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UC Merced chancellor to resign, return to teaching and research

UC Merced Chancellor Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang, the second person to lead the newest UC campus, announced Thursday that he will step down in June at the end of the upcoming academic year.

An electrical engineer who holds more than a dozen patents and was the engineering dean at UC Santa Cruz, Kang, 65, said he intends to return to research and teaching. In a statement released Thursday, he said he was gratified to help the UC Merced student body triple in size to the current 4,000. "I am extremely proud that we were able to manage this growth successfully as a team in one of the harshest economic climates in memory," he said.

Kang became head of the San Joaquin Valley campus in March 2007. He succeeded its founding chancellor, Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, who guided the campus through its opening five years ago and stepped down in the summer of 2006. Tomlinson-Keasey died last year of complications of cancer.

The UC system will start a search this fall for a new chancellor of UC Merced.

--Larry Gordon









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The once great State of California is basically broke and bankrupt in more ways than one. It is totally irresponsible for the authorities there to start a new campus of the University of California just as it is also totally irresponsible to start a new medical school for the Riverside campus in these times of depression when the unemployment rate is enormous and the so-called "leaders" of California seek to run this state on funny money and refuse to raise the necessary money from taxes or reduce spending. The problem is that California is so large it is an albatross on the rest of the nation. If it goes under, which is a very real possiblilty, it could take the entire nation down with it. This is no laughing matter. Californians are used to living in a constant orgy or party without end at someone else's expense. This must end. The party is over folks. Raise you taxes or stop the spending. You cannot have it both ways.

Also, unintended consequences of Proposition 13 have prevented many properties from being taxed at the rates of neighboring properties. This is totally unfair. Two identical houses next to each other could be taxed totally differently one about ten percent of the other due to this total unfairness.

If the idiots running California want to go down the cesspool that is their choice. But the rest of us in the country are not going to pick up the pieces this time. Californians must suffer. The party is over and the hangover must begin. Shut down the new Merced campus and cancel the new medical school for Riverside. You cannot afford them and the rest of the country cannot afford to bail you out either. We are broke too. In fact, the entire U.
S. is bankrupt. The only money it has is either printed or borrowed.


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