Audit: UC regents hid details on pay

first_imgBERKELEY – An independent audit into how the University of California system pays its leaders found that administrators kept some details of compensation packages from the public and its own governing board. The report, released Monday, also found that officials didn’t always give the full picture to tax officials, omitting taxable compensation on some employees’ W-2 forms. UC administrators and the system’s governing Board of Regents, who met in special session by teleconference to discuss the audit Monday, said the breakdowns are a problem that has to be solved. “Time is of the absolute essence if we are to restore the public’s trust,” said board Chairman Gerald Parsky, who noted that Monday’s meeting was the board’s second special session on pay in two weeks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe audit, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers at the request of UC regents, follows published reports that UC quietly paid millions in bonuses and other benefits beyond executives’ publicly reported salaries at a time when student fees were going up due to state funding cuts. The revelations, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, have prompted legislative hearings and a number of investigations. In general, the independent audit found that administrators sought approval from the regents for items such as salaries and incentive pay. But officials didn’t tend to get regents’ approval for such things as automobile and relocation allowances. And in some cases, officials paid or promised benefits that were exceptions to UC policy – set more than a decade ago after a previous uproar over executive pay – without informing regents. UC leaders say their executives’ salaries are in many cases below what comparable institutions are paying and contend that they have to stay competitive. However, they acknowledge they haven’t been clear about explaining who’s getting what and why.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Letterkenny’s crumbling roads are worsened by Irish Water silence, says Cathaoirleach

first_imgThere will be no roads left in Letterkenny if Irish Water continues to refuse meetings with the Municipal District, Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle has warned.The poor conditions of some of the busiest routes in the town were highlighted at this week’s meeting of local councillors, who have again called on Irish Water to meet and discuss their planned works.“We are not getting the meeting we are promised,” Cllr McMonagle said. “I made a request as the Cathaoirleach and not only did they (Irish Water) refuse, they didn’t even answer us. “If they have a work schedule and a timetable for works in Letterkenny, why can’t they come and speak to us?“It is not enough that we are being treated abysmally by Irish Water and our roads are crumbling around us,” he said.Cllr Ciaran Brogan added that it was a ‘dark and bad day’ when the town council was abolished due to the loss of discretionary money for roadworks in Letterkenny.“The highest volume of traffic in the North West is in Letterkenny, and we can’t fill potholes. All we are getting is a lip service and it’s not good enough.” Cllr McMonagle said Letterkenny has lost approximately €350,000 from its roads, and that other ways of sourcing money to make sure carriageways are safe should be looked at.“If Irish Water takes any longer, we’re not going to have roads, because the roads are crumbling around us,” Cllr McMonagle said.Irish Water has advised the council that they prepared to meet with Elected Members at their bi-monthly clinic. The council agreed to issue a further request to Irish Water to attend the next Letterkenny MD meeting and make the Director of Service aware of the Elected Members’ demands.Letterkenny’s crumbling roads are worsened by Irish Water silence, says Cathaoirleach was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEIrish WaterLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more