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Months later, on December 7, the image of Gov. Davis beamed in from
a Sacramento press conference onto a giant screen in Ackerman Grand
Ballroom, announcing to an expectant audience that UCLA and UC Santa
Barbara scientists would receive $100 million from the state to
launch the California NanoSystems Institute, selected against heavy
competition as one of Davis' three California Institutes for Science
and Innovation. The other selected projects were the California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, a collaboration
between UC San Diego and UC Irvine, and the California Institute
for Bioengineering, Biomedical Research led by UC San Francisco
with UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.
knew there were no guarantees that his advocacy efforts would pay
off. "Each time you do this, you feel you're being tested," he explained.
"You're sweating each time it happens. It doesn't happen overnight
or automatically. It's hard work, repeated phone calls, the thank-yous
afterward." And then there's typically the long wait. "Sometimes
you don't see the results for months."
have been other close calls.
1999, local water and sewer districts were pushing hard for a bill
that would empower them to increase by hundreds of millions of dollars
the capital-facility assessments paid by local school districts,
higher education institutions and other public agencies. Current
laws restricted the amounts these districts could assess public
was a huge problem for us," Arditti recalls. "The bill had already
passed the Senate and was in the Assembly appropriations committee.
So once again, we went to Howard."
called then-House Speaker Villaraigosa to request a meeting in Sacramento
on behalf of UC and other representatives of the public- educational