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Finance Committee of U.C. Board of Regents Approves Employee Furloughs

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

There was a buzz of activity today in San Francisco regarding the upcoming furloughs for some employees at the University of California. Senator Leland Yee spoke to a group of U.C. employees and students this morning at 7:00-something A.M. Get his point of view here.

A little later, the same protesters went over to nearby FibroGen, so that prevented Mayor Gavin Newsom from an making appointment he had there today.

The mise-en-scene inside at Mission Bay this morning. Click to expand:

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And this was the scene outside, what with a couple hundred U.C. workers milling about.

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“I’m UC President Yudof. I get $1 million/yr. I’m not here to save UC.”

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Let’s leave the Angel of Death and head back inside to meet University of California President Mark G. Yudof, on the left:

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And here’s California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, who’s running for Congress these days. He had a few points to make about getting more money for U.C.

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First of all, Garamendi called for the end of the two-thirds supermajority requirement to raise taxes in California. Then John called for support of an oil severance tax, namely AB656 from Assemblymember Torrico.

Now let’s hear from Sandra Faber, chair of the astronomy and astrophysics department at UC Santa Cruz. She talked about just paying out $150k in retention bonuses for three valued U.C. employees.

As a department chair, I cannot retain these people as well as hire people.  We do not have that long because our professors, particularly the assistant professors, are gong to bolt, and we are going to enter an irrecoverable slide.”

We should find out tomorrow how this all pans out.

To Be Continued…