Friday, June 02, 2006

UC regents get driven around in luxury cars

San Francisco Chronicle

CALIFORNIA
UC regents get driven around in luxury cars
At board meetings, cost was 10 times that of hailing a cab

Tanya Schevitz, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, June 2, 2006

The University of California spent more than $90,000 last year to shuttle members of the governing Board of Regents around town in a caravan of chauffeur-driven luxury cars during five meetings in the Bay Area.

The cost to taxpayers was roughly 10 times that of hailing the regents a cab, a Chronicle analysis found.

"The number is a bit flabbergasting," said Patrick Callan, president of the nonprofit National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. "Nobody would expect these people to take the Greyhound bus or stay at the Motel 6, but it raises the question of whether this is appropriate for a public institution, for the people who are the stewards of the public's money. It raises the question about whether the regents are part of the pattern of lavish perks and compensation."

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