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I have a long relationship with the speaker," Welinsky says, smiling.
Working his way to Hertzberg, telling him how he had driven down
to San Diego at the invitation of his best buddy, the host of the
fund-raiser, Welinsky felt he had the speaker's attention.
made the speech. What was really important was to get him focused,
to get the facts out quickly in front of him. Sure, there were many
competing issues here, but to his credit, Hertzberg realized something
had to be done."
the governor could put the money in UC's budget, and the Senate
could do it, the Assembly could as well, Welinsky urged. "If John
Burton can do it, you can," he told the legislator.
used a multitude of arguments, but bottom line, he understood it
was the right thing to do," Welinsky says.
delivered, Welinsky then worked the room, honing in on other Assembly
members with UC campuses in their districts, including Majority
Leader Kevin Shelley (D-San Francisco) and Fred Keeley (D-Boulder
Creek). "I got them focused on it. Kevin Shelley (with whom Welinsky
had been to Israel on a goodwill visit) took my piece of paper."
on to dinner, Welinsky found even more reason to be optimistic when
Hertzberg came by his table to let him know they were working on
the issue. When it came time for the traditional farewell photo
session with the speaker, who favors bear-hugging his supporters
and friends, Welinsky recalls taking the initiative and hugging
Hertzberg from behind, mugging for the camera. "This picture is
going to cost me $180 million!" Hertzberg remarked jovially.
days later, at midnight Sunday, Arditti left Welinsky the phone
message he had been waiting for: the $180 million had been restored
in increments - $25 million one day, $35 million the next, and so
on - until it was all in place. "Never in my life has something
so tangible, so remarkable happened in such a short period of time,"
Welinsky says, shaking his head.