Leland Yee supports UC/CSU protests & strike

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, says he supports today’s University of California and California State University day of action, including a student and faculty strike:

“As an alumnus and as a State Senator, I stand with UC and CSU students in their two-day strike. I am proud to have voted against cuts to public higher education and to have taken on the egregious executive compensation practices of the Regents and the Trustees. Faculty and students are united in saying, ‘enough is enough.’

“If we are going to turn around our economy and give working families a chance in California, the UC and CSU governing boards need to stop raising fees on students and stop allowing their top executives to live high on the hog – receiving pay hike after pay hike.

“While a student at UC Berkeley, I protested during the People’s Park movement of the late 1960s, and I thus understand the frustration many students and their families are currently facing. They are right to stand up to the UC and CSU administration, which seems more interested in taking care of the top executives than addressing the needs of our students and low wage workers. It is time to immediately put a moratorium on student fee hikes and executive pay raises.”

Yee has made the public universities’ executive compensation and lack of transparency his legislative cause celebres.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    ““As an alumnus and as a State Senator”

    Well I guess he’ll continue to be an alumnus, but when he’s termed out soon his political career after his beyond embarrassing defeat in the SF mayor’s race is as dead as Osama bin Laden.

    Thus ends the career of one of the biggest idiots in the history of the CA leg. And that’s saying a LOT!

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    The learned Senator, who valiantly fought for the right of academics to disrupt education for any reason they could dream up, is astute enough to recognize the common interests of janitors, philosophy majors and instructors in Arabic.

  • Rick K.

    Senator Yee should probe the hiring of John Garamendi Jr. to a $216,000 a year U.C. job circa 2005 (when pension and benefits are added, Garamendi Jr. must’ve been a 1% Percenter). It’s odd that a man in his early 30s would be appointed to that post. The “Garamendi” name and the fact that Daddy is a prominent politician likely are what got him the job. It didn’t hurt that Daddy became a member of the UC Regents in 2007. U.C. students are paying higher tuition and U.C. faculty and staff are sacrificing to pay for cushy jobs for people like Garamendi, Jr. This is the behavior of the “1% Percent” who divert government resources to their own personal benefit. UC Davis students should help to oust Garamendi Sr. from Congress when he runs in the new district in the 2012 election. The Garamendi family has profited at UC students’ and staff members’ expense.