Calif. Lawmakers Ask Head of UC Davis to Quit After PR Pepper Spray Spending

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some California lawmakers want the head of the University of California at Davis to quit over the school's public-relations spending.

The Sacramento Bee reports Friday that least seven state lawmakers are now calling for the resignation of school Chancellor Linda Katehi.

The demands follow reports by the newspaper that the school paid image consultants at least $175,000 to try to clean up the online image of the university and Katehi. The newspaper says university officials were seeking to play down negative search-engine results over a 2011 incident in which campus police doused students with pepper spray.

UC Davis officials say the school was working to ensure it was fairly portrayed online.

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