Thursday, March 19, 2015

Napolitano & Brown: Patience and Prudence

Yours truly had planned to record yesterday's morning session of the Regents meeting which was supposed to contain an interim report on the "Committtee of Two."  UC prez Napolitano and Gov. Brown were slated on the agenda to make their report then. Actually, the Regents ran out of time on another matter about which I will soon post so the Committee of Two didn't report until the afternoon session when I was otherwise occupied. But apparently, their afternoon report was brief and the news accounts reminded me of the 1950s singing group, Patience and Prudence. Napolitano said things were moving along but she couldn't say exactly when a new budget plan would emerge. Patience is necessary. Brown said things were going along but there are always constraints on funds and he would be prudent.

From the Daily Bruin's account:

The committee of two between University of California President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown has met with the UC constituents but won’t release any recommendations for another several months, Napolitano told the UC Board of Regents Wednesday. “Hopefully in the near future, without putting a date on it, we will be able to return to the board with concrete proposals,” Napolitano said. Napolitano and Brown updated the regents for the first time on progress of the Select Advisory Committee on the Cost Structure of the University. Brown called for the committee to reexamine the University’s finances after the regents approved a proposal to potentially increase tuition by up to 5 percent annually for the next five years. Brown emphasized that he may still deny the UC the additional funding it has asked for, saying he needs to make tough choices and exercise financial discipline. His current proposed budget gives the UC about $120 million in additional state funding conditional on tuition remaining flat. “I will say (no) when I have to,” he said...

Full story at

It all seems so dreamy:

[Yours truly will dutifully preserve the audio when he gets to it.]

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