Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Listen to the Regents Sessions of May 19, 2020
In Finance and Capital Strategies, the issue of moving ahead with projects in the face of the current uncertainty did come up. However, the various capital projects were approved on the grounds that in the long term, thing would go back to normal and the momentum of the various trains couldn't/shouldn't be halted. Only one project seemed to raise controversy and that was a hospital project at Davis that was initially on the consent calendar but was pulled off for discussion. The controversy involved seeming conflict with UC's policy on avoiding contracting out. In the case of the Davis project, the problem seemed to revolve around the fact that the project was a partnership with another entity that was undertaking design, construction, and finance. In the end, the project was approved by the committee (it will require full board approval) with some dissent.
Finance and Capital Strategies was the first committee on the agenda and so it contained the public comments period. The comments, however, were really more appropriately addressed to the full board. Not surprisingly, several of the comments reflected concerns about job security at UC, given the fiscal issues facing the university and the expiration of the no-layoff policy on June 30. Other topics included safety of health care workers especially nurses, bank divestment related to fossil fuel, the Hawaiian telescope issue, and research on fetal tissue.
The Basic Needs committee looked at efforts to help students during the current crisis at the federal, UC, and campus levels. Note that an initial report by telephone featured some audio problems. These were corrected and the report was repeated with clear audio.
As usual, yours truly has archived the meetings. You can hear the sessions at the links below:
or direct to:
Finance and Capital Strategies
UPDATE: Below is the Daily Cal's summary of the May 19 sessions: