Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Former Gov Jerry 'Brown called ...into a CA Sen. Ed Comm. hearing to support a bill giving Leg. authority to the California-China Climate Institute at UC that the former Gov. launched in 2019 after leaving office and still leads.' Says he only receives psychic rewards as faculty pay -and on whether he "prefers to be called "professor" or "governor" these days."

In his comments he starts off by noting he is not being paid as a UC professor and that he is only receiving psychic income at UC as a quote...

Does he have a professor title? Apparently a visiting professor title.

["Jerry Brown, chair of the California-China Climate Institute, who was appointed a visiting professor at UC Berkeley in July"
https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/09/23/uc-berkeley-former-gov-jerry-brown-partner-with-china-to-spur-climate-action/
 that has morphed into a chair title  and sorta director it seems
"Brown will act as visiting director at U.C. Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources and Berkeley Law School as well as serving as California director of the institute"
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/448304-jerry-brown-to-run-new-california-china-climate-policy-institute
--but even that is a director title that's more figure head -- than the headaches that come with  'principal investigator' or any 'fiduciary director level role' w/ more work and- at least used to be-gravitas that came with that additional work. At one UC Regents meeting when he was president of the UC Regents in his second term, he told the regents that topics like academic freedom were too difficult to discuss- like 'angels dancing on the head of a pin' was his metaphor... Then there were those quotes from his conversation with then Chancellor Dirks... and the psychic rewards compensation quotes of the seventies and so much more in the Brown UC history to consider. Along with, as covered here earlier, the pol trend of Davis, Granholm, Napolitano, Brown creating these post-gubernatorial perches/niches at Cal for themselves...]

"'I miss all of you': Jerry Brown calls into Capitol hearings"
https://www.politico.com/states/california/whiteboard/2021/06/09/i-miss-all-of-you-jerry-brown-calls-into-capitol-hearings-1385639
includes:
SACRAMENTO — Former Gov. Jerry Brown is emerging in Capitol legislative hearings as a concerned citizen.

Brown called Wednesday morning into a Senate Education Committee hearing to support a bill giving legislative authority to the California-China Climate Institute at the University of California that the former governor launched in 2019 after leaving office and still leads.

That came a day after Brown joined a Zoom meeting with the California Jewish Caucus to discuss "the future of our state."

Brown surprised lawmakers Wednesday by dialing in to push for the bill from his ranch in rural Colusa County, a place he said he worries he will have to leave because of wildfire threats.

"We're experiencing the driest weather, the creeks are drying up," he said. "We're looking at real fire danger."

Having a former governor call into a legislative hearing proved to be an awkward setup. Senate Education Chair Connie Leyva (D-Chino) struggled to navigate the regular time limitations.

"We're giving you a little deference because you are our former governor, we wouldn't normally allow that," Leyva said, as Brown spoke out of turn.

Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), a former longtime adviser to Brown, asked if his old boss prefers to be called "professor" or "governor" these days. Brown drew some laughs given the trying year Gov. Gavin Newsom is having amid the pandemic and recall

"That question answers itself. I'd like to be 'governor,'" Brown said. "Though I'm glad not to be there now." ...- see article in full
AB 39 the UC China initiative mentioned above comes up at the 4:00 minute mark here in this video - here:
https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/senate-education-committee-20210609/video
with Brown's comment in the public comment session immediately after presentation of that item at around the 7:30 mark. Brown was the only one of two total speakers in support, many speakers calling in to it in opposition. Human rights specifically on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang, China comes up throughout. Brown then gives further comments later at 17:20 timemark as well, and at the 24 minute mark he discusses the source of private funding from Hewlett, Bloomberg among others; his view of his term 'planetary realism' and at the 29 minute mark with further comments 36 minute mark from him where he says he is raising millions of dollars on the project and says it will flow as support for students.
AB 251 admission by exception and Varsity Blues history comes up at the 38 minute mark

Also, University of California and the SCA5 initiative for creation of an additional UC student regent position comes up in the 48:00 minute mark where some UC student leaders also testify.

you can also listen to an audio only version here:
https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/senate-education-committee-20210609/audio

archived at :https://www.senate.ca.gov/media-archive
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Also now there's :
"Jerry from Colusa on Line 1"
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/california-playbook-pm/2021/06/09/jerry-from-colusa-on-line-1-493190
--in this add'l piece on it Politico still fails to mention many of the other quotes in Brown's call like e.g. the discussion of human rights abuses, funding and faculty pay that also came up in the discussion. Instead they cover only this:
"The former governor has emerged in Capitol hearings as a concerned citizen. He called into a Senate Education Committee hearing this morning to support a bill to solidify the California-China Climate Institute at the University of California, a pet project he launched after leaving office in 2019. Yesterday, he joined a Zoom meeting with the California Jewish Caucus to discuss "the future of our state."

Brown surprised lawmakers by dialing in from his ranch in rural Colusa County, a place he worries he'll have to leave because of wildfire threats. "We're experiencing the driest weather, the creeks are drying up," he said. "We're looking at real fire danger."

Having a former governor call into legislative hearings is proving to be an awkward setup. Senate Education Chair Connie Leyva (D-Chino) struggled to navigate the regular time limitations.

"We're giving you a little deference because you are our former governor, we wouldn't normally allow that," Leyva said, as Brown spoke out of turn.

Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), a former longtime adviser to Brown, asked if his old boss prefers to be called "professor" or "governor" these days. Brown drew some laughs given the trying year Gov. Gavin Newsom is having amid the pandemic and recall. "That question answers itself. I'd like to be 'governor,'" Brown said. "Though I'm glad not to be there now."

Sen. Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) voted against Brown's bill, which, nonetheless, passed committee today. But the fellow North State resident expressed gratitude to Brown and took a jab at Newsom. “I miss you. I miss the ability to be able to communicate with you. We have not had that with this administration as Republicans as much,” Dahle said.

Brown extended an invite to his ranch to lawmakers as he wrapped up. "I miss all of you, come by some time," he said.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON!" 


adding in here also that he also addressed Calbright a few weeks ago:
"Former Gov. Jerry Brown defends Calbright College
Brown: California’s online-only community college deserves a full chance"
https://edsource.org/2021/former-gov-jerry-brown-defends-calbright-embattled-online-college/655472
includes:
..."He still sees the college as the public solution to predatory for-profit institutions that targeted adult and low-income workers in the state to pursue degrees and credentials, sometimes at the cost of excessive student loans.

“The concept of Calbright is more relevant than ever,” said Brown, 83 who retired in 2019 after ending a second stint as the state’s Democratic governor.   “There’s more money now in higher education than ever before, so it’s not a money question. It’s the concept. Could the for-profit online colleges receive a public option? Could they face some competition from a public option, which Calbright represents? It’s a very attractive alternative for working people, not the fancy elites, but people who are struggling to improve their lot in life by upgrading their skills and doing so in a way that is affordable.”"..."Calbright, which is free to students, is a self-paced alternative to traditional colleges intended to serve adults between the ages of 25 and 34. The college offers a competency-based education model, which assesses students based on the skills they learn and not the amount of time spent in class.

Calbright faces an uphill fight since many in the Legislature have lined up against it and view the state audit as ammunition to eliminate the institution. Assembly Bill 1432, from Assemblymembers Evan Low, D-San Jose and Jose Medina, D-Riverside would eliminate the college by the end of 2022-23 and passed unanimously in that chamber. The Senate Education Committee will now consider the bill, and its chair, Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, said she will fight for its survival."..."The frequently criticized college has stumbled since opening to students in October 2019. A total of 904 people enrolled in Calbright at one point or another, according to a recent state audit that criticized the college’s former leadership for failing to provide students with training and overpaying some executives."..."Of the 904 students, 384 dropped out, 87 were inactive for at least 90 days, and only 12 students received a certificate in the first year. According to the college, 41 certificates have been awarded as of the end of March."..."Brown does believe Calbright aligns with Newsom’s and the state’s goal to use technology to empower the people.

“Calbright is all about equity,” he said.

And without the college, the only people who will be hurt “will be low-income Californians that will lose an opportunity that they can find in no other way unless they pay a handsome fee to a corporate vendor,” Brown said, referring to the for-profit colleges."

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