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Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Alternative Route to Reading This Blog

As we do at the end of each quarter, we provide an alternative route to reading this blog. The blog for the third quarter of 2022 can be read in "book" format at:

https://issuu.com/danieljbmitchell/docs/ucla_faculty_association_blog_3rd_quarter_2022 (read only)

or

https://archive.org/details/ucla-faculty-association-blog-3rd-quarter-2022 (read or download) 

In the alternative format, all video, audio, and animated gif content is omitted.

New Worker Safety Requirements on UC Campuses

A new state law signed by Governor Newsom adds worker safety requirements for live events held on UC campuses and facilities. The law covers any "public events venue" defined as “a state-operated fairground, county fairground, state park, California State University, University of California, or auxiliary organization-run facility that hosts live events.

From Deadline: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that will set workplace safety training and certification standards for companies that produce live events at publicly owned and operated venues. The signing was praised by the California IATSE Council, many of whose members work behind-the-scenes on live events.

The legislation, AB 1775, requires contracting entities to require entertainment event vendors at publicly owned and operated venues “to certify for its employees, and employees of its subcontractors, that those individuals have complied with specified training, certification, and workforce requirements, including that employees involved in the setting up, operation, or tearing down of a live event at its public events venue have completed prescribed trainings of the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.” The new law also requires Cal/OSHA, the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, to enforce its provisions and to issue citations for violations...

Full story at https://deadline.com/2022/09/gavin-newsom-landmark-workplace-safety-bill-publicly-owned-live-venues-california-1235132000/.

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The bill is at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1775.

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To hear the text above, go to the link below:

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/25/items/big-ten/safety.mp3

Friday, September 30, 2022

What Happened?

You may have received a series of alerts yesterday by email or text message from UCLA reporting an evacuation of the Molecular Science Building yesterday. 

From CBS News: Staff and students inside of the University of California, Los Angeles' Molecular Science Building were forced to evacuate Thursday after reports of an unspecified "environmental hazard" were reported. No injuries were reported, though the building was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. 

Both UCLA campus police and fire department units rushed to the scene at around noon after learning of the hazard. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad and Los Angeles Fire Department personnel were also called to the scene. The remainder of UCLA's campus remained open throughout the day. Charles E. Young Drive South was closed between Tiverton and Manning Drives for an unknown duration as authorities investigated the hazard. 

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/losangeles/news/ucla-molecular-science-building-evacuated-due-to-unknown-environmental-hazard/.

An "all clear" bulletin was put out at 9:45 pm. But it had no information on what had occurred. Nothing has appeared in the Daily Bruin as to the event or the cause as of this posting at around 7:30 am. 

What is not "clear" is what happened or why no explanation was released about what had happened.

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To hear the text above, click on the link below:

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/25/items/big-ten/alert.mp3

Admissions: An Audio History You Didn't Know About (Dartmouth)

In two earlier postings - in advance of the Supreme Court's hearing of the Harvard and University of North Carolina admissions cases - we posted  audios about the history of college admissions standards in the twentieth century, especially at Columbia and Princeton. Those Gatecrashers audios dealt with actual and de facto quotas on Jewish students as more of the sons of immigrants applied to Ivy League schools.* One college that had relatively few Jewish students (although it had quotas) was Dartmouth. Part of the explanation was its rural, isolated environment. But those who went to Dartmouth became enthusiastic supporters as alumni. Here is the story: 

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Click on the link below to hear the text above and the Gatecrashers audio (with extraneous announcements edited out):

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/25/items/big-ten/dartmouth%20combined.mp3

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*http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2022/09/admissions-history-you-didnt-know-about.html and http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2022/09/admissions-audio-history-you-didnt-know.html.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Extra Money for Riverside & Merced

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise: UC Riverside will get $201 million in new state funding after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an Inland lawmaker’s bill. Assembly Member Jose Medina, D-Riverside, praised the governor’s signing Sunday, Sept. 25, of AB 2046, which allocates $313 million to UCR and UC Merced... 

Medina and other Inland lawmakers lobbied for the money to make up for what they described as a funding gap between UCR and coastal UC campuses such as UCLA. That gap, lawmakers argued, forced UCR’s growing student body to deal with crumbling classrooms and a lack of classroom space, counselors and faculty...

Full story at https://www.pe.com/2022/09/28/uc-riverside-gets-201-million-in-bill-signed-by-gov-gavin-newsom/.

The bill seems focused on capital projects and refers to two fiscal years. It is unclear how the funds are split across the two years. There is language in the bill stating that "these funds shall supplement and not supplant any current or future funding." Of course, there is no obvious way to determine whether the funds supplant other funding that might otherwise have been allocated.

The bill is at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB2046.

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You can hear the text above at the link below:

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/25/items/big-ten/extra%20money.mp3

New Bill Signed on Dorm Construction

UCLA dorm room back in the day
From Politico: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday that repeals environmental requirements for university housing construction as California grapples with crisis-level shortages in dorm capacity.

Key Context: California universities have struggled to generate enough on-campus living spaces as the Legislature pressures them to enroll more students — particularly from within the state. The challenge captured national attention earlier this year, when a successful environmental lawsuit nearly forced University of California Berkeley to freeze its enrollment, slashing over 3,000 slots from planned admissions.

The Legislature quickly passed a workaround, making minor changes to the California Environmental Quality Act that formed the legal basis for the court challenge. But many provisions of CEQA — a law loathed by developers but supported by environmental groups and some cities — continued to apply to university housing.

Details: Newsom’s signature of state Sen. Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) CA SB 866 (21R) Wednesday will exempt public college and university housing projects from CEQA, provided they meet a list of other labor and environmental requirements laid out in the bill. Projects for both staff and student housing will be covered, and the exemption will last until 2030 barring further action from the Legislature...

Source: https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/09/california-eases-environmental-requirements-for-university-housing-projects-00059350 and UCOP Daily News Clips.

Note 1: The bill listed in the Politico article - SB 866 - originally dealt with vaccine mandates and was not passed. It is possible that the bill enacted was a gut-and-amend of the vaccine bill. 

Note 2: The governor has recently been signing housing construction bills in other contexts. You can see one such ceremony at the link below:

https://ia601403.us.archive.org/17/items/newsom-9-1-22-heat-wave/newsom%209-28-22%20housing%20bill.mp4.

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You can hear the text above at the link below:

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/25/items/big-ten/dorm%20construction.mp3

Watch the morning & early afternoon meetings of the Regents: Sept. 21, 2022

Errata: In our previous coverage of Day 1 (September 20) of the Regents meetings last week, we listed the topics covered in public comments.* There was a confusion between Day 2 and Day 1.

The Day 1 list should have been greenhouse gas and climate issues, Hawaiian telescope, labor relations, and anti-abortion. The Day 2 list was instead included for Day 1. 

Day 2 topics were COVID vaccine mandates, antisemitism, climate change, the Hawaiian telescope, transfer students, undocumented students, labor relations, fossil fuels, and abortion. Some speakers seemed to think that Governor Newsom - who is an ex officio Regent - would be present and wanted him to sign a bill dealing with nursing. Of course, he wasn't at the meeting. 

Regent Chair Leib made it clear that the later discussion of the Regents in regards to the UCLA/Big Ten decision in open session would not in fact be reviewing that decision but would only focus on delegations of authority going forward. He said the Big Ten matter would be reviewed only in closed session. (As blog readers will know, the Regents did not announce any decision regarding the UCLA/Big Ten matter.)

As blog readers will know, the videos originally posted by the Regents had various deficiencies. In particular, the recording of Compliance and Audit was incomplete. We notified the Regents office and corrected videos were posted. In the relevant archive.org websites, we have posted both the original and the corrected videos.

In the Compliance and Audit session, the focus was on a state requirement that police departments - including those at UC - provide a listing of "military" equipment. There was some questioning of why different departments have different equipment. It was noted that none of the campus departments use drones. However, they have agreements with neighboring departments, some of which may have air support. The departments had various lists of equipment that they wished to purchase which the Regents have to approve.

At Public Engagement and Development there was review of activities of UC-San Diego including US-Mexico border areas. State Assemblymember Christopher Ward who represents the UC-San Diego area spoke to the committee. The discussion touched on the issue of UC contracting out.

At National Labs, approval was given for part of a requested sum for a childcare facility for Los Alamos. There was concern that the proposal was incomplete and therefore a partial sum was approved with the intent that the proposal would again be on the agenda in November.

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*http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2022/09/watch-regents-meeting-of-sept-20-2022.html.

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You can hear the text above at the link below:

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/25/items/big-ten/regents%20sept%2021%20morning.mp3

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The full set of recordings is at https://archive.org/details/board-9-21-22-am.

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Board session at:

https://ia601500.us.archive.org/23/items/board-9-21-22-am/Board%209-21-22%20AM.mp4

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Compliance and Audit at: (starts at 1:23:07):

https://ia801500.us.archive.org/23/items/board-9-21-22-am/Board%2C%20Compliance%20and%20Audit%20Committee%20%28Complete%29.mp4

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Public Engagement and Development at:

https://ia801500.us.archive.org/23/items/board-9-21-22-am/Public%20Engagement%20and%20Development%20Committee%209-21-22%20AM.mp4

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National Labs at:

https://ia801500.us.archive.org/23/items/board-9-21-22-am/National%20Laboratories%20Committee%2C%20Finance%20and%20Capital%20Strategies%20Committee.mp4