SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) released the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of AB 1215:
“Our University of California is one of the most prestigious public university systems in the world. It will only be able to maintain that reputation if its admission processes are above reproach and not subject to manipulation by the wealthy and well-connected. That is why I was discouraged to see the veto of AB 1215 by the Governor, a bill that requested the UC implement common-sense protocols to address some of the most egregious abuses that came to light during the Varsity Blues scandal.
While I recognize the UC has already implemented some measures to address the problems identified during the scandal as well as subsequent audits, this legislation would have placed no greater strictures on them than those recommended by our independent California State Auditor — as the result of an audit my office initiated. In fact, the limited reform measures implemented by the UC the Governor cited in his veto message would have never happened in the first place were it not for the Varsity Blues investigation and the audits that followed. I will continue to work with all my colleagues to hold the UC accountable and ensure every California student, no matter their connections or financial status, has the same opportunity to access this outstanding institution of higher learning.”