Quirk-Silva Calls for UC President Napolitano’s Resignation

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May 9, 2017

Quirk-Silva Calls for UC President Napolitano’s Resignation

(Sacramento, CA) – Orange County Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a member of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, today became the first legislator to call on University of California President Janet Napolitano to resign her post, citing a lack of confidence in Napolitano’s leadership.

“The leaders of our state university systems are duty-bound to maintain the highest levels of transparency, integrity, and accountability to California taxpayers, students, their families, and the Legislature, especially when it comes to public monies,” said Quirk-Silva. “President Napolitano no longer engenders the public trust required to perform her duties.

“It’s time she resigned.”

Last week, the Assembly Higher Education Committee, of which Quirk-Silva is a member, held a hearing examining a recent state audit of the University of California (UC) Office of the President that found UC had secretly hidden $175 million from legislative oversight while raising student fees and that Napolitano and her office sought to manipulate surveys sent out by the auditor.

New revelations today from the State Auditor’s office show Napolitano’s office spent lavishly on parties and other extravagant events and took steps to deny information on its spending practices to the auditors.

“Spending $13,000 – the equivalent of one undergraduate student’s tuition for an entire year – on a fancy retirement dinner shows President Napolitano is not worthy of the public’s trust,” Quirk-Silva continued. “She’s not the person to lead the university system.”

In light of the UC Office of the President’s spending, Quirk-Silva also renewed her call for the UC Regents to rescind their recent tuition increase.

“Too many families are struggling to give their children better lives. Needlessly raising fees while there are secret pots of money and a bloated bureaucracy that should be cut is ridiculous. Rescind the fees and give middle class families a break.”

A summary of the audit report can be found here: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/2016-130/summary.html

The full audit report can be found here: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2016-130.pdf

Quirk-Silva is authoring AB 393: The Student Protection Act  in response to the financial challenges faced by today’s college students, including deepening debt and long work hours necessary to supplement their educational costs. The bill will place a moratorium on student tuition and fees at California’s public community colleges and state universities.

 For further information, visit Quirk-Silva’s website.

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Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes the Orange County communities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Palma, and Stanton.

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  • verifiedsane

    Every-time Sacramento votes to raise the lowly working stiff citizen’s tax burden; please keep in mind it is going to pay for these types of bottomless pit slush fund scams……feeling good about your government yet?

    Shall we even ponder for a moment that Janet was our country’s Secretary of Homeland Security…..if that doesn’t make you feel more secure; maybe a politically correct stuffed teddy bear and a snuggle blanket will have to suffice…. 🙂

  • LFOldTimer

    Apparently Quirk-Silva doesn’t know that Janet is an Obama girl. That’s the only reason she was appointed as the UC President. She didn’t know squat about how to manage a gigantic university system. She wasn’t hired for her knowledge or talent. She wasn’t expected to succeed. Janet was hired for her Obama connections since she had a seat on his cabinet. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. lol.

    Anybody who worked under Obama would be considered radioactive by a normal adult. But the Dummycrats in Sacramento who hired her gave her rock star status. lol. And now the rest is history.