Contra Costa Times editorial: Officials rake in big-time perks for part-time work
MEMBERS OF local school boards, city councils, park districts, transit agencies and water and sewer districts need to decide whether they sought office to serve their communities or to drink at the public trough.
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#1 Apr 25, 2011
POLICE and FIRE should be included in this article ! There is a great difference between drinking at the trough and being a HOG.
#2 Apr 27, 2011
University of California Berkeley senior management spending calls into question the judgement of the Chancellor when making decisions on taxpayer behalf.
Cal. Chancellorís gross over spending, waste, abuse & inept decisions: recruits (using California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians; spends $3,000,000 for consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost); pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment (ROI) drops below top 10; NCAA places basketball program on probation.
Cal. and Californians have been badly damaged by Chancellor Birgeneau. Good people are loosing their jobs. Calís leadership is either incompetent or culpable. Merely cutting out inefficiencies does not have the effect desired. But you never want a crisis to go to waste.
Increasing Calís budget is not enough; honorably retire Cal Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary)
#3 Apr 27, 2011
All should consider the mind set of those who chose this clearly financeually effective mental defect , WHO is a mirror immage of the actions which have driventhis Nation to the verge of bankrupcy.
Those are the ones at falt. The wealthy board of directoes or what ever title is taken by the board of trustees, each one is out of tuch with reality and getting ones hands dirty. Just a herd of over compensated old crooks.
#4 May 29, 2011
The 10 University of California (UC) campuses, UCOP are not untouchable: Californians fund UC. Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss of medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: it's time Governor Brown, UC Board of Regents Regent Lansing, President Yudof demonstrated leadership by curbing wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don't care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
California suffers from the greatest deficit modern times. UC wages, benefits must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others paid elsewhere. Campus chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by the more talented.
UC faculty, chancellor vice chancellor concessions:
18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
18 percent prune of campus chancellors', vice chancellors' salaries.
15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.
Rose bushes bloom after pruning.
Governor Brown, UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, President Yudof can bridge the trust gap to public by offering reassurances that salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC
Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead - make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to public for continuing, specified taxes.
Thanking you for advocating for California, University of California
#5 Oct 13, 2011
University of California faculty gains pay rises from Californiaís economy pain
Students and their parents face mortgage defaults, 19% unemployment (including those forced to work part time and those no longer searching), pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. UC Faculty receives pay increase. No layoff for Faculty, Chancellors during Californiaís longest deepest recession.
There is no good reason to raise faculty salaries, tuition, fees when wage concessions are available. UC wages must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others are paid. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages determine commitment to UC Berkeley, leave for better paying position. The sky above the 10 campuses will not fall.
It is time for Faculty, Chancellors to get a grip on financial realities.
No furloughs. UCOP 18% reduction salaries & $50 million cut.
Chancellorsí, 18% cut. Tenured faculty 15% trim.
Non-Tenured faculty, 10% reduction. Eliminate 100% Academic Senate, Council costs.
It is especially galling to continue to generously compensate chancellors, faculty while Californians are making financial sacrifices and faculty, chancellor, turnover is the lowest of public universities.
The message that President Yudof, UC Board of Regent Chair Lansing, UC Berkeley Birgeneau are sending is they have more concern for generously paid chancellors, faculty. The few at the top need to get a grip on economic reality, fairness.
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