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Cal State students protest budget cuts

December 2, 2009 |  4:47 pm

A group of about 60 chanting, whistle-blowing students and their supporters protested in front of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's downtown Los Angeles office Wednesday, urging the governor and Legislature to increase spending on education.

The protesters, mostly from Cal State Los Angeles, carried signs with messages such as "Save Our Dreams" and "Cutting Education Is Not The Solution" and drew honks of support from passing vehicles.

"Somebody is not doing their job, and it's the governor and state Legislature," shouted Joaquin Beltran, 25, student body president at Cal State L.A.. "Can't they see the connection between higher education and the state's prosperity?"

Both California State University and the University of California have hiked student fees and reduced enrollment this year to contend with unprecedented budget cutbacks from the state.

After the rally, a contingent that included students, faculty and parents presented the governor's staff with 500 complaint forms detailing the hardships they have experienced because of the cuts.

-- Carla Rivera