It was another slow day at the worksite of the UCLA Grand Hotel yesterday. The photo above was taken around 10:30 am. Apparently, there was more action in the courtroom. According to a media release put out by UCLA, a court decision removed the donors from one of the two lawsuits against the Grand Hotel. (One lawsuit says the environmental review wasn’t done properly; the other says the hotel will have to pay taxes.) You can find the media release at:
The Daily Bruin version, based on the release, is at:
According to the media release, it was “shameful” that the plaintiffs had included the donors. Actually, there are other aspects – not mentioned in the media release – that are a shame, as this blog has pointed out many times. It is a shame that UCLA (and other UC campuses) are focusing donations on physical plant rather than human capital. It is a shame that the Regents have no independent review capacity for reviewing hundreds of millions of dollars of capital projects that are quickly passed before them and ultimately rubber-stamp the plans. It is a shame that at Regents meetings, the governor focuses on the petty cash drawer – MOOCs and online education – while ignoring the trainloads of money in capital projects whizzing by. It is a shame that donor money is somehow regarded as not subject to trade-offs. (Channeling more of it into X means less available for Y.)
Ain’t that a shame?