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April 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Mark Yudof likes to point out that he was the first real outsider in more than a century chosen to run the sprawling University of California system. And he often jokes that, as a result of his leadership, it is likely to take a hundred years more before UC hires another. Maybe not. But the comment does represent a dilemma facing the UC regents as they look for his successor: No obvious heir apparent is lined up inside the system. So experts predict the search for a new president will concentrate on large public university systems elsewhere in the country that dealt, like UC, with dramatic declines in state support.
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April 4, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Opponents of UCLA's proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions and contends it would not be financially viable if it paid all the federal and local taxes required of commercial hotels. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Wednesday by the Save Westwood Village organization and others, also says that existing UCLA guesthouses and visitor centers already break laws by not charging overnight guests occupancy taxes.
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March 28, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
The University of California has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a federal whistle-blower lawsuit charging falsification of records and poor supervision of patients by UC Irvine anesthesiologists. The suit said anesthesiologists at the university's medical center filled out patient care reports before procedures started, "making it appear the anesthesiologist was present" when he or she wasn't. The lawsuit was brought by Dr. Dennis O'Connor, a former professor of anesthesiology at UCI School of Medicine, who will receive $120,000 of the settlement.
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March 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
For five years, all UC students have been paying a $60 annual fee to help the university finance massive refunds for past illegal tuition practices. As a result of a UC regents vote Thursday, that charge will continue for five more years. The controversy began a decade ago when students in law, medical, nursing and other UC professional schools complained that they were being forced to pay fee increases despite promises in university brochures and websites that their education costs would not rise before graduation.
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January 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - While Gov. Jerry Brown urged the University of California to consider basic changes in how it operates, UC officials on Thursday said that undergraduate tuition probably will not rise next year. However, fees for more than 50 professional graduate school programs, such as law and nursing, may increase, leaders of the 10-campus system said. UC President Mark G. Yudof said it was "very unlikely" that undergraduate tuition, now about $12,200 before room, board and campus fees, would go higher next year if much of Brown's budget plan is adopted.
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January 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - University of California President Mark G. Yudof announced Friday that he is resigning in August for health reasons, ending a five-year stint in which he guided the 10-campus system through one of its worst financial crises and controversies over rising tuition. His announcement comes at a time of change throughout California's higher education system. Gov. Jerry Brown is aggressively pressing the university to cut costs and to reform its traditional methods of teaching and research.
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November 15, 2012 | Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera
With optimism brimming from the passage of Proposition 30, the University of California and California State University governing boards Wednesday approved budgets seeking increases in state funding to boost enrollment and maintain other programs -- even as both institutions were warned by Gov. Jerry Brown that costs must be controlled to avoid tuition hikes. Brown's message received a timely echo when incoming Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White requested a 10% cut in his proposed salary, saying that he wished "to contribute to the rebuilding of this great university.
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November 15, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Two UC campuses received important endorsements Thursday for long-stalled projects: a new medical school at Riverside and a major classroom building at Merced. The UC regents included a proposed $15 million to help run the medical school and $45 million for the Merced building in their 2013-14 budget request to the governor and Legislature. The regents said they were more optimistic than in the past about their chances since state tax revenues are improving. Meanwhile, about 60 student protesters - demanding that any new UC revenue be used to freeze tuition or roll it back - blocked an intersection for several hours near the UC San Francisco facility where the regents were meeting.
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September 27, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
The University of California will pay damages of $30,000 to each of the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, the university system announced Wednesday. The agreement, which must still be approved in federal court, also calls for UC to pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs' attorneys. It also sets aside a maximum of $100,000 to pay up to $20,000 to any other individuals who join the class-action lawsuit by proving they were either arrested or directly pepper-sprayed, a university statement said.
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September 13, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - In what was described as a brainstorming session, UC regents on Wednesday raised the possibility of controversial policy changes - including varying tuition rates by campus and sharply hiking the number of out-of-state students - to cut costs and raise revenues. Those ideas and others could gain traction if voters reject the tax increase measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown on the November ballot. UC officials also repeated their warning that if Proposition 30 is defeated, UC will lose $375 million in funding and students probably will face a midyear tuition hike, possibly as much as 20% or about $2,400.
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