The University of California’s governing board on Thursday defended President Janet Napolitano against a critical state audit of her office and media coverage, much of which has come from CalNews.com, that some members felt unfairly maligned her.
Not true. The regents at UC have earned every bit of the wrath that has come down on them.
Discussion of the audit – which slammed UC’s central administration for building up a secret $175 million reserve that it used to fund presidential initiatives – quickly turned to praise for Napolitano, who has disputed the report’s findings but promised to implement 33 recommendations to improve the transparency of budgeting practices.
“I was delighted when I found out we had a chance to have Janet Napolitano as our president. I’m still delighted,” Regent Norm Pattiz said. “I think, frankly, you lucked out that the president agreed” to the recommendations.
Chair Monica Lozano stressed the importance of “actually changing the culture” that led to the problems identified in the audit, but several regents continued to push back on the conclusion that Napolitano’s office had ever withheld information about its spending from them or the public. Some complained that newspaper headlines about the report were “salacious.”
Pattiz and Lozano are a couple of elitist rats who are stealing from you and your children.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
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