The University of California Board of Regents gathers for its bimonthly meeting, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Over the next two days of sessions, which frequently draw a visit from Gov. Jerry Brown, the regents are expected to approve Sam Hawgood as the new chancellor of UC San Francisco, among other business.
Today includes the first public discussion of UC finances since Brown signed the state budget last month. UC received an additional $142.2 million from the general fund compared to last year, about $106 million less than the university requested. The regents will address what UC says is a “funding shortfall” in its retirement plan and the state’s failure to pay the cost of the university’s expected enrollment growth.
The regents will also vote on whether to confirm UCLA student Avi Oved as the board’s student regent for the 2015-16 school year. The choice has caused a rare stir of controversy for a position that generally receives little scrutiny. The UC Students Association and other student groups recently raised objections to Oved’s selection after discovering that he accepted campaign contributions from an off-campus, pro-Israel foundation when he ran for UCLA student government.
Across the city, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program holds the fourth in a series of meetings to discuss how $600 million in bonds, approved by California voters in June to fund transitional housing and services for homeless veterans, will be spent. Two sessions will be held at the Van Nuys State Office Building, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.