The UCSD Graduate Student Association voted to decertify the Che Cafe from its co-operative status on Monday evening with a vote of 24-2-3.
This is the second time the GSA has decertified the Che Cafe due to its alleged failure to comply with the Master Space Agreement, a 2006 contract between UCSD and all of its “Co-ops;” the first time was in 2012.
GSA president Rahul Kapadia said the motion to decertify the Che Cafe again resulted from the Che failing to adhere to components of the Master Space Agreement, such as paying rent.
“The main issue we have is that the Che Cafe is still not paying the rent and is still in violation of a lot of things,” Kapadia said. “What we want from the university by passing this resolution is the decertification and termination of the lease.”
In addition, Kapadia said that the motion was not passed to satisfy GSA interests but to satisfy those of the student body.
“It’s not a question of GSA’s benefit. The idea is that UCSD students don’t care about the Co-Ops, especially the Che,” Kapadia said. “A lot of [University Center]’s revenues are going to the Che Cafe, and we don’t feel it’s a good use of student fees.”
However, Revelle College senior and Co-op Union representative Josh Kenchel said the motion would not affect the Co-operative.
“They already want to move the Che to an office and make it not a part of the Master Space Agreement, but this resolution didn’t do that. It just recommended the move,” Kenchel said. “And nothing is going to change with University Centers because we’re going to negotiate with [UCEN] directly.”
Furthermore, Kenchel said the Che Cafe was indeed paying its rent and reducing its debt to the university. He also said the motion to decertify the Che Cafe again was discussed prior to the vote without the Che Cafe’s knowledge.
“Two weeks ago, the GSA voted on this without letting any of [the Che Cafe] know or anything,” Kenchel said. “Then I sent an email saying they should’ve included us in the decision, and then they organized the meeting this week.”
With regards to the Master Space Agreement, Kapadia said the university violated the contract by not terminating the Che Cafe’s lease before.
“If the university had followed the Master Space Agreement four years ago, the Che Cafe would have been terminated [then],” Kapadia said.