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.