Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tanya Schevitz, Todd Wallack, Chronicle Staff Writers
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
When UC Berkeley Associate Athletic Director Mark Stephens was passed over for a promotion at Cal last year, the university promised to keep him on the payroll, giving him $183,000 over three years while letting him take a full-time job somewhere else.
Two years ago, UC Davis agreed to give a medical professor, Dr. Casey Daggett, $150,000 in exchange for his resignation and a promise to drop all his legal claims against the university.
In 2002, the UC Berkeley athletic department forced administrator Kevin Reneau to step down but agreed to keep him on the payroll for 2 1/2 years at $86,000 per year so he could reach retirement age and his family could qualify for health care benefits.
During the past five years, UC has negotiated at least 700 separation agreements worth about $23 million, UC spokesman Paul Schwartz said Tuesday in response to a public records request by The Chronicle. The totals were actually higher, he said, because the figures omitted other agreements with employees at UC's three national laboratories or those that involved existing litigation.
All of this, like the UC instances, are in fact "hush money". Public institutions should take these cases to open court, where the records are public, and we can see the evidence. Paying hush money simply allows the corruption to continue. Which is exactly why it is paid.... so the corruption can continue.
Walp/Doran and the cover up by LANL management, and legal counsel, led directly to competition of the contract. UC inaction was a part of the cover up, as they came, saw, and declared that Browne had the situation well in hand. The all too typical UC response to LANL problems. Too bad the Congress didn't buy it. So, now we have LANS, and the corruption figures to continue, as UC is still involved. We must hope for a thorough house cleaning California, and that some of it slops over into New Mexico.
It hardly sounds like it's all "hush money" - some of it sounds like "good ol' boys" taking care of their pals.
Well, now I need the list of those people so that when the Alumni Association of the UC campus where I got a degree calls to ask for a donation to help students deal with higher fees, I can tell them where to go.
Whew, at least Bob Dynes is still President. Thought the Regents were going to get rid of him there for a minute.