Fear and loathing spur UC regents’ venue swap
November 28, 2011
Four separate University of California campuses hosted regents today as the board attempted to meet without worrying about threatened violent protests. Earlier this month, a scheduled regents meeting at Berkeley was cancelled. [Sacramento Bee]
A teleconference connected regents from the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Davis and Merced campuses.
So-called “rogue elements intent on violence and confrontation with UC public safety officers” were poised to disrupt the meeting, according to information about “credible threats” provided to board officials by unidentified law enforcement agencies. No individuals or groups that might pose a threat have been identified.
Regents are seeking $2.8 billion from the state next year. A union-backed group, Refund America, wants regents to back a tax hike to help bolster public university budgets and planned to provide busloads of protesters.