Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 11:30AM
SAN FRANCISCO - As the University of California Regents vote on another tuition hike this Thursday, students dressed in Disney costumes protested, condemning higher education cuts and tuition hikes while corporations like Disney win generous tax breaks.
Students targeted their protest at media CEO Monica Lozano, who is the publisher of La Opinion newspaper and a University of California Regent. As a UC Regent, Lozano has approved seven recent tuition hikes, while simultaneously serving on the corporate board of Disney, which last year won millions in potential tax breaks. One such tax break, an Enterprise Zone distinction in Anaheim, could bring Disney more than $1 million in tax savings just by hiring 100 employees throughout the year, including student summer hires.
“This Fall, I won’t be attending my dream school, UC Santa Cruz, because my family cannot afford the out-of-control tuition,” said Giselle Armendariz, a Cal Poly Pomona freshman, who will live at home and commute to college. “It’s time for Monica Lozano to stop serving corporations, and start standing up for the people.”
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