U.C. Regents Meet In Mission Bay, Prep for an Earful Wednesday

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The U.C. Regents began their three-day Board Meeting today at U.C. San Francisco's Mission Bay campus -- but the real action is happening tomorrow morning, when Senator Leland Yee will make an appearance at 7:30 a.m. sharp in front of UCSF's Mission Bay campus to rally with students and workers to protest U.C. President Mark Yudof's latest budget proposal.

Yudof will make his pitch to the regents tomorrow, hoping to fill a $813 million hole left by state cuts. The proposal includes a sliding scale of salary reductions for U.C. employees, student fee increases, and "cuts in campus spending" -- which one can only assume will mean less money for the chess club next year.

Yee, a U.C. Berkeley alum, says that the proposal ignores a few simple alternative solutions to bridge the gap, including what he says is a $6 billion-plus rainy day reserve that the regents refuse to tap. A representative from Yee's office said that the draconian cuts make little sense considering the recent executive pay hikes among U.C. executives -- a particular Yee bugaboo.

Mission Bay was already swarming with cops this afternoon at the meeting's start. Perhaps for good reason. Last March, San Francisco police arrested 10 students who bolted their necks to the front doors (ouch!). Police cleared those protesters out by 7:30 a.m. (apparently they had to dismantle the doors) and the meeting continued as planned.
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