Milan Moravec 
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Re: “Right-Leaning Poll Shows Tight Races for Props 30 and 32

Right, Left, Center leaning the best Hope to Fix Calif. Education.
“All y0u have to do is spend more (Prop 30, 38) on education” should be ignored as Prop 30, 38 do not serve our state’s children. Additional money (Prop 30, 38) is not the magic elixir. We are kidding ourselves by believing that education funding shortfalls disappear with Prop 30, Prop 38.
Prop 30, Prop 38 levy significant taxes on each one of us. The wounds that Prop 30, 38 are to heal have been self inflicted largely by our elected Sacramento politicians who simply do not say no to any influential interest group be they teachers, University of California (29% increase in salaries last 6 years), public employees, business, or other unions or lobbyists.
As election day approaches Prop 30, 38 are used by Sacramento politicians and lobbyists to blackmail us.
Vote No on Prop 30, 38, 32. Save Calfornia education for our school and university children.

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Posted by Milan Moravec on 10/21/2012 at 1:21 PM

Re: “New Lipstick on an Old Pig

The choices we Californians make on Nov 6 will determine California’s course for years. We are kidding ourselves by believing that education funding shortfalls disappear with Prop 30, Prop 38.
Prop 30, Prop 38 both levy significant taxes on each one of us. The wounds that Prop 30, 38 are to heal have been self inflicted largely by our elected Sacramento politicians who simply do not say no to any influential interest group be they higher education, public employees, business, teachers, or other unions or lobbyists.
And now Prop 30, 38 are used by Sacramento politicians and lobbyists to blackmail us.
Save California for our children. Vote No on Prop 30, 38, 32. Keep the California dream alive

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Posted by Milan Moravec on 10/16/2012 at 11:33 PM

Re: “If You Liked Citizens United, You'll Love Prop 32

The public’s University of California harvests family savings, Alumni donations, supporter’s money and taxes. Cal. ranked #1 public university total academic cost (resident) as a result of the Provost’s, Chancellor’s ‘charge resident’s higher tuition’. UCB tuition is rising faster than other universities.

Cal ranked # 2 nationally in faculty earning potential. Spending on salaries increased 29% in last six years. Believe it: Harvard College less costly.

University of California negates promise of equality of opportunity: access, affordability. Self-absorbed Provost Breslauer Chancellor Birgeneau are outspoken on ‘charging residents much higher’ tuition.

Birgeneau ($450,000) Breslauer ($306,000) like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them their entitled funding. The ‘charge instate students higher tuition’ skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011 academic years. If they had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over past 10 years fees would still be in reach of middle income students. Breslauer Birgeneau increase disparities in higher education, defeat the promise of equality of opportunity, and create a less-educated work force.

Additional state tax funding must sunset. The sluggish economy, 10% unemployment devastates family savings. Simply asking for more taxes (Prop 30, 32) to spend on self-absorbed Cal. leadership, inefficient higher education practices, over-the-top salaries, lavish bonuses, is not the answer.

UCB is to maximize access to the widest number of residence at a reasonable cost. Birgeneau Breslauer’s ‘charge Californians higher tuition’ denies middle income families the transformative value of Cal.

The California dream: keep it alive and well. Fire Provost George W Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned. Cal. leadership must accept responsibility for failing Californians.
Opinions? UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu Calif. State Senators, Assembly members.

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Posted by Milan Moravec on 10/01/2012 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Report: Banks' Lending Frenzy Left Borrowers Buried in Student Debt

University of California Berkeley leaves graduating student in debt. Public university major’s in harvesting money, education taxes. University of California Berkeley is nationally ranked #1 public university total academic cost (resident) as a result of the Provost Chancellor goal to ‘charge Californians higher tuition’. UC Berkeley tuition is rising faster than costs at other universities. Cal ranked # 2 in faculty earning potential. Believe it: Harvard College less costly.

University of California negates the promise of equality of opportunity: university access, affordability is farther and farther out of reach. Self-absorbed Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer are outspoken for public Cal. ‘charging Californians much higher’ tuition. Chancellor, Provost leave an indelible legacy on access, affordability.

Birgeneau ($450,000) Breslauer ($306,000) like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them their demanded funding. The ‘charge Californians higher tuition’ skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic years. If Chancellor Provost had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over the past 10 years they would still be in reach of most middle income students. Breslauer Bergeneau increase disparities in higher education and defeat the promise of equality of opportunity. An unacceptable legacy.

Additional state tax funding should sunset. The sluggish economy and 10% unemployment devistate family education savings. Simply asking for more taxes to fund self-absorbed Cal.senior leadership, old inefficient higher education practices, excessive faculty staff compensation and burdensome bonuses, is not the answer.

UC Berkeley is to maximize access to the widest number of Californians at a reasonable cost. Birgeneau’s Breslauer’s ‘charge Californians higher’ tuition’ denies middle income families the transformative value of Cal.

The California dream: keep it alive and well. Fire (honorably retire) Provost George W Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned.

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Posted by Milan Moravec on 08/17/2012 at 2:43 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to Leave Post

University of California Berkeley (UCB) Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau is outspoken on why elite public universities should charge more. With Birgeneau’s leadership UCB is more expensive (on an all-in-cost) than private Harvard and Yale. Cal. is the most expensive public higher education in our country. World ranking of prestigious universities has Harvard #1, Cal # 5.

Birgeneau would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar asked for. The Chancellor’s ‘charge more’ instate tuition skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic year. If Birgeneau had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over the past 10 years they would still be in reach of most middle income students with the help of affordable student loans. Increasing Cal’s funding is not the solution.

UCB is a public university designed to give maximum access to the widest number of instate students at a reasonable cost: with a mission of diversity and equality of opportunity. Unfortunately Birgeneau diminishes the principles which underlie our state and our country: equality and inclusion. Birgeneau’s and Provost George Breslauer’s senior management decisions deny middle income Californians the transformative value of university education.

Birgeneau’s tenure as Chancellor is a sad unacceptable legacy. University of California Berkeley is now farther and farther out of reach for the sons and daughters of Californians.

Send your forceful message to: UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu and your Calif. State Senator and Assemblymember.

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Posted by Milan Moravec on 04/30/2012 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Thursday Must Read: Oakland Sends Out 2,500 Layoff Notices; Brown Opposes Plan to Extend Redevelopment Until April

Employed must prepare for unemployment. Employee loyalty arrests employment in the job market. As businesses, higher education, states, counties, cities stumble through the recession some are in a phase of creative disassembly. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) and his $7 million outside consultants use “Operational Excellence (OE)” to fire 2,200. OE removes Birgeneau created inefficiencies and wordsmiths them as “savings”. Birgeneau doubles instate tuition/fees.

Yet many cling to an old assumption: the implied, unwritten management-employee contract. Management promised work, upward progress for employees fitting in, employees accepted lower wages, performing in prescribed ways, sticking around. Longevity was good employer-employee relations; turnover a dysfunction. None of these assumptions apply in the 21 century economy. Businesses, universities, public institutions can no longer guarantee careers, even if they want to. Managements paralyzed themselves with a strategy of “success brings successes” rather than “successes brings failure’ and are now forced to break implied contract with employees – a contract nurtured by management that future can be controlled.

Jettisoned employees are discovering that hard won knowledge earned while loyal is no longer desired in employment markets. What contract can employers, employees make with each other?

The central idea is simple, powerful: job is a shared partnership.
• Employers, employees face financial conditions together; longevity of partnership depends on how well customers, constituencies needs are met.
• Neither management nor employee has future obligation to the other.
• Organizations train people.
• Employees create security they really need – skills, knowledge that creates employability in 21st century economies
• The management-employee loyalty partnership can be dissolved without either party considering the other a traitor.

Sustained employability in the 21st century economy is security. Your employability: have you verified your employable in today’s job market? It is not what you think.

Posted by Milan Moravec on 04/22/2012 at 4:11 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Mistakenly Sells Million-Dollar Artwork for $150

Just another mistake in judgement by UC Chancellor Birgeneau Provost Breslauer. In spite of eligibility University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($450.000 salary), Provost Breslauer ($306,000 salary) shed thousands of instate applicants. Qualified instate applicants to public Cal. are replaced by a $50,600 payment from born abroad affluent foreign and affluent out of state students. And, Birgeneau subsidizes affluent foreign and affluent out of state tuition in the guise of diversity while he doubles instate tuition/fees.

UC Berkeley fall admit rate for Californians drops to record low 18%. Birgeneau/Breslauer accept affluent $50,600 foreign students and displace qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of tax funded assets are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Going to Cal. is now more expensive than Harvard, Yale.

A shocking picture of inept UC Berkeley senior management. With the recommendations of Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000 salary), Provost George Breslauer ($306,000 salary) allowed campus police to use excessive force - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Birgeneau‘s doubling of instate tuition. Resignation of Birgeneau is necessary, but not sufficient, fire Breslauer. Email your opinion; UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

Posted by Milan Moravec on 04/22/2012 at 4:09 PM

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