Cal State Fullerton Spends $300K to Remodel Eight-Bedroom Home of University President

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While Cal State Fullerton students have been suffering through funding cuts and tuition hikes (and making no secret of their misery), at least someone at the school seems to be doing okay.    

Incoming president Mildred Garcia recently got her base salary bumped up 10 percent to $324,500-- and now she'll be moving into a sweet crib. California Watch reports that the school is spending $300,000 to remodel the eight-bedroom historical home where she'll be living. Renovations have already begun on the C. Stanley Chapman house, also known as El Dorado Ranch, a two-story, eight-bedroom, 5,800-square-foot house nestled on 3.9 acres, complete with a tennis court. The property was last assessed at $3.4 million.

University officials claim the house, built in 1919, was in dire need of repair. They originally estimated that it would take $1 million to bring the property up to code but they cut it down to $300,000. And the money, they say, isn't coming out of state funding, but rather from surplus revenue from one or more the campus auxiliary organizations.

Still, after nearly $750 million in budget cuts over the past year, students, faculty members and other education advocates are pissed that Prez Garcia and other administrators have been so disconnected from the pinch.  

Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) told California Watch, "Instead of directing the funding for our students, they are directing it towards the comfort of top executives."

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Westside Activist
Westside Activist

Since she makes enough to put her in the 1% bracket, why is the state paying for housing and a car? She obviously can afford them. I say cut the car and the expense account and either take the cost of housing out of her salary or make her pay for all of it, including her renovations.

mitch young
mitch young

I agree the car is a bit much, but a house is a traditional perk of a University prez. They have to do a lot of entertaining, and smoozing, to scrounge money (even state schools!), so the house is a symbol of the university.

Westside Activist
Westside Activist

Traditions? Traditions can be dropped when they are ridiculous and cost too much, especially when a University is cost cutting in other areas and raising fees. This 'let them eat cake' attitude from the administration is part of the problem with our education system today. Everyone is being asked to tighten their belts and pay more, she can do her part and not look like such a greedy hypocrite.

TheDude
TheDude

 Although this shows how systematically out of touch administrators are with students, let's not forget these budget cuts are coming from Sacramento and Gov. Brown's office. How come no one is raising a fit over the fact Brown is proposing $220 million in additional education cuts, but is still planning to spend billions on a train system our state really doesn't need - at least not now when we are broke and education keeps getting worse and worse. Why is nobody writing that story?

mitch young
mitch young

This seems to be a perennial. Long ago, when I was at a UC, the chancellor had just left under a cloud for a multi-thousand dollar remodel of the Chancellor house's kitchen. It was known as 'the bitchin' kitchen'. 

Anyway, note how the 'first Hispanic/Latino/Raza' head of CSUF starts her tenure.

Dave
Dave

I guess they just don't make things the way they used to. I mean, if it was built in 1919, it shouldn't need anything for atleast another 7 years.

Anon
Anon

Let's not forgot her $12,000 a year car allowance....

909Jeff
909Jeff

Time for another Top Ramen strike! 

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