August 30, 1991 |
A UC Berkeley professor known on campus as either a voice of moral conscience or a publicity-seeking gadfly said Thursday he is on a fast to dramatize what he contends is the undemocratic nature of the UC Board of Regents. But UC officials say they won't respond to his fast or his proposals to transfer most power to councils of faculty, students and staff. Physics professor Charles Schwartz isn't threatening suicide or even to make himself seriously ill with the fast that he said he began Aug.
May 19, 1992
Nearly 2,000 demonstrators converged Monday at the state Capitol on behalf of California's mentally ill, calling Gov. Pete Wilson's budget cuts Draconian and a threat to the most vulnerable members of the population. A coalition of doctors, psychiatric workers, patients and politicians from dozens of health-care organizations urged the governor to restore all or part of a proposed $88-million cut and provide "some semblance of stable, common-sense funding."
July 3, 1990 |
With legislators and the governor making no progress toward closing the state's $3.6-billion budget gap, Controller Gray Davis said Monday that about $114 million in Medi-Cal payments have been stalled because the state's check-writers lack the legal authority to pay the bills. Davis also said the state, as of Monday, had spent $2.2 billion more than it took in during the 1989-1990 fiscal year.
May 21, 1991 |
State Finance Director Thomas W. Hayes on Monday confirmed reports that the state's budget deficit had increased by nearly $2 billion and could grow even larger, but said the governor would recommend no further tax increases to make up for the shortfall. That could mean even deeper cuts in services than what Gov. Pete Wilson has proposed to resolve what Hayes says is a potential $14.3-billion deficit.
April 3, 1990 |
Days had melted down to hours Monday, and next to the symbolic mock coffin burned one last candle--marking the last day before California might get back into the business of capital punishment. A few dozen death penalty foes, some of whom had helped keep a vigil at San Quentin prison for several weeks, paced anxiously under an unseasonably warm sun, waiting as the day crept by and wondering: Why had the U.S.
March 19, 1997 |
Many fought alongside the CIA in the jungles of Laos. Others fled Russia to avoid religious persecution. And others made the long trek from poverty-stricken states in southern Mexico to work in el norte. They came to the United States in different ways and for different reasons, but Tuesday more than 2,000 of them converged on the state capital to protest welfare reforms that affect immigrants more than any other group.
August 27, 1990 |
Protesters opposed to the hunting of Tule elk said eight demonstrators were arrested during a weekend confrontation with authorities on a bridge to the Grizzly Island wildlife area. Police were barring demonstrators from using the bridge to reach the island, a spokesman for the National Foundation for Animal Law said. The group said it was protesting the killing of 30 Tule elk.
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August 1, 1991 |
Police were met by a volley of rocks Wednesday night when they cleared protesters from the area around People's Park, a battleground dating back to the Vietnam War era. At least one officer was injured. Officials at Highland Hospital identified him as Edward McBride and said he was in the emergency room, but his condition was not immediately available. Two civilians were seen being placed in an ambulance, and at least one officer was hit with rocks, according to witnesses.
February 2, 1992 |
Sixty-eight protesters who took over a UC Berkeley library to decry student fee increases and state budget cuts were arrested late Friday and early Saturday in the largest mass arrest on campus since anti-apartheid protests in 1986. The arrests capped a 12-hour vigil that began about 12:30 p.m. Friday when 200 students marched on Moffitt Undergraduate Library. They were barred from entering by campus police, but about 120 students and residents gained access at 4:30 p.m.
November 19, 1997 |
In an unusual rebuff to local law enforcement, state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren said swabbing and squirting pepper spray in the eyes of Humboldt County demonstrators was "not accepted police community practices." In a letter to a Democratic legislator made public Tuesday, Republican Lungren said the actions of the county's officers as shown in videotapes were unprecedented and unsupported by state guidelines for the use of the spray.