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Brown: Yes to California Dream Act, no to race and gender in college admissions

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While most of the attention was on the California Dream Act yesterday as today's bill-signing deadline loomed, a lesser-known but equally controversial California bill involving students of color met with a thumbs-down from Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, SB 185, would have allowed state universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and national origin in undergraduate and graduate admissions, provisions that were seen by some as conflicting with Proposition 209, a 1996 state initiative that prohibited the use of affirmative action in public institutions.

UC Berkeley's Daily Californian quoted from a message sent by Brown to state Senate members yesterday after he vetoed the bill:

"Signing this bill is unlikely to impact how Proposition 209 is ultimately interpreted by the courts; it will just encourage the 209 advocates to file more costly and confusing lawsuits,” he wrote in the message.