Forum on Inland economy set

Two well-known authors will be among those participating Tuesday in a forum on the impact of the economic crisis in the Inland area and ways to create a more economically just future for the region.

Mike Davis, a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside and author of several prize-winning books, will speak at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, 3657 Lemon St. Also speaking will be Victor Valle, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning professor of ethnic studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.The forum, “The Empire Strikes Back: Organizing Inland,” is sponsored by UCR’s labor studies program and will also feature representatives from several labor unions and from the Inland Empire Day Laborer Congress.

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Gaming the system


Some UC Regents “gaming the system,” says Peter Byrne

By Holly Kernan on Wednesday, Mar 31, 3:46pm

California’s elite public university system is governed by a powerful Board of Regents. These Regents and their appointed Treasurer control $53 to $63 billion in investments. Local investigative reporter Peter Byrne wanted to find out how those investment decisions are made, and whether the members of the Board of Regents may have conflicts of interests. Here’s what he found: “A number of regents are gaming this system to profit themselves while University of California sinks into the quicksand,” Byrne said. KALW’s Holly Kernan asked Peter Byrne to explain how the retirement and endowment funds are currently being invested. 

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