Medina Questions UCOP Practices in Joint Legislative Oversight Hearing

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, joined colleagues in the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and Assembly Education Subcommittee on Education Finance for an Oversight Hearing on the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

“The University of California has long been a world-class institution and is a tremendous asset to our state,” said Medina. “The UCOP is entrusted with supporting the essential work of UC campuses throughout the state. However, the mismanaged budget practices revealed by the State Audit Report remain deeply troubling. The revelation of UCOP’s $175 million in undisclosed funds is also concerning in the wake of recent UC tuition increases. This is an extreme breach of trust to the Legislature and especially to students.”

The Joint Oversight Hearing was a response to last week’s Audit report on the UCOP’s operating practices, entitled, “The University of California Office of the President: It Failed to Disclose Tens of Millions in Surplus Funds, and Its Budget Practices are Misleading.” The Hearing included testimony from Elaine Howle, the California State Auditor, Kathleen Fullerton, Audit Principal, Janet Napolitano, UC President, and Monica Lozano, Chair of the UC Board of Regents.

“I don’t think it will be easy,” added Medina, “but we absolutely need to address issues of trust and transparency to restore the relationship between the UCOP and the public it serves.”

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.

CONTACT: Esha Mathew, (916) 319-2061