The window on David Crane’s confirmation to the UC Board of Regents is closing, with the California State Senate entering interim study recess earlier this month without taking any action on the appointment.
Crane’s appointment to the board has until Dec. 27 to be confirmed by both the senate Rules Committee and the senate as a whole, according to Alicia Trost, press secretary for the office of Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Crane towards the end of his term last year, but no action was taken on his confirmation before the senate went on recess at the beginning of the month.
Crane’s appointment is currently still before the committee. The senate will not reconvene until Jan. 4.
“Unless they are called back and a new session is formally called — (which is) highly unlikely — then Crane doesn’t get his seat,” said Democratic strategist Steve Maviglio in an email.
According to a press release posted on the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 website earlier today, Crane’s appointment has been highly contested by UC students and workers concerned about his apparent opposition to public sector workers and collective bargaining rights. Faculty groups, including the UC Berkeley Faculty Association, have also come out against the confirmation.