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Friday, June 25, 2010

Sarah Palin Welcome on Cal State Campus. Students -- Not So Much.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 1:11 PM

click to enlarge Stay out of the public university. A has-been politician is coming!
  • Stay out of the public university. A has-been politician is coming!
With Sarah Palin due to speak at CSU-Stanislaus today, students at the Turlock campus tell SF Weekly that they're essentially being barred from their school.

"They've fenced in our campus. Students and faculty are not welcome on our own campus," said Ashli Briggs, a senior and vocal critic of Stanislaus bringing the former Republican vice presidential candidate to campus -- for $93,000 -- to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary. Yellow-shirted private security officers "have told students to keep moving. You're not allowed to loiter."


click to enlarge Stay out of the public university. A has-been politician is coming!
  • Stay out of the public university. A has-been politician is coming!
Palin's appearance has, for months, been the subject of controversy.

After Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco demanded to know how much Palin

would be pocketing for the $500-a-head fund-raising speech, the school claimed that its university

foundation -- the privately

funded auxiliary of the school officially hosting Palin -- was not

subject to the California Public Records Act,

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 in April, Briggs and fellow CSU-Stanislaus student Alicia Lewis told journalists at a Sacramento press conference that they discovered the very documents the school

claimed it did not have, partially shredded and disposed in a dumpster.

Anonymous sources eventually leaked Palin's asking price -- $75,000 plus some $18,000 in transportation and expenses -- which was largely confirmed by the university.

Briggs told SF Weekly she'd like to organize a group to protest on campus -- but isn't sure how to get past security and temporary fences to demonstrate there.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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