and therefore didn't have to turn over any papers. But the university
claimed that to be a moot point, because the school's compliance
officer, Gina Leguria, informed Yee's office that "The University has no documents that are responsive to your request."
yet, at a Sacramento press conference in April a pair of
CSU-Stanislaus students claim they discovered university officials on
April 9 -- a furlough Friday -- shredding the very documents the school
claimed it did not have, and disposing of them in a dumpster. That led to a lawsuit by the open government group Californians Aware and a probe of the university by Attorney General Jerry Brown.
The nearly 900 pages of documents the university eventually turned over plainly revealed that school administrators sought to obscure Palin's hefty fee for fear of bad press; whether they violated the law by doing so is a question that has not yet been answered.
By the way, here's some of the highlights of Palin's contract, as recovered from the dumpster:
the university were to hire a private jet, "the Speaker, their
traveling party and the plane crew will be the only passengers."
transportation in both the originating city and the event city "will be
by SUV(s) from a professionally licensed and insured car service."
are to include "a one-bedroom suite and two single rooms in a deluxe
hotel" as well as a "laptop computer and printer (fully stocked with
paper) and high speed internet" and "all meals and incidentals."
Q&A, the questions are to be collected from the audience in
advance, pre-screened and a designated representative shall ask
questions directly of the Speaker."
also includes other stipulations regarding autographs, photographs,
press releases, advertising, recording, lighting, bottled water and