The University of California's salary policies continue to amaze: UC Berkeley ex-chancellor to receive $434,000 leave.
The Chronicle's NANETTE ASIMOV: "Nicholas Dirks stepped down as UC Berkeley’s chancellor this summer but will receive almost all of his executive salary, $434,000, for another year though he won’t teach or run campus programs."
"The paid year off is a benefit provided under a policy approved by the University of California regents at least 17 years ago that rewards executives who are also tenured pofessors and will return to the classroom."
Here's what you need to know about the government report on climate change. For starters, it's real.
LA Times' ALEXANDRA ZAVIS/RAOUL RANOA: "The conclusions contained in a draft federal report on climate change are unequivocal: Human-induced global warming is real, and left unchecked, the consequences could be dire."
"Although not new, the findings are at odds with claims by President Trump and members of his administration, who continue to assert that the extent of the human contribution to climate change is not clear."
"In June, Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement reached in Paris in 2015, in which nearly 200 countries pledged to reduce emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, saying the deal was bad for the country."
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By firing engineer, Google shows what you can say -- and what you can't -- at work.
Google's TRACEY LIEN: "In a country known for its reverence of free speech, in a state strict with labor codes, in an industry steeped in libertarian and progressive ideals, if an employee has something to say, he should just be able to say it, right?"
"Not quite, as one Google employee learned the hard way when he was fired Monday after writing and internally circulating a memo in which he criticized the company's diversity efforts as unfair and discriminatory."
"When the memo became public, women and under-represented groups in tech decried it and Google denounced it. But by Monday night, after Google fired the engineer, claiming he’d violated the company’s code of conduct, the conversation shifted. Some in tech were incredulous that someone could lose his job for expressing dissent. People took to Twitter: Whither free speech?"
City-state dispute over Prop. B waterfront limits goes to trial.