3 UC campuses change responses in state auditor’s survey

San Francisco Chronicle | 5/10/2017 | By Nanette Asimov
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State Auditor Elaine Howle surveyed UC’s 10 campuses as part of her recent investigation of finances and spending at UC headquarters.

The surveys and previously unreleased emails show that administrators at UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego and UC Irvine removed criticism of Napolitano’s office or upgraded performance ratings in key areas at the direction of Napolitano’s staff. The interference — including a systemwide conference call conducted by the president’s office to coordinate responses among all campuses — prompted Howle to discard all the results as tainted.

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“The tampering is absolutely outrageous and unbelievable,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, who requested the audit last year with Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, amid concerns over increased spending and rising tuition and fees. Napolitano oversees an office with a $686 million budget and nearly 1,700 employees.

Ting compared the interference to a student who is failing, “and magically the professor changes the grade and passes the student.”

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Another Democratic lawmaker called for Napolitano’s resignation Tuesday, citing revelations published this week in The Chronicle that the UC president’s office spent extravagantly on parties, cell phones and iPads while other public agencies cut back.

The audit, released April 25, uncovered $175 million in secret reserves in Napolitano’s office — money that lawmakers said should have been disclosed to the public and the governing Board of Regents. Now, as lawmakers prepare to approve a new state budget, some say they will try to impose greater restrictions on the $3 billion they allot to UC each year.

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Howle intended for the surveys to provide her investigators with independent, confidential reviews of UC headquarters, and to help them determine whether services were being duplicated.

In one survey, UC Santa Cruz rated the technology help it received from the president’s office as “poor.” But after Napolitano’s office intervened, UC Santa Cruz administrators changed the “poor”...
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