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California lawmakers’ socks ‘stand with CSU’

Democratic Assemblymen Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles, Freddie Rodriguez of Pomona, Jose Medina of Riverside, Rudy Salas of Bakersfield, Evan Low of Campbell and Ian Calderon of Whittier show off their CSU socks in this photo tweeted by Salas.
Democratic Assemblymen Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles, Freddie Rodriguez of Pomona, Jose Medina of Riverside, Rudy Salas of Bakersfield, Evan Low of Campbell and Ian Calderon of Whittier show off their CSU socks in this photo tweeted by Salas. Office of Rudy Salas

The state budget is not entirely done, and some state lawmakers are sending a message to Gov. Jerry Brown by wearing their priorities on their feet.

Last week, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and a bipartisan group of legislators dressed up their suits with bright red socks to #StandWithCSU – a bold fashion statement that was part of a push by California State University to get more money.

Since a high-profile standoff between Brown and the University of California resulted in a boost to UC’s coffers in the May budget revision, many legislators have argued that the much-larger CSU system should benefit as well.

“Hey @JerryBrownGov it’s time to pull your socks up and give CSU an additional $97 million in funding,” Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, tweeted.

CSU is seeking another $97 million on top of a $119 million increase proposed by Brown. Lawmakers are poised to approve $70 million more than Brown, but he could veto all or part of that.

Several participants in the red sock campaign have close ties to CSU, including Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, a former professor at San Diego State University, and Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, a former university trustee.

Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, got creative and slung a pair over her laptop during floor session last Thursday.

Alexei Koseff: (916) 321-5236, @akoseff

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