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UC regents to switch May meeting to Sacramento for protest rally

January 18, 2012 |  1:04 pm

UC Regent Sherry Lansing meets with UCLA students who had taken over a regents meeting in November
The University of California regents will break with tradition and move their May meeting from the usual settings on UC campuses to Sacramento so officials can participate in a rally at the state Capitol for improved funding for higher education.

Regents Chairwoman Sherry Lansing announced that switch Wednesday as the regents began discussions about Gov. Jerry Brown's grim proposal for next year’s state budget.

Under Brown’s plan, UC would receive about $90 million more than this year, mainly to help pay for pension costs, but its state funding still would be $660 million less than the year before.

“Unless our elected representatives start funding us at a realistic level, UC's ability to serve the state and its citizens will be at serious risk,” Lansing said at a regents meeting being held at UC Riverside. “UC is the best investment in California's economic future that our state leaders can make. It's up to all of us to remind them of that.”

The regents hold most of their bimonthly meetings at a UC San Francisco facility and sometimes at other UC campuses. Their May 16 meeting will be at the Sacramento Convention Center, and the next day, regents, faculty, staff, student and alumni are expected to join the rally, officials said.

-- Larry Gordon

Photo: UC Regents Chairwoman Sherry Lansing meets with UCLA students who had taken over a Regents meeting in November. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times