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LA Times: Resignations follow California Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of Whitman

September 5, 2010- Reporting from Sacramento — The president of the University of California and the chancellor of the California community college system have quit the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors after the group voted to endorse Republican Meg Whitman for governor.

The endorsement is the latest example of the state's largest business organization increasing its political profile.

Jack Scott, a former Democratic state senator from Pasadena who was appointed as community college chancellor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, announced his resignation Friday in a letter to chamber President Allan Zaremberg after the endorsement vote.

"I do not believe the board is using sound judgment by catapulting the California Chamber of Commerce into the center of a fierce political contest," Scott wrote. "…It is destructive to the chamber's core mission and the businesses it represents when it becomes a partisan operation."

UC President Mark G. Yudof suspended his membership last week in anticipation of the vote.

"As the president of a public university, I cannot take sides in electoral politics," Yudof wrote in a letter to Zaremberg. "I must preserve my politically agnostic status."

He left open the possibility of returning to the board if he could serve as a "nonvoting, ex officio" member. Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the California State University system, also sits on the board; he did not attend Friday's meeting because of the endorsement, a spokesman said, but remains on the board.



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