RG endorses Knute Buehler for Secretary of State

10/14/2012: Good editorial here. The Oregonian’s endorsement is here. This should be an easy choice for UO supporters too. Current Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office has refused to investigate Pernsteiner for claiming Treetops as his Lane County voting residence. Pernsteiner actually lives in Portland, in a house OUS gives him a $26,000 housing allowance for, paid for out of that shrinking state support for higher education that he keeps complaining about.

Buehler’s campaign website is here. Make a donation. I particularly like his proposed reforms of the State Audits Division. This agency has some good people. They wrote pretty damning audits of Frohnmayer and Moseley. But as Buehler notes there’s not much follow through. In fact Jim Bean broke the deal between UO and the auditors within two months with no consequences, as we explained in “Provosts Gone Wild”. From what I can tell it was my request for those documents that led Dave Hubin and Bob Berdahl to gut UO’s public records process – is that right Dave?

Gottfredson in the RG:

Diane Dietz on our new President – she’s not happy with his fake news conference:

Gottfredson said he’ll spend the rest of the summer exploring the campus, meeting with deans and faculty and learning the issues.

Fair enough, but remember, winter is coming. Then there’s this:

Treetops, at 2237 Spring Blvd., is an 8,111-square-foot, 1911 mansion in the Fairmount neighborhood. The merchant that donated Treetops to the university system in 1938 specified that either the state system’s chancellor or the UO president has to live in the house. 

But Chancellor George Pernsteiner owns a home in Portland and is available to live at Treetops only part time. Consequently, it costs the state upwards of $50,000 annually to keep up a part time residence. 

The Gottfredsons, at this point, are moving into McMorran House. “We’re delighted to be in McMorran House,” Michael Gottfredson said. “It’s a wonderful place.” 

But the concept of the UO president living at Treetops, which would free Pernsteiner to live wherever he chose without violating the covenant, has not gone by the wayside. 

“We’re having some conversations about that,” Gottfredson said.

Say, I wonder if Pernsteiner’s lawyer, Bill Gary – a partner in Randy Geller’s favorite law firm – is still claiming that Pernsteiner intends to return to live in Lane County?

Because he’s still got himself listed on Kate Brown’s voting rolls at 2237 Spring Hill Blvd, Eugene. And it’s a felony to lie to the elector about that sort of thing.

Allyn Ford likes closed searches

7/5/2012: According to his Op-Ed in the Salem Statesman Journal. FWIW, I heard many good things about the process from those involved, and I hope Gottfredson meets expectations. So, since this worked out so well, maybe Ford should try running a search for a new OUS Chancellor next? Open, closed, whatever. Pernsteiner has had the job for years with no search at all – just a tip of the hat from Neil Goldschmidt.

Dr. Pernsteiner votes again in Lane County

5/2/2012: From the official Oregon Secretary of State website:

OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner owns a house in Portland (OUS gives him $26,000 in state funds  to help with the mortgage) and he spends most of his working time at his office at PSU. But he votes in Lane County. He’s been doing this since 2004 – it’s part of the pretense that the state owned Treetops mansion in Eugene is his “actual residence.” In Oregon it’s a felony to make a false statement on a voter registration card:

And Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown came down hard about voter fraud in the Oregonian:

… Perhaps the greatest deterrents are the penalties for a Class C felony. That’s the crime when someone ineligible casts a ballot, votes under a false name, forges a signature on a ballot envelope or falsely registers to vote. If they do manage to get by our security checks, the Oregon Department of Justice will prosecute and then we’re talking five years in prison, a $125,000 fine and, when appropriate, deportation.

But apparently that’s the deal for poor people, not the well connected 1% like Pernsteiner.

Last March I filed a complaint with Lane County Elections, asking them to investigate the legality of Pernsteiner’s Lane County registration. Lane County Elections supervisor Roxanne Marshall told me that her office would not pursue a complaint against someone who formally stated that they intended to return to Lane County, someday – no matter how farfetched the claim. It probably didn’t hurt that Pernsteiner hired attorney Bill Gary to write this letter for him. Or that he’s a registered Democrat like Brown, and a big campaign contributor. Or that Gary  is a Kate Brown supporter.

Nice little beach community they’ve got here, and they aim to keep it that way.

Pernsteiner demands more croissants

3/5/2012: That’s the latest from Bill Graves at the Oregonian, buried at end of his gun story. More as we get the docs – and there’s some scandalous stuff here.

The board also voted to extend Pernsteiner’s contract through June 30, 2014, but is still negotiating terms. Pernsteiner, who has not had a pay raise in four years, earns $280,900 a year plus $12,720 in deferred compensation.

Three months ago he fired Lariviere for giving out unauthorized raises. Now he wants a raise too. Graves leaves off a few of Pernsteiner’s other perks and hiring peculiarities:

Donegan pours another round of Pernsteiner

1/13/2012: This will make 8 years since Goldschmidt appointed him interim, never a search. Full letter here. Bad news for UO. It will be hard to hire a strong president who is willing to work for Pernsteiner. Our best hope now is to get the Lane County Delegation to get some sort of UO Board proposal through the legislature this session. Word is they are working on it.

Pernsteiner votes in Lane County. Let’s stop that.

12/5/2011: Please read this and consider joining in by sending the email below.

The Oregon statutes on determining voting residence state

(3) An elections official may consider, but is not limited to considering, the following factors in determining residency of a person for voter registration purposes:
(a) Where the person receives personal mail;
(b) Where the person is licensed to drive;
(c) Where the person registers motor vehicles for personal use;
(d) Where any immediate family members of the person reside;
(e) The address from which the person pays for utility services; and
(f) The address from which the person files any federal or state income tax returns.

OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner owns a house in Portland (OUS gives him a $26,000 housing allowance for it) and he spends most of his working time at his office at PSU.

But he votes in Lane County. He’s been doing this since 2004 – apparently it’s part of the pretense that he is using the state owned Treetops mansion in Eugene as his “actual residence.” I’m no lawyer, but I believe in Oregon it’s a felony to make a false statement on a voter registration card:

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown came down hard about voter fraud in the Oregonian last year:

… Perhaps the greatest deterrents are the penalties for a Class C felony. That’s the crime when someone ineligible casts a ballot, votes under a false name, forges a signature on a ballot envelope or falsely registers to vote. If they do manage to get by our security checks, the Oregon Department of Justice will prosecute and then we’re talking five years in prison, a $125,000 fine and, when appropriate, deportation.

In March I filed a complaint with Lane County Elections, asking them to investigate the legality of Pernsteiner’s Lane County registration. Pernsteiner hired attorney Bill Gary to defend him. Gary eventually produced this letter in defense of his client and they dismissed the complaint.

I think that substantial new questions have been raised about the extent of time that Pernsteiner spends at Treetops, whether or not any immediate family members live there, and whether or not it is honestly “his primary residence and the place to which he intends to return” as his attorney claimed in March.

I’d like to hear Chancellor Pernsteiner make those statements under oath. You can help. I have asked Lane County to reopen the investigation, and if you would like support this effort, please copy and paste and email (or mail) this message:

Roxann.Marshall@CO.Lane.OR.US
Lane County Elections 
Supervisor Roxanne Marshall 
275 W 10th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Dear Ms Marshall:

This is a request that you investigate whether or not OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner meets the tests under Oregon Law to vote in Lane County Elections, and whether or not he has made false statements on Oregon Voter Registration cards.

I ask you to obtain copies of Chancellor Pernsteiner’s calendar and travel logs from his Chief of Staff, and to obtain sworn testimony from him regarding the tests of residence that apply under Oregon law.

Sincerely, 

Feel free to cc me at uomatters@gmail.com so I can keep a tally.

OUS fires Richard Lariviere, in Paul Olum replay

11/29/2011: Steve Duin writes on OUS fail. Bill Graves of the Oregonian captures the craziness. People don’t often talk back to pandering buzzword spewing politicians, or laugh in their faces. We’d be a better country if we did:

Board member James Francesconi … “We cannot be a great state without a great UO,” he said. “But we can’t be a great state only with the UO. We need leaders who challenge us to be great, but not at the expense of others.”

Audience members laughed.

Board member David Yaden said the board still supported bold and creative leadership for UO. “Do not let mediocrity become a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he warned.

More laughter.

Board member Jill Eiland said the board needed the Lariviere supporters as “strategic partners.”

Audience members shot back. “It is an insult for you to challenge us,” said one. “It is a railroad job,” said another. “It is a sham,” shouted a third.

11/28/2011: Matt Donegan was pretty coherent – it turns out he’d put Lariviere on double secret probation back in June – and he allowed for some cathartic back and forth. Allyn Ford was sad, Francesconi and Kelly teared up. The rest of the board read insulting prepared statements – for a decision they are claiming was not made until the meeting? A sham and a farce. Their vote was unanimous – 30 days notice. Read about it in the papers. Meanwhile, mail off those public meetings petitions and email the requests that the Board to hold a public meeting to fire Pernsteiner like they just did for Lariviere.

Not pissed off enough? Just watch and listen to Pernsteiner at the post meeting news conference here. Donegan does not come off very well either:

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Two quick questions:

1) What sort of interim president will they cram down our throats? Lorraine Davis? Jim Bean?

OUS Job Opening (thanks to anon)

Wanted – Mediocre, milquetoast administrator with established track record of blind adherence to status quo to lead previously innovative state university. Successful candidate will be an experienced sycophant with proven past behavior demonstrating unthinking
compliance and submission to all local, state and bureaucratic agencies. Physical requirements include a strong, non-dominant hand grip strength to effectively rubber stamp all proposed initiatives – spine not required. Minimal need for creative thinking or bold
leadership potential required, and, in fact, such behavior may disqualify candidate. High likelihood of rapid placement, as projected applicant pool expected to be very, very sparse. If above qualifications are met, but candidate is not selected for current position advertised, application will be forwarded to Salem offices for consideration for another similar post and/or governorship.”

2) The elephant in the room was Chancellor George Pernsteiner. This WWeek story quotes Donegan as saying he and Lariviere were not even on speaking terms at the end. Ok – so fire Pernsteiner:

And his contract will be automatically renewed unless the OUS board acts by 12/31/2011.

George – here’s what we really think:

11/30/2011: Not everyone had a chance to speak their piece today. Send me more, I’ll post them.

Chancellor Pernsteiner,

At Monday’s meeting, the Board of Directors said that trust is vital to the relationship between our University and the OUS, and I agree. But the past few days have shown that this community no longer trusts the Board, and it especially does not trust you.

The overwhelming sentiment on this campus is that your leadership threatens to drive our University into the ground. Given this irreversible erosion of trust, my question is this: will you consider stepping down from the board so that our institution can continue to grow and thrive, or will you cling to power at the expense of the 27,000 students, faculty, and staff who believe in a bright future for the University of Oregon.

Thank you,
Ben DeJarnette

Link to DeFazio’s strong statement of support for Lariviere and a UO Board and for the end of OUS. Where were you last week Pete?

Professor Robert Z. Melnick knows Pernsteiner, and ripped into Pernsteiner and Ciuffetti at the assembly, pdf here.

Professor and former CAS Dean Joe Stone – who also knows Pernsteiner – explains how UO has sacrificed for OUS, and gives his advice on the appropriate “beau geste” for Mr. Pernsteiner.

One pissed off P. B. Shelley explains the next steps the UO community should take regarding the OUS Chancellor, Board and staff:

Men of Oregon, heirs of Glory,
Heroes of unwritten story,
Nurslings of one mighty Mother,
Hopes of her, and one another;

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you –
Ye are many — they are few.

RG storyOregonian story, KEZI video