AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Last year the UC system spent $871 million on such supplemental payments. That’s more than enough money to cover the 79 percent hike in student fees it’s imposed over the past few years. In the midst of this, the regents have the nerve to call for a fee hike yet again? Of course, the real reason for the hike has little to do with finances and everything to do with politics. Regents are hoping that students and families will protest the latest increase and complain to their legislators, who, in turn, will allocate more money for the system in next year’s budget. At that point, the regents will repeal or reduce the fee hike. But before getting any more money, the regents ought to be made to account for their decadent spending, which prices the UC system out of the reach of many students. The regents argue that top salaries are needed to keep the top educators and administrators, while ignoring the greater truth that reasonable fees are necessary to attract the best students. The University of California Regents must have a sick sense of humor. What other explanation can there be for their decision to hike fees for the fifth straight year – this time by a whopping 8 percent? According to a recent investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle, the UC system has doled out massive bonuses, stipends and perks to some 8,500 of its top employees as well as big raises to those at the top end of the wage scale. To cite just one egregious example, two years go, when UC San Francisco hired David Kessler as the dean of its medical school, it publicly announced a “total compensation” package of $540,000 a year. But that tidy sum was only the beginning. Kessler also got a $125,000 moving allowance, $30,000 to cover six months’ rent, all his moving expenses reimbursed and a low-interest loan for his new home. Not too shabby. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!