“We are really sad and frankly shocked to be in this situation.” Ken White, Peninsula Humane Society president, on the loss of $2 million in donations due to shelter construction setbacks“A third-grader can see that what the regents on the investment committee are doing is unethical. It goes far beyond the ‘appearance’ of a conflict of interest. These are core conflicts of interest.” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, on a published report that members of the UC regents’ investment committee benefited from hundreds of millions of dollars in university investments “It’s going to be nice… seeing our neighbors move back. I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy.” Bill Bishop, Claremont Drive home owner, on the wrapping up of operations to clear out homes destroyed in the San Bruno gas explosion “If you leave, you’re the weak one, and you get shunned in your own hood. Nobody wants you around. You have to fend for yourself.” Tim Rudder, former gang member, speaking at a “Gang Summit” at Deer Valley High in Antioch “Bartz represents a problem we find at many other firms with poor pay-for-performance grades: excessive compensation awarded to executives to encourage them to join or remain with a company.” Report from an institutional investor advisory firm on the most overpaid S&P 500 CEOS. Yahoo’s Carol Bartz came in at No. 1.
Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.