UCSD professors caught playing hooky

San Diego County supervisors plan to spend around $ 300,000 over 18 months for a consultant to help them find ways to empty local jails.

The catchy game of UCSD faculty

A September 21 report from UCSD’s Audit and Management Consulting Services contains words of harsh love for stray faculty members who take too much paid time off and fail to report them. “We determined that many departments / divisions did not have processes in place to ensure that faculty vacation use accurately reflects reported vacation leave,” states the document entitled Faculty Vacation Leave Reports. health sciences.

“From the responses we received from administrators of health science departments, departments did not feel that a vacation day was clearly defined by the University, did not define it further. within their departments / divisions, and faculty members generally felt like they were still working. “As a result,” the report continues, “many faculty members lacked a sense of responsibility for reporting vacation usage, and administrators struggled to explain to faculty when a vacation day should be. taken”.

Advises the audit: “If a faculty member normally works in a clinic, hospital, laboratory, office, classroom or other typical location performing research, clinical or other academic activities and Usually works a particular schedule or an assigned schedule, any significant deviation from these activities or from the University’s schedule should constitute time off. For those still having issues with the difference between vacation and work, the audit suggests: “It may be helpful for departments to further clarify and / or provide examples of vacation time to help faculty members. understand vacation reporting requirements. “

Escape the slammer

Helen N. Robbins-Meyer: Finding a Blocking Reducer

San Diego County supervisors plan to spend around $ 300,000 over 18 months for a consultant to help them find ways to empty local jails, per a Nov. 12 request for proposals from potential contractors. . On October 19, by a 5-0 vote, supervisors approved the direction of the county general manager Helen N. Robbins-Meyer “to solicit recommendations and convene meetings with stakeholders regarding interventions that would most effectively and safely reduce San Diego’s prison populations,” according to a letter from the board.

The consultant would provide “data analysis regarding the data-driven approach to protect public safety, improve and expand rehabilitation treatment and services, and advance equity through alternatives to incarceration”. Note a letter from the board: “There may be tax impacts associated with future recommendations”, but the cost of the new project will depend on what the consulting team ultimately comes up with. Tasks are to include “a data-driven analysis of how prison use has changed from the pre-COVID-19 period compared to that of COVID-19, with an emphasis on identifying interventions policies that would most effectively, safely and permanently reduce the San Diego prison. populations. “

Off-season campaign money

republican politics TJ Zane, whose current term on the Poway School Board ends in a year, has made important orders to his nonprofit group San Diego County Prosperity. “There have been no local nonprofits serving the interests of tax conservatives that value personal freedom and responsibility, free enterprise, reasonable regulation and low taxes. So far, ”Zane writes on the group’s website. “As you will see, our goals are big, hairy and bold. We believe that lofty, hairy, and daring goals are a unifying focal point of effort, galvanizing partners and creating team spirit as we strive to achieve our goals.

Michael schlesinger, the Beverly Hills developer famous for pouring chicken manure on an Escondido golf course during a battle with neighbors opposing his project there, and the Millenia Real Estate Group, led by Guy Asaro, each gave $ 10,000 to Zane’s group. The money would have been intended for “sponsorship of an annual charity concert to benefit the children’s hospital in Rady”, according to the two documents filed on November 16 … Democratic Senate of California pro tem Toni Atkins, seeking to become the state’s lieutenant governor when she is expelled from the legislature in 2026, continues to raise a lot of money for her California Works voting measures committee, which she used to fund campaigns for political allies.

TJ Zane, non-progressive nonprofit pioneer

On November 15, the California Apartment Association PAC donated $ 25,000, according to a disclosure document from the same date. Two days earlier, the Smart Justice California Action Fund had released $ 10,000 for another deposit on November 15. Last July, Politics reported that four wealthy Bay Area donors – Patty Quillin, Quinn Delaney, Elizabeth Simons and Kaitlyn krieger – had “funneled $ 22 million toward criminal justice ballot measures and allied candidates over the previous two years.” They spent $ 3.7 million on their own to elect George Gascon, who rode the wave of social justice that swept across America last summer to topple outgoing Los Angeles prosecutor Jackie lacey in November.”

Next year they are ready to defend the appointed liberal state attorney general Rob bonta accusations that his policies have contributed to the increase in crime. “I think the rhetoric of the 2022 Attorney General race is going to resemble the dynamics of the status quo, to lock in and throw away the key, to tackle crime versus a new approach to public safety,” Anne Irwin, founder of Smart Justice, said Politics.

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