California Lawmakers React to Calls for Linda Katehi’s Resignation

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SACRAMENTO --

The harshest critics of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi aren't commenting on a reported letter from UC President Janet Nepolitano asking that Katehi resign. That's because they say it's not official yet nor is it a done deal that she will resign.

But Assemblymember Mike Gatto of Los Angeles says it's about time and that a new beginning is needed. He asked for Katehi's resignation after it was revealed that she orchestrated an expensive public relations campaign to scrub the university's image.

He acknowledged that the UC Regent system was set up to prevent political meddling.

"But they can't be tone-deaf either...the people of California wanted change here and thought that some of the things that were reported were outrageous," said Gatto.

Among them were taking paid board positions at a textbook company doing business with the UC system and a private college under federal scrutiny for promising students high paid jobs.

Jose Median, the chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee did not ask for Katehi's resignation but says he's grateful that a the scandal may be nearing an end.

"I'm thankful that perhaps it is coming to a resolution because I think a lot of the issues that have been brought up are ... distracting," said Medina.