Politics & Government

The Buzz: Napolitano says protesters, critics have a paper representation of her

Napolitano says critics have the wrong impression

University of California President Janet Napolitano faced a tough crowd at Wednesday’s UC regents meeting, with students calling her a “mass deporter,” “the person responsible for tearing apart families,” or demanding her resignation.

It has been like this ever since the July announcement that Napolitano, President Barack Obama’s then-homeland security secretary, would take over UC. The Department of Homeland Security deported a record number of undocumented immigrants during Napolitano’s tenure.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, the Democrat and former Arizona governor suggested that protesters have only a “paper representation” of her.

“I think as I continue to work with these students and talk with them, and also with faculty and staff – everybody involved in the educational enterprise of the UC – that’s how I’ll be judged, not on, you know, some kind of a false impression,” she said.

Bruce Varner, the UC’s governing board chairman, standing beside Napolitano, felt compelled to jump to her defense.

“We really are totally confident in her ability to lead the university,” he said.

– David Siders


San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has revised the proposed public employee pension ballot measure to fend off criticisms that it circumvents collective bargaining and guarantees proponents a payday in state-subsidized legal fees if the state attorney general declines to fight lawsuits that would certainly follow the measure’s approval. Union opponents seized on the changes – and a switch in the lineup of the measure’s proponents – as a sign that the proposal is in trouble.

– Jon Ortiz