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May 14, 1994
George S. Mitrovich ("California's 'Secret' Elite Has Got to Go," Commentary, April 19) substituted frustration for facts. Thirteen of the 15 sitting appointed regents are Republicans, two are Democrats; at least five of the seven ex-officio regents are Democrats, including the student regent, both alumni regents, the lieutenant governor of California and the Speaker of the Assembly. While most regents would agree that 12 years is too long a term, during what Mitrovich calls the "zenith" period of the University of California, appointed regents served 16-year terms.
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April 22, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
University of California regents agreed to pay $10 million to the former chairman of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who had alleged that the well-known medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. The settlement reached Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court came just before closing arguments were due to begin in a whistleblower-retaliation case brought by Dr. Robert Pedowitz, 54, a surgeon who was recruited to UCLA in 2009 to run the orthopedic surgery department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The UC regents on Thursday hired an executive of a Canadian investment fund to be the chief manager of the university system's $82 billion in endowment and pension investments and to pay him potentially more than $1 million a year if he achieves good returns. Jagdeep S. Bachher, who is an executive vice president of the Alberta Investment Management Corp. in Edmonton and handles public sector funds there, is to become UC's chief investment officer and vice president of investments on April 1. With little public discussion, the regents approved a $615,000 base salary for him and set a maximum total payout of $1,014,750 if UC investments meet a goal of excellent returns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe. The UC regents approved the university's participation in the construction and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii, a scientifically ambitious project shared by Caltech and astronomy groups from Canada, Japan, India and China. The $1.4-billion telescope was described as the most advanced optical telescope in the world, with extra power and improved clarity to see distant planets and older stars than is possible now. Construction is scheduled to start this year and the telescope would be in operation in 2022, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Some University of California regents on Tuesday said it might make more sense to sell off a university-owned mansion that needs a major overhaul rather than restore the Contra Costa County property. The idea was broached as a r egents committee approved initial repairs of Blake House, the estate where most UC presidents had lived since the 1960s but which has been empty for the last five years. The 13,200-square-foot-residence, located about 11 miles north of the UC system's Oakland headquarters, needs a major overhaul, officials say. Administrators have estimated that a full overhaul of Blake House could cost between $3.5 million and $6 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Two UC campuses received important endorsements Thursday for long-stalled projects: a new medical school at Riverside and a major classroom building at Merced. The UC regents included a proposed $15 million to help run the medical school and $45 million for the Merced building in their 2013-14 budget request to the governor and Legislature. The regents said they were more optimistic than in the past about their chances since state tax revenues are improving. Meanwhile, about 60 student protesters - demanding that any new UC revenue be used to freeze tuition or roll it back - blocked an intersection for several hours near the UC San Francisco facility where the regents were meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989
Republican Gov. George Deukmejian's appointment of two attorneys--both over 60, both males, both Republicans--to the University of California Board of Regents ("2 Attorneys Join Regents," Part I, July 4) shows his contempt for the state Constitution as well as for the diversity of the people of California. Article IX, Section 9, subsection d, of the state Constitution clearly states, "Regents shall be able persons broadly reflective of the economic, cultural, and social diversity of the state, including ethnic minorities and women."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996
"Affirmative Action Ban Still Divides UC" (July 21) fails to state the main reason for the divisiveness, namely that the affirmative action ban is a direct attack on a philosophy that is entrenched in our universities. This philosophy is one of collectivism, and it holds that individuals are to be valued for their race, class or gender. It repudiates individualism, the philosophy upon which the U.S. was founded. The upheaval in the UC system is only the first encouraging sign that a bankrupt, immoral and anti-reason intellectual infrastructure will eventually be replaced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2011 | By Carla Rivera and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Fearing potentially violent disruptions, University of California regents on Monday canceled a meeting scheduled for this week in San Francisco, while UC and Cal State students prepared for demonstrations Tuesday at campuses across the state. The UC board had planned to hold its regular bi-monthly meeting Wednesday and Thursday at UC San Francisco's Mission Bay campus but postponed the session after what officials termed credible threats. University police had received reports that "rogue elements intent on violence and confrontation with UC public safety officers" were planning to join otherwise peaceful protests at the meeting, according to a statement by regents Chairwoman Sherry Lansing, Vice Chairman Bruce Varner and UC President Mark G. Yudof.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Tackling the long-standing and upcoming vacancies on the University of California regents board, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday reappointed two veterans and brought back another whose term expired last year. In addition, the governor proposed adding Richard Sherman, a Hollywood financial expert who heads investments for David Geffen, the entertainment mogul and major UC donor. The regents board has five vacancies and two more 12-year terms expire soon. Some UC administrators have expressed concerns that the unusual number of empty seats, one dating back to 2011, was beginning to affect operations of the board which oversees the 10 UC campuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The UC regents on Thursday hired an executive of a Canadian investment fund to be the chief manager of the university system's $82 billion in endowment and pension investments and to pay him potentially more than $1 million a year if he achieves good returns. Jagdeep S. Bachher, who is an executive vice president of the Alberta Investment Management Corp. in Edmonton and handles public sector funds there, is to become UC's chief investment officer and vice president of investments on April 1. With little public discussion, the regents approved a $615,000 base salary for him and set a maximum total payout of $1,014,750 if UC investments meet a goal of excellent returns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The UC regents on Thursday hired an executive of a Canadian investment fund to be the chief manager of the university system's $82 billion in endowment and pension investments and will pay him more than $1 million a year if he achieves good returns. Although that pay package triggered little public discussion, the salary for another new executive hire attracted more opposition at the regents meeting here. Some regents opposed the $450,000-a-year salary for Claude Steele, who is becoming UC Berkeley's provost and second-in-command.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The leaders of California's three public higher education systems Wednesday pledged more cooperation, particularly in transferring students, while Gov. Jerry Brown urged them to develop more innovative collaborations. In a rare gathering, University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris said they want to break through some of the walls set up by the state's 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, which established different roles and student enrollment criteria for each sector.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Tackling the long-standing and upcoming vacancies on the University of California regents board, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday reappointed two veterans and brought back another whose term expired last year. In addition, the governor proposed adding Richard Sherman, a Hollywood financial expert who heads investments for David Geffen, the entertainment mogul and major UC donor. The regents board has five vacancies and two more 12-year terms expire soon. Some UC administrators have expressed concerns that the unusual number of empty seats, one dating back to 2011, was beginning to affect operations of the board which oversees the 10 UC campuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The surprise selection of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to head the UC system has fueled criticism over the secret selection process. Supporters of a more open method say that better decisions are made when three or four finalists for a university presidency or chancellorship are formally identified to the public. At that point, faculty and students could have a chance to meet them before a final selection. Though widely praised, the selection of Napolitano in July also came as a shock to many outside a relatively small circle of UC regents and other officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The high-profile and surprising choice of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to head the UC system has fueled criticism over the secret selection process, echoing debates around the country about how higher-education leaders are chosen. Supporters of a more open method say that better decisions are made when three or four finalists for a university presidency or chancellorship are formally identified to the public. At that point, faculty and students could have a chance to meet them before a final selection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Kim A. Wilcox, a former top official at Michigan State University, was appointed as the ninth chancellor of UC Riverside at a special meeting of the UC Board of Regents on Thursday. The board voted unanimously for the selection, with regents praising Wilcox's commitment to top-tier research and student diversity. But his compensation of $354,000 drew strong objections from Gov. Jerry Brown. The salary represents a $29,000 -- or nearly 9% -- pay raise over that of the previous chancellor, Timothy White, who left in 2012 to head the California State University system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1993
If the UC Regents do indeed find it necessary to approve a 21% pay raise for hospital administrators in order to attract and retain quality leadership, then it would seem that their secondary goal is to lower the quality of care delivered at UCI Medical Center since most rank and file employees here have been denied raises for the past two to three years as well as being subjected to pay cuts and time reductions. Furthermore, the regents seem to have no qualms about raising student fees once again, a measure that goes one step further in guaranteeing a university education only for those in upper-income brackets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Some University of California regents on Tuesday said it might make more sense to sell off a university-owned mansion that needs a major overhaul rather than restore the Contra Costa County property. The idea was broached as a r egents committee approved initial repairs of Blake House, the estate where most UC presidents had lived since the 1960s but which has been empty for the last five years. The 13,200-square-foot-residence, located about 11 miles north of the UC system's Oakland headquarters, needs a major overhaul, officials say. Administrators have estimated that a full overhaul of Blake House could cost between $3.5 million and $6 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The UC regents took a step toward possibly restoring a university-owned mansion to once again become the official residence for the system's president. Some regents, however, said it might make more sense to sell off the Contra Costa County property. A regents committee approved initial repairs of Blake House, the estate where most UC presidents had lived since the 1960s but which has been empty for the last five years. The 13,200-square-foot-house, located about 11 miles north of the UC system's Oakland headquarters, needs a major overhaul, officials say. Tuesday's vote, expected to be approved by the full board Wednesday, authorized spending $620,000 from a privately funded UC endowment for short-term seismic strengthening and roof repairs and for architectural and engineering studies about the long-range future of the house.
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