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How much should California University University presidents get paid? The controversial subject is back in focus as a special committee of the CSU Board of Trustees discusses how those executives are selected and compensated.

The committee meets in Long Beach at the Chancellor's Office, 401 Golden Shore, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and again on Aug. 24. Listen live to the audio stream at at this link.

As The Bee's Laurel Rosenhall has reported, CSU trustees voted last month to award the new president of San Diego State a salary $100,000 higher than his predecessor's. The same day, they hiked tuition.

The move did not go unnoticed under the dome. Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, has introduced Senate Bill X1 25, which would prevent CSU from giving administrators raises above 10 percent in any year the university increases tuition for students.

Back in Northern California, the not-quite-final maps from the state's redistricting commission have the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targeting Republican Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River with a radio ad that hits Lungren for votes on Medicare and other issues.

"Congressman Dan Lungren voted to end Medicare forcing seniors to pay more to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires," says the ad, which launches today. "Tell Lungren stop choosing millionaires over seniors."

Lungren isn't the only California Republican in the DCCC's sights. The others hail from farther south: Reps. Jeff Denham of Atwater, Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley, David Dreier of San Dimas, Gary Miller of Diamond Bar, Mary Bono Mack of Palm Springs and Brian Bilbray of Carlsbad.

This Roll Call post has more details on the "Accountability August" campaign and the 44 Republicans targeted nationwide.


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