Wednesday, April 18, 2018

UC Berkeley to reduce 100 staff positions, more


They put that detail way down 'below the fold' here
..."Reduction in staff positions

It has become clear through this process that in order to reach our budget targets we must take the painful measure to reduce the number of staff positions in our organization. Those reductions, numbering just over 100 positions"
http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/04/16/spring-update-on-the-campus-budget/

- if you read some of the administrative moves that still need to be fully implemented you could feel yourself regressing back to the start of Op Ex and campus shared services initiative when they were 'just launching, not fully implemented ' on the exact same work at that time as well...

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Other items around concern UC med...

Daily Bruin recently with this:

https://dailybruin.com/2018/04/06/former-ucla-doctor-recounts-gender-discrimination-lawsuit-against-uc-regents/
..."“UCLA is protecting those who bring in grant money at UCLA,” he said. “The doctor who was harassing had a lot of trial work with pharmaceutical companies and brought a lot of money in.”

Shegerian said he thinks UCLA has little financial incentive to appropriately address such complaints, since the money it loses in such settlements is significantly less than the amount it receives from retaining lucrative professionals.

“UCLA advertises gleefully on its website that (the) David Geffen (School of Medicine) brings in billions of dollars that dwarfs something like a $13 million settlement,” Shegerian said. “Furthermore, they hire the best lawyers, and rarely does the plaintiff have the conviction, courage and financial strength to go to court.”...
- that article doesn't make real clear the case and what transpired, so see also:

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/08/ucla-researcher-denies-discriminating-against-doctor-who-sued/


https://mynewsla.com/education/2018/01/30/ucla-med-school-director-forced-out-age-gender-discrimination-lawsuit-testimony/


http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/02/15/doctor-awarded-13-million-gender-bias/

- an emphasis in that coverage on high $ on Geffen med , one can drift to thoughts of..and other notables - wondering if UC compensation chair regent Sherman has ever sailed?...


There, btw, is also now UC faculty concern about the legitimacy of the process for systemwide review of UC retirement benefits policies: http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-light-at-end-of-retiree-health-care.html

Then there's this strange story out of UCSD

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/UCSD-Doctor-Surrenders-License-After-Allegations-He-Stole-Sedatives-From-Patients-480030393.html

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This also curious event :
described as: "ASU Now will be covering this week's ASU + GSV Summit in San Diego, an event that started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley that attracts more than 4,000 leaders from across the learning and talent spectrum and serves as a platform for elevating dialogue about raising education and career outcomes through scaled innovation." https://asunow.asu.edu/20180416-solutions-asu-gsv-summit-future-of-talent-conference
- a UC Regent participated in


Some coverage here: https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/04/18/speakers-asugsv-focus-more-job-training-and-less-disruption

..."Some speakers noted that colleges have a long history of adopting (and co-opting) innovative practices from outside the traditional academy. That includes the growing number of online programs offered by private and public universities, which they learned from for-profit colleges and MOOC providers.
A high-profile example on display here is the move by California's community college system to create a statewide fully online institution that will issue only nondegree credentials aimed at working adults. The college also will be competency based. The system's chancellor, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, described the plan during a session with Michael Crow, Arizona State's president.
“We’ll see higher education transform the way we did,” said Jonathan Lau, the vice president and general manager of skills at Cengage Learning."...

-does UC or CA go into other states to hold Higher Ed symposia?

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UC Regent Newsom on higher education funding:..."On some differences Newsom was more blunt. Asked about the rising cost of public higher education in the state, Newsom laid the blame squarely on “withering state funds.” And, by extension, the governor.

“I would significantly increase the investment in higher education and, by the way, the governor could do that,” he said. “With all due respect, we have the resources today to do that.”"...
https://calmatters.org/articles/running-to-replace-the-governor-gavin-newsom-embraces-jerry-brown-at-arms-length/

-some talk of folks running for lt gov for that UC regent ex officio slot esp.?...
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Gov Brown in DC ,guess not at the UC Regents retreat in Arrowhead, see his DC press club appearance here from Tues:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?444172-1/california-governor-jerry-brown-speaks-national-press-club

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At Berkeley student fees have increased due to commitment to student counseling services, health, food initiatives see:
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/04/uc-berkeley-students-campus-based-fees-total-1440/

The chancellor keeps highlighting her interest in expanding student dorms:
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/04/16/uc-berkeley-moves-to-provide-additional-student-housing/

While at the same time this happens:
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/17/university-village-residents-receive-notices-evicted-emotionally-unfit/

Friday, April 13, 2018

Talk about it, but don't cover it fully-.or somethin' like that...And-UPDATE-the UC Regents April 17-19 Retreat

See: "New 'Nation at Risk' Would Start with 'Dear American People: Wake Up,' Janet Napolitano Says in Reagan Institute Panel With Condoleezza Rice"
https://www.the74million.org/article/new-nation-at-risk-would-start-with-dear-american-people-wake-up-janet-napolitano-says-in-reagan-institute-panel-with-condoleeza-rice/


..."If “A Nation at Risk,” the landmark report that launched the modern education reform movement 35 years ago, came out today, it would get a far different — and more polarized — reception, education leaders said Thursday.
“Each [political party] would take different lessons or have different prescriptions, when in fact, what we need is a national unity of effort that’s effectuated at the local level,” said Janet Napolitano, the former homeland security secretary and current president of the University of California system.
Napolitano spoke with former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice at the first panel of the Reagan Institute Summit on Education, a daylong event celebrating the anniversary of “A Nation at Risk.” Romy Drucker, co-founder and CEO of The 74, moderated the discussion"...


..."“It is a real challenge in this time to really educate young people in that way and to foster that sense of civic engagement,” Napolitano said....

..."A new “Nation at Risk” report, Napolitano said, would start with “Dear American people: Wake up.”
The country must understand that the very idea of American democracy is at risk because of political polarization, she said.
“One of the central parts of resolving that is to make sure our young people can reach their full potential through getting a quality education, whatever their passions are,” she said."...

The story above includes a YouTube clip in it- but that vid is not the Napolitano-Rice conversation, comments, only the still photo there is...

The host organization itself, for some odd reason did NOT post either Napolitano nor Rice comments as archive of the event which was part of the Panel #1- but former Ed Secretaries Bennett and Duncan and every other panel is included in the archive here:
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/reagan-institute/reagan-institute-summit-on-education/


- you also may want to note the sponsorship disclaimers throughout that event coverage, as well as in the article itself, and the fact that a key member of their leadership moved over to FB to try to decipher fake from real news coverage for them etc, with that in mind now consider:

Neither Rice, a former Stanford provost, nor Napolitano, who sought a UC Berkeley faculty slot upon hire as UC pres, took up any discussion or questions around this at UC Berkeley nor this exchange from earlier in the week where this comes up:

..."SEN. MARIA CANTWELL (D-WASH): Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Welcome Mr. Zuckerberg.

Do you know who Palantir is?

ZUCKERBERG: I do.

CANTWELL: Some people refer to them as a Stanford Analytica. Do you agree?"...


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LA Times again on ...UC Berkeley, but this time with regard to State leg:

"Those bloody clashes at UC Berkeley put Democrats and Republicans in the Capitol at odds over free speech"
Los Angeles Times


Those hearings were not highlighted by msm, but they are floating around here:

http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=5331
Gets into:
"
AB-2041 University of California: Office of the Chief Investment Officer. Caballero Assembly - Appropriations
AB-2081 Postsecondary education: Campus Free Speech Act. Melendez Assembly - Failed Passage in Committee
AB-2202 University of California: school of medicine."

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While we're at it , there was extensive discussion of somewhat strange (read the description in the agenda there) UC relationship to UC Hastings:
Here: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=5379

And CA fin aid and UC here:

http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=5374

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And UC PATH is changing it's name a bit while putting out positive spin
"UC President Napolitano Celebrated the Launch of FOM|UCPath at UC Riverside"
https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/52724

...Avoiding a total cost of project true number- components like recruitment, performance Management not included yet, among other things...

And still leaving folks anxious:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/04/not-to-worry.html


And then there's:

UCB expects to fully deploy Promapp’s software by the first week in April, with initial results anticipated by the end of 2018. In addition, UCB hopes to collaborate with peers at Michigan State University, which began using Promapp’s BPM tool in late 2017 to streamline business processes and capture day-to-day operational information in a standardized format."
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180411005083/en/University-California-Berkeley-Promapp’s-BPM-Software

But,
Can it fix the Title IX case management issues?

BTW:
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/13/judge-dismisses-title-ix-complaint-university-california/


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This li'l update:

The UC Regents are on retreat April 17-19
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/april17-19.html

April 17th:
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2
Challenges, Change, and Changes on the Horizon
Appreciative Inquiry Regarding the University of California

April 18th
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2
Comments of the Chair of the Board
University of California’s Financial Model
University of California’s Research Enterprise
Enrollment
Partnership of the Regents and Chancellors
Summary of the Day
7:15 p.m.1
A National Perspective

April 19th

Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2
Implicit Bias
The Role of a Regent
Regent Engagement
Reflections and Look Ahead

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

UC Regents Meetings April 13th.-Also, UC and CCC agree to attempt transfer admissions boost, again. More.

See:
April 13 - Governance and Compensation Committee (closed session)

G1(X) Action Recommendations for Election of Officers and Appointments to
Standing Committees and Subcommittees for 2018-19

Attendance is expected of Committee members only

Committee Membership: Regents Blum, Elliott, Lansing, Ortiz Oakley (Vice Chair),
Makarechian, Pérez, Sherman (Chair), and Zettel; Ex officio
members: Regents Brown, Kieffer, and Napolitano


--*Note that Regent Sherman has somehow been made chair of Governance committee, normally the immediate past chair of the entire board of UC Regents holds the chair for governance committee, Sherman has only seved as chair of investments committee thus far- so, why is he being given at least two of the most influential committee chair positions right now?-- he is a relatively new regent in terms of years of service...*

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April 13, 2018

12:30 pmHealth Services Committee (open session - includes public comment session)
Upon end of open sessionHealth Services Committee (closed session)
Times indicated and order of business subject to change


http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/april1318.html



Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of February 6, 2018

H1 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health

H2 Discussion Clinical Quality Dashboard for University of California Medical Centers

H3 Discussion Health Care Vendor Relations Policy Update

H4 Action Proposed Request for Approval of Hillcrest CampusRedevelopment Phase 1, San Diego Campus

Agenda – Closed Session Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of February 6, 2018
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation 
[Education Code §92032(b)(5)

Committee membership: Regents Blum, Lansing (Chair), Makarechian, and Sherman Chair); Ex officio members Brown, Kieffer, and Napolitano, Executive Vice President Stobo, Chancellors Block and Hawgood Advisory members Dimsdale, Hernández, Lipstein, and Smith











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https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-and-ccc-sign-agreement-boost-transfers-increase-academic-preparation

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"UC Davis allowed takeover for weeks in 2016. Students now face discipline after 3 days"
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article208164599.html

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https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-president-meets-students-staff-faculty/


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https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/11/opinion-its-time-to-talk-about-widening-inequality-at-uc/

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Not a 'pipeline problem' - "California cannot survive as the sixth largest economy in the world if its higher education system is leaving two-thirds of its population out of faculty and leadership positions."


The AAUW report on : "The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap"
See first:
https://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/

And,
The report:
https://www.aauw.org/resource/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/


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Then,
"California's Higher Ed Diversity Problem"
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/04/10/596114118/californias-higher-ed-diversity-problem?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr

Includes:
..."Fifty-four percent of undergraduate students are female and yet two-thirds of those who govern our higher education system are male. Only 7 of the 26 members of the University of California board of regents are women.


Your study shows that for women, tenure is a major hurdle.

If you look at the UC system, only 33 percent of tenured faculty are women. It's pretty disturbing that two-thirds of the tenured faculty are men."...

..."But isn't this a "pipeline" problem? Not discrimination or racism, but the fact that there are so few racial and ethnic minorities on the pathway to faculty or leadership positions.

I don't think the pipeline is the main problem. Higher education leaders who use that excuse are not willing to look at their own hiring practices. When we look at the numbers [of minorities] earning their masters and Ph.D.'s, we see there's a very large pool of potential faculty. Colleges need to be courageous. Are their hiring committees diverse and representative of their student body? What are colleges doing to mentor and put [minorities] on a path to senior leadership positions?

In most hiring practices, we tend to hire people who are "like us." The fact that hiring committees are mostly male and not diverse means that we'll continue to hire white males for positions where qualified people of color and women could be hired.


Is this reflective of recent hiring policies or decades of inattention to this issue?"...

The full report here:
http://collegecampaign.org/portfolio/left-out-report/

Monday, April 9, 2018

UC as revolving door on Title IX issues at Mich State U? More.

Now this update:
See UCR Chancellor Wilcox statement on that Mich State U news... : "UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox denies ignoring sexual harassment, abuse complaints at Michigan State"

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/uc-riverside-chancellor-kim-wilcox-denies-ignoring-sexual-harassment-abuse-complaints-at-michigan-state/

Includes:
..."Complaints from students and faculty members about Strampel came up in a review process eight years ago.

In a 2010 letter in Strampel’s personnel file, obtained in part by the Detroit News, Wilcox wrote that Strampel would stay medical school dean after the review."...

“Our several discussions over the past several months have reinforced my commitment and that of Dean Strampel to advancing the goals of the College within the broad mission of Michigan State University,” Wilcox wrote.

On Friday, Wilcox released a written statement saying he was unaware of Strampel’s behavior and expressing regret for Strampel’s alleged victims.
“I served as provost at Michigan State University (MSU) from August 2005 through December 2012, during which time I supervised then-dean William Strampel,” Wilcox’s statement begins. “To the best of my knowledge, none of the feedback I received while supervising Strampel described behaviors articulated in the Michigan Attorney General’s criminal complaint filing. Notwithstanding, I have been troubled by the revelations about Strampel’s alleged actions at MSU.”

During his time at MSU, Wilcox oversaw Strampel’s five-year review in 2010, but not the 2005 review.
As part of the 2010 review process I received some anonymous feedback that Strampel had made several inappropriate comments,” Wilcox wrote. “In response, I instituted a corrective action plan that directed Strampel to cease making such comments and to obtain counsel on proper and professional communications. I also recommended a follow-up review be done in 2013.”

Wilcox became UC Riverside’s Chancellor in 2013.

“Having reviewed the criminal complaint against Strampel, I deeply regret that he caused pain for so many. I further regret that some individuals felt they could not report Strampel’s actions at the time they occurred, and I admire the courageous individuals who have come forward to report sexual harassment and sexual violence at MSU,” his statement concludes. “Finally, I continue to support efforts to provide the public and authorities with all documents and records necessary for a full and transparent investigation, including any records that involve my participation.”

While Wilcox has been chancellor at UC Riverside, several employees have been disciplined for sexual harassment, according to university spokesman John Warren.

“Since Chancellor Kim Wilcox began at UCR on August 9, 2013, through April 10, 2018, 10 then-current employees have been found to have committed sexual harassment. No employees were found to have committed sexual violence/assault,” Warren wrote in an email.

“In all cases, disciplinary measures were taken. Four out of 10 respondents were terminated from employment. Two other respondents voluntarily separated after the investigation results were disclosed to them, and four respondents were suspended without pay. Suspension is the most serious disciplinary action we take other than termination,” Warren wrote. “Only two respondents still work at UCR.”

Earlier this week, UC Riverside’s student newspaper, The Highlander, reported that former UC Riverside Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs James Sandoval had been the subject of a Title IX sexual harassment investigation. Sandoval had reportedly been on leave since November. He retired in January.

Wilcox was not among those disciplined. There have been no substantiated complaints against Wilcox himself during his time at UC Riverside, according to a lawyer for the school.

The university would not release information about any unsubstantiated complaints against Wilcox. Those are exempt under the California Public Records Act, according to David Bergquist, Chief Campus Counsel for UC Riverside. Wilcox’s performance reviews during his five years at the university are also exempt, Bergquist wrote.

The Southern California News Group requested the records after a report that Wilcox may have let complaints of sexual abuse and harassment slide when he was the provost at Michigan State University.

Last year, the University of California system reported there were 113 sexual harassment cases in the UC system between Jan. 1, 2013 to April 6, 2016. Fifty-two of them occurred at Southern California universities."

See the article in full here for more.


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Earlier

See:

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/2018/04/02/msu-dean-strampel-crude-remarks/33470101/

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/04/03/editorial-msu-knowingly-kept-predator-payroll/33522013/?from=new-cookie


Then some addl coverage makes clear the UC connection that is apparently being reviewed- and include statement from Napolitano UCOP on how they are treating the matters raised:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/la-essential-education-updates-southern-uc-riverside-chancellor-linked-to-1522868072-htmlstory.html


http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-essential-education-updates-southern-uc-riverside-chancellor-linked-to-1522868072-htmlstory.html


http://ktla.com/2018/04/04/uc-riverside-chancellor-linked-to-michigan-state-universitys-sexual-assault-scandal/

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/05/uc-riverside-chancellor-kim-wilcox-accused-of-ignoring-sexual-harassment-abuse-at-michigan-state/

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In other news:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/08/is-californias-university-system-failing-to-keep-up-with-its-students-needs/

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/08/gov-jerry-brown-no-set-timeline-fill-5-vacancies-uc-board-regents/

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2018/04/06/can-tech-save-humanities/brxHDGlDgSUUAm4VRRzkuO/story.html

And ICYMI:
Responding to Bulk Cuts in Qualitative Fields: the Case of Stevens Point, Part I
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2018/03/responding-to-bulk-cuts-in-qualitative.html


And:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/04/master-plan.html

This does not make the VP and IN link, which is something or nothing to also keep in mind:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/04/room-for-one-more.html

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Not just song...

See:

"Inequality is rampant on UC campuses"

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article207864609.html


https://afscme3299.org/documents/reports/Pioneering-Inequality_WhitePaper.pdf


"While soaring executive compensation at UC at the same time as rising student tuition has produced one self-inflicted public relations disaster after another, this new data reveals a broader trend towards inequality. Between 2005 and 2015, the ratio of average salaries for UC's top 1 percent and all other employees grew from 7-to-1 to 9-to-1.
For women, black and brown employees, the situation is far worse. Overall, the university's workforce is far whiter than California as a whole. And among the most diverse and lowest paid workers – custodians, patient care technicians and others women and people of color earn starting wages that average as much as 21 percent less than white men. Black women earn $4,000 to $16,000 a year less in starting wages than their white male colleagues, which means they must work six years before reaching the starting line for white males at UC.


These never-released UC employment numbers also show that black workers are disappearing from the workforce. Between 1996 and 2015, the percentage of blacks employed as UC service workers dropped by a staggering 37 percent.


The research suggests that outsourcing UC jobs to private contractors that pay their workers far less is helping drive this displacement. Campus surveys show that African Americans are more likely to be employed by these low-wage companies under contract than by UC itself.


Ironically, UC is celebrating its 150th anniversary of "pioneering a better future" and serving as "an engine of social mobility." For decades, institutions such as UC have been seen as an incubator for broader national movements for social and economic justice."



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http://abc7.com/society/group-marches-in-west-la-to-protest-inequality-within-uc-system/3302185/

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http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/04/black-women-face-greatest-income-disparities-of-low-wage-workers-in-uc-system-study-finds/
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In this next seems it was a janitor and some -cleaner involved?:
http://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/04/04/uc-berkeley-staffer-suffers-chemical-burns-in-wheeler-hall-assault
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https://www.courthousenews.com/university-of-california-likely-to-duck-suit-over-assaults/
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Is there any breakdown on the demographics of the contingent class?:
http://dailybruin.com/2018/04/01/austin-pink-reliance-on-nontenured-faculty-harms-teaching-environment-education-quality/
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http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/04/04/community-honors-martin-luther-king-jr-with-song-bells/

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

UC Regent Reiss and, Other Update on UC Regents

As mentioned earlier, and now this with more details:
"Governor’s advisory committee convenes to help select new UC regents"
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/02/governors-advisory-committee-convenes-help-select-new-uc-regents/


- some wonder why the delay in announcement of this committee convened:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/04/why-delay.html

"How "robust" is a meeting that occurs on March 12 and is reported on April 2?"

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One is reminded that
The Gov recently lost his long term top aide to cancer,
when reading this sad news on UC Regent Reiss, from LA Times:
"A family spokesman said she was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Reiss was 62."
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-bonnie-reiss-obituary-20180403-story.html
She,too, also served as an aide to another Gov.
Noted here her absence from UC Regents meetings over the last year, and wondered when she would return- thought maybe she was busy on USC biz and stumbled onto:
this:last Fall, but -note- a different person but noticed how funny the many similarities in common,
So, had to do a 'double take' on today's news.
When the regents did finally briefly address her absence in Governance committee -seemed like they were upbeat in hopes of her return after an extended leave of absence to recover -perhaps some were surprised by this turn of events as well- wouldn't be unusual as these things go...

Here is Napolitano's statement:

UC statement on passing of UC Regent Bonnie Reiss | University of California
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-statement-passing-uc-regent-bonnie-reiss