Friday, June 26, 2009

Quick Links: Recommendations for CIRM Overhaul, Media Coverage and Reaction

The Little Hoover Commission's recommendations for sweeping changes in the $3 billion California stem cell agency became public today, generating some interesting news items and reaction from the agency itself.

We were traveling today and have not had a chance to read the 84-page document but will have an analysis tomorrow. Meanwhile interested readers have plenty to chew on.

First, there is the report itself, which can be found here. Then there is CIRM's reaction to it, which came in the form of a press release dated Wednesday June 24. The release has been circulated to at least some reporters, but has not been posted on the CIRM Web site at the time of this writing. The full text is contained in the item below.

John M. Simpson, stem cell project director for Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica, Ca., issued his reaction at 2:02 p.m. today. You can find that document here.

Ron Leuty of the San Francisco Business Times wrote a relatively lengthy piece about the recommendations. Sandy Kleffman of the Contra Costa Times also filed a fairly substantial article.

We expect to see more coverage in the mainstream media, but Saturday is not a good day if you are looking for newspapers loaded with news. Even in the heyday of newspapers, Saturday papers were thin and did not offer much.

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