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3/26/2014

From the “How Did I Miss This?” Files: Voters Will Not Be Asked to Repeal Prop. 209

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:50 am

Sometimes your humble blogger misses things. Could be work, could be whatever. Anyway, this story is nine days old, but better late than never:

California voters will not be asked this year to decide whether to roll back California’s ban on racial preferences in college admissions, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced Monday.

At the request of Sen. Ed Hernandez, author of Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, Pérez said he is sending the measure back to the Senate without taking any action in the lower house.

“It really is driven most by my interest in making sure we come out with the best policy outcomes,” Pérez said.

Apparently there was a major backlash in the Asian electorate, as expressed to various state senators including the now-indicted Leland Yee. (That’s how I learned about this, from Dan Harlan on Twitter, commenting on the coincidence.)

Don’t get complacent, though. What does this mean?

Pérez said he and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg will form a task force to discuss whether California should change the way it admits students to public universities.

I’ll tell you what I think it means: “we are going to discuss back-door ways to get around 209.”

Well, they do that all the time. We all know they do.

9 Responses to “From the “How Did I Miss This?” Files: Voters Will Not Be Asked to Repeal Prop. 209”

  1. unexpectedly!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  2. Failifornia is beyond corrupt.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  3. But the weather is so nice and the ocean views are so beautiful and the wine is so excellent. I’m being serious. It is an absolute tragedy that people of sane mind can no longer consider moving to California.

    elissa (1aca9b)

  4. Don’t get complacent, though. What does this mean?

    Pérez said he and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg will form a task force to discuss whether California should change the way it admits students to public universities.

    I’ll tell you what I think it means: “we are going to discuss back-door ways to get around 209.”

    Hasn’t that been going on all along since 209 passed? The SATs changing, the changed emphasis on various criteria, especially the added significance of “personal narratives”, etc.

    They just resent having to go about it in a backdoor way. They want to be able to jam it down our throats and then call us haters when we object.

    Anon Y. Mous (8ec442)

  5. I mentioned this on the other thread, but one idea that has been floated is that each of the UC campuses — especially Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego — would find a way to shoehorn in an increase in freshman enrollment, say 3%. Each of those three campuses has between 5,500 and 6,000 freshmen students enroll each year, so the increase would come out to roughly 150-180 students. Every single one of these slots would be “reserved” for a black, Hispanic, or Native American student. The UC’s would then be able to claim that they increased minority enrollment without taking away any slots from qualified white or Asian students. The article about Leland Yee that I mentioned quoted him as supporting this sort of plan but cautioning that they needed to start an “education and information plan” in the Asian community to let them know that they have nothing to fear from this.

    Another interesting wrinkle the article mentioned that I was previously unaware of: apparently “South Asians” — Vietnamese, Hmong, Laotians, and Indonesians — want in on the diversity racket. They are not traditionally as successful academically as their Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian cousins, so they are starting to agitate for set-asides and affirmative action considerations too. It goes to show that once you start with the give-aways you will never be able to limit the number of hands reaching out to get their part of the spoils.

    JVW (9946b6)

  6. Greetings:

    I’m still serving my deportation to the San Francisco Bay area, so I’ve been keeping a weather(ed) eye on this for a while. Typical of what passes for journalism these end days, the local Progressive (née Public) Broadcasting Station, KQED, (and please don’t ask what the “Q” stands for) aired a news program addressing the issue. The panel consisted of four Asian-Americans and they all agreed, two males and two females, that it would be best if 209 was repealed.

    I guess the boys down at the Tong were all busy sharpening their hatchets or something and didn’t get the word out.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  7. Doesn’t UC have a class-rank system, where the top x% of graduates of each high school get automatic admission to UC? Of course, there may be more students wanting to go to Berkeley than UC Redlands, in which case the quality of the student ought to matter some. Maybe they should expand Berkeley and close Redlands if this is a problem.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  8. In another apparent instance of Democrats behaving badly, the Charlotte NC mayor resigned hours after being arrested for public corruption (theft and bribery).

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  9. Wrong thread. Oops!

    DRJ (a83b8b)


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