"The reason we switched from an in-person to a teleconference Board meeting is simple, the agenda for this meeting consisted of just a few items that could probably be handled in one hour. We can’t justify the cost of an in-person meeting in San Diego – which includes transportation for all those going there, plus hotel rooms, meals and the cost of the ballroom for the day - for one hour’s worth of business. As a state agency we are always mindful of how we spend our money so we made the change.
"The elimination of the dates in the Discovery and Translational programs is simply to give the CIRM Team more flexibility. As we say in the documents that will be presented to the Board – available on our website here https://www.cirm.ca.gov/sites/default/files/files/agenda/150905_Agenda_4_DTConcept%20Amendments%20--%20FINAL%20%2800256870xAEB03%29.pdf
"In order for CIRM to operate efficiently and to respond to changing circumstances and needs, CIRM must be nimble and flexible. To ensure that the CIRM team has the ability to make adjustments to the program schedule to meet these needs, we propose to eliminate the specificity in the translation and Discovery Program concept plans regarding the schedule for the submission of applications in response to program announcements issued under these programs.” (McCormack's boldface)
"As for the Strategic Plan, we have already conducted extensive outreach, through both on-line surveys and in-person meetings, with Patient Advocates (including meetings in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco), researchers, Board members and the public. We are now working on bringing all those thoughts and suggestions together in order to be able to present them to Board.
"And the Board agenda will be posted ten days ahead of the meeting as usual."