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UC Regents Weigh Restoring President's House As Napolitano Takes Office

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 18: Department of Homeland Security secretary and University of California president designate Janet Napolitano (C) speaks during a news conference following the University of California Board of Regents meeting on July 18, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The University of California's Board of Regents voted today to confirm Janet Napolitano to be the next president of the UC system. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | Getty

SAN FRANCISCO — As the University of California prepares to welcome former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as its next president, the college system's governing board is being asked to consider renovating the vacant mansion that housed many of Napolitano's predecessors.

The UC Board of Regents is scheduled to take up a staff request on Tuesday for an initial $620,000 toward the estimated $3.5 million to $6 million cost of restoring the three-bedroom, seven-bath Blake House.

The house, located not far from UC Berkeley, has been empty since 2008. The university spent more than $100,000 a year renting a house for Mark Yudof, whom Napolitano is replacing on Sept. 30.

The university has leased her a 3,500-square-foot house in Oakland at a cost of $9,950 a month.

Money for both the renovation work and the president's rent comes from a private endowment.

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