Berkeley College Republicans Respond to Veto of SB 185
October 8, 2011
Today, Berkeley College Republicans president Shawn Lewis issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to veto SB 185 (Hernandez):
"On behalf of the Berkeley College Republicans, I am pleased with the governor's decision to veto this bill. SB 185 was an attempt to undermine the will of the voters who passed Proposition 209 in 1996. Indeed, a September 26 Survey USA poll showed that 77 percent of Californians opposed this specific piece of legislation. The people of California believe, as does the Berkeley College Republicans, that college admission decisions should be based on the qualifications of the applicant and the individual challenges he or she has faced, not based on his or her race. We are glad Governor Brown agrees and has chosen to respect the will of the voters."
On September 27, The Berkeley College Republicans held a satirical bake sale in which different races were charged different prices in order to demonstrate the effect SB 185 would have on college admissions. All 500 baked items were sold and the event garnered national media attention, including from The New York Times, CNN, and Fox News.