Saturday, July 30, 2016

More on the moonlighting , conflict of commitment, conflict of interest etc

"University of California OKs $8.5 Million For Two Patients Suing Over Financial Conflicts"

(More like $20 million added up on just this one alone, if you include the related WB case

Includes mention of UC and USC faculty shuffling again recall some UC Regents have ties to both)

In depth article Includes:

"Lawyers for the UC regents said in court filings that both Lew and Weiss signed consent forms explaining their surgeries and the risks involved. The UCLA Health system also said in a statement that it “takes seriously its duty to manage relationships with industry in a responsible manner.”

The two settlements follow a $10 million payout in 2014 by the university system to one of Wang’s former bosses, Dr. Robert Pedowitz, former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department.

Before that whistleblower retaliation case was settled, Pedowitz testified that he had told university administrators that Wang and some of his fellow surgeons were putting patient care at risk by accepting so much corporate money. He alleged that UCLA looked the other way because it stood to benefit financially from the doctors’ activities.

UCLA denied Pedowitz’s allegations, and officials said they found no wrongdoing by faculty and no evidence that patient care was jeopardized. But the UC system paid him anyway, saying it wanted to avoid the “substantial expense and inconvenience” of further litigation."

And it also includes:

And in LA Times:

Revisit the UC Regent discussion at 01:46:00 timemark here:

Did you find some of the UC regents' 'only two cases' assertions a bit disingenuous?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Laying the groundwork?

California Colleges Required To Do More To Address Sex Harassment Allegations Under New Law

"This is an issue that we’ve become more and more aware of, and understanding that one in four college students today say they have had some form of sexual harassment while at school is very troubling,” Bonilla told KCBS.
Bonilla said too many women are still being subjected to inappropriate sexual conduct on campuses in California.
“The bill basically requires that schools put on the website all of their policies; that at new student orientation, they tell students about their policies very clearly,” Bonilla said.
She says the website must also include a timeline for when the student can expect a response from the college or university."
"Williams said he has attempted to collect information about the highest-paid public employees in the past but has struggled to obtain the salaries of coaches at public universities as well as other higher-education administrators.

"In almost every state, the governor has no direct control over higher ed. Higher ed reports to someone else or the higher-education coordinating board. And it's difficult to get those people involved," Williams said"

On Katehi - The next round coming up, so:

And this other article as well:
The Slow-Motion Downfall of Linda Katehi
With her job on the line and Janet Napolitano on the case, the U. of California at Davis’s chancellor can’t resist a fight

Cal research in this review of what happened at Lehman Bros:

on the 'we don't need blue collar white male voters' and 'majority of college ed suburban women will' hunches

“For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”


and on the 'parts of the CA delegation were unruly' in Philly:

What Jerry Brown Won't Tell The DNC About California


Does Blink-182 know something Gov. Brown doesn’t?
reminded of this strange exchange:
SCHULTZ: And having the first Jewish president, which Bernie Sanders would
be, would be amazing. I mean, we have…

MATTHEWS: Is he Jewish? (INAUDIBLE) but background, yes.

SCHULTZ: No, not just by background.


SCHULTZ: Bernie Sanders absolutely identifies as Jewish. He caucused with
us in…

MATTHEWS: Oh, I didn`t know. I thought he was very…


MATTHEWS: … agnostic or whatever.

SCHULTZ: He may be, but among the Jewish members when I served with him in
the House, he certainly participated in our group of Jewish members
Check it out:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

“I can’t say UC today is able to offer the same quality of education” as in the past, Hare said.
UC chancellors get raises -- some for second straight year

"University of California regents on Thursday gave raises to most of the system's campus chancellors -- and four, including UC Berkeley's leader, received their second pay bump since last July.

After back-to-back increases of 3 percent, the base pay for UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks grew to $531,939, up more than $30,000 from what it was in June 2015.

Other chancellors to receive a bump for the second consecutive year are UC San Francisco's Sam Hawgood (new base salary: $795,675), UCLA's Gene Block ($454,574) and UC San Diego's Pradeep Khosla ($449,204).

The raises were discussed in a Wednesday closed-session meeting and posted online before Thursday's meeting. The board approved the increases in open session without discussion."

UC Regents take steps to streamline board operations, dig more deeply into crucial issues

"Daniel Hare, the outgoing chair of the UC Academic Senate, told regents that a dramatic decrease in state support in the last few decades had nearly doubled the student-faculty ratio at his UC Riverside campus  to 29 to 1 from 14 to 1 in the 1980s. The larger classes have compelled many faculty members to switch to machine-scored multiple choice exams over essays and reduced opportunities to get to know students well enough to write meaningful letters of recommendation for them. “I can’t say UC today is able to offer the same quality of education”  as in the past, Hare said. "


Tighten rules for moonlighting UC officials

"The other concern is that board positions may directly conflict with the interests of the public. ""Also, the rules must apply to all senior managers, not just those hired in the future."


This write up on a new podcast,


UC regents approve new limits on moonlighting by administrators

University of California regents limit top administrators to 2 outside paid jobs

Administrators also must show outside positions don’t pose ‘reputational risk’

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi faced criticism for two outside corporate posts

Read more here:


UC regents toughen moonlighting rules for top executives

"The revised conflict-of-interest rules apply only to executives who request permission to do outside work from now on. About 50 of UC’s 165 senior executives already have such gigs and are exempt from the new rules.
Twelve moonlight with for-profit companies, including UCSF Medical Center’s chief executive, Mark Laret. He sits on the boards of two businesses that together have sold millions of dollars worth of products to his hospital and have paid him more than $5 million in cash and stock awards."
"UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said there will be no public hearings. Instead, executives’ bosses will make the decisions in private and issue a public report to the regents, she said."

THE Has:

"Meanwhile, funding for public universities in California fell by 27 per cent between 2008 and 2012, and still hasn’t recovered to pre-crisis levels. One of the institutions that has been hit hardest is the University of California, Berkeley, whose chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, said in a memo to staff earlier this year that the institution faces “a substantial and growing structural deficit”, leading some to question whether it can remain a leading research institution.

But Hennessy denies that Stanford is rubbing its hands at its public neighbour’s travails. “Any small advantage that might be gained that way would be overwhelmed by [the] disadvantage of seeing an incredible school like Berkeley be diminished,” he says. “The system that’s been created in Silicon Valley is much bigger in terms of its needs for talent than Stanford could ever provide solely.”"


Opinion piece from Katehi team:
"Guest Commentary: The Bee Tells Us, In Its Own Words, That It Doesn’t Want to Hear the Truth"

In case you missed it:

Today's UC Regents Meeting can be viewed here:



With reputation in mind, UC toughens rules on moonlighting by top managers includes:
"Only Regent Richard Blum voted against the proposal, without comment. "

UC Regents July 21 meeting

See: where it says 'pdf' there is a background doc available via the link listed above

Here is the direct link to view:

Thursday, July 21

8:30 am
Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)

8:50 am Joint Meeting: Committees on Finance and Grounds & Buildings (open session) (pdf)

Agenda – Open Session
J1 Action Amendment of Budget, Amendment of the Scope, Approval of
Revision of the Commercial Terms of the Project Agreement and
Related Actions, Approval of External Financing, Amendment of the
Long Range Development Plan, and Approval of Design Following
Action Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, 2020
Project, Merced Campus

10:00 am
Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session) (pdf)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 12, 2016
O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy National Laboratories

O2 Action Approval of a Substantive Modification to the Los Alamos National
Security, LLC Operating Agreement to Amend the Allocation of Net
Fee Income Earned by the LLC Members During Federal Fiscal Years
2017 and 2018

10:30 am
Committee on Educational Policy (open session) (pdf)

Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 11, 2016
E1 Discussion Food Access and Security: An Update

11:00 am
Committee on Compensation (open session) (pdf)

Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of May 12 and May 31,
C1 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 7707: Senior Management Group
Outside Professional Activities

C2 Action Approval of Salary Adjustments for Certain Members
of the Senior Management Group as Discussed in Regents
Only Session

C3 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 7712: Senior Management Group
Incentive Awards, to Conform with Clinical Enterprise
Management Recognition Plan Changes

11:30 am
Board (open session) (pdf)

Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 12 and the Meetings of the Committee of the
Whole of May 10, 11, and 12, 2016
Report of the President
Reports of Committees:
A Report: Action Committee on Compliance and Audit
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
H Report: Action Committee on Health Services
O Report: Action Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings
Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Did UC Faculty Just Lose Some Power?

Alarming Changes to UC Regent’s Governance Structure
By Robert Meister
Regents Propose Centralization Without Real Justification
By Michael Meranze

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Enrolled At Cal?

Campus announces policy requiring 1st tuition payment prior to start of classes



Hospital chief paid $5 million for board seats

Funding priorities, executive salaries top agenda as Cal State trustees welcome five new campus presidents

It Took UC Staff Op Ed?

There's this news

And this response op ed

But it only happened(?)cuz of this:

Yet Cal PR  with 24/7 stories on building a new  off campus global campus...