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Sep 17, 2013 8:31 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Initial funding OK'd to redo UC president's house

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A committee of the University of California's governing board has agreed to spend $620,000 toward the multi-million cost of renovating the vacant mansion that has housed five of the system's last seven presidents.

Although the system already has rented accommodations for former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who takes over as UC's president later this month, a Board of Regents committee said Tuesday that it makes sense to explore fixing up the historic Blake House.

Part of the money will be used for study if the three-bedroom, seven-bath house should still be used as the president's official residence, reconfigured for some other purpose or sold off.

The full board still must review the request, which it is scheduled to do on Wednesday.

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