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UC protestors target investment group meeting

March 9, 2010 11:55:49 AM PST
Protestors targeted a powerful University of California official in Marin County Tuesday.

The protestors were members of the ASME union which represents service workers throughout the University of California school system and they were protesting budget cuts that have resulted in layoffs.

The group of around 100 protestors was asked to leave the Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker in Sausalito by the National Park Service after receiving three warnings about being on federal land without a permit. Extra law enforcement responded to the scene due to concerns that the protestors might try to enter the building.

The reason the protestors chose Tuesday's location was because of Richard Blum of Blum Capital Partnership, who was meeting there with some of his investors. Blum is the former chairman of the UC Regents and according to the protestors, still a very powerful man.

"The budget cuts the regents have approved as well as the executive raises that they've approved, are totally out of line with what public education should be about and unnecessary," said union representative Katherine Lybarger. "So for example, they approved cuts to the service workers for all the campuses around the system totaling at least $7 million, but the bonuses they approved for UC executives comes to $9 million."

Around 11 a.m. the protestors moved to another location where they were no longer blocking any buildings. The demonstration was very peaceful and no arrests were made.


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