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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Who Will Pay? Part II

Yesterday, we asked who was going to pay for the damages caused by the flooding at UCLA?  If you read the latest crop of news stories, you will get contradictory answers.  The chancellor on one occasion seemed to assert that there would be no cost to the campus for repairs to Pauley and other buildings - DWP would pay - but in another interview he seemed less clear.  Lawyers suggest there are hurdles in establishing fault.  We also learn that the powers-that-be at city hall would a) like to see the water system's aging pipes replaced but b) don't want to raise water fees to customers of DWP.  Since you can't have "a" without "b", anyone within the boundaries of LA might want to invest in sandbags.

Anyway, here are some sources:

http://m.ocregister.com/ucla/pavilion-630207-ready-season.html

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/31/6594863/sorting-out-the-claims-after-pipe.html

http://dailybruin.com/2014/07/30/ucla-officials-assess-flood-damage/

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140730/ucla-chancellor-says-damages-from-water-pipe-break-in-the-tens-of-millions-of-dollars

http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-ucla-flooding-20140731-story.html

http://patch.com/california/santa-monica/water-loss-so-far-sunset-boulevard-20-million-gallons

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Breaking News is Sometimes Broken

LAObserved.com pointed to this video:


ABC 7... got pranked by a caller the station put on the air as "DWP spokesman Louis Slungpue." He blamed the break on activity in one of the Pauley Pavilion locker room — either a cherry bomb in the toilet or "a very large dump." While co-anchor Ellen Leyva pressed "are you 100% sure about this?" a male voice could be heard mumbling "it's a fake call." 

From: http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2014/07/channel_7_pranked_by_faux.php

Sorry about that

UC and Cal State students anticipating financial aid from the state’s new Middle Class Scholarship program are going to have to wait until September to learn how much they will receive, a top administrator said Tuesday.

As a result of the delays, most students will not be able to apply the grants to their fall-term tuition bills but will be able to use the entire year's amount for their winter and spring tabs...

Full story at http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-ln-middle-class-scholarship-delay-20140729-story.html

Who will pay for flood damage? DWP?

Yesterday's posting as early reports of the water main break on Sunset Blvd. came in suggested light-heartedly a flood of Biblical proportions.  While the flooding might not have quite reached that level, so far in all of the news coverage yours truly has seen, no one has suggested who will pay for the damage to Pauley and other areas.  DWP has defended the length of time it took to shut off the water from an aged pipe that apparently predates the Westwood campus by several years.  DWP did not volunteer to pay for the campus repairs.

Some coverage:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ucla-flooding-water-main-drainage-20140730-story.html

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/chancellor-blocks-statement-regarding-water-main-break-near-campus

There is some good news from the LA Times today:

"(T)here’s something even more unusual than being killed by lightning -- dying in a flood."

See http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-lightning-deaths-20140729-story.html

An Admiral Choice

Bette Billet passed to me this article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed:

The Board of Regents of the University of Texas system voted unanimously on Tuesday to name Adm. William H. McRaven as the sole finalist to replace Francisco G. Cigarroa as chancellor of the 15-campus system, the board announced in a news release.  Admiral McRaven, who is now commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is best known for planning the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Under state law, the board must wait at least 21 days after announcing the final candidates before making an appointment. If appointed, Admiral McRaven would begin his new duties in January 2015...

Full story at chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/admiral-is-named-as-sole-finalist-to-lead-u-of-texas-system/82909

You have to be careful in selecting admirals for non-Navy jobs.  Some of them may be uncertain of what they are supposed to do:
video

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Flood

We are getting reports of flooding on Sunset Blvd. on the north side of campus due to a water main break. The street is closed.

It could be worse:


UPDATE: UCLA's notice of the flooding is at http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/water-main-break-at-sunset-and-westwood-boulevards

The Bruin has an article with a photo at http://dailybruin.com/2014/07/29/ucla-underwater-after-water-main-bursts/

Be quick about it!

Sometimes it pays to move fast
UC-Davis gets good PR for its program of three-year medical degrees:

http://www.capradio.org/28926

Governor Brown recently signed a bill allowing such fast-track docs to practice.