May 13, 2002
Campus postpones 24/7 parking enforcement
By Jennifer McNulty
Administrators have postponed the September implementation of 24-hour parking enforcement
on campus, Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood announced at last week's brown-bag forum with
The decision will give the campus a chance to explore a number of issues that have
come up since the plan was announced, said Greenwood, adding that, "We're not
going to do this without discussion."
"Night parking hasn't ever been free.... There have always been expenses
associated with night parking."
--Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood
"Night parking hasn't ever been free," Greenwood emphasized to the gathering
of about 150 people who turned out for the chancellor's final brown-bag staff forum
of the academic year. "It's just been free to the people who weren't paying.
There have always been expenses associated with night parking."
Currently, people who park on campus during the day pay the full cost of the parking
enforcement program, and Greenwood suggested that perhaps people who park at night
should pay their share.
"There will be a lot of opportunity for input," said Greenwood, adding
that one possibility would be to offer "flexibility for certain classifications
One of the first staff comments during the discussion part of the forum came from
a campus employee who said she believes many people who park on campus at night are
students or staff who are here to clean the buildings. "I would hate to have
the extra burden (of parking fees) put on those people," she said.
After brief remarks about the budget, parking, and housing, Greenwood fielded
questions from the audience for the better part of an hour. The brown-bag series
will continue in the fall.
Budgets and buildings
In light of uncertainty about the state and federal economies, UCSC's budget picture
is likely to remain blurry well into the summer and perhaps into September, said
Greenwood. Revised state budget numbers will be announced May 14, and the university
will assess its standing after that, she said.
The University of California has benefited from the governor's economic stimulus
package, which helped fund construction of the Engineering Building and other facilities
at UCSC, among other projects throughout the UC system, said Greenwood. "We'll
break ground on that project in June," she said of the Engineering Building.
Campus construction is also moving ahead with the rest of Colleges Nine and Ten
scheduled to open in the fall, the University Center on target to open in winter
quarter, and bid packages for infill student apartments expected to go out by early
Faculty and staff housing
Regarding faculty and staff housing, Greenwood said the Campus Welfare Committee
is meeting to develop priorities that will determine who gets access to campus housing
and the new apartments at Laureate Court. Members of the campus community are encouraged
to attend a public meeting to discuss priorities on May 20. The challenge is to accommodate
housing needs among faculty, graduate students, and staff, she said.
"I want to be very clear on the fact that we are continually trying to find
a way to make housing available to staff," said Greenwood. Some housing may
be designated for staff as part of the proposed north campus development, she noted,
saying "probably substantially higher" than the 10 to 15 percent suggested
by a member of the audience. "I'm very sympathetic to staff having entree to
campus housing," she said.
Parking costs, availability
In response to another question, Greenwood acknowledged that as of July 1 staff
will be paying 70 percent more than faculty for campus "A" permits because
of a stalemate in labor negotiations that has frozen rates for faculty. "There
was never any intention that faculty and staff parking rates would be different,"
she said. "We're in the process of trying to get this resolved at the bargaining
Greenwood reiterated her own frustration about campus parking issues, which are
a recurring theme of the staff forums.
"I do believe parking has become an unnecessary stressor in discussion of
how we build our campus," said Greenwood. "Eventually, we will have to
go with at least one more parking structure, maybe two. We're trying to figure out
'Living wage' concept
Heat plant specialist Daniel Young asked Greenwood to endorse the concept of a
"living wage" of $12-14 per hour for campus employees, and although Greenwood
declined to endorse it on the spot, the chancellor did request a breakdown of current
"In theory, everyone supports a living wage," she said. "The issue
is how it would build out on our campus. Would we have higher wages and fewer people?
Because we won't have a larger pot of money, so maybe we'd have fewer better-paid
Another staff question prompted a discussion of workplace-violence prevention
programs available through the UCSC Police Department.
"We promote a zero-tolerance policy regarding acts of violence and intimidation,"
said Police Chief Jan Tepper. Any campus unit may request a workplace safety presentation,
said Tepper, and a new brochure on the topic will be available this summer. Training
for supervisors is also available, and the campus is planning a safety training day
for the fall, said Tom Vani, vice chancellor of Business and Administrative Services.
"We're trying to get safety back on the agenda, and we're reinvigorating
the building coordinator program," said Vani.
Conceding that budget uncertainties will persist this year, Greenwood emphasized
her desire to keep the campus poised and "ready to move when the money starts
to flow again."
And she ended the meeting on a note of encouragement: "Anytime you're feeling
tired of what you're doing, remember, many organizations produce things. What we
do is help people realize their dreams," said Greenwood. Many UCSC students
are the first in their families to attend college, and it is a "lifeshaking
"You can take pride, as the faculty and I do, in the fact that somewhere
along the line, you've made a difference in these people's lives," she said.
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