Bayer: Blame Emeryville plant closing...

Bayer: Blame Emeryville plant closing on larger cost pressures, not Bay Area

There are 1 comment on the American City Business Journals story from May 27, 2011, titled Bayer: Blame Emeryville plant closing on larger cost pressures, not Bay Area. In it, American City Business Journals reports that:

It's MS, Emeryville, not you. Who's to blame? Surely not Emeryville or the 540 employees of the East Bay facility, said Bayer spokesman Sreejit Mohan .

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University of California

Walnut Creek, CA

#1 May 27, 2011
University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

Recruits (using California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students who
displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
(prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such actions by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

Birgeneau’s practices will not change. UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Chancellors who, like Birgeneau, treat the university as their fiefdom.

Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

I have 35 years’ consulting experience, have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management worked. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.

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