University of California charged with excess spending on fancy dinners

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Following a revealing Sunday report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the University of California has announced it will no longer pay for its governing board’s lavish spending on dinners.

According to the report, since 2012, UC President Janet Napolitano’s office reimbursed regents for more than $225,000 for dinner parties, including $17,600 for a banquet held the night before the board voted on a tuition hike.

UC Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano and Napolitano released a statement saying that regents will “absorb their costs for board dinners” in order to circumvent questions regarding how money is spent. The funds in question come from a private endowment designated for university business costs not covered by state or tuition funds.

The Chronicle reported Monday that Regent Richard Blum proposed the policy reversal.

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced that the state will withhold $50 million from the University of California due to an April audit that revealed $175 million in secret funds while officials requested more state funding and increased tuition.

The results of the audit prompted some legislators to insist on a reversal of the tuition hike. UC President Janet Napolitano is the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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