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highlights Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills High School Volume 86, Issue One · September 21, 2012 Prop. 30 to cut UC/CSU funding Mabel Kabani Opinion Editor of that, Manaster said, has been spent on publicity, including building a website and hiring professionals to communicate with reporters. “I don’t want to spend several hundred million dollars, or a hundred some-odd million dollars, fixing the school if we need to go find another piece of land,” Manaster said. “So, about $1 million of that has been the expertise involved in making sure that the site can be built on and that it’s safe now. We’re that far away from knowing that. Three quarters of the campus is absolutely safe.” The University of California and California State University systems may potentially be forced to undergo larger cuts in an attempt to cover a $15.7 billion gap in the state’s revenues, according to Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal for the upcoming year. The new budget proposal, released May 14, directly reflected the change in the state’s economic climate. According to the California Department of Finance, the budget deficit has increased by $7 billion. Though the higher education systems will be affected by the budget cuts, welfare and health programs are also on the chopping block. However, decisions regarding these cuts will not be finalized until California residents vote either for or against Proposition 30, Sales and Income Tax Increase for 2012. If this proposition passes, the California sales tax will increase from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent, a .25 percent raise. This proposition, which Brown advocates, will also create three new income brackets for taxpayers with incomes exceeding $250,000, $300,000 and $500,000; this would be effective for seven years. However, if these budget cuts take place, tuition prices for CSUs and UCs will spike and thousands of students will be affected. “The rising costs of tuition have definitely affected the overall environment of UCSB,” Danielle Fogel, class of 2011 alumnus and sophomore at UCSB, said. “I knew a lot of people who dropped out after a quarter because they couldn’t afford the increase in tuition along with living expenses.” Budget cuts will reduce the amount of students admitted into the UC and CSU college systems, according to UC Regents Board, but those who make the cut will also face challenges such as larger classroom sizes and a decreased number of courses. continued on page 2 continued on page 5 SASHA PARK $250,000 to anti-Metro lobbyists Budget money set aside to hire Washington D.C. lobbyists to oppose subway Danny Licht Culture Editor The district has spent approximately $2 million on issues relating to the Metro’s Westside Subway Extension, which has been slated to tunnel beneath Beverly. “A large portion of that — about $1 million — has been actually digging that trench that you saw last year, analyzing it and dealing with the accusation that the experts made,” Board of Education Vice President Jacob Manaster said of the trench on the front lawn last school year. Experts hired by the Metro- INSIDE Chef Smith serves the First Lady page 10 politan Transportation Authority (MTA) hypothesized that the campus was located above an active earthquake fault, a myth debunked by district-hired geologists’s analyses of the trench, which was paid for with Measure E funds. Measure E was passed, in 2008, to update and rebuild schools, along with associated costs, such as ensuring earthquake safety. This bond has paid for the approximately $2 million spent on subway-extension related costs — a fraction of the bond’s total $334 million loan. About $200,000 Wallis Annenberg Center previewed page 8 Girls’ volleyball battles Westlake page 12

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