Janet Napolitano
Gov. Brown's forced austerity for UC hurts students

To the editor: Thank you for George Skelton's article on the conflict between Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano over funding the UC system. Skelton hits the right note when he argues that both are holding students hostage. ("Gov. Jerry Brown has plenty of weapons to fight UC's Janet Napolitano," Column, Nov. 23) I think Skelton should be far more critical of Brown's commitments. Draconian cuts to UC have crushed countless dreams of upward mobility. As the Public Policy Institute of California has shown, in the last 10 years, the state has slashed $1.6 billion from higher education. In a 2011 PPIC statewide survey, 68% of...