UCSF announces Community Advisory Group meeting with a mere 5 days notice

Did you know that UCSF is announcing their Long Range Development Plan over the next few months that will outline what buildings they’re going to demolish and build over the next 15-20 years?   Did you know they just announced that the first meeting where they’ll present this material…..with only5 days notice to the community?

Earlier this year the neighbors of UCSF’s Parnassus campus delivered a petition to Barbara French, Vice Chancellor at UCSF, identifying two long-standing problems with UCSF’s community meetings process:

  • Lack of advanced notice for community meetings; and
  • Little or no advance delivery of community meeting

She responded by publishing a new policy (http://www.ucsf.edu/sites/default/files/documents/ucsf-community-meeting-notification.pdf) that promised greater notice.   To quote:

We commit to striving to meet the following information distribution schedule for community meetings, including UCSF Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, CAG Action Team meetings, and other UCSF community meetings:

Community meeting notification will begin a minimum of four weeks in advance of the community meeting with an email notification and an online meeting announcement posted on this website.  If a specific meeting location is not known, a “save the date” notice will be posted.

On Sep. 14th UCSF’s Barbara Bagot-Lopez sent out an announcement for a Community Advisory Group meeting on Sep. 19th to discuss the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP).

Additionally, when we sent an email to Ms. Bagot-Lopez saying that this was insufficient notice and asking her to postpone, her response was, “There will be a repeat performance on Oct. 10”.     Community meetings are not performances to be stage managed and then repeated.   They are the process whereby an enormous entity like UCSF presents their plans, listens to community input, and their plans are modified to take that into account.

It’s supposed to be a process, not a performance.  Read the email chain here. [email chain]

Unless the whole thing is just so much kabuki performance, where you’re just going through the motions.

Read the letter we sent to UCSF here.