[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Opinion/Commentary: ‘Retirement’ Rip-Off | 08-12-2016
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
70°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
October 1
1842 - New York Observer (newspaper) reports on Placerita gold discovery, proving that the Americans knew about it 6 years before Sutter's Mill [story]


You Know I'm Right | Commentary by Betty Arenson
| Friday, Aug 12, 2016

bettyarensonSchools needing money is an omnipresent topic, and the specific subject of college tuitions has been and is a focus of presidential candidates.

On March 18, SCVNews published my commentary titled, “Where College Tuition Goes.” It’s still online to review, but one of the mentions was UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi. Katehi is one of 10 University of California chancellors. The L.A. Times repeatedly reports her annual salary at $424,360 — plus hefty benefits.

Katehi gained the spotlight with the Sacramento Bee reporting in March that something was smelling foul at UC Davis.

It was discovered that in addition to receiving $424,360 for what most would think is a full-time job, she was getting another annual stipend of $70,000 from DeVry Education Group. DeVry is an online college degree program that was being sued by the federal government for defrauding its students – and we now know Katehi knew it.

There’s more. The Sacramento Bee also published that Katehi received a three-year income from textbook publisher John Wiley and Sons in the amount of $420,000 — another $140,000 per year.

The math is easy. Kathei was raking in $634,360 plus perks.

Janet Napolitano, carrying political experience but no educational experience, was oddly dropped into the cushy spot of the president of the state’s UC system.

Earlier this year, Napolitano lauded Katehi for doing a great job, and even though she hadn’t made the proper disclosure, Kathei was sorry, Napolitano protected her, and all was well with the world.

The matter did not go away, as investigations continued into Kathei’s cover-up of details of a campus protest where students were pepper-sprayed and the discovery of her nepotism and intervening into salaries of family members.

The Times this week said: “The report painted a picture of a chancellor so obsessed with her public image that she insisted on hiring public relations firms to improve it even after a 2012 UC study found the pepper-spray incident was not harming the campus’ reputation.”

Taxpayers paid that massive tab, as well.

The investigation’s report says Katehi “misinformed” Napolitano about DeVry. Additionally, she had joined the board of King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, knowing the swirling allegations that it “improperly inflated its research statistics.” There was no mention of how much money Katehi is receiving for that position. The negative finding involving the university was a “failure to show ‘diligence and judgment.’”

UC spokeswoman Dianne KIein said: “Chancellor Katehi has engaged in a pattern of misrepresentations, … has repeatedly exercised poor judgment when confronted with challenges, has consistently disregarded the impact of her actions on the campus and the university as a whole and has failed to mitigate troubling management practices.” She continued: and “This behavior is not fit for a UC chancellor or anyone in a leadership position.”

When I read the headline that this woman had resigned, I was thrilled for the everyday Jane and Joe Taxpayer who are on the hook, with absolutely no say-so in the process, to pay for this massive debauchery. At last a bureaucrat had been held accountable and was out the door.

All of this joy was quashed when reading the final story parts wherein Katehi refused to resign, letting everyone know she would sue to keep her chancellor position.

Apparently these malfeasants have a “right” to take a faculty position even though they have been found to be liars, incompetent, unfit, etc.

Thus a deal was made.

Katehi will not sue, will be on administrative leave (i.e. vacation) for one year fully paid with her full $424,360 salary (surely with all benefits in place), along with her promise to return to a guaranteed job for at least one year as a faculty member with a salary to be determined at that time.

In the meantime, taxpayers can pay that and yet another person to assume her title.

The final slap in the face was and is with California politicians pretending like all of this a good deal.

To wit, among others there is Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon, robotically offering that “the resignation would give UC Davis a fresh start.”

Considering an unfit, untruthful, incompetent state bureaucrat is on a one-year, fully paid vacation amounting to $424,360, in cash, plus a whole bunch of perks and a guaranteed job with a salary to be determined … what “resignation?”

Think about this when you hear about the high price tag on tuition, when politicians claim “free college is a right” or the latter being retitled as a “debt-free” college.

Free is never free. There is always a cost to someone who must pick up the tab.

Presently the U.S. college loan debt is $1.3 trillion. Of that amount, $125 billion was borrowed by people who have defaulted on any payment whatsoever for at least the last year.

It’s pretty clear that they are hoping the government will forgive their loans and put taxpayers on the hook while the takers skate. They seemingly have no compunction for sticking you and me with their obligations and commitments.

My kids and I paid their college debts. How about you and yours?

 

 

Betty Arenson has lived in the SCV since 1968 and describes herself as a conservative who’s concerned about progressives’ politics and their impacts on the country, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She says she is unashamed to own a gun or a Bible, couldn’t care less about the color of the president’s skin, and demands that he uphold his oath to protect and follow the Constitution of the United States in its entirety.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

3 Comments

  1. Jane Alexander says:

    You have not read the report carefully. When a Chancellor is hired, they also always get a faculty position. So that wasn’t negotiated at this late date but when Katehi was first hired. She has resigned from her position as Chancellor but has said she is going to stay as a professor. She is exercising her right to a sabbatical — however, she won’t get that Chancellors salary UNLESS she comes back and teaches for a year. My guess is she will not return to teach.

    • Betty Arenson says:

      No argument with the citation of the terms you mention, by the disturbing parts are that she is so incredibly greedy, she did NOT abide by the rules to ask permission from Napolitano…family even if she had, it’s still GREED; the latest Arabic University wasn’t cited earlier, the guarantee of a high paying job awarded by the greedy elitists the rest of us are not even aware of…. does not make this okay. THIS IS TAX PAYERS’ MONEY. you cannot ethically defend this process or this horrid woman. Of course she’ll return to teach ( Hardy har har) otherwise she forfeits her promised one year salary…like if she says “Get lost”, they’ll ever pursue her. Jane, your casual superficial approach says you are okay with this specific process and the overall sham on the taxpayers . Do not tell me I haven’t read the “full” of anything….if ALL OF THE MINUTE DETAILS were on full display for the public to read, there’d be a whole new bureaucracy.

  2. Denny NNWofLA says:

    Many of us have told you what you are “full” of…
    Once again Betty, by calling her “this horrid woman”, you demonstrate what you are full of. HATE.

    Furthermore, on the subject of college debt, don’t forget Reagan started us down that path right here in CA.

    Also you mention “Greedy elitists”. Still voting for Trump?

Leave a Comment


Commentary Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
Related Content
RECENT COMMENTARY
Friday, Sep 30, 2016
One can legitimately ask if Steve and Cokie Roberts' story falls into Hillary’s list of tales about being under gunfire in Bosnia, Chelsea’s danger in being near ground zero on 9/11, and Hillary’s claim of being named after Sir Edmund Hillary – who did not become famous until six years after Hillary’s birth.
Thursday, Sep 29, 2016
Walking across my property the other morning around 7:30, I saw something move suddenly at my feet. It actually struck at me, and it was a good thing I didn’t step on it. It was in fact a night snake. I was thrilled.
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
Social justice warriors at the University of Kansas screamed obscenities at white students who didn’t feel the need for "safe spaces." Imagine that. The self-proclaimed warriors of civility and equality respond to what was supposed to be an open conversation by shouting them down, using foul language, and screaming in the faces of students with a different viewpoint.
Sunday, Sep 25, 2016
I have taken many walks on the plains of Tanzania with Masai body guards armed with spears and occasionally rifles. It is rather unnerving to think at any moment, you could become prey to a lion, cheetah or another apex predator.
Thursday, Sep 22, 2016
If you find yourself traveling east on Interstate 40 to Needles or beyond, you might want to consider a short side trip to explore Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark. It’s located just off of National Trails Highway (Historic Route 66) about 28 miles east of the town of Ludlow.
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016
Medicare’s annual open enrollment season begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. This is the time every year when you can sign up for a new Medicare drug or health plan, or switch the one you have now.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
College of the Canyons will play its fifth regular season game as the Cougars host the Grossmont College Griffins at Cougar Stadium. Saturday's game is a non-conference contest. All players, coaches and cheerleaders associated with a Santa Clarita Valley youth sports league or cheer organization are invited to attend Saturday's game free of charge.
Saturday: No. 11 COC Hosts No. 8 Grossmont College
The Master’s University volleyball team survived a five-set dogfight Thursday night against Hope International University.
Volleyball: Lady Mustangs Scrap for Win Over Hope Int’l
1842 - New York Observer (newspaper) reports on Placerita gold discovery, proving that the Americans knew about it 6 years before Sutter's Mill [story]
Traffic investigators from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station are investigating the circumstances of a fatal traffic collision involving a pedestrian, who was a Southern California Edison worker, and a vehicle. The collision occurred on Avenue K west of 20th Street East, in the City of Lancaster.
Motorist Hits, Kills Edison Worker in Lancaster
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, check out our top headlines from this past week and upcoming weekend events. Plus, COC hosts a human trafficking awareness event and Forge Ahead Arts host the She Bytes exhibition. Check out these stories tonight on SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, September 30, 2016
Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, presented a $5,000 Education Grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians to Mint Canyon Community School on Friday to assist in the purchase of 67 MobyMax tablets to aid students learning math and language arts.
Barona Indians Give $5K to Mint Canyon School for Tablets
The Newhall Community Center recently opened its doors for pickleball play on two newly lined courts in the multipurpose room. Pickleball courts are also available at the Sports Complex Gymnasium and Bouquet Canyon Park.
Pickleball Now Available at Newhall Community Center
All 23 California State University campuses will begin accepting applications on Oct. 1 for admission to the fall 2017 term.
Oct. 1: Application Period Opens for Fall 2017 at All CSU’s
NYT Best-Selling Author Stephen Mansfield is best known for his groundbreaking books on religion, history and contemporary culture. He will speak at the Trinity Classical Academy campus about "Recovering a Christian View of History" on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.
Oct. 10: Christian History Author to Speak at Trinity School
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is in need of pollworkers across Los Angeles County for the upcoming Nov. 8 Presidential General Election.
800 More Pollworkers Needed for Nov. 8 Election
The flags fly proudly each day at SCVi Charter School — and now they fly in a brand new landscaped flag courtyard created as a patriotic tribute by a soon-to-be Eagle Scout who coordinated more than 850 volunteer hours to make it happen.
SCVi Charter Dedicates New Flag Courtyard
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Metrolink Bureau partnered with several law enforcement agencies in September to enforce traffic laws at railroad grade crossings in several Southern California Counties used by commuter rail.
119 Tickets Issues at Rail Crossings During Special Operation
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, cordially invites you to come and enjoy the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department “Fun In the Sun” Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center in Castaic.
Oct. 15: ‘Fun in the Sun’ Chili Cookoff in Castaic for Special Olympics
Deputies are inviting the public to stop by the 27th Annual Haunted Jailhouse and Community Open House event on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and help them look for ghosts and goblins spotted in and around the station jail.
Jail is a Scary Place: Haunted Jailhouse Returns Oct. 30
A plan to divide the lot on the Northpark Community Church property, which houses Trinity Classical Academy, is set to go before the Santa Clarita Planning Commission on Tuesday.
Planners to Consider Northpark Church-Trinity Academy Lot Split
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation sponsored by Board of Equalization Member George Runner and authored by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, that expands eligibility for the state's property tax exemption to disabled military veterans who were discharged under "other than honorable conditions."
Brown Signs Runner-Sponsored Bill to Help Disabled Veterans
Witches, zombies, ghosts and fairies alike are all invited to attend this spook-tacular day that will be held at the LIMS Movie Studio in Castaic.
Oct. 23: Family-Oriented Halloween Event at Castaic Movie Studio
One can legitimately ask if Steve and Cokie Roberts' story falls into Hillary’s list of tales about being under gunfire in Bosnia, Chelsea’s danger in being near ground zero on 9/11, and Hillary’s claim of being named after Sir Edmund Hillary – who did not become famous until six years after Hillary’s birth.
Selective Memory
1955 - Actor James Dean, 24, drives through Castaic Junction en route to his final resting place [watch]
On Saturday, The Master’s University’s cross country teams will toe the line at their fifth-annual home race, The Mustang Challenge, at Santa Clarita’s Central Park.
Oct. 1: TMU Hosts XC Race at Santa Clarita Central Park
The Golden State Athletic Conference has announced that Michael Sciarra has been named the Cross Country Runner of the Month for September. This is Sciarra’s first time receiving this honor.
TMU’s Sciarra Named Conference Runner of Month
Twelfth-ranked Biola used a splendid bicycle kick 4:59 into overtime to eke out a 1-0 victory over the Mustangs Wednesday night in La Mirada.
Men’s Soccer: Mustangs Fall to Biola 1-0 in Overtime
The College of the Canyons men's soccer team claimed its biggest win of the season on Tuesday, coming in the form of a physical 2-1 victory over Santa Barbara City College at Cougar Stadium.
Men’s Soccer: COC Gets Physical with Santa Barbara, Wins 2-1
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the annual Hate Crimes report was released by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations and reports a 24 percent increase this past year. Plus, Halloween is around the corner and this local farm will help you get in the spirit of the season. Check out these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, September 29, 2016
The burned-out and blighted Greens pub and putting course on McBean Parkway could be redeveloped into a 5-story hotel and 4,000-square-foot restaurant if the Santa Clarita Planning Commission shouts "FORE!" on Tuesday to a proposal that's working its way through the city approval process.
City Planners to Consider New Hotel, Restaurant for ‘Greens’ Property
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded California $49.9 million in start-up funds to assist in the launch and development of high-quality charter schools over the next three years.
Feds Providing $50 Mil. for Calif. Charter School Start-Ups
During the month of October on every Saturday, residents can partake in a variety of happenings throughout the city of Santa Clarita to celebrate the arts. All events are free and open to the public.
Santa Clarita Celebrates National Arts, Humanities Month
The Matador Report is the official e-newsletter of Matador Athletics.
CSUN Athletics: Matador Report for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
Lots of fun learning activities are in store at the Santa Clarita Public Libraries in October.
October at the Santa Clarita Libraries
Education is power. Come learn about the new laws which will affect your business and employees, and discuss the steps you can take to help ensure compliance and avoid costly fines or litigation.
Dec. 2: Employment Law Update at COC Chancellor’s Circle Breakfast
Parents, educators, students, and employers are invited to take part in the "STREAM Kids Expo," an event that engages students in real-world issues through exciting hands-on activities facilitated by industry experts such as NASA, Lockheed Martin, Gantom Lighting & Controls, Wells Fargo, BMW, and Solar City.
Oct. 22: ‘STREAM Kids Expo’ to Engage Students in Real World Issues
A bill cosponsored by Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) that would buy time for small businesses and other entities to comply with an impending federal regulation passed the House of Representatives Wednesday night.
Knight Bill Aiming to Delay Mandate Affecting Business Passes House
A total 32 rabid bats have been found in Los Angeles County, with 11 of them being found in the Santa Clarita Valley, in 2016 as of September 27.
Three More Rabid Bats Found in SCV, Brings Total to 11
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented Bailey, a 3-month-old spayed female chihuahua mix, ready to be adopted.
Antonovich Pet of the Week (9-27-2016): Bailey
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations has released its annual account of hate crimes reported throughout Los Angeles County in 2015.
Hate Crimes Rise in L.A. County for the First Time in Seven Years
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Santa Clarita Assemblyman Scott Wilk’s AB 1322, which permits salons and barbershops to serve a single complimentary alcoholic beverage to clients ages 21 and over without requiring a license or permit, provided no extra fees are charged for the beverage.
Brown Signs Wilk Bill Allowing Alcoholic Beverages to be Served at Salons