[FoxNews] The University of California hid a stash of $175 million in secret funds while its leaders requested more money from the state, an audit released on Tuesday said. Once a crook, always a crook.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the audit found that the secret fund ballooned due to UC Office of the President overestimating how much is needed to run the school system that includes 10 campuses in the state. Janet Napolitano, the former Department of Homeland Security chief, is in charge of the school system.
Napolitano denied the audit's claim. She reportedly said the money was held for any unexpected expenses. Her office also denied the amount in the fund. Yes unexpected expenses. Like paying Antifa or trips to southern France.
"The true amount is $38 million, which is roughly 10 percent of (the office's) operating and administrative budget, a prudent and reasonable amount for unexpected expenses such as cybersecurity threat response and emerging issues like increased support for undocumented students and efforts to prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment," her office said in a statement.
Elaine Howle, the state auditor who came up with the report, found that from 2012 to 2016 the office looked to raise more funding by inflating estimates. Howle also said that a top staff member in Napolitano's office improperly screened confidential surveys that were sent to each campus. Howle said answers that were critical of Napolitano's office were deleted or changed before being sent to auditors.
"I've never had a situation like that in my 17 years as state auditor," Howle said. "My attorneys are looking at whether any improper government activities occurred."
The UC Board of Regents is now hearing calls to overturn its decision to increase tuition this fall by 2.5 percent.
Howle said Napolitano also overcharged the system's 10 campuses to fund its operations, paid its employees significantly more than state employees and interfered in the auditing process.
"Taken as a whole, these problems indicate that significant change is necessary to strengthen the public's trust in the University of California," Howle wrote in the report.
The audit found that over the course of four years, the UC's central bureaucracy amassed more than $175 million in reserve funds by spending significantly less than it budgeted for and asking for increases in future funding based on its previous years' over-estimated budgets rather than its actual expenditures.
"In effect, the Office of the President received more funds than it needed each year, and it amassed millions of dollars in reserves that it spent with little or no oversight," the report said.
Napolitano argues the amount accounts for 10 percent of the operating and administrative budget. She called it "a modest amount for an organization our size." Those 5 star outings don't pay for themselves!
The office argued it did not need to disclose its reserves because the regents had approved the spending in previous years' budgets. Howle said the undisclosed funds included $32 million collected from campuses that could have been spent for other purposes.
University employees and lawmakers, who requested the audit, expressed outrage over the audit's findings.
"Today we learned that after squandering millions of public dollars on bloated management and unaccountable 'initiatives,' (the Office of the President) has effectively been operating a slush fund that shields hundreds of millions of public dollars from public scrutiny," Kathryn Lybarger, president of UC's largest employee union, said in a statement. She just showed you how Moonbeam and the federal government does things. Don't get pissed at them, you voted for this shit. Now eat the shit sandwich fucktards.
[INSIDER.FOXNEWS] Drexel University is reportedly facing a backlash from donors and prospective students, prompting an investigation by the school into some offensive tweets by a professor.
George Ciccariello-Maher wrote last Christmas about how he wanted "white genocide" and last month he wrote that he wanted to "vomit" when he saw an airline passenger give up his seat to a U.S. soldier.
The school is concerned about the repercussions of Ciccariello-Maher's tweets, including another anti-police message in which he wrote "off the pigs."
The tweets, and the resulting complaints to the private Philadelphia school, triggered an April 3 email from the university's provost to Ciccariello-Maher about his "extremely damaging conduct."
According to reports, the email informed him about the formation of "a special committee of inquiry to investigate your conduct and provide findings and recommendations."
The provost wrote that "at least two potential significant donors to the university have withheld previously promised donations," while numerous prospective students said they would not attend due to the inflammatory comments.
Additionally, Pennsylvania State Senate President Joe Scarnati (R-Punxsutawney) and State Sens. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) wrote a letter to Drexel administration demanding Ciccariello-Maher be fired.
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/26/2017 6:38 Comments ||
There is no intellect in these institutions, instead they have become 'institutions' of those who couldn't make it in open society. State funded 'higher education' needs to revert back to the old A&M* schools of practical instruction and leave 'enlightenment' to private paper mills.
*19th Century Agricultural and Mechanical to contemporary Application and Medical
[THEFEDERALISTPAPERS.ORG] The Daily Caller posted a Facebook live video from the Heritage Foundation where Leftist protesters took over the main lobby and began chanting and shouting in protest of the President and GOP Congress’s proposed budget.
The budget proposal includes large cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, among other cuts to agencies dealing with the environment and disaster programs, a proposal which has Leftists in a fit.
Chants included shouts of "Water not walls," and "The people will never be divided."
The protesters occupied the building for approximately 10-15 minutes, until security was finally able to contain the situation and escort the protesters out of the building. There must have been well over a hundred or so in the lobby area, if not more. It was jam-packed.
As the protesters were taken out from the lobby, they all chanted in unison "We’ll be back."
Shouts and cheers could be heard from outside the building as well, where the protest continues as of 11:30 am ET. Bongo drums can also be heard as part of the protest.
Several different chants have all been made in unison, and new ones are continually coming up as they continue to chant outside the building. One of the speakers using a megaphone said that they do not appreciate strangers telling them what they need in their communities (regarding clean water, climate change issues, etc.)
(Sarcasm on) However, by candlelight every wench is handsome... there is no word over whether or not they will resist the strangers at the EPA from telling them what regulations they have to comply with (sarcasm off).
One of the protest leaders spoke about her experience in Flint, Michigan and the water crisis that has been happening over the past three years. Noticeably absent was any mention of the President’s recent grant to Flint to help deal with the water crisis (convenient...).
And proudly show off their cell-phone taken 'home movies' of their glory days to bored neighbors, friends, and family for decades to come.
As pointed out they claim they don't want strangers telling them what they need but dont' realize that the EPA *is* doing just that and the budget cuts will actually give them what they profess to want: Less strangers telling them what they need.
Leftist protesters took over the Heritage Foundation. Just another example of the left trying to shut down free-speech and expression in another institution--it is what they do when they hear, read or see something they disagree with.
"The people will never be divided." Actually, it was the radical leftist who occupied the WH during the past 8 years who did a bang up job of dividing us.
"The people will never be divided."
Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato (“Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State”).
-Italian Fascism - Italian Fascist Slogans
[DAILYCALLER] Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... signaled that he is willing to delay funding for the border wall in order to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.
The president said he was open to delaying funding for construction of the wall until September in a meeting with a group of news hounds at the White House Monday evening.
Trump said this does’t mean he has changed his mind on building the wall.
"Don’t let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL," he tweeted Tuesday. "It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc."
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/26/2017 6:39 Comments ||
Remember the 'wooden' walls that protected Athens against the Persians. It wasn't a physical wall, but the fleet of Athens that defeated the Persians at Salamis. Enforce the laws*, make examples of employers.
* to include actually impeaching a few judges who believe they are the law (ie aristocrats)
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.