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Aug 25
2010

CSU Foundation Funds

Posted by Bruce Robinson in students , state government , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , legislation , investigation , government , finances , education , current events , California , budget , author

Bruce Robinson

Calls for greater transparency in the inner fiscal dealings of foundations based at California State University campuses are mounting, after some of those details became public.

State Senator Leland Yee (D-SF) has championed legislative action to apply the state’s Public Records Act to the CSU academic foundations and other auxiliary organizations. He says these latest revelations about their lax fiscal management only reinforces the need for such a measure.

California Faculty Association president Lillian Taiz, a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles, charges that the newly revealed CABO minutes make it clear that the CSU administration’s opposition to Senator Yee’s sunshine bill, SB 330, was driven not by principle, but protective self-interest.

At Sonoma State, there are four separate auxiliary organizations, explains Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration & Finance, Laurence Furukawa-Schlereth. But the budget for the Academic Foundation is much larger than those of  the other three  combined.

Here's the link to the SSU tranparency webpage. You can also read the Executive Summary of the CFA report on the CABO minutes they found. To read the full report, go here. Scroll down for the links to the minutes themselves.

Aug 19
2010

Sonoma County Museum Collection

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma County , Santa Rosa , research , preservation , nonprofit orgs , lifestyle , history , education , conserve

Bruce Robinson

In most any museum, the items on display are just a small slice of their large and varied collection. And the Sonoma County Museum is no exception.

By acquainting himself with the breadth and variety of the total museum collection, Curator Eric Stanley  is then able to find ideas and items to draw from it to flesh out thematic displays. One recent instance of this, he recalls, was an exhibit based around the concept of Botany.

Another collection within the larger multitude of historic items that fascinate Stanley are the relics remaining from Santa Rosa's Chinatown. Now vanished and virtually unknown to all but the oldest area residents (or students of local history), it was a vibrant part of the core community less that 100 years ago.

The Sonoma County Museum is celebrating its own history with a  25th Birthday Party on Saturday afternoon. See a full schedule of upcoming museum activities here, including their rare, late September warehouse sale.

 

 

 

Eric Stanley

Aug 18
2010

Community Clinics & Health Care Reform

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma County , public safety , policy , planning , nonprofit orgs , news , medicine , legislation , healthcare , Health , government , families , economy , current events , Congress , community , children , California , business , budget

Bruce Robinson

The federal health care bill, passed earlier this year, will also boost the fiscal well-begin of community clinics in Sonoma County, as well as the patients they serve.

Mary Szecsey, Executive Director of the five West County Health Centers,  explains that the local clinics, and many of their counterparts across the county, have helped pioneer and refine the concept known as a “medical home” for patients.

This approach, developed in considerable part out of necessity, has proven to be both efficacious and cost-effective, Szecsey adds, which is why it is being more widely adopted.

 

 

 

Aug 11
2010

Rialto Update

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Santa Rosa , recreation , nonprofit orgs , media , events , business , arts

Bruce Robinson

The Rialto Cinemas Lakeside will close their doors at the end of next week, and re-emerge, at least partially, in a new location several weeks later.

The North Bay Report previously reported on the Rialto's lease loss here.  And here's a link to more information about the Sixth Street Playhouse.

Meanwhile, the final chapter of the first phase of the Rialto's history  will play out next weekend, with a final day of regular film screenings on Sunday, August 22, followed by a final night celebration on Monday August 23. Part of that ticketed event will include the chance to see one of five favorite films that Ky has selected specially for the occasion.

 

 

 

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