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1 big thing: Pro-Palestinian campus protests come to San Diego

Data: Axios research;Β Note: Universities with joint encampments reported separately; Locations approximated for clarity; Map: Kavya Beheraj, Tory Lysik and Will Chase/Axios

Students at UC San Diego established a "Gaza solidarity" encampment Wednesday, joining the national movement of campus protests calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and divestment in Israel.

The big picture: College campuses across the country have become hotspots for protests over the Israel-Hamas war, with pro-Palestinian demonstrators facing an increased crackdown from school administrators, Axios' Ivana Saric writes.

State of play: The gathering on the UCSD Library Walk is one of at least 14 encampments or sit-ins reported on California college campuses.

Flashback: In March, about 2,500 pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through UCSD's campus, marking one of the largest protests in university history.

Zoom in: The UCSDivest Coalition, organizers of the encampment, is calling on UCSD to boycott institutional and research partnerships with Department of Defense contractors and Israeli companies, universities and government agencies, City News Service reported.

  • Protesters are also demanding that UCSD "publicly condemn the destruction of over 80% of schools and all 12 universities in Gaza in a systematic dismantling of infrastructure that UN experts have termed scholasticide," a statement from the organization reads.
  • They're also seeking amnesty for people associated with the encampment.

What they're saying: UCSD's chancellor, Pradeep K. Khosla, said in a statement the encampment violates campus policy" and could result in "interim suspension, suspension, dismissal or legal action."

  • The university supports the right to peacefully protest and express views on campus, but it must also protect the physical safety of its community and prevent "undue disruption," Khosla said.

Reality check: Some experts say divesting from companies with links to Israel would have little impact on those firms, CNN has reported.

Driving the news: The encampment comes as University of San Diego students led a "requiem for the dead and dying in Gaza" memorial Wednesday and hundreds of San Diego State University students marched through that campus Tuesday with similar demands.

What we're watching

2. πŸ“ˆ Charted: California is growing again

Data: California Department of Finance; Chart: Axios Visuals

After three years of population decline, California is growing again.

Why it matters: California became a state in 1850 and gained population every year until 2020, when the pandemic, cost-of-living struggles and demographic trends conspired to create the Golden State's first downturn.

Yes, but: Last year's 0.17% growth rate is still below historic norms, and the total population β€” 39.1 million β€” remains less than the 39.3 million of 2021.

Zoom in: San Diego, by comparison, shrunk again last year β€” the county has lost 25,000 residents since 2020.

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3. The Lineup: Catch up quick

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

🏫 Each of San Diego County's 10 largest school districts is facing a budget deficit next year. Five of those districts have issued layoff notices and seven have eliminated jobs. (inewsource)

🚚 Construction crews relocated an historic home in East Village to make room for East Village Green β€” an $80 million, 4-acre park project downtown. (NBC 7)

πŸ’΅ Legislators sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a letter requesting state funding to repair Oceanside Pier after last month's fire.

🧫 Pacific Biosciences, a biotech company, is laying off 194 employees and shuttering its San Diego location to consolidate operations in Menlo Park. (genomeweb)

4. πŸ‘€ Where in the World is Kate in San Diego?

Look out below! Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

Ready to solve a mystery this week?

If you know where I am, reply to this email with the correct answer for a chance to win some Axios swag.

A clue: It's a wobbly walk crossing this canyon.

Our picks:

πŸ—οΈ Andy is re-upping yesterday's stories because some links were broken.

πŸ₯Ή Kate is SO excited to finally meet her bestie's babies this weekend.

This newsletter was edited by Ross Terrell and copy edited by James Gilzow.