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UCLA changes travel rules, but not before deans’ new luxury expenses

In January, UCLA issued new travel guidelines and circulated them among its deans and executives. The guidelines add restrictions on spending that go above and beyond the policies that govern all University of California campuses.Prayitno/Flickr Even after UCLA was publicly exposed and criticized for approving lavish travel and entertainment expenses by its top academic officials, […]

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Calif. Sen. Leland Yee’s collision course of political ambition and debt

California Sen. Leland Yee leaves the federal courthouse in San Francisco after posting bail. He is accused of political corruption and gun trafficking.Ben Margot/AP The sun was shining on a brisk January day when Leland Yee took a seat at an undisclosed San Francisco coffee shop. Across from him sat a Cosa Nostra crime boss. […]

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UC endowment has worst investment returns among largest US college funds

The University of California’s $11.2 billion endowment has produced the worst investment returns of any of the richest colleges in the country over the past decade, an analysis by The Center for Investigative Reporting shows. From the 2004 through 2013 fiscal years, the investment payout for the UC endowment ranked last among the 10 U.S. universities […]

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UCLA officials bend travel rules with first-class flights, luxury hotels

At UCLA, Chancellor Gene Block and 17 deans who oversee the schools of business, film and theater, law, medicine and others spent about million on travel and entertainment from 2008 to 2012.Prayitno/Flickr Thirteen years ago, the University of California changed its ban on flying business or first class on the university’s dime, adding a special […]

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State’s community colleges spend millions on duplicative administrators

Richard Raasueld studies at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. The district broke from the Desert Community College District in 1999. The region’s two districts, with one college each, are among the state’s smallest.Carlos Puma/California Watch The state’s 72 community college districts spend tens of millions of dollars on administrative positions that could be consolidated […]