Berman Responds to California Supreme Court Ruling on UC Berkeley Enrollment Freeze

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SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) issued the following statement in response to today’s California Supreme Court ruling:

I am deeply disappointed by today’s ruling by the California Supreme Court, which will reduce and then freeze UC Berkeley’s enrollment at 2020-2021 levels and prevent thousands of students from being offered in-person admission to the University of California, Berkeley, this fall.

My thoughts today are with the thousands of students and their families who will receive devastating news after working to earn their spot at UC Berkeley. In particular, I want to note that these cuts include slots for transfer students, who have spent years studying at California’s community colleges to pursue their higher education dreams.

Our public institutions of higher learning are the pride of California, and we must continue to grow these institutions so that all qualified Californian students have the opportunity to study at the world’s finest system of higher education. The UC system has played a critical role in making California the powerhouse that it is today. UC Berkeley in particular has shaped the world, our state, and most of all the City of Berkeley, for the better.

We must not let a group of Berkeley residents abuse CEQA for their anti-growth ideology. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to create immediate and long term solutions. We must make this right for our students.

Contact: Isabelle LaSalle, 916-319-2024