The Buzz: Jerry Brown says UC needs 'greater efficiency, greater elegance'

11/28/2012 12:00 AM

11/28/2012 8:08 AM

Brown criticizes regents for raising the pay of next UC Berkeley chancellor

UC regents drew criticism from Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday as they hired Nicholas Dirks to be the next chancellor of UC Berkeley and agreed to pay him a salary $50,000 higher than outgoing Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.

"The $50,000 increase above the incumbent, even though that incumbent has not received a pay raise, does not fit within the spirit of servant leadership that I think will be required over the next several years," said Brown. He voted against Dirks' compensation package, which includes an $8,916-a-year auto allowance, a $30,425 relocation bonus, a house on campus and an annual salary of $486,800, of which $50,000 will be paid by private donors

"I've just come through a campaign where I've pledged the people that I will use their funds judiciously and with real stewardship, with prudence," the governor said, adding that he would continue to press UC "for greater efficiency, greater elegance, modesty. We are going to have to restrain this system in many, many of its elements and this will come with great resistance."

Regent George Kieffer said the salary was appropriate for the leader of the "No. 1 public university in the world." He said UC is committed to keeping salaries down.

THE STATE WORKER

SEIU Local 1000's political action issues committee has reported about $4.3 million in expenses this year, with more than $1 of every $3 spent on defeating Proposition 32, the campaign measure that voters rejected on Nov. 6. The PAC also gave $1 million to Proposition 30, which won with labor's get-out-the-vote efforts in the campaign's final weeks.

WORTH REPEATING

"One might argue that what happened in California will set the trend for what will happen in the country, meaning that opposition to taxing the wealthy is opposition to the future."

RICK JACOBS, head of the liberal, California-based Courage Campaign, in the New York Times

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