Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cotton Candy and Infantilizing Students

Sadly, at a time when we need real substance we get
cotton candy: Newsom Addresses Protests, Cuts

And, yes, "infantilizing" adult higher ed students indeed: Student-Imposed Deadline to Address Operational Excellence Concerns Passes -- they want students involved in OE but, just, well, not so much...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UC Has Parkinson's

See:
New Data on Management Growth at UC 1991-2010 by Charles Schwartz.

Also, it looks like the JLAC UC audit findings release has been moved to May- originally scheduled to be released in Jan, then April, now May.

And, finally, it looks like Cal is taking its tranparency cues from TEPCO with regard to Cal's Operational Exodus program see:

Breakdown of Restructuring By Unit Yet to Be Announced

here's some of the wording in that story:

-the campus has yet to release information about how much money was designated early in the semester to be cut from campus units chiefly by June, nor how some 150 staff layoffs are being distributed.

-information regarding the amount of money that each unit is expected to cut under the initiative's restructuring will not be available until after the Council of Deans' April 5 meeting,

-In a March 9 email, Operational Excellence communications manager Bill Reichle said the leaders of each unit have the option of talking about how they are restructuring their units and the amount of money they were assigned to cut, though the campus has not released numbers yet.

-"The target numbers by unit are not known outside of the OE leadership," Reichle said in the email. "Because (unit leaders) could still technically be making adjustments, the plan is not to make it public until it is final because it is dealing with personnel decisions and you don't want to use wrong information and cause undue speculation or anxiety."

-three unit leaders disclosed the amount of money designated to be cut from their units: The social sciences division of the College of Letters and Science previously stated $500,000 would be cut, $145,550 will be cut from the arts and humanities division of the college

-Mark Schlissel, dean of the biological sciences division of the College of Letters and Sciences, declined to state his unit's savings target, but said he has restructured the unit by combining the administrative staffs of integrative biology and molecular and cell biology without any layoffs.


and ends with this:
Bronwen Rowlands, financial assistant in the classics department.
"We watch as an entirely new layer of bureaucracy is created on campus to accommodate the multi-tentacled downsize beast," she said in an email. "We don't know what's coming; we only know that it's illiterate, it's too frightened to say its name to us, and that it has no compassion."


(bold emphasis added)
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We wonder-- a public university with all this smoke and mirrors...sigh.

Friday, March 25, 2011

History Will Teach Us Nothing

it is a song --on the mind, heavy in the heart- as we read the headlines and these stories:

Wisconsin Republican Party Attacks Academic Freedom

Governor Warns Unions to Consider Concessions on Pensions

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, March 25, 1911

"Many of the Triangle factory workers were women, some as young as 14 years old. They were, for the most part, recent Italian and European Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States with their families to seek a better life. Instead, they faced lives of grinding poverty and horrifying working conditions. As recent immigrants struggling with a new language and culture, the working poor were ready victims for the factory owners. For these workers, speaking out could end with the loss of desperately needed jobs, a prospect that forced them to endure personal indignities and severe exploitation. Some turned to labor unions to speak for them; many more struggled alone."

"History Will Teach Us Nothing"

If we seek solace in the prisons of the distant past
Security in human systems we're told will always, always last
Emotions are the sail and blind faith is the mast
Without a breath of real freedom we're getting nowhere fast

If God is dead and the actor plays his part
His words of fear will find their way to a place in your heart
Without the voice of reason, every faith is its own curse
Without freedom from the past, things can only get worse

Sooner or later

History will teach us nothing
History will teach us nothing

Our written history is a catalogue of crime
The sordid and the powerful, the architects of time
The mother of invention, the oppression of the mild
The constant fear of scarcity, aggression as its child

Sooner or later

Convince an enemy, convince him that he's wrong
Is to win a bloodless battle where victory is long
A simple act of faith
In reason over might
To blow up his children will only prove him right
History-- will teach us nothing

Sooner or later just like the world's first day
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away
Sooner or later just like the world's first day
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away

History will teach us nothing
History will teach us nothing

Know your human rights
Be what you come here for
Know your human rights
Be what you come here for
Know your human rights
Be what you come here for
Know your human rights
Be what you come here for

Thursday, March 24, 2011

UC Doesn't Want To Talk About It...But Harvard Wants To

See: Further Unmaking the Public University

"Similarly, higher education officials still appear to believe their own claim that cuts in public funding for public universities can be replaced with private funds, if only these are pursued with sufficient entrepreneurial zeal."

"If we can end the era of pretending that private funding can replace public funding, then we will finally have a shot at rebuilding the public funding that high-quality public higher education absolutely requires."

-- but this requires greater public accountability and transparency - which UC vehemently resists.
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and USC is -along with many others- chomping at the bit over all of it: Recent state budget cuts might be beneficial to USC

--when will the UC 'powers that be' wake up?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Brostrom and Scott on KQED- On CA Crisis in Higher ED

You can download the audio of the 1 hour program here
Guests:

* Dr. Jack Scott, chancellor of the California Community Colleges
* Laurel Rosenhall, higher education reporter for the Sacramento Bee
* Lisa Krieger, higher education reporter for the San Jose Mercury News
* Nathan Brostrom, executive vice president of business operations for the University of California
* Robert Turnage, assistant vice chancellor for budget at the California State University

CSU Internal Audit On Foundations Report and Findings

Read the full story here and the report here (attachment A). Will UC get a clue?

Cal Prof. David Kirp To NJ Teachers: "Stop Whining"

John Merrow blogs about it here. Merrow also laments Cynthia McFadden's facilitating- truly,she seems not to be the same person who worked on the interesting and wonderful Fred Friendly seminars at Columbia - we miss "it" too.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"University of California- Its Only Agreement Is With The Deceased"

must read: Body Parts and Hotels
- the comments about transparency and ownership of management decisions are spot on.

lovely way to treat the families of Ol' Blue...
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also see these latest stories:

Birgeneau has moved from saying "federal" to "national" university- he has a model - he said at the Regents meeting. And, Chancellor also backs scholarships for undocumented students
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also:
"UC officials have never admitted that annual tuition increases have helped reduce state funding since they teach the state that UC has other revenues options. But this is admitted in the logic of this slide. It also reflects Jerry Brown's January statement that state funding at level of 2010-11 minus $500 million would not be forthcoming in the case that UC decides to raise tuition again."

"There is really only one way out of this problem, and a lot of other universities, particularly that ones that we compete with have adopted this. and that is higher tuition, and higher amount of scholarship money [sic]...

I actually believe, if we took the top 500 companies in California, and we divided them up and said look we want money not for this project for that project, we want it for scholarship funds, so that we can say to our students, whatever we increase this by . .

I think you have to go out, divide this up. Major corporations. I have discussed this with the governor. he is willing to help us . . ."


read the full context of these quotes: here.

Workplace Bullying At UC Revisited

We want to call your attention to UC Berkeley's Ombuds Report For 2008-2010, see page 18-21. They give page space to report a surge in employees claiming bullying behavior against them in the workplace. At the same time, they also reference under reporting due to the economy, so the numbers, unfortunately, are even higher!

Many of the facts Yamada and Namie (pioneers in workplace bullying studies) have stated in their research play out in the UC ombuds report: more women than men seek help, and numbers of women targeting other women seems to play out in the data etc.

It is interesting to us to see the taxonomy,vocabulary the ombud office uses to describe incidents reported to them. Interestingly, the term "respect" gets a lot of use --seems like we are launched back to the 60's, listening to Aretha-- what a vague, marginalized, dismissive term "respect" has become. Is it being used specifically because it was "feminized" and the majority of ombud clients is overwhelmingly female? Why isn't the word "hostile" included? Some other words they use: "trust/integrity"; "reprisal"; "workstyles"; "equity of treatment"... and the murkiness goes on and on... who decides how and when these words are used for reporting? Are employees seeking ombuds services using these words? Or, are the ombuds introducing them?

Also, the ombuds discusses a lack of funding and workers' fears about taking time from work for an appointment. It leads us to ask: why don't the ombuds offer evening, early morning or even phone or weekend appointment times? Or campuses offering one designated hour per month release time where employees could simply take time in support of healthy workplace- no questions asked etc. Perhaps also allow inter-campus services for employees concerned about confidentiality- a UCB employee could go to UCSF or vice versa etc. Also, ombuds claim they are not receiving enough funding-- yet, they have branched out to offer their services to LBL under contract (and let us recall the labs say they are doing just great on funding at regent meetings). Also, important to note that it seems the ombuds office receives its funding as part of HR -- recall this video: HR-The Dark Arts and "HR is not your friend"...add to this the characters in the stories listed in the right hand column and the problem is even more compounded. Disturbing.

We give kudos to employees who bravely gave voice to their experience of bullying and appreciate the ombuds effort to give it some ink in their report.
We also want to let you know of this event at:
Sac State next Monday, March 28th at 6pm

Also, see this latest article in the LA Times and the topic is also expanded on here.

Once again, if any of this strikes a chord, highly recommend the Sac State March 28th talk referenced above--here's some flavor of the discussion.
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catch the Supermoon? -- it must be jealous of the Sunshine.
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Please also check out this post: Regent Blum Wants to Raise In-State UC Tuition to $40,000

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bring Sunshine To UC Regent Meetings

In honor of Sunshine Week---The time has come for us to be able to view and hear the UC regents meetings wherever we are in CA!! These meetings are taking place just down the road from Silicon Valley. Several of the chancellors like to talk up how much tech innovation UC contributes. Yet, if members of the UC community aren't in town and want to know what is happening at a UC Regent meeting--well, we might as well be sitting around a 1940's radio with rabbit ear antennae. Is that by design? You betcha.

Please read below. Then, feel free to copy and paste sections or the whole thing- add your name, fax it,tweet,email the text (not as an attachment!) to your elected officials-and share etc. Here's contact info: here, here and here.


Dear Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Speaker John Perez:

In your roles as Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker you received Ex Officio UC Regent status. We write to ask you as regents to 1)demand the meetings be broadcast and archived for the public and 2) to call your attention to statements that were made during the most recent UC Regent meeting at UCSF March 15-17, 2011.

It is important for your offices- and for all Californians- to have the ability remain up to date on comments made at the regent meetings. However, UC Office of the President(UCOP) and the UC Regents have made an arrangement where the meetings are only carried by live audio feed and they are not archived. So, you can't see the meeting, you can't "rewind" to listen to something that was difficult to hear etc.

-On Wednesday, that live audio feed went to dead-air without explanation in the middle of open meeting sessions.

-Thursday, that live audio feed went to dead-air again while a regent was discussing the possibilities of expanding UCTV at 11:20am during open session- his comments were cut off in mid sentence- the audio went to dead-air and a message popped up saying the "broadcast was finished", "no events in progress", and "no future events for broadcast"- the meeting was not scheduled to end at that time.


The secretary of the UC Regents does not provide transcripts of the meetings and does not publicly document when the live feed goes dead, no explanation given, no transcript of what was missed. We certainly understand the need time to time for closed sessions, or cutting off the microphone to confer-- but that was not what happened in these incidents. The live audio simply went to dead-air in mid sentence as regents were speaking. We continue to wonder why UCTV is not being used to show live or archived footage of UC Regent meetings.

Many in the UC community are very concerned about this lack of transparency.

In fact, some UCLA faculty association members volunteer their time to attempt to provide audio of the UC Regents meetings as their schedules allow.

It is an embarrassment to the entire community when we see how we compare to the University of Minnesota- where President Yudof once served- they have their regent meetings broadcast and archived. University of Texas (where Yudof also once served) does as well. Many other public institutions such as the state assembly and state senate also provide archive video of their meetings. Why can't the public universities of the great state of California, with all its hubs of technological innovation, do the same?

During the latest UC regent meeting unconfirmed UC Regent David Crane, in a contentious battle to gain senate confirmation for his regent seat, seemed to adopt a bizarre "scorched earth" form of regental diplomacy by disparaging all elected officials in Sacramento. He made long winded negative statements on Wednesday and Thursday that began with comments like:

"Even If We Had Legislators Who Liked Higher Education, And We Don't"

"There Are No Lincolns In Sacramento, And There Won't Be Any"

We believe this behavior is against the UC Principles of Community. Further, what kind of message does this send to students with political aspirations? (we believe it was UC Provost Pitts reiterated the "no Lincolns" comment in follow up comments- but it is difficult to identify the speakers- they frequently do not identify themselves, garble words, and, until recently, very frequently use only first names with each other).

The Chair of the Regents (Gould) and UC President (Yudof) allowed Crane to make these comments, and they did not ask him to refrain from personal attacks against fellow regents. They even seemed to signal agreement with the idea of having this type of comment made during open meeting sessions.

This week, as you may know, UC has had several depressing, high profile stories in the press concerning troubling behavior and incivility at UC among students (a UCLA student who made a controversial video, and then she was reportedly also threatened in the backlash; a graduate suing the UC for "not protecting her"; a lecturer at UCSC stating similar accusations; a high profile sexual battery allegation against a regent- and more- just this week alone). Allowing a UC Regent to attack the integrity and character of all elected officials, including fellow regents, is not a good way to run an effective meeting. It is a poor example being set by UC leadership- the students, staff, faculty and alumni deserve better. Frustration over the budget is not a good excuse for injecting coarse attack dialogue at the UC Regent table.

Also during the meeting on Thursday, President Yudof made it a point to say that he wanted to "say something specifically to the student representatives and the press in the room" -- he then proceeded to give a very narrow, hostile view of the state's lack of funding of the medical centers without providing any objective analysis, state context, or counter points of view. He did this, we believe, to strategically justify privatizing the med center revenue... It is dangerous to leave such statements unchallenged when some UC executives are using the meetings to lobby for their own personal agenda and specifically direct their comments to the student population and the press during open session. Some of the regents want advocacy, but only a specific kind of advocacy. Staff at the med centers might have a slightly different take on the matter- but certain regents don't really want to hear it. State government officials need to engage in the dialogue with the entire UC audience and your regent status provides the forum for it.


We ask you - during this Sunshine Week- what rights do we have to be able to view a broadcast of these meetings? Or, at the very least, have access to complete and archived audio recordings? Would you please advise us? Would you please schedule time to address and respond to these matters during open session at the next UC Regent meeting?

Until these meetings are made available by archive, we request that you attend the UC Regent meetings in person (or identify your staff who regularly attend -or who will attend future meetings in person on your behalf) to record important comments made. If you do not have a staff member who does this for you -- we implore you to designate some of your staff with this important duty and ensure that they are highly visible during UC Regent meetings. As you know, UC is a multi-billion dollar public university system- e.g. at this latest meeting there was approval of an internal $2.1 billion transfer - the issues discussed are not small considerations.

Many thanks for your attention to this important issue.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Even If We Had Legislators Who Liked Higher Education, And We Don't"- Did you hear that Ex Officio UC Regent John A. Pérez?

That's a quote from Unconfirmed UC Regent David Crane.
You can listen to it in video number 5 at around the 3 minute mark, here.
Did you hear that Ex Officio UC Regent John A. Pérez?
Are you going to respond to that quote from a fellow regent at a meeting for a board on which you serve?
Did you hear that Darrell Steinberg? Higher Ed Committee Members?
Why are we holding off on a hearing about Crane?

How does a quote like that help the discourse or help in dealing with the challenges being faced?

Why didn't Chair Gould tell Crane his remarks toward a fellow regent were out of line and against the principles of community? Why didn't Yudof? Yet, they do a bunch of for show public hand wringing over inappropriate, uncivil student behavior news stories coming out lately- where's the example from the top down?!
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Crane followed up on Thursday by commenting to Chancellor Katehi(who referenced President Lincoln in her remarks) "there are no Lincolns in Sacramento, and there won't be any" and Pitts(?) reinforced that statement...

Wonder if they think there are Lincolns on Wall St.? --investment bankers...

ah, diplomacy

Work('em over)Shop On UC

If you want to listen to the first part of the regent meeting you can listen to it here. (Provided by UCLA faculty association- the regents do not provide this service.)
see:
Remaking the University -Odd Regental Duet This Morning

then see:
Funding crisis weakening UC, regents told

Major cuts discussed at UC Regents meeting in SF


UC prepares plans for big loss in state funding

UC tuition could rise another 7 percent


and Daily Bruin tweeted the meeting.
(ignore the Yudof/Gaga tweet- there are some nuggets if you scroll through. So tired of Yudof's folksy Gaga-In 'n Out burger- pancakes-maple syrup- book reviews on face book act- it's just tired.) btw, toward the end of the regent meeting: the whole Mao Zedong regent banter was offensive-- just offensive-- having laryngitis is a sign that one should be silent- hint, hint .

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

UC Regents Meeting Today

You can view the agenda here. and listen live to the meeting when in session here- no archive of the live feed.
Of note: Report On Privacy and Security Presentation-Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Ernst will provide an update on system-wide privacy and security matters. We find this item fascinating because of this report:

California State University, Chancellor’s Office:
Failure to Follow Reimbursement Policies Resulted in Improper and Wasteful Expenditures


and

Audit Finds Excessive Expenses By Former CSU and Current UC Chief Information Officer (CIO)

-did UC Regents, President ever give their final opinion on it?

Some other questions in mind:
-Will the Gilded 36 letter and issues be discussed in open session or this closed?
-Do the Regents know that it is Sunshine Week?
-Will the Student Regent be there? If not, do his voting rights transfer to the designate?
-Why aren't they approving minutes from their early February meeting- or is that scheduled for another day?
Oh well, we'll just have to see how their $majesties$ rule on these matters...

Friday, March 11, 2011

UPDATE:Yudof, Pitts, Brostrom Meet With Student Reporters

Update: DailyCal has now added a ten part video with Yudof, Pitts, Brostrom and expanded the text of their story- you can see it in the article listed below.

Top UC Leaders Discuss Current State of the University Daily Cal

Is Yudof/UC going to sue the New York Times? -check out video number 10!

Update #2- video 4 is not working but here is that video in transcript form from Daily Cal text:

California Aggie: You did say privatizing the university, which I guess gets thrown around a lot, at what point do we become private?

Yudof: I think at this time I’d get out and march with the students — we have to be careful about that term — Stanford does a lot of good work, but what I would say is this — when the students are paying more money than the taxpayers, which is what it’s going to be if this goes through, and when your appropriations level is the appropriations level of more than a decade ago, that is an enormous step towards the privatization of the university in the sense that the charges are moving toward a more market rate, if I can put it that way, they’re not nearly what prestigious privates are.

On the other hand there are some unique characteristics of the University of California that Stanford doesn’t have and that MIT doesn’t have and Columbia and Chicago and all the rest, where 39 percent Pell-eligible students — 39 percent — that’s triple any Ivy League institution around the country. So we really do make it a point of pride to be a source of access socioeconomic mobility. 39 percent. Over half of our A-rate students come from a family where the first language in the home is not English. It may be Spanish, it may be Vietnamese it may be Chinese it may be lots of things. So one characteristic of the University of California is that we have made a concerted effort to go after the low-income students who have fewer choices than the more affluent students. And the other thing is we’re a world class research university. So Cal State has more low-income students, they have 47 percent, but they don’t have a world-class research university. And then we can all think of world class research universities that admit relatively few low-income students ... That’s not privatization, we have to maintain that, but if you mean the students are paying more and more of costly education, that seems to be the road we’re on.

Daily Bruin: On the issue of labels, the UC Berkeley Chancellor (Robert Birgeneau) said in an interview a couple weeks ago that Berkeley has become a federal university. He was observing that the sources of funding on campus had flipped dramatically in the past six ears. I was wondering what you thought of that label, federal.

Yudof: I think what the chancellor was referring to is that we’re really reaching the point where the state is getting farther and farther down the list of the providers of financial support to the university. I don’t know if it’s federal or not, you can use that label. But, the point is that, I mean here are the numbers: the state after this — assuming the $500 million reduction — provides two and a half billion, and there’s $4.4 billion in research money. Almost twice as much is coming from the federal government. If you look at the medical schools, the ratio is even worse. You look at some place like UC San Francisco or the Reagan hospital at UCLA, it’s less than 10 cents on the dollar is coming from the state. The rest is coming from patient revenues and research grants. So I think he’s calling attention to the fact. And now the students have jumped, unfortunately, the state of California and what they’re paying. The state of California is like fourth on the list or something like that when you look at other people who are supporting the university. The problem is, the other people are not always supporting the core programs — they had an appendectomy or doing research on having a better crop at Davis or whatever, so the money doesn’t all flow the same way but he’s right in the sense that the state of ca is going further and further down the list in terms of ranking in financial support we get from various sources.

Emma Anderson, DC: A couple years ago you wrote about this topic of getting more federal funding for higher education — now a few years later, where do you see that?

Yudof: Well, what I wrote, for those of you not familiar, was a little white paper that was published and I said that the federal government is sort of cherry picking and just supporting things that it believes in, but the core structure of the university is in jeopardy. So I suggested two things actually — one was that when you enroll more Pell students and enroll more low-income students that there be an add-on. So you have a billion dollars in Pell Grants — I’m just making up numbers — and you have a 10 percent add-on. And you would be required by the feds to use the 10 percent in your instructional program — there’s no fooling around, it goes right into the instructional program. So I thought it would have a beneficial impact because a Pell Grant is a check or a voucher. And you still have to have the capacity to absorb these students. And effectively, community colleges have 300,000 students we’re not serving. It doesn’t matter if they have a Pell Grant, there’s no room for them. They can’t get their courses. So I thought having an add-on would strengthen the university and provide an incentive even for the privates to enroll more low-income students. And then the other was an add-on in research, because the research, as you all know, is done under the direction of faculty, but it’s really done by graduate students, and they need to have their courses for thesis supervising and graduate stipends and a lot of things, so I proposed a similar add-on. You have $1 million in research grants, you get $100,000 that has to go to instructional programs of the university. It’s interesting — I went around Washington and people were exceptionally agreed with me, and I went about as close to the White House as they would like me to go without shooting me. And I went to the Department of Education and I went to the chairs of fee committees and the Senate and the House, but there were other priorities — there was health care, there was financial reforms and other things and they said that we’ll get to it. And that was in good faith, I’m not criticizing. And then, the economy really bottomed out, so I don’t think the prospects are good for the next couple of years. I also think we need to re-think the Pell Grants and how we administer them, and think about (how) we can get more bang for the buck, how we can get more students to attend universities because at some point just raising the Pell Grants doesn’t create space for them in the university. Whatever the Pell Grants accomplish, they’re really deeply undercut if our admissions are relatively flat, if Cal State is relatively flat or maybe goes up or down a little bit and community colleges are suffering. At the end of the day there aren’t enough places for Pell recipients in school. And that’s because it only covers nationally 30 percent of their expenses from Pell Grants are actually .... (cut off by paper shuffling)

Brostrom: We are working both on a campus basis and systemwide to address the issue of underfunding and indirect cost recovery because that is something where we’re disadvantaged both by being a public and also by being in the Western region and we have dramatic examples of women from San Diego on — we’re just treated very differently from regional offices and we’re treated very differently as a public than as a private. Most of our campuses are between 52 and 54 percent in indirect costs where places like Harvard and MIT are 68 percent. When the president mentions 4.5 billion, that’s hundreds of millions of dollars lost in indirect cost recovery that we don’t get.

Yudof: So we’re working on that and that’s important because if you’re losing money on your research grants, where does the money come from?

Lawrence Pitts: I’ll be meeting with a number of foundations in New York and one in Washington in early April about this point. The foundations want research for whatever topic, but if they just pay the researcher instead of the research infrastructure the quality of the research they get for what they want done diminishes and that’s something they have to understand.

and Academic Senate Chair And Vice Chair Discuss State Budget, Keeping Faculty Within the UC
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earlier:
that's what was being touted

but this little article was all we could find:
weird.

Chu on this...

LBL's very own Energy Secretary Stephen Chu being used in the propaganda war against Obama.

Disenfranchise

the plan:
disenfranchise workers
take away women's rights
deny student voting rights

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Is David Crane just another Kochhead? (cross post)

see: Is David Crane just another Kochhead?
some key excerpts:

Maybe it was because these public records reveal Crane to be less a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and more of a Bushocrat, an ultra-rich investor who supported G.W. Bush through two elections, and repeatedly frames the collective bargaining rights of government employees as an obstacle standing in the way of pension reform and budget balancing.

Campaign finance records show that in March 1999, when Democrats were trying to hang onto the White House in the wake of Clinton’s sex scandals, Crane gave $1,000 to Bush. And in June 2003, just three months after Bush invaded Iraq on a false pretext, Crane saw fit to give Bush another $2,000.
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Crane also has over $1 million invested in Acacia Partners, over $1 million in Bislett Partners, over $1 million in Kensico Partners, over $1 million in Semper Vic Partners, over $1 million in Berkshire Hathaway, whose CEO is Warren Buffet, over $1 million in the HCP Absolute Return Fund, whose Board includes Warren Hellman, and up to $1 million in Hall Capital Management, whose Board includes Hellman and Gap heir John Fisher. Crane also owns several million dollars stake in real estate investments, and has sizeable stock in Wells Fargo, Chesapeake Energy, Microsoft, Google, Pangloss Oil, Whole Foods Market, M&T Bank Corp., IBM, American Express, WalMart and Exxon.

And he gets income from Acacia Partners and Babcock & Brown, where he was a former partner from 1979 to 2003. While at Babcock, Crane reportedly brokered a controversial jet-lease deal between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Singapore Airlines that allowed Schwarzenegger to defer taxes on millions of dollars. And in 2004, Crane went to work for then Republican Gov. Schwarzenegger as special advisor for Jobs and Economic Growth. The Terminator returned the favor by appointing Crane to the California Commission in Economic Development and the California High Speed Rail Authority. But Crane was rejected in Senate confirmation proceedings for a position on the board of California State Teachers Retirement System.
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something reporter Peter Byrne, who authored the award-winning investigative series ‘Investor’s Club” How the Regents of the University of California spin public funds into private profit,” said to me yesterday when I asked him about the wisdom of putting investment bankers on the UC Regents Board. “Putting investment bankers in front of a plate of $63 billion is like putting a pound of hamburger in front of a bunch of feral cats. They are going to eat it. It’s in their nature.”
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once again,
If you don't want Crane, you have to do two things:

Contact CA Senator Darrell Steinberg's office;
Capitol Office
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 323-2263
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814

and sign the petition being sent to Gov. Brown
(although we must remember the whole Hellman-Gap-Anne Gust Brown connection as well...)

White House Doesn't Want To Hear From Staff, Alumni In Higher Ed?

a new surprise every day, we guess-check it out-there's no section for employees/staff in higher ed nor alumni:

"This week, Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and one of President Obama’s senior advisors on education policy, is asking for feedback from parents, teachers and students about what’s working in their communities and what needs to change when it comes to education." Advise the Advisor.

Perhaps Melody can review the example of her former coworker Lawrence Summers detailed here.

Members of the UC community including staff and alumni were Obama's largest donors- so we say leave a message anyway!

Also, read this crack up, hysterical:
The California Aggie Column: Sheen-anigans

And here is an important article on the need for 'Peer Expert Teams' in Higher Ed workplace.

Crane- "The Big Lie" and "collective bargaining in the public sector serves to reduce benefits for citizens and to raise costs for taxpayers. "

see: Yee Right, Chronicle Wrong about David Crane by Randy Shaw‚

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Crane Channeling Rick Scott Too?

SF Chron has written an editorial to fight back for Crane (against the blow back from Crane's guest op-ed the SF Chron also published)- they titled it State Sen. Leland Yee's attack on the truth
--so obviously SF Chron engages in no bias or hyperbole on the issue either--

--Our problem with Crane: we think he's dumb to have written that op ed, an op ed that he himself acknowledges was poorly written in conveying his ideas. He says it was misunderstood, his writing allowed for the "misunderstanding". Also, his political timing is bad. No wonder Arnold had so many problems-- with such poor communicators on his team! Crane just is not looking like he would be a good Regent. We oppose him for these reasons primarily. If Crane wants to have an ongoing dialogue/debate on collective bargaining reform then he needs to pursue that job instead of a twelve year run at being a UC Regent.

The UC mission is that important-- it is more important than Crane.

Steven T. Jones has written an article in the SF Bay Guardian: Keep David Crane away from your government

Jones mentions his past experience with Crane on the CA high speed rail initiative:
"He didn't return my call about the latest controversy, but I did interview him a few years ago as he and Arnold tried to torpedo the California high-speed rail project before voters could approve it...And when I noted that he has a history of anti-government animus, including trying to derail the high-speed rail project, he said indignantly, "I'm responsible for that thing making the ballot."

By which he probably means that after trying and failing to delay the vote, he led the effort to require more detailed financial analysis of the project's fiscal challenges, which he helped execute -- and which had nothing to do with voters approving a measure that the Legislature had placed on the ballot years earlier, only to go along with Arnold's efforts to delay it twice."


In this latest piece Crane sounds cocky, convoluted and a lot like Gov. Rick Scott of FL on high speed rail
BTW Rick Scott is also cutting FL funding for K-12 by at least $1.5 Billion.
If you think none of this applies to CA--well, SFUSD has sent out 500 pink slips.
Pay attention to the trends.
...it seems the play book has common themes nationwide.

If you don't want Crane, you have to do two things:

Contact CA Senator Darrell Steinberg's office;
Capitol Office
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 323-2263
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814

and sign the petition being sent to Gov. Brown

Interesting articles on: Cal Grant changes and US Senators on visa reform,and tussles over voting laws for where students can cast ballots.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Will Crane Be At The UC Regent Meeting Next Week?

Yee is requesting an immediate vote on Crane :

Yee Asks Steinberg to Immediately Take Up and Reject Confirmation of Crane

BTW, Latest episode of UC Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous-where's Robin Leach when you need him!- if you're interested in purchasing a home, and have $7 million laying around:
UC-Berkeley Vice Chancellor Listing In Piedmont
(should note Yeary is a former investment banker who donates his salary to scholarships at Cal-- but important also to remember that the senior management group live completely different lives from the rest of the UC population- and that is a big part of the problem.)
"Champagne wishes and caviar dreams."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Public Records Reveal UC Surveilled Student Organizers

Public Records Reveal University Surveillance of Student Organizers

Re:Crane- Comments From UC Employees

What workers are saying about David Crane...
see this video
Tell Sen. Darrell Steinberg your thoughts on Crane:
Capitol Office
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 323-2263
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
“David Crane has proven, once again, that he is unfit to serve as a regent of the University of California. For us, this is not just a fight for collective bargaining. It is a fight to save the middle class.” – Allan Clark, President, California School Employees Association (CSEA)

“Patient care is my top priority. Because of our union, we were able to work out receiving hours for continuing education to improve our skills in the Radiology Department that allows us to provide a higher quality of patient care. David Crane’s hope to get rid of collective bargaining for public employees is not just an attack on working families—it is an attack on patients and quality care.” – Randy Johnson, UCSF MRI/CT Technologist and AFSCME member

“Nurses know that if the right is successful in their efforts to break our unions, we will no longer have a voice in the political arena to advocate for better and safer care for our patients. Whether it’s in Wisconsin, or at the University of California, we cannot allow that to happen.” – DeAnn McQuen, Council of Presidents, California Nurses Association

“Governor Walker in Wisconsin and David Crane in California are trying to turn back the clock to a time when workers had no rights. We will not allow this to happen” – Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council

“David Crane has repeatedly demonstrated his unwillingness and inability to represent the interests of the public. He is unfit to serve on the Board of Regents or any other public body.” – Matt Hanson, State Engineer and President of the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)

“Our opposition to Crane is to yet one more multi-millionaire who made his fortune in investment banking -- just like current Regents Richard Blum, Russell Gould, Hadi Makarechian, Leslie Tang Schilling, George Marcus and Bonnie Reiss. The UC Regents are supposed to represent the people of California, not just the multi-millionaire investment bankers of California. Is it just a coincidence, by the way, that investment bankers in general have an incentive to get people out of institutional defined benefit plans and into individual defined contribution plans? Crane’s op-ed was a red flag to the legislature that this Schwarzenegger appointment must be stopped. I applaud Senator Yee for getting the message and taking action.” – Robert Meister, Professor of Social and Political Thought at UCSC and President of the Council of UC Faculty Associations

“David Crane is free to express his anti-worker views as a private citizen, but he should not have the bully pulpit of the UC Regents. The anti-union campaign he has waged against state employees in California should not be allowed to continue as part of our world class public university system.” – Patty Velez, Environmental Scientist and President of the California Association of Professional Scientists

“Close to 50 percent of the employees in the UC system are covered by collective bargaining agreement. It therefore makes no sense to have a Regent who is against unions and half of the workers. We need Regents who are about education and the people who make the university work.” – Bob Samuels, President of the University Council – American Federation of Teachers

“Every day is a struggle for me and my family to make ends meet. I know high paid UC execs have plans to cut my check even more. It is not right that I am tightening my belt while executives are getting fatter. At least I know that my coworkers and I are guaranteed a voice through my union in decisions that are being made that will affect us, so we can protect our families.” – Arnold Meza, UC Berkeley Custodian and AFSCME member

The rest of the text from Yee's press release:
"Yee to Stop Confirmation of Anti-Worker Regent
Friday, March 04, 2011

Regent Crane uses WI playbook to try taking away collective bargaining rights

SAN FRANCISCO – Multi-millionaire and University of California Regent David Crane recently took his cue from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and called for an end to collective bargaining rights for California’s teachers, nurses, firefighters, university employees, and other public sector workers.

Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was joined by hundreds of community members and public employees to rally against Regent Crane’s recent attack on working families. At UC Medical Center in San Francisco, Senator Yee announced plans to stop Crane’s confirmation and to protect the vital services provided in our communities by public employees.

“While the Regents approve million dollar contracts for their top administrators, David Crane wants to take away the rights of working class families,” said Yee. “It is time for Regent Crane to put away his Wisconsin playbook and come down from his ivory tower.”

Crane argued in an op-ed published in the San Francisco Chronicle that “collective bargaining for public employees in California changed the balance of power and - most importantly - gave public employees power over their compensation and benefits.”

“Public employees make an enormous contribution to our neighborhoods and our communities,” said Yee. “Taking away workers’ collective bargaining rights – which doesn’t help balance the budget or protect vital services – while giving big corporations tax breaks is simply unconscionable.”

Crane, a resident of San Francisco, was appointed to the Board of Regents by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) during his final days in office. Crane awaits final confirmation to the Board of Regents by the Senate.

“I am asking that the Senate immediately take up his appointment and deny his confirmation,” said Yee. “David Crane should not be a voting member at the next Regent’s meeting. California can do better.”

Today, Yee was joined by workers from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME 3299), California Nurses Association (CNA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU 1021), University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE), California School Employees Association (CSEA), Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG), Council of UC Faculty Associations, California Association of Professional Scientists, Coalition of University Employees-Teamsters, and University Council – American Federation of Teachers, among others."

Ex Officio UC Regent Gavin Newsom

Two stories on Gavin Newsom:

Concern over Newsom's shared office at Founders Den


--we think Gavin should maintain office space in the state building accessible to the public.

and this does not help:

Gavin Newsom Descended from King of France?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

David Crane Interview with Ronn Owens

You can listen to an in depth (UC Regent hopeful) David Crane interview with Ronn Owens here-- it aired March 2nd, it runs 55 minutes.

let us also remember the ol' Prop B-Jeff Adachi-Warren Hellman saga from a few months ago in relation to all of this...
(speaking of Hellman- here's his newspaper's coverage of this issue)

Also, no matter how you feel about collective bargaining or collective bargaining reform-- Citizen Crane was pretty foolish to pen that op ed when he still hasn't fully secured the UC Regent gig-- the UC community deserves someone smarter and more thoughtful.

Sign the petition here: Stop the Appointment of David Crane to UC Board of Regents

Cal Wheeler Protest-Did Anyone Else Find It Sadly Ironic...

that Linda Williams was mentioned as one of the people traveling up to the fourth floor of Wheeler to talk to the students protesting on the ledge?... When Associate Chancellor Williams is so closely associated with what the SF Chron called the "university's 2005 salary scandal"
-- for us, because of Williams name being brought up (by the UC media relations press release) on the Wheeler Ledge Protest, we could not stop thinking of former UCSC Chancellor Denise Denton's involvement in that 2005 issue and her sad death
-- we should remember
-- and the story where UC Spokesman Mogulof (who also gave comment on the Wheeler protest) and Williams are mentioned: UC admits misleading public about buyout-taker also came to mind.

for us, to hear those names brought up as part of the administration's response to the Wheeler Ledge Protest-- it was stomach turning...
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In fact, we were recently reminded of this story at CSU involving a current UC senior exec. Recently came across the state's full audit report on it-- it is an interesting read.

Remember.

This is the climate,landscape, terrain where UC Regent hopeful "Crane said ... What he objects to, he said, is unionization for public workers protected by civil service laws"

Thankful for the creation and work of the Campus Rights Project on behalf of students.

There's scheduled to be another state audit report on UC released next month...

$6.1 Million Funding Request For Just One Component of Operational Exodus at Cal

yep, the "money saving" OE initiative is already racking up millions of dollars in future funding... on top of the $7.5 million(and growing) already paid out for "consulting"...

Three Operational Excellence Initiative Teams Release Proposals

$6.1 million for just one component- it's a system- haven't we heard enough about failed systems being rolled out already this year?

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Deep-Six Crane's Senate Confirmation To The Regents"

Is that possible?
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Sign the petition and please share: Stop the Appointment of David Crane to UC Board of Regents
It reads as follows: "We, the undersigned faculty and staff of the University of California, strongly support Senator Yee's decision to oppose former Governor Schwarzenegger's nomination of David Crane to the University of California's Board of Regents.

We call on Governor Brown to withdraw Crane's nomination to the Board of Regents immediately.

We urge him to nominate in his place a state leader who both respects - and has the respect of - all of the university's constituencies, including its unionized employees."
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"Crane said he believes UC workers should have collective bargaining rights. What he objects to, he said, is unionization for public workers protected by civil service laws, which UC workers are not." (italic and bold added)

(so, Crane is glad that UC workers rights seem impotent when compared to other state workers?)
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"Yee, not surprisingly, wasn't assuaged.

"It is unconscionable for a multimillionaire regent to suggest that public-sector workers should not have collective bargaining rights, which has no effect on balancing the budget and protecting vital services," replied Adam Keigwin, Yee's chief of staff."

Read more.

UPDATE: Lieu and Yee Try to Block Anti-Labor UC Regent

From Sen Lieu's statement:

""I actively oppose the confirmation of David Crane as a UC Regent. I read Mr. Crane's Op-Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle in which he argues for the elimination of collective bargaining for public sector employees. I cannot support someone for the powerful post of UC Regent who continues to perpetuate the myth that collective bargaining caused our state economic crisis and has a fundamental misunderstanding of how our state budget operates.
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The specific reason our general fund spending sharply declined was because the person Mr. Crane advised, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, reduced the Vehicle License Fee and replaced it with . . . nothing. As a result, the state general fund lost over $5 to $6 billion in revenues per year for every year Mr. Schwarzenegger was in office. The VLF reduction has resulted in a total loss of over $30 billion to the state, an amount in excess of the current California budgetary shortfall. How conveniently Mr. Crane forgot to mention that critical fact when it doesn't suit his ideological assault on public sector unions."

University of California Retirement Plan - General Endowment Pool Asset Allocation Review and Recommendations

and other things were covered during a Feb 22 UC Regents meeting, more here.

a Feb 3rd meeting also was held to discuss: Status of Financial Aid Eligibility of Undocumented among other things


UC Regents meet again March 15-17 in SF.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cal Folks On The Roof!

of Wheeler!
UK Daily Mail has some great pix of the scene
(Glad y'all are safe!- here's a dedication to all those 'up on the roof'! ledge, whatever xoxo)
made the front page of HuffPo
gallery at SFGate
and
gallery at DailyCal

Six Protesters Chained On A Ledge At UC Berkeley

here's raw footage
- a professor lead his class by bull horn on the steps of as a show of support
-police have surrounded the crowd
- a red banner "Our University" unfurled
-crowd is now over 1,000
-its sunset,
-all local news is covering this live
-some of the reporters in the middle of some tussles
-police trying to move folks down step by step
DailyCal is live blogging this here


"The administration lacks basic things, like ethics and humanity, but they do have one thing - UCPD," he said. wow
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"I meet regularly with students and will be pleased to schedule a meeting with you on the condition that you immediately end this unsafe protest.
Yours sincerely,
Robert J. Birgeneau"
read his full letter here

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Student Activism also is covering this well- check out the twitter list
which includes this:
@callie_hoo Now she's being helped by a fireman who's taken her inside. Seriously only the firemen here to help #occupyca #march2 12 minutes ago via txt

@callie_hoo Student hit on the head by cop. When she called 911 was told there are plenty of cops at wheeler pls just talk to them 15 minutes ago via txt

http://twitter.com/callie_hoo
http://twitter.com/ucbprotest
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wonder what Birgeneau(as a Canadian) thinks of this:
'7:38 p.m.

Professor Timothy Walsh from the University of Quebec, Montreal was here with his wife, who was giving a guest lecture at UC Berkeley.

He said that although he does not know much about California's public education crisis, he decided to join the protest when he saw it.

"I'm old enough to remember the free speech movement so I'm glad to know the spirit is still alive," he said, sitting with his arms locked with another protester. "I do not want to see education become just a privilege of the rich." "

--Vive Le Québéquois

looks like some limited demands granted...-could it be?
Vive la liberté, egalité, fraternité? Maybe, we'll have to see in coming days...

Phony Budget Solutions Are Suffocating the Public University

check the latest HuffPo post by Prof. Newfield: Phony Budget Solutions Are Suffocating the Public University

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

UC Davis Cutting Up To 500 jobs

see: UC Davis ponders staff cuts

Update: Ich Bin Ein ...

UCSC : University Of California Students Rally For Action

UCLA: Protesters in Bruin Plaza make a stand for quality education on National Day of Action
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Wisconsinite, Labor, Higher Ed,Cheesehead, or simply...
Against Indentured Servitude To Pay For Sub Par Education In Modern Day America...
Live Blog: March 2 Day of Action for Public Education and March 2nd Day of Action Schedule- UC Berkeley

-if you're wondering what's with the German see this and this--and even more on March 2 here.
also, check this out:
"Yee Blasts UC Regent for Trying to End Collective Bargaining
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Regent Crane uses WI playbook to argue low-wage workers have too much power

SAN FRANCISCO – A day after University of California Regent David Crane penned an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle calling for an end to collective bargaining for public sector employees, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) condemned the remarks as a direct attack on working families.

“I thought we had already seen the height of arrogance by UC Regents,” said Yee. “It is time for Regent Crane to put away his Wisconsin playbook and come down from his ivory tower.”

“While the Regents have approved million dollar contracts for their top administrators, they allow many UC workers and their families to live in poverty,” said Yee. “Now, Regent Crane wants to take away their only avenue to earning a livable wage and a respectable retirement – their collective bargaining rights.”

For UC service workers, wages are as low as $13 an hour and 96 percent are income eligible for at least one of the following public assistance programs: food stamps, WIC (women, infants, and children), public housing subsidies, and reduced lunch. Many work two or three jobs to meet their families’ basic needs.

At the same time, the UC Board of Regents has consistently provided double-figure raises to their top administrators.

The latest example is a “retention salary adjustment” for UCLA Medical Center CEO David Feinberg. Feinberg’s salary was recently increased by an additional $160,300 per year to $900,000. The Regents also voted to award him an additional $250,000 annual retention bonus. With his annual Medical Center incentive payment, Feinberg's annual compensation is now $1,330,000 per year. UC President Mark Yudof also pulls in seven figures with his salary, housing, and benefits.

Crane argues in his op-ed that “collective bargaining for public employees in California changed the balance of power and - most importantly - gave public employees power over their compensation and benefits.”

“The only public employees at the UC that have any real power over their compensation are the top executives,” said Yee. “The Regents consistently cater to the elite and ignore their unionized workers – nurses, janitors, technicians, bus drivers, teaching assistants, and others. Collective bargaining is vital in addressing this disparity and fighting the unconscionable acts of UC administrators.”

Crane, a resident of San Francisco, was appointed to the Board of Regents by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) during his final days in office. Crane awaits confirmation by the Senate this year."
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and for some reason, some eager students were out early March 1- the press noticed they were well dressed- weird!: Well-dressed UC students march on Sacramento
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and if you still don't quite get how all of this adds up, see this:
'It's the Inequality, Stupid'-Eleven charts that explain everything that's wrong with America.

Campus Rights Project At Cal

each campus should have one:

Hearing Finds Wheeler Student Protester Not Responsible for Charges

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yudof's Next Move: Become President of IHOP?

see: Mark Yudof's Higher Calling: Can The University Of California's President Navigate A Budget Crisis And Restore His Own Image?

(Finnegan includes many quotes from Blum -- failing to realize that if Yudof is most hated than Blum is a very close second)
oh, he's an aw-shucks guy:
"University of Minnesota, where he was lauded for championing fundraising and campus beautification efforts. A campus dormitory and a pancake cookoff are now named for him there -- known for his love of pancakes, Yudof once had the largest private collection of maple syrup in America."

If you don't know what IHOP is then see this: today is national pancake day and apparently you can get free pancakes there today- a short stack...
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Here's info on March 2nd.
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also, this story: State Report Blasts UC Irvine Dialysis Center, University Claims Recommendations in Place
is frustrating because of this passage:

"The letter also makes clear the dialysis center is not part of UCI Medical Center in Orange, but a separate facility under the School of Medicine."

The public does not differentiate, or make a distinction between the "medical school" or "the medical center" etc.
It all falls under UC -the power of ten- for better or worse- the profits privatized, the scandals and risk left public.