New funding could help the UC Merced Venture Lab expand not only in Merced but also into Atwater and Modesto, the university announced Tuesday.
Each of the 10 University of California campuses will receive $2.2 million in one-time funding from Assembly Bill 2664, known as “University of California: innovation and entrepreneurship expansion,” authored by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in the fall, according to the university.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) was honored by the California Enlisted Association of the National Guard (CAL EANGUS) with the prestigious “Golden Bear Award” for her impressive work improving the lives of California’s National Guard members.
Many of you have read news stories regarding Army National Guard enlistment bonuses and other monetary incentives that soldiers have been ordered to repay.
There is a federal investigation into the repayment issues as well as active federal consideration of possible remedies; both of these developments are positive. The Department of Defense has suspended repayments while the investigation is ongoing. It is my understanding that the ultimate authority to waive these repayments lies at the federal level; however, the California Military Department has created the Soldier Incentives Assistance Center (SIAC) to help address this issue and support affected soldiers.
I am outraged that Soldiers and their families who innocently relied on enlistment promises the Guard made to them have been told to repay that money. Later today I will sign a joint letter from both the Assembly and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committees urging Congress to act on this matter. However, I am greatly concerned that relief, even once Congress acts, will come too late for Soldiers who have already complied with orders to repay. I have asked the Guard for an accounting of how many such soldiers are affected. I want to make sure that those innocent soldiers who complied quickly are also taken into account in any solution. It is important to note, the California National Guard established the Soldier Incentive and Assistance Center (SIAC) to advocate for affected soldiers and support their appeals. Through this process, the California National Guard has helped about 4,500 soldiers retain approximately $40 million in bonus money. We will update you as we work to resolve this important issue.
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