Thursday, May 5, 2016

It looks like the stakes are being raised

It appears the stakes are being raised by UC Prez Napolitano in the Katehi matter:

A former U.S. attorney from San Francisco was named Thursday to head up the investigation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who was suspended last week amid a series of allegations involving misuse of student funds, nepotism and misstatements about her role in cleaning up her image and the school’s in online postings.
Melinda Haag will head up the independent probe, according to an announcement from UC President Janet Napolitano’s office. As U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, she oversaw high-profile prosecutions that included Giants star Barry Bonds and former state Sen. Leland Yee...

Input Wanted

Faculty want their voices heard on Katehi

By Tanya Perez | May 4, 2016 |
Davis Enterprise

The UC Davis Academic Senate is working to have its voice heard as an investigation into potential UC policy violations by Chancellor Linda Katehi starts to take shape.

At a special meeting Tuesday of the Academic Senate’s Representative Assembly, the group endorsed the two resolutions put forth by the Senate’s Executive Council.

The resolutions addressed what Senate chair André Knoesen told his colleagues in a letter were deep concerns “over the handling of recent events regarding Chancellor Katehi.” At issue were the lack of shared governance between UCD and the UC Office of the President, and damage to UCD’s reputation.

On Wednesday, April 27, Katehi was placed on a 90-day paid administrative leave pending the investigation into UCD’s employment and compensation of Katehi’s immediate family members, the veracity of her accounts of involvement in contracts to manage both UCD’s and her personal reputation on social media, and the potential improper use of student fees.

On Sunday, the Executive Council approved its first resolution — by a 25-1 vote — to request that UC President Janet Napolitano consult with the Senate chairman; make “every possible effort to mitigate damage to the UC Davis institution” and “conclude the investigation of Chancellor Katehi within a month of its initiation, or as soon as possible.”

The Executive Council passed the second resolution by a 20-1 vote, resolving that UCD’s Academic Senate, “through representatives, play a role in defining the scope of the investigation, the manner in which it is conducted, and the substance of the analysis and its conclusions.”...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Periodic Reminder of Email Fraud

From time to time, we remind readers of email frauds that are routinely directed at UCLA. Note that the message above (received today) does not come from There is a grammatical error: "you Message Board." All of these are clues to fraud. Clicking on the link provided would likely cause computer problems for you. Ignore (delete) all messages saying your email account is going to be cancelled, etc.

Mistakes were made

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced several policy changes Tuesday evening as he sought to persuade an auditorium full of skeptical faculty members that he should keep his job as leader of the nation’s premier public university.
“I’ve been hearing your concerns, and I’ve been hearing your advice,” Dirks told the packed auditorium at the spring meeting of the Academic Senate. “And I’ve taken some of your advice.”
Dirks’ words followed statements from many professors who said they deeply disapprove of the chancellor’s handling of campus finances and sexual harassment cases.
“Faculty trust is imperative in the best of times, but in challenging times, it’s indispensable,” said Mara Loveman, chair of the sociology department.
For UC Berkeley, this is nothing if not a challenging time.
Almost since Dirks arrived in 2013, the campus has been operating deeply in the red, and it is battling a $150 million deficit this year alone. Other UC campuses have dipped into the red but have extracted themselves. This is Berkeley’s third year of deficit spending, a problem blamed in part on its construction debt...

The Davis Berry

Here. Have one.

It seems conflicts at Davis have become a permanent part of the news:

UC Davis’ multimillion-dollar strawberry-breeding program is under legal attack again, this time from a pair of former UCD scientists who have gone into competition against the university.
California Berry Cultivars LLC, a company set up by two former Davis strawberry scientists, sued the University of California regents this week, saying they’ve been denied access to the fruits of their own labor – namely, a selection of plants they developed during their decades working at Davis...
(Their) departure already triggered one massive lawsuit, when the California Strawberry Commission accused the university of abandoning the strawberry-breeding program and letting the two men walk out the door with the priceless strawberry plants. That suit was settled in early 2015, when UC Davis hired a new strawberry breeder and reaffirmed its commitment to the industry...
 The (new) suit says the university has refused to release the plants “in an apparent attempt to suppress competition.”...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


The son of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi was not working directly for her daughter-in-law, contrary to what was alleged last week when Katehi was abruptly put on administrative leave, according to a review by the university's Academic Senate...

(UC Prez) Napolitano... said that an academic program employing Katehi's son as a paid graduate student researcher was recently placed under the direct supervision of the chancellor's daughter-in-law...

(Suspended UC-Davis Chancellor) Katehi's attorney has called the allegations "disappointing, unprecedented and, based on the facts, entirely unjustified."...

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Final Results for April Income Tax

We now have the final tally for income tax collections in April from the state controller. As we noted in a prior post, it appeared that income tax revenues would fall short of the governor's January forecast. In fact, that result occurred to the tune of -$1.2 billion. On the other hand, if you take the fiscal year through April, income tax revenues are over 5% above last year's total at this time. So how the outcome will be reflected in the governor's May revise budget proposal is unclear.