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UC Regents to Vote in Public Session on All Administrative Pay Decisions

September 20, 2006|Rebecca Trounson | Times Staff Writer

Starting with its meeting today, the University of California's governing board will vote in public session when making decisions about pay and benefits packages for several hundred top administrators, officials said Tuesday.

The move, announced by UC regents board Chairman Gerald L. Parsky, is part of a continuing effort by regents to tighten controls over executive pay.

It also follows -- but goes beyond -- a court ruling in August that said state law required the regents to vote publicly on compensation for about two dozen senior executives. The ruling allowed the regents to continue to discuss such matters in private.

A lawsuit brought by the San Francisco Chronicle had sought to require that the board's actions and discussions in compensation cases be made public.

UC officials have called the ruling an appropriate balance between the need to protect employee privacy and the public's right to know how much top administrators of a public university are being paid.

But in a statement Tuesday, Parsky said the regents had decided to go further, choosing to vote in public on the pay and benefits packages for all university officials for whom regents' approval is required -- a group numbering more than 300.

rebecca.trounson@latimes.com

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