The New Year has been busy for higher education advocates right out of the gate with the transition of a new White House administration. For Government & Community Relations, 2017 will be a Year of Engagement. Our staff and volunteers must be even more engaged this year with elected officials and policy makers at all levels of government.
To the Campus Community:
This past week, as most of you are well aware, President Trump signed an executive order that suspends entry into the United States for various categories of travelers. The order includes refugees, immigrants, non-immigrant visa holders, and possibly lawful U.S. permanent residents from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Assemblymember Tom Lackey took a moment to enjoy the Special Olympics during a campus visit in 2015.
“I’m probably the most plain guy you could ever imagine — coming from a small mining town of 3,000,” said 36th District Assemblymember Tom Lackey, reflecting on his own biography that has been anything but.
Growing up in Boron, CA, he was known around town as “Little Tommy Lackey”. His father was a dentist. It was a positive environment for a child, Lackey said, and he was the beneficiary of good influences, something he thinks might be missing in America these days.
Governor Brown recently released his 2017-2018 budget proposal, which includes a 4 percent adjustment of $131.2 million for UC’s operating budget. In short, the Governor’s proposal is consistent with the funding framework agreement between the State and University. Moreover, the proposal reflects the progress the University has made in important areas such as enrolling more transfer students and lowering the cost structure of the University.
UCLA has received a $2.2 million boost in state funding that will help advance its innovation and entrepreneurship efforts.
The financial support comes from a $22 million investment in the University of California from Assembly Bill 2664, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion. It has been divided equally among the UC’s 10 campuses.
Senator Ben Allen shows off a piece of his UCLA memorabilia at his district office. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)
For having never actually attended UCLA, California District 26 Senator Ben Allen sure has a lot of deep ties to the institution — something that goes a long way to explaining his desire to be a champion of the campus and higher education as a whole.
“The reason I am a Californian is UCLA,” he said with a chuckle.
His father accepted a job at UCLA sight unseen. He had met Allen’s mother during graduate school at the University of Michigan. Neither had ever been west of the Mississippi River, and they decided it was time for an adventure. A couple years later, the two were married and settled down in Santa Monica. Allen’s birth followed shortly thereafter.