Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of December 05, 2011

The Sacramento Bee and others are now acknowledging that the recent police violence against protesters at the University of California has “been happening for years.” One UC Davis graduate who “has a federal civil rights lawsuit pending over her arrest” in 2009 said, "It's kind of embarrassing that this is what's become of the university."

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UC-AFT president Bob Samuels chastised UC president Mark Yudof and the regents for not doing anything about police violence against students before the UC Davis pepper spraying went viral, despite his earlier calls for investigations.

Both the San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Bay Citizen expressed skepticism over the independence of Kroll Security, the consulting firm UC hired to investigate the pepper spraying at UC Davis, because of its business ties and “existing contracts with the university.” Kroll’s chairman is William S. Bratton, former chief of the Los Angeles and New York City police departments.

The Nation blogger Dave Zirin uncovered a “stunning connection” between Penn State University’s disgraced president Graham Spanier and UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi starting before their recent troubles: “In 2010, Spanier chose Katehi to join an elite team of twenty college presidents on what’s called the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board,” whose “classified mandate” has expanded to include “counter-terrorism” and “public safety.”

Meanwhile, in the wake of last week’s “phone in” regents meeting, which was swamped with student and staff protestors, the San Jose Mercury News published an editorial saying UC’s “voice-from-behind-the-curtain regents meeting was not the answer,” rather it constituted “abuse of the spirit, if not the letter, of state open-meeting laws.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the UC regents’ approval of “salary raises of between 6.4% and 23% for 12 highly ranked administrators . . . struck some critics of UC as inappropriate and likely to anger taxpayers and legislators.”

“California has one option left to stop the bleeding,” according to three who benefited from the California Dream: “The time has come for the 1% to join the fray and help rebuild our state and our country. Let them come forth and pledge with us to invest in tomorrow, starting today.”

In a Madison solidarity rally on Friday, students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin  “spoke in support of Occupy protesters on the UC-Davis campus. . . .The event was sparked by recent police action against students and also highlighted the Occupy Colleges movement for affordability in education.”

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