Friday, June 26, 2015

Familiarly heedless

O.C. college district foundation closer to OKing Saudi consulting deal (LA Times)
…The proposed deal [with the Rancho Santiago Community College District] has been criticized by faculty members and others who say that it was brokered in near secrecy and who questioned doing business with an absolute monarchy with a spotty human rights record….
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     Chancellor Raul Rodriguez said he hopes revenue from the deal, or others like it, will help support district projects and student programs.
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     "I guess we picked the wrong country to start with," he added, jokingly.
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     Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School who specializes in good governance, said even if it was an honest mistake there are consequences to violating open meeting laws.
     "The public is injured when there is a Brown Act violation like this," she said. "The public is deprived from taking part in their government's decisions."
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     Rodriguez said that the district's primary role in Saudi Arabia would be to consult, help train faculty and set curricula for the two all-male schools….

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