"If the University were a business, it would likely be the largest corporation in California."

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Recent 'UC Regents Approved' UC Campuses' Billion+ Dollar Projects Now Face Non-Union Opposition

this coverage with mention of projects at UC Davis and UCSF, see :

"UC Davis threatened with lawsuit over union labor for construction" - Sacramento Business Journal

https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2022/05/26/uc-davis-lawsuit-project-labor-agreements.html

..."A coalition of non-union contractors is planning to sue the University of California Davis over the use of project labor agreements for some of its recent high-profile projects.

A group called the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction held a news conference Wednesday announcing its intention to file suit against UC Davis over its use of project labor agreements for major projects like the $1.2 billion Aggie Square, its $3.8 billion California Tower hospital tower replacement and its new $579 million ambulatory surgical center."...

Now remember  there are multiple regents with significant industry interests b/c of their family biz like regents Makarechian,, Kounalakis, Riley, among others . And short term alumni regent Lott, whose term is ending, has been vocal during regents open sessions about UC effort to include URM in contacting for projects -and UC staff from each campus and senior staff at UC-OP have been presenting to regents and have said that the new projects are set up to be more inclusive now ..

in the article -there is also mention of:

..."Two other groups, Californians for Construction Equality and the Black Contractors Association, have also signed on to the effort to get UC Davis to stop requiring project labor agreements for major projects.

“This is explicit and implicit discrimination and it has to stop,” Christen said.

Christen said the coalition is drawing up documents to file in court. He said the goal of the lawsuit will be to get more information about how and why the decision was made to require project labor agreements on these projects, and, ultimately, stop the use of the agreements. "..."All three UC Davis projects that are requiring the agreements had to first be approved by the University of California Board of Regents."

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A 'Cal Athletics Walk Out' From Practice After Bombshell Report Including alleged violations of HIPPA and FERPA in Title IX, too.

[Update Breaking late 5/25 : "UC Berkeley places swim coach Teri McKeever on administrative leave- Most successful female coach in the sport's history suspended after more than 20 current or former athletes alleged they were bullied or verbally abusedhttps://www.sbsun.com/2022/05/25/uc-berkeley-places-swim-coach-teri-mckeever-on-administrative-leave/ 

and :

"USA Swimming told of Teri McKeever’s alleged bullying in 2015
U.S. Center for SafeSport has begun contacting Cal swimmers about reports of misconduct against McKeever"  https://www.ocregister.com/2022/05/25/usa-swimming-told-of-teri-mckeevers-alleged-bullying-in-2015/ 
 
this part is no surprise for yours truly:   "Additionally, a letter, obtained by SCNG, shows that Cal chancellor Robert Joseph Birgeneau was made aware in 2010 of verbal abuse and harassment allegations against McKeever dating back to 2001. Another former Cal swimmer has confirmed to SCNG that McKeever allegedly bullied and verbally abused swimmers as early as 2000....
In a Jan. 13, 2010 letter to Birgeneau, Jenna Rais, who swam for Cal between 2001 and 2005, said she was verbally abused by McKeever. Neither Birgeneau nor anyone in his office responded to her complaints about McKeever, Rais said. "]

This week-When you consider something as simple and direct as the students experiences of a disorganized and chaotic graduation and the UC Berkeley public relations spin response to that  coverage that it was a "rollicking" great graduation ceremony and not what those graduating said it was.  The way UC Berkeley discounts lived experiences even in that...

 Then, the horrible case news from UC Davis while a similar case is given a cover up type of treatment at Cal.

-Makes one wonder 'how could UC ever be fair in any case handling?'- and the UCLA $700 milllion settlement figure made public today notes that those who allowed that situation to continue faced no consequences-- 

And now,

for those who are Cal Title IX complainants and/or whistleblowers the OC article details out experiences that will sound and feel very painfully familiar-- icymi in earlier post this report:

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/05/24/cal-swimmers-allege-coach-teri-mckeever-bullied-and-verbally-abused-them-for-years/ 

now this :

"UC Berkeley swimmers walk out on coach Teri McKeever after reports of abuse, bullying-

Cal AD Jim Knowlton and two other officials to meet with swimmers amid increasing calls for firing of McKeever, Knowlton and senior women's AD Jennifer Simon-O'Neill" – Orange County Register

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/05/25/cal-swimmers-walk-out-on-teri-mckeever/

some parents said in prior years Knowton refused to meet with them about serious issues they wanted to discuss now this:

"Recently hired Cal assistant coach Jessie Moore informed swimmers still in Berkeley there would be a team meeting Wednesday morning, according to four people familiar with the situation. Instead, swimmers showed up to find McKeever who asked them if they were “ready to swim,” according to three people familiar with the practice.

When the swimmers said they were told there would be a meeting, McKeever said she had already read a statement but then read what one swimmer described as a “basic” statement.

At that point, a majority of the swimmers walked out without training, according to three people familiar with the practice. Moore followed the swimmers, some of whom were in tears, to the pool’s parking lot and asked if they were upset."

 - and in the details the #Blackswimmersmatter aspect and anti- LGBT claims also troubling.

Also now covered by

"Renowned Cal women’s swim coach accused in newspaper article of toxic bullying and racism"

https://www.sfchronicle.com/eastbay/article/Renowned-Cal-swim-coach-accused-in-newspaper-17196718.php

this part and prior coaching at Fresno State- details so familiar:

..."While students athletes were reportedly quitting, blaming themselves or considering suicide because of their treatment on the team UC Berkeley raised their coach’s pay.

A Chronicle review of public records shows that McKeever’s pay rose from $191,165 in 2014 to $250,500 in 2020, a 31% increase."...

 -and apparently accused of FERPA and HIPPA  violations in it as well  

--and let's remember that:  UC-OP's " Drake's staff from Ohio State handling of Strauss is now at UC Berkeley as senior staff on civil rights and whistleblower case handling...

 --

Sports Illustrated now with coverage:

"Cal Swimmers Accuse Coach of Verbal Abuse, Bullying, per Report "- Sports Illustrated

https://www.si.com/college/2022/05/25/cal-swimmers-accuse-coach-of-verbal-abuse-bullying-per-report

and

https://www.si.com/college/cal/other-sports/teri-mckeever-story

Also:

https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/report-allegations-of-verbal-abuse-bullying-levied-at-cal-coach-teri-mckeever/

and now:

https://swimswam.com/teri-mckeever-is-godmother-to-child-of-high-ranking-cal-athletics-official/

..."While Cal professes that they have ‘best-practice’ policies and procedures in place to deal with allegations of misconduct, more information is coming to light about a personal relationship that may have impacted those policies and procedures.

Social media posts from 2012 verify that McKeever is godmother to the oldest child of Cal Athletics second-in-command Jennifer Simon-O’Neill. Several individuals close to McKeever and the Cal program indicate that it is common knowledge in Berkeley.

Parents of swimmers told OC Register that they had made several complaints to Simon-O’Neill."...

"The Senior Woman Administrator is the highest-ranking female in each NCAA athletics department or conference office. According to the NCAA, “the purpose of the SWA designation is to promote meaningful representation of women in the leadership and management of college sports.”

Among the specific purposes of the NCAA creating this position in 1981 includes “diverse points of contact on the senior management team for student-athletes and staff to bring issues or concerns.”

The SWA also has duties and responsibilities relating to female staff members like McKeever.

In this case, however, McKeever and Simon-O’Neill’s close personal relationship might have influenced how the administrator responded when complaints were brought to her."

also:

https://swimswam.com/numerous-cal-swimmers-accuse-coach-teri-mckeever-of-verbal-abuse-for-decades/

-- but where it the first female Cal chancellor C.Christ in any of this case handling - she has done press conferences w/ Knowlton on other things- did she know anything about it ?

Over $700 Million: 'UCLA- Heaps' The Largest Sexual Abuse Settlement For A Public University -Now $375 million more. And more Title IX cases come to light at UC and CSU systems.

its in millions: $374.4 + $243.6+ $73+$2.25= so, so far : $693.25 in 'UC payout' on settlements known.

 Unknown:  are the amounts that are the UC other costs on it thus far that UC regents have approved.

The first thing UC says is UC Health is paying it - not the students... but then that means that patients are paying it ultimately...

lots of coverage of it:

"UC pays record $700 million in UCLA gynecologist sex abuse case" - Los Angeles Times

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-05-24/heaps-settlement-312-patients-takes-cost-of-his-abuse-to-700-million

and  

https://www.courthousenews.com/ucla-to-pay-out-374-4-million-more-in-gynecologist-sex-abuse-lawsuit/

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Settlements-in-UCLA-sex-abuse-cases-reach-nearly-17196662.php  

..."As for the plaintiffs, McGrath said, many were frightened by either the diagnosis or prospect of cancer when they sought care from Heaps. They were betrayed twice, McGrath said, "both by the physician they put their trust in, and the institution, UCLA, that they put their trust in." McGrath said it is troubling that, by what is publicly known, UCLA does not appear to have disciplined any of the decision-makers involved with the Heaps case."...

 

--and it was not just the Title IX aspects it is also the whistleblower financial aspect as in:

"as well as scheduling numerous unnecessary appointments and procedures for financial gain."

to consider that specific aspect as well in it.

 The regents and UC-OP are not answering questions and instead referring all questions to UCLA Health specifically- UC Health Systemwide is based at UC-OP and also is not answering questions. And the pres and regents in meetings just offer platitudes in open session on these issues. Related also are other campus safety issues where they do the same. The regents have made themselves an unnecessary irrelevant rubber stamp that remains unaccountable for these issues. 

(What if UC did not have the layer of UC Regents in its governance framework as an update to the master plan for higher ed going forward?)

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at Cal:

"UC Berkeley swimmers allege coach Teri McKeever bullied and verbally abused them for years-

Swimmers describe a toxic culture that led to a number of mental health issues and an unresponsive administration

"– Orange County Register

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/05/24/cal-swimmers-allege-coach-teri-mckeever-bullied-and-verbally-abused-them-for-years/

in the in-depth reporting the detail out how :

..."University and athletic department officials at Cal have received complaints alleging bullying, verbal and emotional abuse since at least 2014 but either ignored complaints, failed to follow up with swimmers or their parents, or handled the matter by simply reviewing university policies with McKeever, according to multiple swimmers and parents and more than a dozen confidential university emails."...

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at UC Riverside

"Rally held to voice disappointments with Title IX office’s handling of sexual assault" - Highlander

https://www.highlandernews.org/84586/rally-held-to-voice-disappointments-with-title-ix-offices-handling-of-sexual-assault/

where they are asking again about:

..."they stated it was difficult receiving validation from the office, and so decided to come forward to police stations instead. According to her, the police cared more about this case than UCR’s Title IX office, as they made more substantial efforts in investigation.

Victims were constantly met with the dead-ends of “We don’t handle that here,” or “If it’s not in the policy then it’s not violence.” When that same case is considered seriously by police departments, however, that delegitimizes the office’s discretion in identifying worthy cases. 

Inaction is"...

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at CSU

"Cal State employees say campus leaders ignore harassment and retaliation at nation’s largest university system
Faculty union expresses outrage at CSU board and demands accountability."
https://edsource.org/2022/cal-state-employees-say-campus-leaders-ignore-harassment-and-retaliation-at-nations-largest-university-system/672954
 


 
and
https://www.calfac.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/CFA-Letter-to-BOT-05.23.22-FINAL.pdf  
 
this week's meetings: 
https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/past-meetings/2022/Pages/May-24-25-2022.aspx

https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/livestream
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That June 27 2022 JLAC Hearing of the CA Leg is going to have to have a 'three segments component' to it because this is reaching critical mass again and the details involve both CSU and UC practices and personnel.

Monday, May 23, 2022

UC Davis' May Gets It Right- UC's Christ Didn't. And on Cal's (latest) cinematic moment-- and the E.R.A and SCOTUS moves...

 A much needed UC crisis response comparison - that includes the very disturbing news out of UC Davis today, chancellor May comments on it:

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/statement-arrest-assistant-coach

 The Aggie: https://theaggie.org/2022/05/20/assistant-water-polo-coach-arrested-on-charges-related-to-child-pornography/

 --  When such things happen at UC its been talked about brushed off by senior staff in communicating it to lower level staff as 'something that is a societal problem in the gen public and so UC is just enduring its share of it among its UC population -that's all'...

And that is true only in part, and so 'that is -not- all'...

 It is also true that right now there are team athletes who interacted with the person at UC Davis and they are going through their own mental processes and other things in trying to deal with their interactions w/ that person facing those allegations now in retrospect and trying to cope and come to terms with the news-and its difficult and exhausting. 

Chancellor May's statement of concern for any affected is laudable, its the right tone. 

Its a tone that was missing in 2020 when UC Berkeley's chancellor C.Christ had a very similar case w/ the same charges against a member in her immediate cabinet executive staff personnel- but UC Berkeley and the local coverage decided just to give little initial details and then to 'go dark' on addressing it-as though a strategy rather than anything procedural requirement- and even though- or perhaps precisely because: many UC staff had interactions with that subject rather than just a smaller group of students on a team...And there: that is the disparity UC leadership keeps enacting and harming UC mid and lower level staff with.

CChrist tries to use that one year of Title IX role in her service as a signal - but it never really vouches when one looks at her admin moves during such cases- It just looks like similar handling to all the problematic handling of these cases that went before at UC... same ol' same ol' -Though her staff tries to work the public relations machine on it ...(come to think of it, as a tactic, it does not come as a surprise at all that Sakaki name dropped the Cal chancellor, in an attempt at affiliation 'damage control', at the start of that Sonoma State ongoing scandal...)

This is part of the problem that UC systemwide refuses to address and enforce - the disparity in treatment on such cases for those lower level UC staff who were in the workplace 'around it'-- and a disparity that today's news makes evident when one looks at how UC Davis chancellor is forthrightly addressing this issue right now, capable of that, but in the other similar case UC Berkeley has just stayed silent and local media also just dropped it. Why?

It affects behaviors on Title IX case handling across the board.

Seem to recall other UCs that also have dealt with similar and its been a mixed bag for how each chancellor dealt with addressing it or simply did not address it at all. Shouldn't there be a standard set of rules on how UC comments on it since its all run by advice and instruction of the UCOP based 'Regents officer- General Counsel's office' with the GC's 'campus counsel' satellites at each UC campus?

Sometimes a statement of personnel status of UC staff involved is quickly provided by UC, as in today's:

"UC Davis water polo coach ... fired after "

https://fox40.com/news/local-news/uc-davis-daniel-noble-water-polo-coach-arrested/

and then sometimes no statement from UC about personnel status -as in at Cal on that other case. Why?

Why are some allowed to 'resign with pension' months+ later and some fired immediately within hours,days with no UC explanation --so that UC staff can understand as set rules? (Is it decided by UC based on who is or isn't in the subject's network of connections?)

If, too, there is something exonerating shouldn't that be said by UC- so that it is made clear- or if, on the other hand, there was nothing exonerating, that too?

The UC does not explain it consistently. The UC does not do any outreach to UC staff left wondering about such things and those UC staff who may perhaps have interacted - No attempt to explain to former UC staff the disposition or what to do if they are/were affected by the revelations - Or, if UC does provide some support to staff it is 'cherry picked support for some' while UC is happy to let other UC staff fall through the cracks unsupported through such things.

Sometimes it boils down to whether or not a UC dept can afford a recharge from another part of campus to respond to staff correctly. That's a 'budget priorities moral decision' UC action on the subject- So then just the zero dollars empty 'be resilient' refrain from UC. The students get charged more tuition for such services.

 Today, when chancellor May actually said something along those lines of acknowledging it - that language was one of the few times UC has done so ...

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On mind-

What is the state of the Equal Rights Amendment and its relationship to the leaked SCOTUS Alito decision? Why was the ERA 'passed over' for a full US senate vote on that specific leg? 

Thinking about this:

"If there was ever a time for the Equal Rights Amendment, it’s now" | The Hill

https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/3482787-if-there-was-ever-a-time-to-pave-the-way-for-the-equal-rights-amendment-its-now/

see also:

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/equal-rights-amendment-explained

https://msmagazine.com/2022/02/10/equal-rights-amendment-ratified/

https://msmagazine.com/2022/01/27/equal-rights-amendment-resolution-us-house-28th-amendment-constitution/ 

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/22/1086978928/50-years-ago-sex-equality-seemed-destined-for-the-constitution-what-happened

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Rights_Amendment 

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Yes, 'Oppenheimer' filming now at Cal - earlier at UCLA for some parts- But will Downey Jr. ever take up a 'Stark' - 'Oppenheimer' character treatment comparison in his interview junket when it launches -even though he does not play Oppenheimer the question/comparison on character/archetype remains? Will he talk at all about how maybe this pick was that move away from MarvelCGI to what Scorcese spoke of on cinema? Is Oppenheimer film gonna be 'cinema'?  And, (since he sings some other parts of the discography) does he ever sing that song with that Sting lyric about "Oppenheimer's"...? Cuz he knows it and 'its ol' school like that but different' -in so many ways ...

Sunday, May 22, 2022

New, Additional Serious Questions On Scandal Plagued CSU and Title IX, Title VII and Whistleblower case handling - Where UC Affiliated Staff Are/Were Part of It

In-depth reports on not just 'state’s largest' university system but claims to be 'the nation's largest': 

---- have to go back to the alleged retaliation where there are examples being offered up that folks who complained about the CSU president's lobbyist hubby then began to experience disparate treatment , had their jobs narrowed, became ostracized and lost their jobs with no rehire options while alleged perpretrators received no sanctions and full retirement packages and lucrative consultant roles -And, now its looking like a possible pattern and practice- including where the issues at Sonoma State on Sakaki go back to a 2016 complaint:

  "Former Sonoma State administrators’ accounts of sexual harassment raise questions about Sakaki’s response"

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/former-sonoma-state-administrators-accounts-of-sexual-harassment-raise-que/

"A former administrator at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center says he tried to tell President Judy Sakaki about the discomfort some female staff members were experiencing around her husband in August 2016, and now he suspects he lost his job because of it."  ..."said he was fired within weeks of his conversation with Sakaki, leaving him feeling confused and conflicted.

At the time, he believed he was fired because he is gay. However, after reading recent reports that a former Sonoma State provost had also accused Sakaki of retaliation for making reports of sexual harassment against Sakaki’s husband, he decided to come forward.

Sakaki, through a spokesperson, said she had no recollection of such a conversation with Wenrick and denied any retaliation."

"However, Wenrick, the former director of the university’s world-class music center, says he told Sakaki within her first two months on campus that McCallum had made several women he worked with uncomfortable. The conversation, as he remembered it, took place Aug. 19, 2016, as she prepared to introduce famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma before a concert.

After Sakaki arrived in 2016, she and McCallum would often go backstage to greet artists and were frequent visitors at the in-house Prelude Restaurant and Bar.

“That was new and exciting,” Wenrick said. “We were seeing them on a real regular basis in the first month that they were there.”

But female staff quickly began to feel uncomfortable around McCallum, said Wenrick and two other former Green Music Center administrators who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because they fear retribution.

“I just remember … everybody, especially the females I talked to, talking about how uncomfortable Patrick made them feel when he was around,” Wenrick said.

He said other former employees told him McCallum made them feel uncomfortable by staring at female employees’ breasts and giving lingering hugs.

Wenrick said two employees discussed their feelings with him directly and would go out of their way to avoid McCallum, waiting to greet him and Sakaki until they were already seated at Prelude, to avoid hugs."...

"Wenrick and the two other former Green Music Center administrators, however, said they were aware one of the women was keeping a log of her experiences with McCallum.

I heard some women were keeping records, and I was like, if something is there, we need to report it,” a former midlevel director said. She never made a report because she was never told about any harassment directly from people who experienced it, she said.

Wenrick, however, decided to speak to Sakaki."...

The two former music center administrators said Wenrick told them he planned to speak with Sakaki about McCallum. One said she also heard him telling co-workers about his conversation with Sakaki after it happened.

“I remember Kevin making a comment like, ‘(The two women) were uncomfortable. I'm going to have to tell the president,’” said a former associate director who asked not to be identified out of concerns about retaliation. “In my head I'm going, I don’t know if that's a good idea.”

“If it had continued on, I would have gone to HR,” Wenrick said. “But again, within a (few) weeks, I was fired.”...

"On Sept. 30, 2016, Wenrick was called to a meeting with his supervisor and SSU’s director of human resources. He was told his position had been eliminated based on a consultant’s recommendation.

John Welty, a former president of Fresno State University, had been hired by Sakaki as a consultant to review the Green Music Center’s finances.

The $145 million center had been losing money and was covering expenses with money from the university’s general fund, including state appropriations and tuition, Welty said.

Welty recommended eliminating two positions, one of which was Wenrick’s.

Wenrick said he was not allowed to retire in lieu of being fired, despite positive performance reviews, and he was prohibited from applying for other open positions on campus, which was commonly allowed."...

"At the time, the possibility of retaliation for coming forward about McCallum didn’t occur to him. The most likely explanation for his firing, he said, was anti-gay discrimination.

He began to pursue a lawsuit on that basis. In a Dec. 12, 2017, letter from Wenrick’s attorney to the CSU, Wenrick cited what he described as a derogatory comment Sakaki made to him about his relationship; a demotion his partner received at Sonoma State shortly after Sakaki’s comment; and his own firing.

Wenrick offered to settle for $900,000.

CSU’s lawyers rejected the settlement offer in January, saying Wenrick’s firing “was based on legitimate business reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with (his) sexual orientation.”

Wenrick dropped the matter soon after because his husband was being considered for a job with the CSU, he said, and he didn’t want to threaten their only source of income."

then, there is:

President Sakaki had a professional relationship with Dr. Sawyer prior to hiring him and based on her knowledge of his skills and experience, believed that he would be successful at Sonoma State,” she said.

And, 

"When she was asked to speak as a witness in the 2018 investigation, De Los Santos said she “was surprised and really sad,” especially because the woman filing the complaint was De Los Santos’ student assistant, who later became a full-time staff member in Sawyer’s department.

“I carry that guilt,” she said, tearing up. “I should have protected her, and I didn’t … It's sickening to know that happened.

- That's where it gets into new details on the Sawyer case handling- where Sawyer gets to retire w/ full retirement package etc and does not have to attend any counseling as Vollendorf claims she did ...

-bold emphasis added above- and once again we point y'all back to the 2007 CAJoint  Leg Dean Flores chaired 'informational' hearings where Welty was questioned on Title IX case handling even then...

 see: http://www.csun.edu/pubrels/clips/July07/07-25-07K.pdf

 so see:

https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/select-committee-gender-discrimination-and-title-ix-implementation-part-1/video

https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/select-committee-gender-discrimination-and-title-ix-implementation-part-2-0/video

https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/select-committee-gender-discrimination-and-title-ix-implementation-part-2/video

https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/select-committee-gender-discrimination-and-title-ix-implementation-part-3-0/video
and the coverage then:
"UC athletics accused of discrimination" – East Bay Times
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2007/08/25/uc-athletics-accused-of-discrimination/

---and as we noted before there is CA Leg archive of those informational hearings on CSU but no archive of the hearings held then on UC at UC Berkeley in 2007

And finally, also want to mention again that the $90K of loss of university owned artwork details are about whistleblower policy:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-05-04/sonoma-state-president-judy-sakaki-art-fire-sex-harassment-scandal

 and that seems to get short shrift but WB cases equally important as in a recent Sonoma State case like:

"Sonoma State asbestos whistle-blower wins verdict in civil case"

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/sonoma-state-asbestos-whistle-blower-wins-verdict-in-civil-case/

- did CSU appeal that, btw? 

When WB cases are also part of Title IX or VII  then it gets very complex.

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‘There’s a lot of trauma in that’ — mistrust in SJSU, CSU administration lingers after Scott Shaw ordeal
The pressure on the university comes at a pivotal point for the California State University system, which is already under fire for system-wide mishandling of Title IX cases
 
and a loss of confidence in CSU Trustees:
 
 
https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/livestream

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Press Democrat also trying to understand CSU and Title IX in this new coverage:

"Title IX expert sees flaws in CSU response to sexual harassment reports involving Sonoma State"

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/title-ix-expert-sees-flaws-in-csu-response-to-sexual-harassment-reports-inv/?ref=recent

--it starts off with noting the McCallum issues were raised in 2016 and new alarming case handling details:

"a Title IX expert and founder of the California-based Title IX Consulting Group, said she saw red flags in the way that the state’s largest university system responded to people who reported sexual harassment involving Sonoma State.

Former Green Music Center managing director Kevin Wenrick said he approached SSU President Judy Sakaki in 2016 with concerns about her husband, Patrick McCallum."

“In 2016, campuses solely looked at Title IX protections for students for the most part,” Hodgin said. “They weren't looking at protecting employees and how to address sexual harassment under Title IX. Still, the school was subject to Title VII, the federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace,”

A university president, though, “would have known who the appropriate people are, especially for Title VII at that time,” Hodgin said. “They would have known HR is where you're supposed to go.”

“Legally, is (Sakaki) the one that they're supposed to go to and give this concern? Not necessarily,” she said.

“However, best practices would be for her to then say to this individual, ‘If you have a concern, go to HR.’ Or she could have contacted HR and told her secretary or somebody, ‘You know what, just be sure to let HR know somebody gave me this information. I'm doing my due diligence and letting HR know this came to me … so that way, they can just follow up on it if they want to.’”

Hodgin questioned why Wenrick did not follow up on his initial report to Sakaki within a month. He said he would have done so if he hadn’t been fired a little over a month later.

Hodgin also questioned whether authorities appropriately handled the case of William Gregory Sawyer, a vice president at CSU Channel Islands who was under investigation for harassment when he was hired at Sonoma State."

- but they don't get into how Sakaki treated Vollendorf differently from Sawyer, as in allegedly requiring Vollendorf to seek unlicensed therapy and no such thing for Sawyer and why that disparate treatment? etc.

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Also asking

"Key question in Sonoma State scandal: What’s the threshold for sexual harassment under federal Title IX rules?"

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/key-question-in-sonoma-state-scandal-whats-the-threshold-for-sexual-haras/

inlcudes:

...“It really turns out to be case by case, honestly,” Hodgin said....

then

Furthermore, Uhlenkamp pointed out that sexual harassment is defined differently by federal education regulations than under state law. Under state law, to be considered sexual harassment, the behavior may be severe “or” pervasive, but must also be objectively and subjectively offensive...

Should Admission To UCSC Come With A Disclaimer On Student Services Availability? And more info on LAO on May Revise ...

 During this week's  regents fin cap committee meeting there was a weird question posed to UCSC chancellor Larive- 'chancellor do you really want this project to be approved today?' and then they waited for her answer of 'yes pls I do' type response - it was like that weird Dickensian exchange and that committee tone was weird throughout its open session. Then, the chair of that committee regent Cohen made vague reference to 'that bad thing that happened you promised won't happen again so approval' "you've given us assurances these types of things will not happen again" type comment. It was a weird lightening round rubberstamp session on a number of big projects-  that clip of the meeting added in below to see it.

See also this : "UC Santa Cruz faculty and staff call for more housing"

https://www.ksbw.com/article/uc-santa-cruz-faculty-and-staff-demand-more-housing-initiative/40063995

includes:

The Committee on Faculty Welfare brought forward a resolution at the faculty senate meeting Friday to mitigate UCSC's housing crisis. If passed, the resolution would require the university's administration to propose concrete short, mid and long term solutions to ensure new and existing employees have affordable housing.

The faculty senate will vote on the resolution Monday."..."In addition to action taken by faculty, about 300 students protested in Quarry Plaza, Friday afternoon, after receiving notification they did not receive university housing.

"Year after year the crisis gets worse, especially post-pandemic when you finally have a year where students are all back. And there's mass amounts of people back in Santa Cruz. There is nothing available. There is nowhere for us to go," Zennon Ulyate-Crow, the president of UCSC's Student Housing Coalition, said.

Steve McKay, a sociologist professor at UCSC, has been studying the local housing crises for years.

In a study conducted from 2016 to 2018, McKay found that of the 2,000 Santa Cruz County residents surveyed, nearly a quarter were obscenely rent-burdened, spending more than 70% of their income on rent. About half of those surveyed spent more than half their income on rent.

According to the UCSC, multiple housing projects are in the works, but are stalled due to lawsuits with the city.

The university reports the undergraduate student body has been constant in the past few years. In the fall of 2017, the total number of undergraduates was 17,577, and in the fall of 2021, the total was 17,864.

In 2021, UCSC said it predicts an increase of 28,000 students.

"It's just untenable for the university to keep adding and planning to add without putting housing at the core of that expansion," McKay said."

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Don't miss this tweet with short clip it makes the LAO statements on Gov budget reallly easy to understand:

"After issuing a warning of a possible budget shortfall,

explains the two long-term options California leaders have to deal with the Gann Limit,"

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

On UC's role in "A Democracy if you can keep it" :What is UC doing about that connection re: Oracle and UC 'users' in light of a latest revelation? And 'Flop and Circumstance'- where 'rollicking' gets review of 'chaotic' and 'not closure' and 'not classy' Cal 2022 graduation ceremony?

 For those in the UC systems data- as whatever roles and attributes- it seems very important to note this new revelation from WaPo related to Oracle which runs UC PATH:

"Oracle’s Larry Ellison joined Nov. 2020 call about contesting Trump’s loss" - The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/20/larry-ellison-oracle-trump-election-challenges/

"Billionaire Larry Ellison Joined Trump Allies in Call Plotting Ways to Contest Biden Win: Report" 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/oracle-billionaire-larry-ellison-joined-trump-allies-in-nov-2020-call-plotting-ways-to-contest-biden-win?ref=home

"Oracle has not yet commented on the reported phone call."...

- and wonder what protections UC has in place...? Since UC is one of the larger contracts with that HRIS and other campus systems vendor... even as:

..."But Oracle has contributed sizable sums to conservative causes, including as much as $499,000 in 2019 to the Federalist Society and as much as $499,000 in 2021 to the Internet Accountability Project, a nonprofit that accuses major technology companies of anti-conservative bias, according to corporate disclosures."..

(Also remember WaPo has had to make clarifying statement about Bezos not interfering in their coverage when Bezos first purchased WaPo.)

 [And also relevant to now note as Bezos also gets in dust up with Biden where even Musk joins in -as in :

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/inflation-jeff-bezos-criticizes-president-195540142.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDVIdBVT7Aw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVtFnrV1S3g ]

... and it should be remembered that there is consistent coverage of UC personnel being the largest donors to DNC:

https://dailybruin.com/2016/11/01/uc-system-forms-largest-donor-bloc-for-clinton-presidential-campaign

https://theaggie.org/2019/03/01/new-studies-show-political-contributions-from-uc-employees-overwhelmingly-go-to-democrats/

( is The Aggie still going to be The Aggie or is it going to be The Moo or something else, next? Maybe the Gauchos should adopt the Mustang?) 

So, all of this in relation to protecting UC stakeholders as in 'users' who need to be informed and responded to on the phone call plot details coming to light-- instead of Oracle silence on this latest revelation.

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There are details coming out about how the Cal graduation was 'different' and the Cal public relations in turn are dismissive of students use of the term "chaotic" -and instead the PR uses "rollicking"

Cal gave much coverage to the virtual graduations during pandemic spinning them as success and media covered it  and there was also much coverage on the subject of  allowing those 2020 grads to participate in future in person 2021 ceremony ...

For what happened with 2022 graduation--There are other more colorful descriptions of it making rounds --but as noted earlier DC called it chaotic and now SF GATE offers this is what it looked like:

"Chaos reigned at the 2022 UC Berkeley graduation"

https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/uc-berkeley-2022-graduation-17187746.php

Students mill around during the UC Berkeley class of 2022 graduation.

Last weekend, around 7,500 students of University of California Berkeley’s Class of 2022 bid adieu to their alma mater in a chaotic ceremony that left many students frustrated and disappointed at administrators.

From the start, organizers seemed overwhelmed by the sheer volume of students, struggling even to get them to their seats at the California Memorial Stadium. Thousands of graduates had to enter through just a few metal detectors, then join a dense crowd of people all trying to pass through a single packed tunnel to get onto the field. By the time everyone actually made it to their seats, the ceremony was already well underway. 

Soon after the speakers began, students abandoned their spots in droves, leaving row after row empty while they milled around and chatted with friends. School administrators made several attempts to corral them back to their seats, but were summarily ignored. Adding to the disappointment, muffled audio on the field left many unable to hear the ceremony’s speakers and performances.

“It was just really difficult.” Anjika Pai, University Medalist and commencement speaker said, about people leaving during the speeches. “From what I’ve heard, it wasn’t because people were like ‘Well, I’m bored. I want to go’... people genuinely couldn’t hear it.” 

Friends who stayed told her they couldn’t hear everything, but did get the general ‘jist’ and ‘framework’ of her speech. 

Graduating senior David Chen told SFGATE that he lacked closure from the experience. “We really weren’t given any instruction on how to act, behave or what was going to go on,” he said. He left his seat in the overflow section while the ceremony was still going on. “Everyone was doing it,” he explained, in defense of his actions.

Graduate Athalia Djuhana, whose grandparents had traveled from Indonesia, arrived early, excited for the celebration, but left before the turning of tassels due to uncomfortable heat and ongoing chaos.

Saturday’s mess of a scene wasn't the school's first graduation disaster.

(which is actually a service to the other UC campuses b/c they see this coverage and then are reminded of the things that need to be in place for their own ceremonies...Its like this all the time at UC  

'Location 1 on the semester system' has to create the first iteration over and over for UC... but really now-- grad ceremonies have been around awhile and Memorial Stadium has so many costs attached to it that it really needs to shine when its the venue-- so they should have this together one would think, but instead....)

But the university ignores that:

In response to questions about the 2022 graduation, Elizabeth Costello, campus spokesperson, told SFGATE that the school had been planning it for a full year. Overall this was a very successful event — members of our community were excited to celebrate in person, and ultimately there were relatively few complaints,” Costello said. “This was one of the most successful commencement ceremonies that we’ve ever had.”

If the admissions numbers are just gonna go up and up --how and when are they gonna get a handle on grad ceremonies?

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An excellent graduation ceremony requires staff who have both institutional knowledge and care about the exercises on behalf of the institution. All of that contingent on retention and treating staff well and developing loyalty...Many UC alumni are also UC staff.

Extend sympathies to grads who thought it was not an ultimate "closure" experience and 

 CONGRATS TO ALL WHO GRADUATED! GO BEARS!