In 2014, SCA 5 (State Constitutional Amendment 5) was Senator Hernandez’ third attempt at allowing all of our public schools (UC, Cal State, Community Colleges, etc.) to discriminate on sex, race, color, nation of origin, etc. His previous bills (SB185 and AB2047) both were vetoed by the sitting Governor at the time. Thankfully, we spoke loudly enough that the bill never got to a vote in the Assembly, and therefore it didn’t get a chance to go before the Governor.
Chuck Page stated, “There is absolutely NO WAY that the opportunity for discrimination should be introduced into ANY part of our society, especially our colleges and universities. There are a number of criteria used for acceptance to public postsecondary schools, and merit needs to remain at the top of the list. I will remain opposed to SCA 5 or any other attempt to introduce discrimination into our culture. We still have work to do to overcome personal and cultural prejudices, and that will never happen if we allow lawmakers to make laws encouraging it. Just Say NO to SCA 5!”
Note: Our previous District 28 Assemblyperson voted YES on all 3 of Hernandez’ similar bills. In fact, because Paul Fong served on committees that reviewed the bills before they reached the full Assembly, he actually voted YES on them a total of 5 times. Why?