Slowing the CSU pay escalator
We've written on several occasions about the escalating pay of California State University campus presidents. Remember the $100,000-a-year increase for a new chief executive at San Diego State University (approved the same day as a hefty tuition increase)? Other new presidents routinely got 10 percent, even 20 percent more than their predecessors, who had filled the posts for many years.
Perhaps the CSU trustees are starting to get the message. At their meeting last week, they set compensation levels for new presidents at six campuses. None will be paid more than their predecessors. One will make less.
Remember that classic of middle school philosophy: If a tree falls in a forest and no hears it, does it make a sound? Perhaps that was on the minds of the California Highway Patrol officers sent to a demonstration Tuesday at the Willits bypass construction site. Their response: Arrest the news photographer recording the event and seize his cameras.
The demonstrations may be a nuisance for Caltrans and the crews working on the project, but the solution isn't a news blackout. And good luck trying to impose one in this day and age when anyone with a cellphone can take photos of a newsworthy event.
One person who showed good sense in all of this was Mendocino County District Attorney Dave Eyester, who said he won't pursue charges against photographer Steve Eberhard.
All pumped up, with nowhere to go
Another summer, another scandal for major league baseball. Slugger Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers accepted a suspension for the rest of the season for using performance-enhancing drugs.
Fans may remember that Braun tested positive two years ago. He proclaimed his innocence, challenged the handling of his urine sample and, ultimately, beat the rap. Braun's name turned up again this year when a Miami newspaper reported on links between big league ballplayers and an anti-aging clinic in Florida. This time, he went quietly without denials or an appeal.