|For the Week of August 26, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown’s push for pension reform may cost the state billions of dollars intended for transit projects. That’s according to the US Department of Labor, which the Sacramento Bee says wrote Brown this month warning him that efforts to limit government pensions appear to violate a federal mass transit grant regulation that requires transit agencies to protect employees' collective bargaining rights.
California legislators have ordered an audit of the University of California, Berkeley and three other state college campuses, due to complaints that sexual assault allegations were ignored. Nine students had filed a federal complaint about Berkeley’s compliance with Title IX.
An overview of lab safety at UC appears in Chemical & Engineering News today, a year after UC "entered into a lab safety agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office" as a result of the December 2008 lab fire that led to the death of research assistant Sheri Sangji. Coincidentally, Sangji's PI, organic chemistry professor Patrick Harran, was back in court today, where the judge ordered him to stand trial on three felony counts of violating workplace safety standards. The next hearing date is October 3.
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