Campus Clash racks up a near $20,000 bill

When nonprofit, right-wing organization Turning Point USA brought a flurry of conservative ideas to Long Beach State on Oct. 23, the university prepared itself with K-rail barriers, fencing and 70 police members. The event required dozens of personnel on standby, as well as added costs for LBSU, Turning Point USA and the Cal State University system. The total cost of the event was about $19,667.41, but according to Jeff Bliss, the university’s executive director of media, LBSU only paid $7,375.51. Bliss said there were 15 University Police officers and three K-9 officers — two of which were on loan from “neighboring agencies.” There were also four commanders. Two were from the university and two were from the CSU system’s Critical Response Unit. Also at the event were two chiefs — one from LBSU and one from the CRU. In addition, the university brought in 46 officers from throughout the CSU. University police received $382.04 in total for overtime costs. “In order to minimize overtime, schedules were adjusted for most staff to come in later that day knowing they would be staying late,” Bliss said. The extra officers not employed by LBSU came from the Chancellor’s Office and the CSU system.

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