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SF CHRONICLE OPINION EDITORIAL
>By Peter Rosset and Monica Moore
>        The University is a public institution mandated to serve the
>people of California.  Its core funding is appropriated by the state
>legislature.....


If the state legislature of California actually funded the University
adequately, a relationship with Novartis might not be even contemplated.
Alas, the University of California has suffered prolonged budget cuts, is
increasingly less able to serve the people, and has little choice but to
seek outside funds to survive (ie., for the staff not to suffer even
further job cuts).  If you are going to write to policy makers, please also
address the root of the problem, not just a current symptom.

Rick