Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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.In 2012, the surgeon sued UCLA, the UC regents, fellow surgeons and senior university officials, alleging they failed to act on his complaints about widespread conflicts of interest and later retaliated against him for speaking up...
Full story at http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ucla-doctor-conflicts-20140423,0,3924175.story
Clearly, someone was afraid of the whistler:
The primary date is June 3 which is before the legislature is likely to have adopted a new state budget. Possibly, the results of the primary could influence that budget if some political trend is discernible.
A list of candidates for the various offices is at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/statewide-elections/2014-primary/certified-list-abbreviated.pdf
In what advocates are calling an extremely significant development in the fight for gender-neutral restrooms on college campuses, graduate student workers across the University of California System say they’ve reached a tentative contract agreement on language that establishes access to such facilities as a “right.” The workers also reached a similar agreement on language regarding access to lactation stations...
Full story at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/23/uc-grad-student-employees-bargain-right-gender-neutral-bathrooms-lactation-stations
Given the direction of the Supreme Court and the political developments at the state level, it appears that Prop 209 will remain in effect for the indefinite future. The Daily Bruin quotes a lawyer for the BAM group - the one that yells at Napolitano at Regents meetings - as saying the decision will not stand. See: http://dailybruin.com/2014/04/22/supreme-court-upholds-michigans-affirmative-action-ban/ What does that mean? You can't appeal a Supreme Court decision. But the lawyer's name is George Washington (I kid you not), so maybe he knows something.
Inside Higher Ed's coverage is at:
The northbound San Diego (405) Freeway will be closed between the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and Santa Monica Boulevard for five hours early Thursday. The closure will begin at midnight and end at 5 a.m., according to Metro. Ramp closures will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The freeway closure is needed to facilitate installation of mainline traffic loops, according to Metro.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
|Venice Beach Back in the Day|
You can find a link to the broadcast below. Slide to around the 5 minute mark to hear the fossil fuel segment.
For the first time, the number of Latinos from California offered freshman admission to the University of California was larger than that for whites. Reflecting demographic trends, 28.8% of those admitted to at least one UC campus were Latino, compared with 26.8% white. At 36.2%, Asian Americans again made up the largest ethnic group among admitted students from California. Blacks from California were just 4.2%...
Full story at http://touch.latimes.com/#section/601/article/p2p-79972007/
And for those upset with diversity, multiculturalism, etc., we offer this ditty from the past: