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CSU System Defends Vote By Trustees to Increase Tuition

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California State University says its trustees complied with open-meeting laws when they met behind closed doors to increase tuition, but a spokeswoman can’t verify if anyone from the public or the media witnessed the vote. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has called on the trustees to reschedule the vote for next month or risk “widespread confusion” over its legitimacy. The vote to boost tuition 9 percent was taken Wednesday in Long Beach after police cleared unruly demonstrators. The meeting was reconvened behind closed doors, but state law says the media “shall be allowed to attend.” Reporters and television crews in a hallway weren’t told the meeting resumed. School spokesman Claudia Keith said Thursday that she didn’t know how the school could verify if anyone from the media or the public attended.


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