Jan 14, 2008

University of California regents to meet on campus at UCLA this week

By UCLA Media Relations | 1/14/2008 5:32:52 PM

The University of California Board of Regents will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, through Thursday, Jan. 17, at Covel Commons on the UCLA campus. The full agenda for the meeting is available at:

A press room will be open across from the meeting room. Please register for a credential. Parking is available in the garage at Covel Commons. The press room phone number is (310) 206-0409 and the fax number is (310) 206-4661.

Live audio broadcasts of each of the open-session meetings will be available via the Internet.

The Thursday, January 17th Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories is one of the open-session meetings that may be of interest to our readers.

Date: January 17, 2008
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Location: Covel Commons, Los Angeles Campus

Agenda – Open Session

  • Action - Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2007
  • O1 Information - Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories [Vice President Foley]
  • O2-R Information - Update on Board of Governors Activities for Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) [Regent Parsky]
  • O3 Action - Appointment of Norman J. Pattiz as Chairman of the Boards of Governors of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Security, LLC; and Indemnification of Him with Regard to his Service Pursuant to Such Appointment
  • O4 Action - Authorization to Approve and Execute Modification to the Department of Energy Contract for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to Amend Clauses as a Result of Changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Issuance of Department of Energy Acquisition Letter AL2007

Committee membership: Regents Pattiz, Preuss, Marcus, Varner, Bugay, Schwarzenegger,
Blum, Parsky and Dynes; Advisory members Scorza and Brown


Anonymous said...

Pattiz will be "indemnified" as were Anastasio, Mara, and McMillan. Good for them. I think that anyone UC "details" (in military parlance) to LANS SHOULD be indemnified - UC has shown it values its employees, whereas LANS has shown it couldn't care less about them unless they are Bechtel. UC employees sent into the "line of fire" by being exposed to the NNSA crap machine should have a fall-back. Sort of like combat pay.

Anonymous said...

Schwarzenegger? As in Arnold?

Anonymous said...

The inflation data that came out today showed that PPI inflation was running at 6.3% for last year. This was the largest increase since 1981 (i.e., in over 25 years!)

On the other hand, the average staff raise at LANL this last year was a measly 2%. That's over 4% less than the PPI inflation rate.

If it feels like you are falling behind, it's because you are, and you're doing so at an increasingly rapid rate. Next year's low raises and high inflation rates will only make things worse for most of the LANL staff. A 2% raise on Oct 1st will likely mean that your real earnings fell by almost 10% for the period of time since LANS took over.

Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), the top executives of LANS are doing extremely well while the rest of the LANL staff suffers significant drops in their living standards.

Anonymous said...

11:32, the comparison for determining raises is not inflation directly, but how others at your level are compensated. Do you think salaries for say, non-manager engineers in general, will continue to keep pace with inflation?

IMO, anytime a career choice has to be "marketed", I suspect there is a problem.

Engineers Getting a Makeover
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The nation's best and brightest engineers are gathering in Washington this week to figure out how to add some youthful zing to a profession that makes many kids think of slide rules and pocket protectors. As a result of their efforts, engineering's image will be getting a marketing makeover in the months ahead.

How much is that makeover needed? You'd expect engineers to come up with the data to back up their case, and these folks did not disappoint. In one survey of career preferences among 440 college-bound students aged 14 to 18, engineering was ranked last on a list that also included teaching, medicine, law and business....


Anonymous said...

"your real earnings fell by almost 10% for the period of time since LANS took over."

How does that compare to your productivity? I suspect that most people have seen big raises based on the number of hours actually worked.

PS - yes, it is Arnold. As governor, he is part of the UC Regents.