Saturday, June 25, 2005
ROGER SNODGRASS, firstname.lastname@example.org, Monitor Assistant Editor
University of California officials waited to see the release of the final Request for Proposal to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory, before making a final decision to enter the competition.
According UC's man in charge of that competition, the RFP is still what it's all about.
"Our focus is really around the RFP," said Michael Anastasio, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and designated director of LANL if UC's partnership with a corporate team led by Bechtel is successful.
So the official UC position over all the damage they have done is "Just get over it." I suggest we each send another $100 to Sara Kauppila as part of our healing process.
The smarmy little bastard won't even take responsibility for the damage UC has done to us all. Robinson can't come fast enough for me...
"smary little bastard" than the poster is a paragon of virtue. It is unfortunate that the Blog has died as a source of discussion and is now only home to bottom feeding back biters.
The kind of hate that is expressed here is not going to change with Robinson and LM. In fact, there are scores of "employee issues" at all the LM facilities. No matter who "wins" LA there is a huge amount of work to do, and it is time to move on.
UC is sowing what it reaped.
The blog has not "died as a source of discussion."
It is the only source available were concerned individuals may freely express themselves. It is even available to persons such as yourself for when you feel like spreading your poisonous views.
If Bechtel/UC wins, it will be a vindication of all their past policies, and we would expect nothing to change. Why should it? They won. So we will continue to have an absentee landlord, Foley & Co. in charge (but perhaps more arrogant than ever, since they won), and perhaps even Nanos back again as director. Why not? The DoE surely must have approved of his handling of the lab, else why would Bechtel/UC have won?
If LM/UT wins, Robinson is a known quantity with a good record (certainly better than our own recent directors), and Sandia is pretty well run. At least when it has safety or security lapses it doesn’t end up in the national media, and its management doesn’t feel the need to shut the whole place down for most of a year. Besides, the win gives them an incentive to prove that they can improve things, rather than just continue the status quo.
The pension might have been a deciding factor, but since whoever wins has to set up a separate pension fund, that is pretty much a wash.
So on balance, I don’t see why we shouldn’t all (except for the fourth floor, who may be out of their jobs) root for LM/UT to win.
LM, then they'll lean towards picking UC just to punish us some more.