into K-14 funding stabilization and student fee reduction act, was voted down in the primary elections on Feb. 5. The proposition, also known as the Community College Governance, would have lowered community college fees from $20 to $15 per unit and limited the ability of legislators to increase fees, according to Daniela Perdomo, a Los Angeles Times staff writer.

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New smoking policy might rock our socks

Many smokers are brooding about the new smoking regulations being put into effect this semester. Some non-smokers are complaining that the lack of sternness exercised by the new regulation makes it no more than an elaborate “please.” Look at the bright side of it all, though; now, everyone knows where it’s alright to smoke and where it may bother someone.

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Budget cuts tighten deadlines

A further attempt to cut spending in community colleges has resulted in a district-wide push-back of department purchasing deadlines. A memo from the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) gave schools until Feb. 28 to make any last-minute department purchases for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

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Massive budget cuts forecasted for K-14

In what has been declared a time of fiscal emergency, the California Community Colleges System (CCC) stands to suffer a forecasted $525 million budget cut, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget. Schwarzenegger proposed a $40 million cut to the CCC for the remainder of this fiscal year; with the new fiscal year starting July 1, another $480 million is forecasted to be cut.

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