The November 14 meeting of the Regents opened with public comments. These included concerns over staffing and safety at UC hospitals, a Berkeley city councilman who called for pension caps on high-paid UC executives, students advocating fossil fuel divestment, concerns about student costs and debt, and spending on “amenities” for students at UC.The Committee on … Continue reading Listen to Regents Meeting of Nov. 14, 2013
As noted in prior posts, yours truly is out of town and behind on listening to, and recording, the Regents meeting. I am now current through the morning of Nov. 13. That was the morning in which UC president Napolitano gave her speech on her goals for UC. Blog readers will recall that there was … Continue reading Listen to the Regents Morning Session: Nov. 13, 2013 (including the Napolitano speech)
Previous posts on t his blog have noted the filing of an anti-pension initiative, fronted by some mayors, that would include UC along with other state and local plans. We have noted that it would be best if UC were omitted from the initiative on the rationale that the Regents have implemented their own plan … Continue reading Clock is ticking away on chance to get UC out of anti-pension initiative
The latest cash statement from the state controller is out and covers the fiscal year through October. It shows revenues to the state running about $600 million ahead of the forecast incorporated into the state budget last June. Blog readers will recall that Gov. Brown insisted on what might be described as “conservative” estimates of … Continue reading State Cash
Prior posts on this blog have noted that there is an anti-pension initiative that has been filed by a group whose front man is San Jose mayor Chuck Reed. The proposition, if it got on the ballot, would cover UC. It would require plans do be drawn up, presumably by the Regents, to deal with … Continue reading Response Would Be a Slender Reed (Pun Intended), But Why Not?
Events at this week's CSU Trustees meeting suggest what may occur at next week's Regents meeting, especially if the governor shows up, as he has been doing.From the LA Times: (excerpt)A committee of the Cal State Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $4.6-billion budget plan that includes money to hire faculty and increase student … Continue reading Things to Come?
...The Democratic governor said of his own time in office, "I'm working pretty darn hard, and yet I can't spend a lot of time on getting into the intricacies of government. So that, over the next year, that's something that interests me, to try to understand ... to get a real world feel of what's … Continue reading Looks like the Regents Will Have to Continue to Grin and Bear It
The State Worker blog of the Sacramento Bee carries a piece on what the political campaign against the anti-pension/anti-retiree health care initiative will likely look like. Excerpt:Chuck Reed’s public-employee pension initiative is a long way from making it to a statewide vote – money being the biggest hurdle – but labor unions have already started … Continue reading The Anti-Pension Initiative: What Can UC Do?
From Salon.com: [excerpt] 10-23-13Less than a year ago, the Wall Street Journal alerted its national readership to what was happening in the tiny state of Rhode Island. In a story headlined “Small State Gets Big Pension Push,” the paper noted that the state’s “rollback of public-employee retirement benefits has turned (it) into a national battleground … Continue reading And still more on the pension cabalistas…
Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker, founders of Campaigns, Inc.You probably have never heard of the couple above, Clem Whitaker and Leone Baxter, who founded what some regard as the first modern political advertising firm - Campaigns, Inc. - right here in California in the early 1930s. You may not have heard of the great "EPIC" … Continue reading More on the pension initiative "coordination"