Charges filed against ASUC President for executive order voiding V.O.I.C.E. initiative

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ASUC President Vishalli Loomba speaks at the senate meeting about her executive order voiding the V.O.I.C.E. initiative.

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Charges have been filed against the ASUC and ASUC President Vishalli Loomba for the executive order Loomba issued voiding the Daily Californian’s V.O.I.C.E. initiative.

On Friday, Solicitor General Erin Delaney and former Attorney General Kevin Gibson submitted a charge sheet to the Judicial Council on behalf of Lynn Yu, campaign manager for the V.O.I.C.E. initiative. The charge sheet states that Loomba’s move to void the initiative during the second day of the election violated the ASUC constitution because the action was not “urgent and necessary to maintain the functioning of the ASUC,” as the constitution requires for issuing executive orders.

Loomba’s executive order invalidating the initiative — which asked students voting in this year’s ASUC election if they would pay $2 per semester to help fund the Daily Cal — was the result of concerns that the initiative could be in violation of UC policies against funding a non-university entity through student fee referendum funds. The ASUC Senate voted to uphold Loomba’s executive order at its Wednesday meeting.

The campus previously received a whistleblower report stating grievances against the initiative on April 8.

However, the charge sheet states that the executive order “undermines the principles of democracy to which our student government is committed. Further, it punishes the authors and proponents of the VOICE Initiative who for approximately a year have worked to ensure that every precaution was taken to ensure that their referendum had legitimacy in the ASUC elections.”

The charge sheet requests an expedited hearing by the Judicial Council and advocates for the executive order to be overturned.

Read the full charge sheet below:


Alisha Azevedo is the assistant university news editor.