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Governor Brown signs Wieckowski bill
to aid private, non-profit universities

AB 1668 authorizes state Educational Facilities Authority to offer better financing for campus construction projects Read more

Press note released by
Jeff Barbosa
July 21, 2014

Sacramento – Governor Brown signed a bill today authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to authorize the California Educational Facilities Authority (CEFA) to offer direct or private placement loans to private, non-profit colleges and universities in California for campus expansion and construction projects.  The bill, AB 1668, will enable the higher education institutions to get better financing to meet their growth and modernization needs.  It contains an urgency clause and takes effect immediately.

“Rather than turning away non-profit colleges and universities because it didn’t have the authority to provide these loans, CEFA can now work with them and maintain long-time relationships that have been built over years,” Wieckowski said.  “This allows CEFA to adapt to market changes.  It also will help lower costs, generate construction jobs and result in new or improved facilities for students at the institutions that prefer to go through CEFA for this financing.”

CEFA was created in the early 1970s to issue revenue bonds at low costs to assist the colleges and universities in expanding and constructing their facilities.  The Great Recession, however, reduced the low cost financing avenues available in the municipal bond market.  Many of the universities then began using private or direct placement loans because of lower costs.  The loans do not have the bond insurance fees or underwriter services and the borrowers can choose their own investors. 

Many private California universities and colleges have worked with CEFA in the past to acquire tax exempt financing on bonds for their projects, but CEFA did not have statutory authority to issue direct or private placement loans.  As a result, CEFA turned away 12 higher education institutions that have approached it over the past year seeking to use CEFA for conduit financing.  AB 1668 grants CEFA the statutory authority it needs.

CEFA is under the jurisdiction of the state Treasurer’s Office and Treasurer Bill Lockyer supports AB 1668.  The bill is also supported by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.  The association includes Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, Stanford, Palo Alto University, Notre Dame de Namur University, St. Mary’s College, Holy Names University, University of the Pacific and over 65 other Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited higher education institutions.  The association’s members employ about 88,000 Californians and educate over 328,000 students.

Assemblymember Wieckowski represents the 25th Assembly District, which includes Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara.
Posted on July 22, 2014

Governor Signs Corbett Truck Fuel Efficiency Bill

SB 469 Helps Reduce GHG Emissions, Align State to Federal Law

Press note released by: Sergio Reyes July 16, 2014 (916) 651-4010

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) announces that Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 469 which helps to achieve the important goal of improving the overall fuel efficiency of trucks moving goods in and around California in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

SB 469 will improve the gas mileage of heavy-duty tractor and trailer trucks traveling within our state in compliance with the goals established under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to reduce GHG emissions by 2020.  Specifically, this bill aligns state law to federal law by allowing the use of aerodynamic devices that extend no more than 5 feet beyond the length of a tractor-trailer truck, as well as tarping systems installed on flatbed semitrailers.

California Air Resources Board (CARB) previously identified heavy-duty tractor and trailer aerodynamic improvements as a way to increase gas mileage while also reducing greenhouse gases, as they decrease air flow friction and turbulence around trucks.  However, legislation was needed to change the California Vehicle Code to accommodate necessary aerodynamic improvement regulations.

Senator Corbett authored SB 12 in 2012 to allow the use of aerodynamic devices that extend no more than 3 inches on either side of the vehicle.  Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 12 into law in September 2012.

“SB 469 supports transportation technologies that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the fuel efficiency of trucks as they travel within and through California,” said Senator Corbett.  “This bill—which earned strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly—builds upon SB 12 that I authored two years ago that dealt with the width of trucks.  Similarly, SB 469 ensures that California is in alignment with federal law relating to these aerodynamic devices on trucks as they become more commonplace on California’s freeways and roads.  I thank Governor Brown for signing SB 469 so that truckers may drive in California knowing that they are in compliance with federal law requirements.”

SB 469 is supported by ATDynamics Inc., California Police Chiefs Association, California Trucking Association and CALSTART.
Posted on July 22, 2014


On July 18, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 978 into law. This bill, authored by Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, provides a significant change to a law that ensures victims of sexual assault receive timely rape crisis counseling services.  SB 978 allows a hospital to notify the local Rape Crisis Center when a victim arrives for a medical or evidentiary physical examination after a sexual assault.  Prior to the passage of this bill, only law enforcement was required to notify the Rape Crisis Center.

Existing law requires the police to immediately notify the local Rape Crisis Center when a victim of an alleged sexual assault is transported to a hospital for any medical evidentiary or physical examination.  However, not every sexual assault victim notifies law enforcement.  This legislation allows the hospital to call a Rape Crisis Center directly without having to first contact law enforcement.

In 2011, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 534, another bill sponsored by District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.  SB 534 authorized special funding to pay for forensic medical examinations for victims and survivors of sexual assault under circumstances where the victim has not engaged with law enforcement.  By adding this simple language to include that a hospital can also notify the rape crisis center, all victims will be able to receive these vital Rape Crisis Counseling services.

“Every sexual assault survivor is entitled to the assistance of a rape crisis advocate or counselor, whether or not she chooses to immediately notify law enforcement of the assault,” states D.A. O’Malley. “I am grateful to Senator DeSaulnier for his dedication to this important piece of legislation and to Governor Brown for signing it into law.”

The bill is supported by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, California Communities United Institute, California District Attorneys Association, California Police Chief’s Association, and Californians for Safety and Justice.
For more information, please contact: DDA Teresa Drenick, (510) 272-6280,, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
Posted on July 20, 2014


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Sujit Choudhry, the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and founder of its Center for Constitutional Transitions and a renowned expert in comparative constitutional law, has been appointed dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. A Rhodes Scholar, Professor Choudhry educated at Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard.  Recipient of the Trudeau Fellowship, Professor Choudhry was counsel of record in a number of major cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster. Professor Choudhry has to his credit more than 70 articles in peer reviewed research journals, several book chapters, working papers, and reports. His major work focused on basic methodological issues in comparative constitutional law. His research work highlights the ways for peaceful and democratic transformation in ethnically divided societies. He served as a consultant to the World Bank Institute and facilitated constitutional transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Earlier, Professor Choudhry served as an associate dean and the Scholl Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, and held cross appointments in the university’s political science and public policy departments. He has had the honor of being a member of the blue ribbon Governing Toronto Advisory Panel and sat on the board of directors at Legal Aid Ontario, one of the world’s largest publicly funded legal assistance programs. The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto named him Practitioner of the Year In 2011.
Claude Steele, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of University of California Berkeley called Choudhry a “brilliant scholar, professor, and mentor,” whose “enduring commitment to social mobility, diversity, and educational excellence will bring renewed energy to the law school’s core mission of public service and community engagement.”
Professor Choudhry considers his new appointment at the Berkeley Law School “the opportunity of a lifetime” and said he was “struck by how members of the Berkeley Law community—faculty, staff, students and alumni—strongly identify with, and love, this law school. I am thrilled, and humbled by this honor.” Speaking about the Berkeley Law School, Choudhry said it is “simply a remarkable institution. It is among the very best law schools in the nation, and is an integral part of one of the world’s great research universities. I am deeply attracted to Berkeley Law’s public mission; it is committed to equality of opportunity, academic excellence, and diversity like no other law school that I know.” “Berkeley Law is poised to be a global leader in equipping its students to thrive in this changing environment,” he said. “In the 21st century, the very best law schools will integrate research, experiential education, and policy engagement to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The best law schools will also be global crossroads for people and ideas from around the world. I am confident that, together, we will ensure that Berkeley Law will thrive in this environment and reach new heights” (Susan Gluss, “Constitutional Scholar Sujit Choudhry New Berkeley Law Dean”,, Accessed on July 6 2014.
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Posted on July 6, 2014


The American Declaration of Independence reiterated that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are not mere words but the conscience of those who struggled and sacrificed for the birth of a new world of freedom, peace and opportunities where everyone would be equal and assured of dignified living. The American Declaration of Independence is a testimony of revolt against foreign rule and laid the foundations for human rights and the national sovereignty. The American Declaration of Independence was made after 15 months of the War of Independence. It brought to an end all political connection between the united colonies and the state of Great Britain. The delay in the Declaration was primarily due to the time factor that associated with the consensus maturation process among the fighting colonies over complete withdrawal from the British Empire. It was finally by June 10, 1776 a committee was set up under Jefferson to draft the Declaration and on 4 July 1776 the Declaration was approved and issued.   

The Declaration derives its strength from Lockeian philosophy that ‘government rested on a contract between government and governed and that, if the government failed to deliver the ends which had persuaded the people to enter that contract, it could be overturned. Jefferson spelt this out explicitly in the Declaration. Men had rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness’. The Declaration further emphasized rather on a more bold promise and moral value that ‘all men are created equal and have
inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. Although for many people such bold contents of the Declaration look as if they were a great rhetoric but the conscientious citizen of The United States of America have proved that this new nation of equality, freedom and happiness is in fact a reality that anyone can experience in person while walking on its vast lands.

Ambedkar Times wishes Happy 4th of July to all its worthy writers, contributors, readers, and well wishers.
Prem K. Chumber
Editor-In-Chief: Ambedkar Times
Posted on July 4, 2014

This site has been dedicated to Bharat Rattan Baba Sahib Dr. Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar in the memory of Babu Mangu Ram Muggowalia, Gadharite and founder of Ad Dharm Movement in Punjab. The sole aim of this site is to highlight the plight of the Mulnivasis (Inhabitants) of India who have not only been deprived of their due share in the wealth of their own country, but had also been subjected to untold miseries over centuries. Atrocities against them are still rampant in almost all the parts of the country. Hardly a day passes when there is no news about the social boycott or physical repression of all sorts on them. is duty bound to highlight all such incidents as well as to seek and articulate some solid perspective for the amelioration of this age-old problem old social exclusion and blatant violation of the basic human rights of the Dalit brethren.

I once again thanks for your kind support and also expect the same in future too so that this modest attempt would continue in the service of our community. deeply welcome your suggestions for its better functioning. This is your web site and it is you who have to make it successful. Kindly send your valuable articles, news reports, and opinions regularly, we would be pleased to carry them gratefully.
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