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A key political ally of San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders has been on the campaign trail for Democratic congressional candidate Francine Busby, who is battling GOP incumbent Brian Bilbray. Jim Waring, who was forced out of his job as Sanders’s land and development planning chief during a scandal over the size of the Sunroad office tower near Montgomery Field, is throwing open his La Jolla home for a Busby fund-raiser on October 11, with ticket prices ranging from $100 to $1000. The special guest is UCSD history professor Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Event sponsors include investor Murray Galinson and attorney Eugene Iredale…The new “Acting Senior Vice Chancellor—Academic Affairs” at UCSD will be making $350,000 a year, $50,000 more than the previous occupant, thanks to a recent decision by UC regents. Suresh Subramani, a professor of molecular biology, will fill in while a permanent chancellor is sought. Per a report to the regents: “Following Paul Drake’s announcement of his decision to retire from the Senior Vice Chancellor — Academic Affairs position effective October 1, 2010, an extensive national search was conducted for his successor. The top candidate withdrew due to compensation limitations, and there was a lack of consensus on the remaining candidates interviewed. Therefore, a decision has been made to extend the search process and appoint an Acting Senior Vice Chancellor—Academic Affairs to provide continuity of leadership.”

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Visduh Nov. 21, 2010 @ 8:03 p.m.

Then may we assume that this candidate who withdrew due to "compensation limitations" was unwilling to earn a measly $350K or more annually? I thought these people were "poor", "struggling" academics who were as poor as church mice, and who spent their careers sacrificing for the betterment of knowledge. Hah!

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