Sunday, May 19, 2019

Those were the days...

The Facebook page of the Charles E. Young Library on Friday posted the photo above of UCLA in the 1930s as part the centennial celebration (which apparently officially began yesterday). We've added two arrows to point out that the good old days involved lots of free parking. (Seems like the photo above - without the arrows - is a kind of official representation for the centennial, as per below from earlier this month.)

Anti-UC Outsourcing Constitutional Amendment

Assemblywoman Gonzalez and her district
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who represents a district covering part of San Diego down to the Mexico-US border, has introduced a constitutional amendment which would substantially limit outsourcing by UC. The amendment - ACA 14 - would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature (which is possible for Democrats to achieve). Such a vote would then put the amendment on the state ballot. The amendment appears to be supported by AFSCME. Recent one-day strikes by AFSCME have in part been aimed at outsourcing issues.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez is a graduate of the UCLA Law School.

The amendment is reproduced below:

Introduced by Assembly Member Gonzalez
April 4, 2019
A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by adding Section 9.5 to Article IX thereof, relating to the University of California.
ACA 14, as introduced, Gonzalez. University of California: support services: equal employment opportunity standards.
Existing provisions of the California Constitution establish the University of California as a public trust under the administration of the Regents of the University of California. The California Constitution grants to the regents all the powers necessary or convenient for the effective administration of this public trust. Pursuant to the California Constitution, there are 7 ex officio members of the regents and 18 appointive members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate, a majority of the membership concurring.
This measure would, effective January 1, 2021, except as specified, require the regents to ensure that all contract workers, as defined, who are paid to perform support services, as defined, for students, faculty, patients, or the general public at any campus, dining hall, medical center, clinic, research facility, laboratory, or other university location, are at all times subject to and afforded the same equal employment opportunity standards, as defined, as university employees performing similar services.
The measure would authorize the regents, or any campus or other entity of the University of California, to contract for, or otherwise arrange to use, contract labor, as defined, to perform support services only under specified conditions if authorized to do so by statute, and only to the extent to address one or more of prescribed needs. The measure would authorize the Legislature to enact statutes to further the purposes of, and to aid the enforcement of, this measure.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: no   Fiscal Committee: yes   Local Program: no 
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California at its 2019–20 Regular Session, commencing on the third day of December 2018, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, hereby proposes to the people of the State of California that the Constitution of the State be amended as follows:
That Section 9.5 is added to Article IX thereof, to read:
(a) The people of California declare all of the following:
(1) We, the people of the State of California, strongly support the University of California’s mission to enhance the lives of those it serves, educates, and employs.
(2) As one of the State’s largest and most respected public or private employers, the University of California is uniquely positioned to improve equal employment opportunity standards for every Californian working on its campuses or in its medical centers.
(3) The equal employment opportunity standards placed in this Constitution by a majority of voters casting ballots in the Presidential Election, at the November 3, 2020, statewide general election, will eliminate unequal treatment for those covered by provisions specified in this constitutional amendment.
(b) The Regents of the University of California shall ensure that all contract workers who are paid to perform support services for students, faculty, patients, or the general public at any campus, dining hall, medical center, clinic, research facility, laboratory, or other university location, are at all times subject to and afforded the same equal employment opportunity standards as university employees performing similar services.
(c) (1) The Regents of the University of California, or any campus or other entity of the University of California, may contract for, or otherwise arrange to use, contract labor to perform support services only if authorized to do so by statute, and only to the extent necessary to address one or more of the following needs:
(A) A bona fide emergency circumstance, for no longer than the actual duration of that circumstance.
(B) To support a student housing development that becomes available for occupancy on or after January 1, 2021.
(C) To perform support services in relation to an unanticipated special event scheduled by the university with less than 30 calendar days’ advance notice.
(D) To supply the university with licensed, clinically trained workers from a clinical registry.
(E) To train university employees on the use of new or specialized equipment or techniques.
(2) Any contractual arrangement for a person, firm, or other entity to supply the university with contract labor for one of the purposes specified in this subdivision shall meet all of the following requirements:
(A) It will not cause or facilitate the displacement of university employees. For purposes of this subparagraph, “displacement” includes layoff, demotion, involuntary transfer to a new job classification, involuntary transfer to a new location, or time base reduction. For purposes of this subparagraph, “displacement” also includes circumvention or delay of the regular hiring process, the filling of vacancies, or the budgeting for a full complement of university employees to perform support services.
(B) Both the proposal and the resulting contractual arrangement, and documentation reflecting any change to the specific types of work to be performed by contract workers or change to the locations at which they will perform support services, shall be, at all times, available to the public. This documentation shall specify in writing that all persons who perform support services under the contractual arrangement shall receive wages and benefits equivalent to, or of no less value than, those provided to university employees who perform the same or similar work or duties on a full-time equivalent basis.
(C) Any person who performs support services under the contractual or other arrangement provided for in subparagraph (C) or (D) of paragraph (1) for more than 10 days in a calendar year shall be employed directly by the university for all periods of work in excess of those 10 days.
(D) The use of contract labor shall not adversely affect the university’s nondiscrimination standards.
(d) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Contract labor” and “contract workers” mean persons other than university employees who are paid to perform support services at a University of California location.
(2) “Contractual arrangement” includes any contract, contract amendment, contract renewal, automatic renewal, contract extension, subcontract, purchase order, order, change order, or other agreement between a private entity and the Regents of the University of California or any other entity of the University of California, or between a private entity or any other public entity, that may be used to provide the University of California with contract labor.
(3) “Equal employment opportunity standards” means all of the following:
(A) The right to be free from discrimination in the workplace.
(B) Direct employment by the university, except as permitted by subdivision (c).
(C) Equal pay for equal work, meaning each contract worker shall receive at least the same wages and benefits, and be subject to the same standards of accountability, as university employees who perform similar services.
(4) “Support services” includes, but is not necessarily limited to, all of the following: cleaning or custodial services; food services; groundskeeping; building maintenance; transportation; security services; billing and coding services; sterile processing; hospital or nursing assistant services; and medical imaging or respiratory therapy technician services. “Support services” also include other patient care technical and service bargaining unit work and related nonsupervisory, nonmanagerial work functions as defined by the Public Employment Relations Board or a successor entity, pursuant to the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 3560) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code), as it is from time to time amended, or a successor act.
(e) This section shall become effective on January 1, 2021. However, if any contract that is in effect on January 1, 2021, would be impaired by the enforcement of this section, then this section shall not apply to that contract until the earliest date on which: (1) the immediate contract term expires, (2) the contract may be amended, extended, renewed, or permitted to renew, or (3) additional funding is authorized or a substantial change is made to the scope of work that had been expressly authorized or actually performed under the contract before January 1, 2021.
(f) The Legislature may enact statutes to further the purposes of, and to aid the enforcement of, this section.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Listen to the Regents Meeting of May 16, 2019

We continue our practice of archiving the audio of Regents meetings. At the link below (scroll down), you will find the audio of the full board meeting of May 16, 2019. As we have often noted, the Regents "archive" their official recordings of the meeting for only one year.

Note: In our recordings, we edit the official recording to omit long silences when the official recording is shut down during protest disturbances or for other pauses in the meeting.

From the Bruin: The University of California Board of Regents voted to increase nonresident student tuition by $762 per year Thursday.

The UC Board of Regents voted 12-6 in favor of increasing nonresident supplemental tuition by 2.6% on the third day of its May meeting at UC San Francisco. The increase will bring nonresident supplemental tuition from $28,992 to $29,754 and generate $28.9 million in additional revenue for the UC.

In March, the board tabled the vote after the council failed to come to a consensus regarding the tuition hike and its potential impact on international students. The board ultimately resolved to vote on the matter in May and request more funding from the state Legislature in the meantime.

UC President Janet Napolitano previously said failing to pass the tuition increase would result in a $30 million hole in the UC budget.

During the Thursday meeting, Napolitano said the regents added an amendment to allocate 10% of the revenue generated by the tuition increase to fund financial aid for nonresident students.

“Our needs are great,” Napolitano said. “Without this, we add another $30 million hole, and that will have an impact on the educational program we can provide for our undergraduate students, be they from California and be they from out of state.”

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said he is glad the vote passed because the increase will expand core funds and educational programs for UCLA. The university has had to look for new sources of additional funding due to sharp cuts in state funding and increases in the size of its student body, Block said.

“UCLA has worked hard over this time to ensure student success and to improve graduation rates, but this can only be done if we ensure there are enough class sections and seats to avoid creating bottlenecks,” Block said.

Regent Lark Park said she had deep reservations toward the tuition increase because it would hurt low-income out-of-state and international students.

Fewer low-income international students have enrolled at the UC in recent years due to the increase in tuition, Park added.


Also from the Bruin: The governing board of the University of California met for the third day of its May meeting at UC San Francisco on Thursday. The Board of Regents voted to raise nonresident student tuition and discussed a potential partnership between UC San Francisco and a Catholic hospital system.

The board voted to increase nonresident student tuition by $762 per year, raising tuition for out-of-state and international students from $28,992 to $29,754 per year.

-Caroline Siegel-Singh, the vice president of external affairs of Associated Students at UC San Diego and president of UC Students Association, said students from certain UC campuses and racial backgrounds take on more debt than others. Siegel-Singh said low- and middle-income students are facing increasingly high tuition costs. She urged the board to consider the effects of raising nonresident tuition, adding she thinks the UC should not rely on the revenue generated from nonresident tuition for funding.
-Sarah Abdeshahian, a UC Berkeley student and vice chair of the Fund the UC campaign, said she opposed the tuition increase for nonresident students. She said she thinks students from all backgrounds should be able to afford a UC education.
-American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, the UC’s largest employee union, protested the outsourcing of UC worker’s jobs. A few AFSCME members were arrested for illegal assembly, said Eric Partika, captain of the UC San Francisco Police Department.
-Sahiba Kaur, a senator in Associated Students of UC Davis, said pesticides used on UC grounds are harmful to groundskeepers and community members. Kaur said the UC continues to use chemicals and pesticides prohibited by the state of California and added she thinks the UC should let groundskeeping workers, scientists, experts and student government representatives sit on the committee overseeing the issue.
-Patricia Robertson, a perinatologist at UCSF, said she thinks UCSF should not partner with Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital system because she thinks hospital operations and services such as abortion would be restricted by local bishops. Robertson said there are other ways to add beds without having to affiliate with a Catholic institution.
-Kathleen Jordan, the chief medical officer at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, said many allegations against Dignity Health, such as the claims the hospitals will limit access to care for LBGTQ individuals, are not true. Jordan said the hospital discusses all treatment options with patients and does not discriminate against any patients. She also said bishops are not involved in the decision-making process of the health care system.
-Dana Gossett, an obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic professor at UCSF, said she supports the partnership with Dignity Health. Gosi said Dignity Health has a gender-affirming program for its transgender patients and no care would be taken away from patients.


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Friday, May 17, 2019

UCPath Access Limited Due to Plane Crash
UCPath Implementation Project
Attention Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees,
Late Thursday (May 16), there was an incident near the March Air Force base in Riverside, which is very close to the UCPath Center.
Due to the ongoing investigation of the incident, access to the UCPath Center and other local businesses is cut-off.
As a result, the UCPath Center is curtailing normal business operations today, May 17. Phone and chat services will be unavailable today. However, the UCPath Center will continue to process on-line cases and transactions. UCPath Online is fully available.
The UCPath Center will continue to monitor the situation with authorities and we will provide updates to the campus as warranted.
Should you need assistance via phone today, contact the Central Resource Unit (CRU) at (310) 825-1089 and select option 5, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the Central Resource Unit (CRU) website for more information about UCPath.
Thank you,
The UCLA UCPath Team

Listen to the Regents' Afternoon Session of May 15, 2019

The Regents' afternoon session of May 15 included the Compliance and Audit Committee and the Governance and Compensation Committee. However, the official recording of the latter appears to have started in mid-meeting or even later and includes only a rubber-stamping approval of some agenda items.

The Bruin reports on Compliance and Audit:

Matthew Hicks, the UC systemwide audit officer, said the UC is evaluating undergraduate admissions processes to ensure compliance with regulations and to reduce the probability of fraudulent admissions as part of an audit of admissions practices across the UC. He said the audit will focus on the admission of student-athletes and other cases of nonstandard admissions. He said this phase of the audit is expected to be completed late spring.

Full story at

You can hear the May 15th afternoon audio at:

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Governance and Compensation:

Strike News: One-Day Walkout Yesterday Coinciding With Regents Meeting

From the Bruin: ...The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 went on strike for the fifth time in a year over issues including insurance insecurity and temporary labor outsourcing. AFSCME 3299 is the UC’s largest employee union and represents more than 25,000 patient care technicians and service workers.

About 100 AFSCME workers marched around campus and to the Chancellor’s office Thursday. Members of the University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America union marched in solidarity with AFSCME.
AFSCME filed three separate unfair labor practice charges in response to alleged illegal outsourcing in early May, said John de los Angeles, an AFSCME spokesperson, in an email statement.
Claire Doan, a spokesperson for the University of California Office of the President, said in an email statement the UC thinks AFSCME’s efforts are disruptive and will ultimately be unsuccessful.
“It’s clear AFSCME leaders are going to desperate lengths for attention, from sporadically announcing baseless accusations against the University to calling for a boycott of commencement speakers that squarely hurts students and their families,” Doan said.
De los Angeles said he thinks the UC has yet to properly acknowledge allegations of illegal outsourcing...

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Listen to the Regents Morning Meeting of May 15, 2019

From the Bruin: The governing board of the University of California met for the second day of its May meeting at UC San Francisco on Wednesday. The Board of Regents discussed a systemwide audit of the admissions process, raised Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition at UC Berkeley and discussed LGBTQ initiatives across the UC.

Board of Regents
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, the UC’s largest employee union, protested the outsourcing of UC workers’ positions to outside suppliers during public comment. Agnes Castro, a member of AFSCME Local 3299, said outsourcing affects the safety and security of workers and the people who receive their services.
  • Bryan King, a psychiatry professor and vice chair of child and adolescent psychiatry for UC San Francisco, said child and adolescent suicide is a serious issue, but UCSF lacks the adequate infrastructure to care for child and adolescent patients. He said he supports establishing a partnership between UCSF and Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital system, to bring high level care to patients in need.
  • Ronit Stahl, an assistant professor of history at UC Berkeley, said she thinks this partnership would bind UCSF to the religious constraints placed by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Julie Wilensky, an attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said she opposes the potential partnership with Dignity Health. She said she thinks Dignity Health would limit a wide range of reproductive rights and harm the UC’s LGBTQ patients, undermining the UC’s legal obligation to serve patients from all backgrounds as a public institution.
  • Irene Pien, a resident doctor of plastic surgery at UCLA, said she thinks the UC needs to better take care of its physicians. Pien said the suicide rate of physicians is high because of the stressful nature of their jobs and that she thinks the UC needs to better address the physical and emotional demands placed on its residents.
NOTE: Apart from the items above, there were also speakers on physician bargaining, fossil fuel divestment, a proposed building at Berkeley, and transgender issues. A protest disrupted the session. (Audio was cut off during the disruption.)

Academic and Student Affairs Committee
  • The committee approved a motion to establish a seventh college at UC San Diego. UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said the current six colleges have already exceeded their designed capacity and their resources are being drained by the rapid growth of the student body.
  • The committee approved the establishment of two new Natural Reserve System sites at Point Reyes National Seashore and Lassen Volcanic National Park. The NRS is a network of protected wildlife sites throughout California administered by the UC.
  • The committee approved a proposal to increase Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ proposed a 9% increase in nonresident PDST per year and a 3% increase in resident PDST per year for the first four years. The PDST increase aims to fully reimburse student loan payments for all full-time MBA graduates working in the public sector or nonprofit organizations who earn salaries of $95,000 or less.
  • Shaun Travers, the UCSD campus diversity officer and director of UCSD’s LGBT Resource Center, said current training about LGBTQ issues for employees at UCSD is very limited. Travers said he thinks transgender and nonbinary students should be able to change their preferred name without going through bureaucratic hurdles. He added he thinks students should be able to put their preferred names on their diplomas.
  • Shawndeez Jadalizadeh, a graduate student in gender studies at UCLA, said they have experienced discrimination as a transgender student on UCLA’s campus. Jadalizadeh said they were interrogated on campus when their preferred name did not match the name on their ID card. They added although policies protecting LGBTQ students’ rights have improved in recent years, there is still a stigma surrounding transgender students.
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
  • The committee endorsed Senate Bill 14, which could provide funding for maintenance projects that have been delayed due to a lack of funding. Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis said this would allow the UC to rely less heavily on student tuition to fund these projects.
  • The committee approved the Upper Hearst Development for the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Housing Project at UC Berkeley. Christ said the project will offer additional housing to students and faculty, office spaces and event venues to students at the Goldman School.
  • The committee approved the budget and design for a project to increase UC Santa Barbara’s campus classroom seating capacity by 35%. UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry Yang said the project will help the campus meet its current projected enrollment growth, lift the caps for lower division courses and minimize the waitlist.
  • Khosla said UCSD is preparing to build a seventh and eighth college. He added the strategy aims to reduce the number of students per college, guarantee four years of housing to every undergraduate student and provide housing that is 20% below market prices.
  • Associate Vice President Mark Cianca said the recent deployment of UCPath at UC Berkeley was the most successful deployment of the payment system to date. Deployment at UC Davis and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources was delayed to September.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Listen to the Regents' Investment Committee of May 14, 2019

The Regents' Investments Committee met yesterday. There was the usual discussion about developments in financial markets especially recent volatility, although the cutoff date was March 31, 2019, so little mention was made of the more recent China/trade war-related effect on the stock market. There was extensive discussion of monetizing opportunities arising from UC technological research. However, exactly how UC was going to benefit was not so clear.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Online MBA at Davis

From the Sacramento Bee: UC Davis is expanding its nationally ranked business school to include an online-only MBA program, making it easier for working professionals or other nontraditional students to earn a degree.

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management announced the new program, called MBA@UCDavis, Wednesday in a press release. Davis is the first University of California campus to offer an online-only business school program. The school of management has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 for 24 years in a row.

“Top schools already have launched online programs,” H. Rao Unnava, dean of the management school, said. “We are now at the forefront in terms of the first few that are coming out.”

Competitors such as the University of Southern California, the University of North Carolina and Rice all offer online MBA programs as well.

The program will be priced similarly to the traditional MBA option. Unnava said it will be fully equivalent to the full time experience, and students will graduate with the same UC Davis MBA degree. Tuition for the two-year program is estimated to total $104,400.

Application requirements, which include the GMAT or GRE, will be the same as well...

Full story at:

Monday, May 13, 2019

The building goes on

A quiet day in UC/UCLA news while we wait for the Regents meeting tomorrow. So we'll again show recent photos of the construction of the Anderson addition:

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Income per state tax filer in Westwood

CALmatters has a map system from which you can determine income per state tax filer in filing year 2018 by Zip Code. Note that a tax filer could be an individual or a couple. In the 90024 Zip Code that surrounds UCLA, the average income was $270,759. It turns out in addition that 39 individuals file their returns from 90095 - the Zip Code for UCLA itself - and had an average income of $192,487.

You can search income per file around California at:

Saturday, May 11, 2019

2021 Health Care Changes

Blog readers will recall that a committee was set up to examine options for modifying the UC retiree health care program. The committee was established after an item appeared on the Regents' agenda for considering such options and was then removed after it was disclosed that there had been no Senate consultations beforehand.

There were some indications that changes might be made to retiree health starting in 2020, despite the fact that the committee had not made recommendations. It now appears that the committee has been given a wider charge to examine the full range of UC health offerings with major changes coming not before 2021. Still unclear is what will happen in 2020. UCOP is apparently going ahead with an RFP to big carriers asking for bids on a possible new program starting in 2020. The new retiree program apparently would involve a switch from self-insurance by UC to the insurance risk placed on the carriers. Below is a letter outlining some of these developments: {The images of the letter below may be sharpened by clicking on them.}

Friday, May 10, 2019

Strike Up the Band for UCLA (and Joe Mathews)

UCLA flourished despite headwinds. Future risk-taking will bring it to its full potential

Joe Mathews, Zócalo Public Square, May 9, 2019, Desert Sun

Berkeley. Schmerkeley. California’s most important educational institution is UCLA — and the contest really isn’t close.

Now would be a good time for Californians to recognize this, and not only because the Westwood school is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. UCLA’s rapid rise is a California triumph that thoroughly rebuts all our excuses for not supporting our most vital institutions.

While we Angelenos often treat UCLA like it’s been around forever, it is actually one of the world’s youngest elite universities. Even by Southern California standards, it’s young: USC, Caltech, Occidental, and Pomona College are all older.

Despite its late start, UCLA  has come to embody the American dream of college — it receives more applications each year than any U.S. university, nearly 140,000, from all 50 states. While the academic performance of its students and the research work of its faculty rival those of the Ivy League, UCLA educates far more poor kids than other elite American colleges. Some 35 percent of undergraduates receive Pell grants (a rate twice that of the Ivies), and one-third of graduates are the first in their families to earn a four-year degree.

Yes, I can hear Bay Area howls. But simmer down. Sure, Stanford is great, but it has a smaller student body — enrollment of 17,000 compared to UCLA’s 45,000 — and admissions more exclusive than the Bohemia Club’s. And while Berkeley retains academic prestige, UCLA has more students, is better at sports (117 NCAA team championships and counting), and offers more academic options, including a world-class medical center.

My own UCLA-vs-Berkeley loyalties are conflicted. Zócalo Public Square, which produces this column, partners with UCLA on public events, though I write this wearing a Cal T-shirt I got from my two siblings, both Berkeley alums. But here’s what all Californians, regardless of school affiliation, should appreciate: UCLA became what it is today in the face of relentless hostility from Berkeley.

Before UCLA, Berkeley was the University of California, and the regents, faculty and president opposed a second campus in Southern California — according to Marina Dundjerski’s smart history, UCLA: The First Century.

Nevertheless, in 1919 the Los Angeles newspaperman Edward Dickson, a regent and Berkeley graduate, successfully lobbied to open a two-year college on Vermont Avenue. It had no degree-making power, and the snobs up north wanted to keep it that way.

“If something in the nature of an academic rival, laying siege to the State Treasury for the limited funds which are available for higher education, is to be established at Los Angeles,” UC President David Barrows wrote the San Francisco Chronicle publisher, a fierce UCLA opponent, in 1923, “not only will higher education suffer in the State, but the prospects of our union as a people will be grievously hurt.”

The North-South clash grew so bitter that UCLA’s first head, Ernest Carroll Moore, complained that he “felt most of the time as if I had drunk kerosene.”

UCLA nevertheless expanded rapidly not because of any official sanction, but because Californians kept enrolling, whether there was room for them or not. By 1926, UCLA was already the fifth largest liberal arts college in the nation. n 1929, the school moved into a new campus in Westwood. This expansion occurred despite Berkeley resistance, though the project’s Berkeley-trained engineer named some Westwood streets — Le Conte, Hilgard, Gayley — for his old professors.

That has been the heart of the UCLA story ever since. Despite the scorn of Northern California, UCLA kept getting bigger and better.

State appropriations for higher education were slashed by 25 percent in the Depression, but UCLA accommodated a surge of students and recruited elite faculty. After the war, UCLA established professional schools despite opposition from the regents and university president.

Chancellor Charles E. Young, who led UCLA from 1968 to 1997, continued growth despite Gov. Ronald Reagan’s political turn against the university and 1978’s Proposition 13, which created a budget system that disinvested in public universities. Today, less than 7 percent of total revenues come from the state.

“The one central notion that carries throughout UCLA’s history,” writes Dundjerski, “is that the institution was built on risk.”

Unfortunately, California has forgotten this important lesson about risk. We still produce transformational plans for health care, education, and infrastructure — but tell ourselves we can’t accomplish them because of all our rules, or our politicians, or our lack of money.

None of that stopped UCLA.

UCLA’s next 100 years will require even more risk-taking. California needs millions more college graduates. UCLA must turn many more of its applicants into graduates, and reduce the costs of attending — all without sacrificing excellence.

Such a transformation may require independence from meddlesome regents and budget-cutting governors. Our greatest university should be free to become all it can be.

Then Berkeley can follow its lead.


Let's hear it:

The May Revise - Rainy Parade Editorial

You may have seen the photo above in today's LA Times with the governor pointing to a $21.5 billion "surplus" during his May Revise news conference. Yours truly has no doubt that by some definition of "surplus," you can arrive at such a figure. But to most people, "surplus" means more money comes in than goes out during the budget year, thus raising total reserves by the difference. As we showed yesterday, using the governor's figures, total reserves in fact drop by $648 million to $1 billion (depending on how K-12 reserves are treated), a deficit.* News reports have nonetheless picked up the "surplus" theme without questioning where the number comes from, how it is defined, or how it can be squared with the governor's own figures and common parlance.

Of course, taking note of this discrepancy is raining on the parade, which everyone hates.

The May Revise - Part 2

Yesterday, we posted an analysis of the governor's May Revise budget proposal.* Below is the official UC response:

Statement from UC President Janet Napolitano on May Revision to Governor’s Budget

UC Office of the President
Thursday, May 9, 2019

The University of California appreciates the strong investment in higher education reflected in Governor Newsom’s January budget introduction, as well as the additional proposed investments from the May Revision, such as new ongoing funds to support housing for homeless students.

We look forward to working with the Legislature** to secure additional funding that would make permanent the one-time allocation from the Budget Act of 2018 – which helped avert a tuition increase this past academic year – and bolster enrollment growth and access throughout the university.

We hope for continued collaboration with legislators to identify sufficient resources to meet our multi-year goals, including producing additional degrees to address workforce needs, ensuring equity in degree attainment, and further investing in our world-renowned faculty and research.

As a partner with the governor and the Legislature in enhancing the accessibility and affordability of a high-quality UC education, we truly value the mutual commitment to achieving shared objectives and advancing the California dream.


**Editorial note: This phrase is the key part of the statement.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The May Revise

The governor’s new budget was announced this morning. Below is a table summarizing topline data for the General Fund (GF), using the governor’s (Department of Finance’s) estimates.

Despite what the governor said about a “surplus,” the budget shows a net drop in total reserves of about $1 billion, a deficit. It has to be said that while $1 billion seems like a lot of money, budget projections can easily be moved up or down by more than that amount by economic perturbations. Some would argue that paying down debt is equivalent to putting more money into reserves. (It appears that the budgeteers have gotten rid of the “Safety Net Reserve” which was created for technical reasons. It has probably been folded into the Rainy Day Fund.) 

The usual reminder: A budget proposal is not a budget. The legislature enacts the budget. The governor can sign or veto it or apply line-item vetoes. When all that happens, we have an enacted budget.

                   LAO    January   May Revise
$Million         11/18   Governor     Governor
& Transfers   $145,065   $142,618     $143,839
Expenditures  $139,373   $144,191     $147,033
Deficit        +$5,692    -$1,573      -$3,194
Regular GF
 7/1/19        $10,281     $5,240       $6,224
 6/30/20       $15,973     $3,667       $3,030
 Deficit       +$5,692    -$1,573      -$3,194
Safety Net
 7/1/19           $200       $900            -
 6/30/20          $200       $900            -
 Deficit            $0         $0            -
Rainy Day
Fund (BSA)
 7/1/19        $13,768    $13,535      $14,358
 6/30/20       $14,513    $15,302      $16,515
 Deficit         +$745    +$1,767      +$2,157
Total Reserve
 Deficit       +$6,437      +$194      -$1,037

  7/1/19       $24,249    $19,675      $20,582
  6/30/20      $30,686    $19,869      $19,545
  Deficit      +$6,437      +$194      -$1,037*
Note 1: The LAO's November 2018 estimate is essentially a workload budget, i.e., a budget that just continues existing programs and taxes.
*Note 2: $389 million is to be deposited to a special reserve for K-12. If that reserve is viewed as connected to the General Fund, the deficit would be reduced to -$648 million.

The budget contains additional one-time funding of about $32 million added for UC:

• Retirement Program—The May Revision includes $25 million one-time General Fund to support the UC Retirement Program.

• UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center Pilot Program—$3.5 million one-time General Fund to support a pilot dyslexia screening and early intervention program operated through the UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center. These funds will enable the Center to deploy the Application for Readiness In Schools and Learning Evaluation, provide curriculum support, train staff on potential educational interventions, and collect data for a report on outcomes.

• Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness—Building upon the Governor's Budget investment of $15 million ongoing General Fund to address student food and housing insecurity, the May Revision proposes $3.5 million ongoing General Fund to support rapid rehousing of homeless and housing insecure students.

• Other Programs—The May Revision updates the assumed out-year costs to support the UC legal immigration services program from an average of $1.3 million per year to an average of $1.7 million per year. The May Revision continues to reflect $1 million ongoing General Fund to support the UC Davis Firearms Violence Research Center beginning in 2021-22.

We'll get to it ASAP

Actually, it's today
The governor's May Revise budget news conference is listed on the Calchannel as starting at 10:25 am today (and 10:30 am) on the governor's webpage. 

At around that time, the documents will become available on the web. We'll provide some analysis as soon as possible thereafter.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Something to think about - Part 2

Back in late April, we reprinted an op ed from the Daily Bruin complaining of the "hotel empire" that has been built up at UCLA.* So, in fairness, we reprint the empire's reply:

This is a letter responding to the Opinion column titled “Mind Your Business: UCLA hotels detract funding from more pressing issues, compromise local business.”

The purpose and function of UCLA facilities, like the UCLA Tiverton House, the Guest House, the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center and the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, is to support UCLA’s mission of education, research and public service at a lower cost than other alternatives.

UCLA Tiverton House, for example, provides affordable and convenient lodgings for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center patients and their families, making it possible for them to stay close to the hospital when support and proximity are most needed.

Far from amounting to a hotel empire, as the columnist claims, facilities like Tiverton House support the families of patients undergoing treatment at UCLA’s medical center by providing more affordable lodging – its purpose isn’t only humane, but also an integral part of the university’s public service mission.

Similarly, the UCLA Guest House – which has been operating since 1985 – serves the campus’ recruitment needs and accommodates visiting scholars and guest speakers who enrich students’ education. It also supports medical patients and visiting administrators from other University of California campuses, among many others.

UCLA acquired the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in 1985. Since that time, the property’s summer alumni camp and conference programs have grown significantly. The Bruin Woods summer alumni camp is arguably the most successful in the country, customarily selling out every day for the entire summer quarter, with more than 250 waitlisted families who wish to participate; it’s a summer tradition that has become an annual touchstone experience for so many, some of whom have returned each of the past 35 years. In addition, the property has hosted 345 UC conferences in the past five years alone.

In the same vein, all conferences at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center must have an eligible educational purpose, and its guests need to have legitimate educational or business reasons connected to UCLA in order to stay at the facility. The center has allowed UCLA to host a wide variety of compelling events on campus that would otherwise not have been accessible to as many students, faculty and staff.

Almost two-thirds of the business at the Luskin Conference Center comes from academic conferences and 40% of all guests are recharged travel – meaning UCLA departments are able to save money and have their visitors conveniently located on campus.

All of these properties have employed a large number of student staff, who develop service industry skills that can be useful as they pursue a variety of career paths. Roughly 300 to 400 students work for UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services in any given year, and many eventually join the management team pursuing career options within the department.

Providing guest housing and conference centers is a growing practice at top universities. These facilities allow campus departments to use the savings for other academic and campus needs. Also, true to its public mission, UCLA uses the net income from all of these facilities to retire debts or make ongoing property and programmatic improvements, with the goal of better accommodating the needs of our campus, alumni and visitors for generations to come.

Pete Angelis, Assistant Vice Chancellor of UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services



Previewing Thursday's May Revise

Not so far; only one day
We noted in yesterday's post that Gov. Newsom was going to make an announcement related to the May Revise budget proposal that is to be unveiled tomorrow. And we noted that the governor has been on an I'm-Not-Jerry (Brown) kick regarding his policy agenda.

The announcement - which includes adopting proposals that Jerry Brown had vetoed - is summarized below. We'll find out tomorrow whether being not Jerry has any benefit for UC:

More parental leave, tax breaks for tampons and diapers backed by Newsom
Alexei Koseff, May 7, 2019, San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — Californians could take an additional two weeks of paid leave to care for a new baby or sick family member and could buy diapers and menstrual products tax-free under the revised budget plan that Gov. Gavin Newsom will unveil this week.

Newsom announced the paid leave and tax exemption proposals, as well as several other funding increases intended to benefit families, at a news conference Tuesday with the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. He said helping working parents afford the expense of raising children in California was a priority for his administration.

“Nothing more important we can do than support parents. Period. Full stop,” the governor said.

When he took office in January, Newsom committed to expanding California’s paid family leave program from six weeks of partial salary for each parent of a newborn or newly adopted child to six months per baby. Although he made it a centerpiece of his early agenda, his original budget proposal for fiscal 2019-20 did not include funding for the idea.

Under his revised plan, each parent or a close family member could take an additional two weeks of paid leave to bond with an infant beginning in July 2020, giving them four months total. The expansion would also cover leave to care for a seriously ill family member. The existing program provides workers with 60 to 70 percent of their salary during that time, paid for by a payroll tax on all workers in the state.

The state would fund the extra time off by reducing the minimum reserve it is required to maintain for the family leave program. A bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, that is moving through the Legislature would bar companies from firing workers who take the leave.

Newsom is proposing a task force to develop a plan that would get California to a full six months of paid leave by the 2021-22 fiscal year.

“There’s no government programs that can substitute the time with a loved one,” he said.

Eliminating the state sales tax on menstrual products, such as tampons and pads, and diapers has been a priority of the Legislative Women’s Caucus for several years.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County), spearheaded the campaign against taxing menstrual products, which she calls an unfair expense for being a woman. She said Tuesday that the budget plan was “finally sending the message that our bodies are not a luxury.”

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, pushed to get rid of the tax on diapers, which she said would save families $100 to $120 per year, enough to pay for an extra month of diapers.

Then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed both proposals in 2016, saying it would be too big a hit to state revenues. The sales tax exemptions would collectively cost about $76 million a year.

Newsom, who noted that two of his four young children still wear diapers, said Tuesday that the change was “long overdue.” He and Gonzalez subtly jabbed at his predecessor, who married later in life and did not have children.

“I cannot tell you the frustration that we’ve been through in trying to explain this to people that have never bought diapers,” Gonzalez said.

Newsom added, “Had you not had kids, perhaps you can intellectualize it. But boy, I can tell you, I don’t care how well you’re doing, it hits the pocketbook for families.”

Other changes Newsom plans to recommend in his revised budget proposal, which the governor will announce Thursday, include $80 million for new subsidized child care slots, funded by tax revenue from marijuana sales, and an expansion of a tax credit for the working poor.

That program, known as the earned income tax credit, allows filers to claim up to nearly $3,000 annually, depending on the number of children they have. Newsom proposed in January to raise the income ceiling for eligibility and give families with a child younger than 6 years old an extra $500 annually.

Now the governor wants to double that bonus to an extra $1,000. He has suggested making changes to California’s business tax code to conform with the 2017 federal tax overhaul as a way of paying for the tax credits, which would triple to $1.2 billion annually.

Newsom plans to keep proposals to raise welfare grants, take steps toward universal preschool and provide additional financial aid to college students with children in his revised budget plan. By law, the Legislature must pass a spending plan by June 15.

On Tuesday, the governor called himself a “proud feminist” and credited his wife — whom the Newsom administration refers to as the state’s “first partner” — for pushing him to support public policies that recognize the value of caregiving.

“Guys, yeah, pay attention, listen, learn,” Newsom said. “Don’t take things for granted. This is real, and we need to attach ourselves to addressing this issue as well.”

Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino (San Bernardino County), who chairs the Legislative Women’s Caucus, said, “We are so lucky to have a governor who gets these issues, and a first partner that, if maybe he doesn’t get it, I’ll bet she can give him a little nudge and let him know.”