Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of March 12, 2012

The Los Angeles Daily News ran an editorial decrying that Harvard has become cheaper than California colleges. Meanwhile, former Clinton-era Secretary of Labor and now UC professor Robert Reich weighed in on the college affordability crisis. Dan Walters, a columnist at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, wrote that the “students have a point in budget protests.”

UC president Mark Yudof published a letter condemning an incident at UC Davis last week in which Israeli speakers were heckled off stage and incidents at other campuses, including the defacing of an Israeli flag with the word “terrorist.”

Sen. Leland Yee took aim at UC over the disciplinary pay cut of a UC Berkeley employee who had given unearned pay raises to an employee she was seeing. The assistant vice chancellor’s pay was cut from $188,000 to $175,000. "Here you have an administrator who crossed the line, and the only thing she gets is a slap on the wrist," Yee said. "At the same time, student fees are going up. That's why UC has no credibility."

An Alameda County judge has barred the publication of a much-anticipated report on the notorious pepper-spray incident at UC Davis last November. The UC police union, which had not seen the report, argued that the report might contain confidential information that was prohibited from being made public.

The arraignment of a UCLA professor in a health and safety case has been re-scheduled for April 11 and 1:30pm in Los Angeles. The LA County District Attorney filed three felony charges last month against the UC Regents, UCLA, and chemistry professor Patrick Harran for the fatal 2008 lab fire that led to Sangji’s death.

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