Council Approves J-Board Members and UCSA Budget

California Review Editor in Chief Alec Weisman welcomed the sitting council to its last meeting with a speech about its failure as student representatives. “A bunch of four-year-olds could do a better job than you,” Weisman said. Councilmembers responded by applauding.

Asian and Pacific-Islander Student Association Vice President of Finance Thai Do and Social Programming Chair Allan Castaneda thanked council for listening to them during the previous meeting and declined council’s offer of an underwrite because they are a non-profit organization.

Vice President of Finance and Resources Andrew Ang sponsored amendments to the mandate reserves that changed the voting majority, the rollover from the general initiatives fund and restrictions on the mandate reserves. The Campus Affairs committee slashed 3 percent of activity fee income that mandate reserves receive every year. Ang opposed the decision of the committee; he emphasized the importance of having savings and investments, especially because the mandate reserves are currently below $500,000.

Campuswide Senator Elizabeth Elman said it didn’t make sense to withhold funds from the students unless there was a clear plan of how future students will benefit. Ang countered by saying that the reserves need to remain consistent throughout the year.

The 3 percent  was unslashed and the original legislation was passed.

The Financing Principles Committee gave a presentation about what council should be looking at when making the decision to fund a program or event. The committee stressed community engagement, ownership, empowerment and sustainable progress.

President Wafa Ben Hassine tried to pass an amendment creating council representatives for the Student Sustainability Collective and SPACES, and was shot down in a 6-20-5 vote. Councilmembers said they were worried that Ben Hassine was trying to institutionalize representation in order to make the organizations liable to council.

Ben Hassine opened approval of the appointments of the two new judicial board members, Carl Welliver and Andrew Garcia.

Sixth College Senator Parminder Sandhu and Associated Vice President of Student Affairs Leonard Bobbitt were concerned wanted to personally hear their applicants’ qualifications.

Ben Hassine said she contacted other executive board members and they were unavailable to meet. The new members were then approved.

Council argued over approving the UC Student Association budget because it was a last-minute discussion, but it was ultimately approved.

Ben Hassine asked future councilmembers to respect the differences in opinion that will likely exist in any council.

“I’ve had a love/hate relationship with you all,” Ben Hassine said, “You’re like my kids, I’ve seen so many of you grow and mature. I am excited to be done and pass the torch to Alyssa Wing.”

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