Senate panel delays confirmation of Steven Glazer to CSU board
A Senate panel Wednesday delayed a vote on confirming Steven Glazer as a member of the Cal State board after Republicans said they continue to have concerns about tuition increases and excessive pay for college administrators.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) postponed the vote so he could meet with Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar to listen to concerns that Huff signaled are resolvable.
Democrats want to avoid a repeat of what happened to former Cal State board Chairman Herbert L. Carter, who lost his seat when Republican senators refused in February to provide the support needed for his confirmation by a two-thirds vote.
Carter angered Republican lawmakers by voting last July to raise student fees by 12% while giving the president of the San Diego campus a $400,000 pay package.
Glazer, who is also a close advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, voted for the tuition increase but against the pay package.
“We stated our concerns last time that we have a CSU that has some very high salaries, they have not looked to internal reforms and they keep raising student fees at the same time,’’ Huff said. “The board sets the tone. As a member of it [Glazer] certainly has a key role. As the governor’s spokesman he has a key role too.’’
Huff and Rules Committee Vice Chair Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) said they have not yet taken a firm position on Glazer’s appointment, but the leader indicated there is a chance he could get the needed Republican votes.
“We are hearing good things from everybody. I think we’re going to be fine,’’ Huff said.
--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Cal State Fullerton students raise their voices in protest in the quad in November over tuition hikes. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times