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Cash-Strapped Univ. of California May Spend Millions To Fix Up House For New President Napolitano
Business Insider ^ | 09/19/2013 | Peter Jacobs

Posted on 09/19/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano may eventually enjoy a beautifully renovated home as president of the University of California system. The UC Board of Regents voted Wednesday to begin repairs on the historic Blake House — a multiyear process that will likely cost the financially struggling system millions of dollars.

The 13,200-square-foot Blake House has traditionally been the home of the UC president since it was donated to the school in 1957, but has recently fallen into such disrepair that Napolitano's predecessor — Mark Yudof — never lived there.

UC Regents said that the $620,000 they unanimously authorized will simply make sure that the dilapidated mansion doesn't collapse, Reuters reports.

"We were just trying to keep it together so it doesn't fall apart ... The last time I was at the Blake House was about eight years ago and I thought it was pretty run down then," one Regent told Reuters.

The San Francisco Gate reported in 2008 that UC administrators predicted that necessary repairs and renovations to the house would cost between $8 million and $9 million. In 2010, this number went up to $10 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; janetnapolitano; university

1 posted on 09/19/2013 8:30:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
THE HISTORIC BLAKE HOUSE... JANET NAPOLITANO's FUTURE HOME


2 posted on 09/19/2013 8:31:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Can’t she just move into the Alpha Chi Upsilon house?


3 posted on 09/19/2013 8:32:43 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: SeekAndFind

I may never understand certain things. What the heck qualifications does Janet Napolitano have to run the UC system? They allegedly did some nationwide search, and came up with her? Really????


4 posted on 09/19/2013 8:32:47 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

I hear they are letting her keep the old gray carpet.


5 posted on 09/19/2013 8:33:31 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: SeekAndFind

$10 million to renovate the place???

Can’t they just build her a new mansion for $2 million, if they really need the head of the UC system to live in a mansion at all????

Is it worth it to spend $10 million to renovate that place??

Or, how about let private donations from liberals pay the freight if it’s that important to renovate the place.


6 posted on 09/19/2013 8:34:58 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

And as the UC Regents vote to increase tuition and cut tuition assistance programs the little unwashed students get to listen to her blabber about the amazing King Oblaba.


7 posted on 09/19/2013 8:35:00 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: blackdog
I hear they are letting her keep the old gray carpet.


8 posted on 09/19/2013 8:35:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Her first task on the job will be to remove all the fences and to weld shut the doors on the security department so they can’t function.


9 posted on 09/19/2013 8:36:14 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberal Royalty sucking up and squandering We The People’s nickles and dimes, ya think?

Isn’t that why we had a revolution to rid this country of Royalty sucking off We The People?


10 posted on 09/19/2013 8:37:48 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Seems like a perfect fit. U of C, or ‘’Moonbat U’’ and Janet ‘’The Border is Secure’’ Napolitano, two moronic schools of thought.


11 posted on 09/19/2013 8:39:59 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe that’s WILL spend, not may. Tributes at the queen’s feet, don’t you know.


12 posted on 09/19/2013 8:40:07 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Occupy Blake House?


13 posted on 09/19/2013 8:40:36 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: SeekAndFind

My guess, the doors need to be enlarged and the piers double supported.


14 posted on 09/19/2013 8:44:48 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: bigbob

how about People’s Park?


15 posted on 09/19/2013 8:50:00 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
They allegedly did some nationwide search, and came up with her? Really????

there were 300 + applicants for that position but since she has proved herself to be a good liberal nazi and just what the ruling elite can use to further corrupt the Ca University system, etc................

16 posted on 09/19/2013 8:50:20 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: drypowder; Dilbert San Diego

I think I am appreciating more and more, the reason why college tuitions are sky rocketing.

Richard Vedder, Director of the Center for College Afordability observes that colleges are not only in the education business.... they are in the housing business, the entertainment business; they’re in the lodging business; they’re in the food business. Hell, one university runs a travel agency which ordinary people off the street can use.

Consider Princeton, which recently built a resplendent $136 million student residence with leaded glass windows and a cavernous oak dining hall (paid for in part with a $30 million tax-deductible donation by Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman). The dorm’s cost approached $300,000 per bed.

Meanwhile, university endowments don’t pay taxes on their income. Harvard’s $31 billion endowment, which has been financed by tax-deductible donations, may be America’s largest tax shelter.

Some college officials are also compensated more handsomely than CEOs. Since 2000, New York University has provided $90 million in loans, many of them zero-interest and forgivable, to administrators and faculty to buy houses and summer homes on Fire Island and the Hamptons.

Former Ohio State President Gordon Gee (who resigned in June after making defamatory remarks about Catholics) earned nearly $2 million in compensation last year while living in a 9,630 square-foot Tudor mansion on a 1.3-acre estate. The Columbus Camelot includes $673,000 in art decor and a $532 shower curtain in a guest bathroom. Ohio State also paid roughly $23,000 per month for Mr. Gee’s soirees and half a million for him to travel the country on a private jet. Such taxpayer-funded extravagance has not made its way into Mr. Obama’s speeches.

Colleges have also used the gusher of taxpayer dollars to hire more administrators to manage their bloated bureaucracies and proliferating multicultural programs. The University of California system employs 2,358 administrative staff in just its president’s office.

“Every college today practically has a secretary of state, a vice provost for international studies, a zillion public relations specialists,” Mr. Vedder says. “My university has a sustainability coordinator whose main message, as far as I can tell, is to go out and tell people to buy food grown locally. . . . Why? What’s bad about tomatoes from Pennsylvania as opposed to Ohio?”

And now we have the University of California system renovating a mansion for Janet Napolitano.


17 posted on 09/19/2013 8:58:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Cash-strapped,” gotta laugh. So is our county school district, except for all the money they have to spend on crap.


18 posted on 09/19/2013 9:19:33 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Think of Christ's suffering.)
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*I may never understand certain things. What the heck qualifications does Janet Napolitano have to run the UC system? They allegedly did some nationwide search, and came up with her? Really????*

I THINK THEY SHOULD CATCH A STRAY CAT AND INSTALL IT IN HER PLACE.

Probably wouldn’t do any worse.


19 posted on 09/19/2013 9:21:12 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: SeekAndFind

Infuriates me to no end. I have two at UCs, one just graduated from UC Berkeley, the other at another UC. Don’t ask how much tuition has gone up (OK, you can ask) = 75% over the past decade.

And, it’s going for THIS kind of CRAP?

One kid = electrical and software engineering so he HAS to go to college.

Other kid = Writing/English. Works for a start-up that’s paying her partially in founder’s stock. I know a lot of them don’t make it but if they do...that’s how Microsoft paid its employees in the beginning...


20 posted on 09/19/2013 9:26:36 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Didn't make it to the gym today. That makes 5 years in a row.)
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To: SeekAndFind

RE: Meg Whitman. Was that the “donation” she made so her worthless kid could attend Princeton. Have to look it up, but didn’t he finally get kicked out and arrested on a rape charge??


21 posted on 09/19/2013 9:29:03 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Didn't make it to the gym today. That makes 5 years in a row.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh why not, student will end up paying more to attend and listen to teachers slam American values.

Sounds like a wonderful deal, right?


22 posted on 09/19/2013 9:34:04 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: SeekAndFind
Found it:

As a student at Princeton University, the son of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman—one of the school's most celebrated donors—was accused of sexually assaulting a classmate. Princeton dealt with it quietly and internally, ultimately allowing Harsh to continue his education

He graduated with the class of 2009, three years after his rape accusation—and two years after the inauguration of Whitman College, the residential living complex his billionaire mother donated $30 million to help build. The donation was announced in 2002, the year before Griff matriculated.

After he graduated:

Griff's legal troubles continued even after the rape accusation. Shortly after the Princeton rape incident, Griff was back home in California when he was arrested for breaking a woman's ankle during a brawl at a bar. He was released after his mother posted $25,000 in bail and the charges were eventually dismissed.

Some of this came out during Whitman's campaign, mostly on talk radio. Still, she would have been a better governor than what we're stuck with now!! I doubt she would have seen the efficacy in a high-speed rail from "boon to doggle."

23 posted on 09/19/2013 9:37:24 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Didn't make it to the gym today. That makes 5 years in a row.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Her photo would blend right in with the photos of the “matrons” who staffed Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen.


24 posted on 09/19/2013 10:08:45 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is so silly. All that is needed for her is a pig pen.


25 posted on 09/19/2013 11:49:11 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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