Posts Tagged ‘auditor’

Meet Your New California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission! – Includes Cynthia Dai of SF – All Members went to UC!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Well, your California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission is mostly picked now, so brace yourselves for some changes, political boundaries-wise.

Turns out that all the members, so far, have degrees from the University of California, for better or worse.

And is it possible that 20-something percent of the first commish will be Asian-American? Well, it’s 37.5% AA right now and the bulk of the selecting is done, so there you go.

All the deets are below.

Should your California Congressional District be more than 150 yards wide at high tide? Maybe.


Cynthia Dai: Asian, female, lives in San Francisco and earns between $75,000 and $125,000. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, UC Berkeley; master’s of business administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chief executive officer of Dainamic Consulting Inc. Lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching leadership and teamwork.

Elaine Kuo, Asian, female, lives in Mountain View in Santa Clara County and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in organizational studies and international studies, Northwestern University; master’s and doctorate in higher education and organizational change, UCLA. Caregiver for her elderly father.

Jeanne Raya, Hispanic, female, lives in San Gabriel and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in English, USC; law degree, UC Davis. Insurance broker.


Vincent Barabba, white, male, lives in Capitola in Santa Cruz County and earns more than $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in advertising, Woodbury Business College; bachelor’s in marketing, Cal State Northridge; master’s of business administration, UCLA. Founder and board chairman, Market Insight Corp. Former director, U.S. Census Bureau (1979-81).

Jodie Filkins Webber, Asian, female, lives in Norco in Riverside County and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s in political science, law and society, UC Riverside; law degree, Whittier Law School. Attorney.

Peter Yao, Asian, male, lives in Claremont and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, UC Berkeley; master’s in electrical engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; master’s in business administration, Cal State Fullerton; master’s in management, Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management. Claremont mayor.


Stanley Forbes, white, male, lives in Esparto in Yolo County and earns between $35,000 and $75,000. Bachelor’s degree in history, USC; master’s in history, UCLA; law degree, Vanderbilt University School of Law. Co-owner, The Avid Reader bookstore in Sacramento; and owner-operator of Forbes Ranch.

Connie Galambos Malloy, black, female, lives in Oakland and earns between $75,000 and $125,000. Bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish, La Sierra University; master’s in city planning, UC Berkeley. Director of programs, Urban Habitat.

All the gritty nitty, after the jump


Hey California Professors: Act to Lower Textbook Prices – It’s the Law!

Friday, August 15th, 2008

The California State Auditor has a new report about the prices of college textbooks. Unless you are a publisher, this report won’t come as good news. Check it:

“Over the past several years, the State has enacted two state laws to encourage faculty and campuses to mitigate the impact of textbook costs on students.

Assembly Bill 2477 (AB 2477) signed by the governor and effective January 1, 2005, requires CSU trustees and the board of governors of the community colleges, and encourages UC regents, to work with their respective academic senates to encourage faculty to consider the least costly practices in assigning textbooks.”

“Signed by the governor and effective January 1, 2008, Assembly Bill 1548 (AB 1548) also encourages faculty to consider cost in the adoption of textbooks.”

So, read up on Education Code Section 66406 and kissing cousin Education Code Section 66406.7 (the College Textbook Transparency Act). See all that stuff these laws require? Most parties concerned are ignoring these laws.

So hey, why not ask all your new professors at your UC, CSU or community college to see how they complied with these California textbook laws.

Shouldn’t your profs comply with CA law? Shouldn’t your profs be aware of CA law? Mmmmm….


Affordability of

College Textbooks:

Textbook Prices Have Risen Significantly in the

Last Four Years, but Some Strategies May Help to

Control These Costs for Students

August 2008 Report 2007-116