Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Where's Koretz?

We've posted from time to time about an effort by students and Westwood businesses to carve out a new neighborhood council from within the current one. LA has a procedure for doing so, but in reality a lot depends on what the local city councilman, Paul Koretz, wants to happen. So far, all we have is this photo which appears to align him with the existing arrangements. However, the procedure is in motion:  (from the Bruin)

City officials have approved an election for students and Westwood community members to create a new neighborhood council. Westwood Forward, a coalition of students and Westwood community members, submitted an application to subdivide the Westwood Neighborhood Council in December because they felt the current council did not adequately represent students or address their concerns. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees neighborhood councils, approved the application Monday.
Once the department reviews the application, it determines whether stakeholders within the proposed boundaries can vote to break apart the current neighborhood council. Students and community members will have the opportunity to create the North Westwood Neighborhood Council, containing Westwood Village, UCLA and the North Village, should the vote pass...

Major Leap

University of California President Janet Napolitano said Monday that the public university system should open its doors more widely by guaranteeing admission to all qualified state community college students. She said she also has asked campus chancellors to work toward raising the four-year graduation rate to 70% from the current 64%. Getting more students to graduate more quickly, she said, would make room to enroll an additional 32,000 undergraduates — the equivalent of another UC campus — by 2030.
"This would be a major leap for the University of California," Napolitano said at a forum sponsored by Town Hall Los Angeles marking the 150th anniversary of the UC system... 

In recent years, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have pressured UC campuses to increase enrollment of California residents and transfer students. Brown is withholding $50 million in state funding until UC meets several demands, including enrolling one transfer student for every two freshmen not only systemwide but also at eight of the nine undergraduate campuses...

Maybe we should look before we leap:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The missing roundabout

In the original architectural plan for the Reagan hospital, we were supposed to get a decorative roundabout. Whatever happened to it?

Picture from

Monday, March 19, 2018

Listen to the Regents Meeting of March 15, 2018

We now complete our archiving of the recent Regents meeting with the audio of the full board session of March 15. Yours truly is busy at the moment grading term papers. When he is done, he will check the recording for any highlights that were missed in news accounts and/or notable statements. For the moment, however, the Bruin has this account:

Nonresident students will have to pay $978 more in tuition next year following a vote by the governing board of the University of California on Thursday. The UC Board of Regents voted 12-3 in favor of increasing nonresident supplemental tuition by 3.5 percent. The board was originally scheduled to vote on both tuition and nonresident supplemental tuition increases at its January meeting, but deferred the vote to negotiate for additional state funding. The regents may consider an increase in base tuition, which both in-state and out-of-state students pay, at its May meeting.

As part of the motion to increase nonresidential tuition, following an amendment by Regent Sherry Lansing, the board committed to advocating for additional funding from the state legislature that would allow it to rescind the nonresidential tuition hike and increase need-based financial aid for nonresident students. The regents also increased professional degree supplemental tuition at 23 graduate programs in the university. Students in programs like law and medical school have to pay Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition in addition to their base tuition.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Student Regent Paul Monge, Student Regent-designate Devon Graves and Student Advisor Rafi Sands all urged the regents to delay the vote and continue negotiations with the state for more state investment.

“When parents are selling cars overseas to supplement $42,000 tuition, that $42,000 price tag is pretty jaw-dropping for some and I think it may invite a different kind of conversation in the Capitol,” Newsom said. “I find this an unfortunate decision.”

UC President Janet Napolitano said she thinks it is unrealistic to expect the state legislature to provide funding to allow the university to keep tuition static for out-of-state students.

“I believe that our joint advocacy in Sacramento should be focused on getting a buyout for resident students,” she said. “I think reality needs to intrude here – the notion that the legislature will provide any relief on the nonresident tuition aspect of our budget is illusory.”

Student leaders said they think the tuition increases will have devastating effects on both international and out-of-state students.

Undergraduate student government External Vice President Chloe Pan said one of the reasons why student leaders do not support the tuition increase is because they believe it could lead to an increase in food and housing insecurity for nonresident students.

“We have a firm stance in opposition to any tuition increase,” she said. “We have seen a toxic political climate for international and undocumented students, and any effort to raise tuition will aggravate the climate.”...

Full story at

Link below:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Settled - Part 2

The LA Times carries a more detailed account of the sexual harassment/Title IX settlement reached recently, based on an interview from one of the victims:

UCLA graduate student Kristen Glasgow says she first met Gabriel Piterberg, a history professor, in 2008. They had coffee together and then, she alleged, he walked her to her car, pushed her against it and forced his tongue into her mouth. Glasgow detailed this and other claims of Piterberg's sexual misconduct over a five-year period in a lawsuit she filed against the University of California in 2015...

UCLA did not identify the person who filed the complaint against Piterberg, but Glasgow contacted The Times to share her story...

Full story at

Earlier blog account at:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Listen to the Regents afternoon meetings of March 14, 2018

We continue to archive the audio of the Regents meetings of this past week. Below are links to the two concurrent sessions from Wednesday afternoon, March 14. In the finance and capital strategies, the controversial boost in nonresident tuition was approved (pending approval of the full board the following days). Also in the afternoon sessions, there were boosts in certain professional school tuitions. And it was reported that the Dept. of Energy decision on continuing UC's managerial role in Los Alamos will be made in May. (Earlier, it was said the decision would be in April or May.)

Links below:

Academic and Student Affairs (and National Labs):
Finance and Capital Strategies:

Friday, March 16, 2018

Listen to the Regents' Morning Session of March 14, 2018

We're behind in keeping up with the Regents who met earlier this week. However, we do have the morning audio archives from Wednesday morning, March 14, preserved for posterity. Probably the main event occurred at the public comment session of the full board meeting when there were protests over a planned increase in non-resident tuition. (The increase - to no one's surprise - was ultimately enacted.) We'll check for other notable items as time permits, but yours truly has term papers to grade at this time of year.

There are links below to the morning sessions:

Full board:
Public Engagement:
Compliance and Audit:
Governance and Compensation: