Thursday, March 08, 2007

Sewell Comments on CIRM Executive Changes

One of the Oversight Committee members for the California stem agency – David Serrano Sewell – has commented on the "Worst Enemy" item below. He also serves on the Governance Subcommittee and was present for the meeting discussed in that item.

Here are his verbatim comments emailed to the California Stem Cell Report:
"You make some interesting points concerning the adoption of the Internal Governance Policy, which is basically a MOU for Bob (Klein) and Zach (Hall). The ICOC tasked Ed (Penhoet) with the assignment of drafting this policy, and he did a great job. It's not perfect, but it works for now. This document is a reflection of the working relationship between Bob and Zach. I'm not passing judgment on that relationship, but we had to deal with it.

"I don't agree with Zach's comments. We're not in a situation where we're going to get as our next President either Bartelby The Scrivener or Dr. Dynamic because of the policy. Again, it's in place for Bob and Zach. Once we get further along the process in selecting our next president, the policy will likely change. Others may disagree, but that's how I view the situation.

"As for Prop. 71 itself. People wanted an active board, and that's what they got. We're engaged and listening to the public. Most of our operating structure is embodied in 71, including making any changes (which require the approval of the legislature and governor). If people don't know that, especially ICOC members, they ought to read 71."
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  1. One is left with the implication that there are a whole bunch of folks who allocated $3 billion without reading Proposition 71.

    Nobody is going to get "Bartelby The Scribner" [sic: Bartleby, the Scrivener].

  2. Few of the millions of the folks who voted for it read it, but that's nothing new. Voters are not inclined to read the text of initiatives or even their ballot pamphlet summaries and arguments. Prop. 71 is particularly dense, incapable of comprehension without understanding how it fits with existing law.

    We have fixed the spelling on scrivener. Thanks.