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Brown_Enterprise_Zones_California.jpgUniversity of California regents spent much of Wednesday morning cheering a new fundraising initiative to encourage faculty, students and other people to raise money through their social networks for students who demonstrate financial need.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who sits on the UC board and is attending its meeting in San Francisco, pledged to raise $10,000.

If successful, the Democratic governor promises to "host a 'brown bag' lunch at my office in Sacramento with a student from each UC campus."

As of Wednesday morning, Brown had received four donations totaling $131.

The program, Promise for Education, is new, but Brown's showing so far compares favorably to at least one other notable donors. Mike Love of the Beach Boys has raised nothing despite his promise "to bring one fan up on stage to sing 'Barbara Ann' with me at a concert of their choice."

Jamie Foxx, who promises to "rap a song like Bill Clinton, President Obama and Monique from the movie 'Precious,' " had raised $10,000, half of his $20,000 goal.

The program is intended to fund need-based grants and scholarships for undergraduate students from California.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, center, visits San Diego biotech firm Takeda, where he signed legislation overhauling California's economic development program on July 11, 2013. U-T San Diego/ Carolyne Corelis


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