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Blog Post
12/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
After only nine months on the job as vice chair of California's stem cell agency, former State Democratic Chairman Art Torres has had his salary tripled. The unanimous decision of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC) shows a board wildly out of touch with the realities of a state mired in financial crisis with record unemployment...
News Story
12/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Former state Democratic Party head Art Torres got a $150,000 pay boost today for his work as co-vice chair of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Torres, a former state legislator, was hired in March to head the stem cell agency on a half-time basis, with a salary of $75,000. His co vice-chair, Duane Roth, declined to take a salary...
News Story
9/11/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is reviewing a draft update of its strategic plan that calls for it to build relationships with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, in hopes of speeding up the development and commercialization of new drugs based on regenerative medicine technologies. CIRM's draft plan includes among its...
Blog Post
8/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Between voting to reject most of the recommendations from the state's good government panel and handing out $16 million in grants to stem cell researchers, the stem cell agency's board ventured into one of the hottest debates of the summer this week. Acting on a motion by member Jeff Sheehy, the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC)...
Blog Post
8/19/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Proposed changes in the California stem cell agency's regulations that would have created loopholes allowing some businesses to avoid rules to ensure affordable access to therapies funded by public money have been thwarted. I raised the alarm Tuesday and the looming loophole apparently has been slammed shut.  I got a call from stem cell...
News Story
6/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A critique of the state stem cell institute that calls for shrinking its board and other structural changes drew a strong response from the group's chairman, who said the moves would cause “unacceptable” delays in the group's work. After an eight-month study, California's Little Hoover Commission yesterday released a 70-page report...
News Story
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
To reduce potential conflicts of interest in the state's $3 billion stem cell research program, a government watchdog group called Friday for an overhaul of the program's governing board. The current 29-member board is too big, has trouble assembling quorums and lacks truly independent voices, the Little Hoover Commission concluded. The structure...
News Story
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California’s good-government agency approved a series of recommendations to reform the operation and governance of the state’s stem cell research funding organization. The Little Hoover Commission on Friday released its full recommendations and urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to make changes to the San Francisco-...
News Story
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Marie Csete will resign Aug. 1 as the chief scientific officer of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine after 15 months in the $310,000-a-year post, Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit group that monitors developments at the state stem cell agency, reported on Wednesday. "I am sorry and disappointed that I was unable to say goodbye to...
News Release
6/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Key 'Little Hoover' Recommendations Follow Consumer Watchdog's Proposals Santa Monica, CA -- California’s good government agency, The Little Hoover Commission, today called for management and structural reforms at the state stem cell agency after an eight-month study.  Key Commission recommendations follow many proposals made by...