Sunday, March 26, 2017

UC Infrastructure spending in it?

Remember "Brown: "First the desire emerges, then the desire becomes a need, and the need becomes a right, and the right becomes a ...etc""

Here he is today on Meet the Press (apparently the interview was conducted earlier in the week before the healthcare bill process failed in DC, but) he talks about infrastructure, education, healthcare and much more that is pertinent to UC:


Also this:
Forcing out UC Davis chancellor cost university plenty
By Matier & Ross

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Millions Spent At UC Davis on Katehi Issues


UC spent nearly $1 million in probe of former UC Davis Chancellor Katehi

Read more here:

Includes"“The big losers in this are the students at the University of California, Davis specifically, and the University of California generally,” said Ed Howard of the Center for Public Interest Law. “If you think of the number of scholarships or the number of computers, or the excellent professors or programs that could have been paid for with that nearly million dollars, that is just tragic.”


appreciate the thoroughness of the UCOP investigation, however it clearly would have been much more financially prudent to fire Chancellor Katehi early on when she crossed the line by moonlighting with the diploma-mill DeVry University,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento.


"That incident cost the university nearly $2 million, including a $1 million settlement to the students who were sprayed. The balance paid lawyers, consultants and others who dealt with the aftermath.

The UC investigation determined that Katehi’s staff spent $407,000 hiring three companies to improve her image and the university’s after the pepper spray incident,"
"The entertainment portion of the bill – about $90,000 each of those two years – generally went to entertain staff, to wine and dine donors or to host award luncheons, among other things.

James Finkelstein, a professor emeritus at George Mason University who has done extensive research on university executive compensation, said his research doesn’t show any campus leader spending this much for entertainment. “It’s nearly four times what we’ve seen in our research,” he said.

Napolitano demanded Katehi’s resignation last April, but the chancellor refused, leaving Napolitano to suspend her with pay and order the investigation. At the time, Napolitano said Katehi had provided “material misstatements” to her and the media about her involvement in the hiring of the firms.

“As you know – but it bears repeating –"...Read the full article.


It Bears repeating:
How Much Did The Dirks Probe Just Cost UC?


"Jones, an Inglewood, Calif., native, is married to Estrella Jones, a Berkeley native. His sister-in-law, Na'ila Nasir, UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and has been a Cal faculty member since 2008.
This would be Jones's first head coaching job. Given that new chancellor Carol Christ comes on in July with the directive to cut costs, particularly in athletics, this may very well be a cost-saving move, rather than hiring a more expensive, big-name replacement for Martin. It also serves to keep some level of continuity."

-But isn't Nasir leaving that post after being in it just one year (to go work at a private foundation?)?

--And what about all those other open slots in the Chancellor cabinet at Cal?


At LA Times:
Posters to go up at UC San Diego targeting Janet Napolitano and 'sanctuary campuses'

Also this dev:
UC Berkeley Receives CRISPR Patent in Europe

For more also see footnote at:

On Davis student housing:

"Alex Lee, student body president, and a fourth year senior, spoke during the planning commission meeting.

I served as the ASUCD president this year and I wanted to give you a face for the many thousands of students depending upon the housing situation within Davis. You’re going to hear that notion brought up a lot about students, but I want to give you a face of what one looked like. One who for three, four years, struggled to find housing each year. It got harder and harder to the point where I have to compete in the market at that rate.

It’s also finals week so there aren’t as many students out here as we’d like – I need to go back to studying right after public comment. But we’ve had a petition circulating since last night and we have 65 signatures so far and its growing still amongst the students – the grads and undergrads.

The Sterling Student Apartments are within the larger context of the housing crisis in Davis. You can’t not talk about that. But having this unique proposal that has affordable housing which provides for a lot of the community members that want to live there, that are not just students, and student oriented housing is tremendous to lift the pressure off.

We’ve heard a lot about the hot-potato type issue, between the city and the university going ‘it’s your problem’ ‘no, it’s your problem.’ They go back and forth. But this year I’m very proud to say that the student government got both the university and the city council to say, it’s a joint responsibility. That’s what many students believe – it’s a shared responsibility.

The Sterling Fifth Apartments go a small way of the dent of the increasing student population, it is an unnatural population growth but in many ways it is the lifeblood of this community. Many of the business and restaurants are sprawling because the students are coming with different tastes and different metropolan lifestyles and they want to contribute back to society.

I have been very proud to live in the city of Davis for three years and I very much enjoy it. Whether the campus should have more students or the city should have more students, I think it’s a shared responsibility. But having that option for students – the thousands that come through every four or five years and contribute to the identity of this very campus, is so pivotal.

Because if there isn’t enough housing, and we’re seeing this already, students will be migrating to the surrounding cities and thus driving more, and our parking as a corollary effect as you can see, is already impacted. So if there’s more cars coming in, there will be more traffic and more congestion. But if there’s students living in apartments in Davis, they can take Unitrans which is funded by students primarily, and they can also bike to campus and that will relieve some of the traffic congestion concerns.

Don Gibson, from the Graduate Student Association, spoke during the Planning Commission Meeting and submitted his statement to the Vanguard:

Hello my name is Don Gibson, I am a PhD candidate at UC Davis and have been a member of the UC Davis community for the last 10 years. I’m coming here as the chair of the graduate student Association and ASUCD joint Housing Task Force. The Joint ASUCD-GSA Housing Task Force stands in strong support of the Sterling Project.

The housing crisis facing the UC Davis Community both students and staff continues to get worse every day. The university is planning on adding thousands of new students and staff while the City of Davis has not increased the housing supply in the same time.

Our support for this project is highlighted by three big numbers: 0.2%, 0.2% is the vacancy rate for Davis apartments. Meaning for every 1000 apartments only 2 stand vacant today. 13%, 13% is the approximant increase in annual rent last year because of this shockingly low supply, landlords have no incentive to provide quality or affordable housing in Davis. 540 beds, the number of bed added will be incredibly helpful for students in dire need of finding a quality place within the city of Davis.

When deciding upon whether to approve this project can we call upon the Planning Commission to consider the effects of rejecting housing that can fit approximately 540 additional beds. Additional housing in the city of Davis is by far the most sustainable solution for our environment, the City of Davis, and those who work or study at the university. If this housing does not get built that would be an additional 540 people who would most likely drive by car every day. That’s an additional 540 cars clogging our freeways, our roads, our parking garages. To continue Davis’s ethos of sustainability, having additional housing in the city of Davis is by far the best way to save our environment. Housing in the City of Davis allows these residents to use far more sustainable for their transportation options such as biking or Unitrans which studies have shown that 72% will take either of those options from this side of town.

The Sterling project has some unique adventives. Being an infill project provides a significant number of beds without the need without removing agricultural lands. Next, having a significant percentage of housing units be single rooms is a great way to attract young professional like myself to the city of Davis. Single rooms are important for young professionals because it facilities meeting new people without the struggle to find a roommate.

Lets be clear, both the City of Davis and UC Davis have the responsibility to share the need to build student housing. Recently the university has begun taken steps to relive the housing crisis. However, the City of Davis has not held up its end of the bargain in the last decade to support the college town environment. By restricting housing growth for its student population more and more students are forced to live in apartments beyond intended capacity and forcing many to commute by car from outside of Davis. We call upon the planning commission and the elected leaders in Davis to support housing designed for the student population.

Lastly, here in the middle of a Finals week, the city of Davis should do its fair share in the housing crisis and approve desperately needed housing. If it was not for the students in the university the city of Davis would not be the city many of us here love today. If Davis continues down the path of rejecting housing in the city center, it will go against the core values many of us hold of sustainable environmental practices by forcing hundreds of more people to drive from far away every day."

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Dirks failed to pay $4,990 in fees for the gym membership and personal training, and enjoyed the private use of a Precor Cross Trainer elliptical exercise machine worth between $3,500 and $4,000, according to findings of the heavily redacted report released Friday."

Some updates, additional coverage below.

See:UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks improperly accepted free fitness benefits, university probe finds

"Overall, Dirks failed to pay $4,990 in fees for the gym membership and personal training, and enjoyed the private use of a Precor Cross Trainer elliptical exercise machine worth between $3,500 and $4,000, according to findings of the heavily redacted report released Friday."

An LA firm looked into it, an LA paper covers it first -- but there were other items mentioned in earlier coverage besides just the trainer aspect being looked into- what happened with the travel etc.

So now SF Gate has coverage as well

where they also note that the travel issue was not addressed:
UC probe finds Cal chancellor got improper freebies from gym

"The report makes no mention of Wicks having accompanied the chancellor’s wife, Janaki Bahkle, who is an associate professor in history, on an alumni association-sponsored trip to India. "

So it was the expensive PR for his image

And the increasing costs on fence and household help issues

And the sports team training issues
and Title IX issues

cumulative with freebies that did it...?

Daily Cal had this includes:
"...asked Dirks during the meeting to identify his biggest regret during his time as chancellor, emphasizing that he be as candid as possible.

“The big regret is that you’re spending so much of your time learning about the different parts of campus that you’re in a reactive mode, and so a lot of the crises that come are things that you respond to rather than anticipate,” Dirks said during the meeting."

And there's still this:

And this ...Davos and now SF

CHE gives it a li'l coverage here:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Renowned and IX- at Cal again

A breaking news story with the background complaint in their article: "Former Student Says UC Berkeley’s Star Philosophy Professor Groped Her And Watched Porn At Work

A lawsuit alleges UC Berkeley professor John R. Searle sexually harassed, assaulted, and retaliated against a former student and employee — and that the university did nothing to stop him."

And Daily Cal has campus local coverage:

"Renowned UC Berkeley philosophy professor emeritus accused of sex assault"

More coverage:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Former OpEx 'Leadership'in Cal Leadership Revolving Door

At some point it will become quite clear whether or not the reaching back for past leadership to become once again 'new' leadership works out- or not - for Cal in its current 'difficult time'..

Will Dirks' picks for associate Chancellor and newly named LDO effective April 1 (replacing another of Dirks' Associate Chancellor's who will continue in that title as well but have other duties) continue to be part of a Christ administration?

Last July, Dirk's hired the former Operational Excellence head as an associate chancellor, now as mentioned above that person will oversee whistleblower cases at UC Berkeley as LDO,---Dirks made that hire just before the SF Chronicle and other papers broke these types of stories on the Dirk's administration:
-Some of those items began as whistleblower cases...Some of those cases can get significantly more complex than even an OpEx rollout...

Given the poor roll out of Op Ex and other initiatives connected to it like campus shared services, the resultant campus troubles...

Is it all just an early April Fool's for the campus?

Attempt To Tamp Down?

At this month's UC Regents Meeting the UCOP admin took a chunk of time and did their presentation on all the wonders they believe OP does for UC campuses etc, and now there is this PR that they are putting out

It starts off like this:
"Led by UC President Janet Napolitano, the Office of the President plays a distinct role in helping to shape the overall vision for the university and in carrying out core activities that allow the 10 campuses to function as a single university."

Do they allow UC to operate as one university?-- when the Title IX hits the fan or capital projects go wrong, or personnel decisions in the senior management turn a hot mess or sports funding plans, usually the UCOP response goes something like-UCOP delegates authority to the campuses and didn't know anything about that problem in advance-- you know the 'how could we have known?' familiar OP posture...

So, it seems the PR campaign was mostly created in advance of this:
2016-130 - University of California Office of the President—Administrative Expenditures
Est. Release Date: April 2017

And then there is this still to come:
2016-125 - University of California—Contracted Employees and Contracting Practices
Est. Release Date: June 2017

Also there's this update:

Gov. Jerry Brown in Washington: 'Wherever we are going to find common ground, we are going to do it'

Read more here:

Jerry Brown travels to Trump’s town to look for ‘common ground’

And add'l update which is of consequence to UC Med, see:

Gov. Jerry Brown warns of at least a $6-billion-a-year hit to California under GOP health plan