Thursday, March 22, 2012

Some UC Davis Task Force Members Pushing Their Weight Around Apparently

who could it be?: the below posted at UCOP

Former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Cruz Reynoso, chair of the task force looking into the Nov. 18, 2011, events at the University of California, Davis, sent the following letter today (March 20) to UC President Mark G. Yudof:
March 20, 2012
Dear President Yudof,

I received an update from the General Counsel's office this weekend regarding the hearing that took place last Friday, March 16, 2012 following the Alameda County Superior Court's ruling to grant in part and deny in part a preliminary injunction regarding the Task Force report.
As you are aware, at this hearing, the Court focused on portions of the Task Force report, as well as the accompanying report from the Kroll consulting group, that could be released to the public. While the Court identified portions of the report that could be made public, attorneys for the police union asked to review large portions of the report before committing to release those portions to the public. The Judge then ordered both parties to confer and come back to court on March 28, 2012. On advice from General Counsel, there is a good chance that the Task Force will be able to release the report in its entirety following this hearing.
As I previously stated, the Task Force has worked very hard and diligently over the past few months to ensure that the Davis community and the public get a thorough account of the events that took place on November 18, 2011, and has produced thoughtful recommendations to meet your charge to the Task Force. Releasing portions of the Task Force report in piecemeal fashion would provide a skewed view of our findings and undercut the rationale behind our recommendations. In effect, it would provide the campus a distorted view of our work and undermine our efforts with an incomprehensive account of the events that took place. In fact, several Task Force members have indicated they will be compelled to withdraw their support of authorship.
To be clear, it is very important to the Task Force to engage the UC Davis community first and foremost to address the incidents that occurred on our campus last November. There is still healing and understanding that needs to take place, and the full Task Force report — in its entirety — serves to address this in a straightforward and candid fashion.
I also want to convey to you my personal perspective on the disservice this statute has brought about in permitting a lawsuit which has thus far prevented the university community and the public from receiving the report. Nonetheless, we want to move as expeditiously as possible for the public release of the Task Force report; however, considering the Court's actions I am proposing to release the Task Force report the first week of April, subject to any further legal action.
Sincerely,
Cruz Reynoso

(bold emphasis added to highlight is ours)

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