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For the week of February 22, 2010

Students and staff from every UC campus will be marking Thursday, March 4 as a Day of Action to defend public education. Here’s a list of some of the hundreds of actions expected to take place across the state.  Meanwhile, UCB students have organized a Rolling University starting February 25, comprised of a series of workshops and discussions.
 
The UPTE-CWA bargaining team for the university’s 9,000 researchers and techs has come to a tentative agreement with UC. If ratified by union members next month, the agreement will provide three years’ worth of wage increases, totaling up to 14.5%, as well as instituting new employee pension contributions.

A legislative committee has voted unanimously for a comprehensive audit of UC’s finances by the state of California. UC unions have been pushing for the audit for some time in order to open the books on the use of state and federal funds, student fees, and how the university’s auxiliary entities operate.

A consulting group hired by UCLA to cut costs is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for false reporting of its profits

UCB’s George Lakoff has issued a call for volunteers to work on a ballot initiative that would change the way the state budgets money. The California Democracy Act would change the state’s constitution so that a simple majority could make budget and revenue decisions.

Former UC regent Velma Montoya responds critically to a soft-ball article in San Francisco Magazine this month on Mark Yudof’s “embattled” tenure as UC president.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the satirical student group UC Movement for Efficient Privatization, which has just released its instructional video series How to Cross a Picket Line on March 4.  Billionaires for Fee Hikes, another student group, recently descended on UCSD with its “trade a kidney for education” campaign.

On a more serious note, the first in a series of investigations into the UC regents financial investments has turned up evidence that two regents – including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – may be illegally profiting from them. The article’s author, Peter Byrne, will be speaking on the crisis of California’s public educational system at UC Berkeley on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 pm in 315 Wheeler. _____________________________________________________________________________________

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