Monday, February 23, 2015

Still Nada at the Regents Archives

Yes, nada (as above) is what you still get when you look for the recording of the Regents Committee on Investments last Friday - at least as of 8 am this morning.  Yours truly continued to try Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome (as well as the link for iPhones) and got a blank screen.  He notified the Regents over the weekend about the problem.  It turns out that the meeting, at least as described by the Daily Bruin, was more exciting than most sessions of this committee.

Student protesters disrupted a University of California investments planning meeting Friday at UCLA, calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies and companies some say are involved in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The students also protested against the UC’s plan to increase tuition. The UC Board of Regents Committee on Investments met to discuss the University’s sustainable investment plan and to review the performance of its retirement plan, pension fund and working capital investments. As part of the University’s sustainability efforts announced in September, the regents analyzed a proposed environmental, social and governance investment framework that would integrate climate change and other risks into its investment decision-making process. About 17 students from Fossil Free UC, Students for Justice in Palestine and the United Auto Workers Local 2865 union, which represents academic student workers, started the protest during public comment at the beginning of the session. The regents temporarily adjourned the meeting as protesters were cleared out of the room...

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We continue to question Regents' policy of one-year (rather than indefinite) archiving of its meetings, which now are not even posted effectively on a timely basis.  How about as the archivist? preserves such official meetings as legislative hearings and webcasts them live.  According to Wikipedia, while "nada" means nothing in Spanish, it means "hope" in Croatian.  Can we apply the Croatian interpretation and hope that some change in regental policy will occur?

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