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    Post: Action Groups Asks UC To Take Name OFF US Chamber MOLD Doc

    Posted by Sharon Kramer on 5/28/10

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, President of the Regents of the
    University of California, May 18th, 2010 before the
    California Chamber of Commerce:

    "Well, I think it is - you know, Workers' Compensation was
    a perfect example, because we did the reforms that gave
    back to the private sector (sic, the insurance industry)
    $50 billion-plus in these last few years since we have had
    Workers' Comp reform..... Well, I have sniffing dogs over
    there that sniff out job killers. (Laughter) And they sniff
    from the time they start passing bills upstairs, or to
    debate the bills upstairs, they're already sniffing. And
    then they come to me and they tell me about all of those
    job killers. And then I sit down and I look at them and I
    say, "Hasta la vista, baby." (Laughter)

    Dear All,

    The following is a letter sent to the UC by scientists,
    physicians & citizens who are concerned for the health and
    safety of their fellow man and "job killers"..along with
    school children killers, apartment dwelling infant killers,
    etc. Other than the actual letter itself, the following
    statements are my own. Sharon Kramer

    Letter To Regents of University of California:

    Re: UC name & inferred scientific endorsement of
    US Chamber Mold Issue Medico-Legal Statement of:

    Begin Letter:

    Email: | Website:

    May 15, 2010

    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    President of Regents, UC

    Russell Gould
    Chairman of Regents,

    Mark G. Yudof
    UC President, UC

    RE: The University of California’s name is included in
    implied endorsement of a 2003 U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    publication currently referenced in a 2010 legal proceeding.

    Honorable Governor Schwarzenegger, Chairman Gould and
    President Yudof,

    The University of California is world renowned for its
    role in promoting and protecting public health by its
    outstanding physician education and the integrity of its
    medical teaching facilities.

    The Action Committee on the Health Effects of Mold,
    Microbes and Indoor Contaminants (ACHEMMIC) is comprised of
    volunteer physicians, scientists, researchers, indoor air
    quality experts, industrial hygienists, building engineers,
    teachers, advocates and others who work cohesively to
    promote integrity in U.S. public health policy with regard
    to the adverse health effects of mold, microbes and indoor
    contaminants that are frequently found in water damaged

    ACHEMMIC has the following concerns:

    1. The University of California name is apparently being
    used as an implied signatory of the2003 U.S. Chamber of
    Commerce publication.(2)

    2. It appears that the name of the University of California
    is being used as an implied scientific endorsement of the
    contents of said U.S. Chamber publication.(3)

    3. It is our understanding that it is a violation of the
    California Constitution, Article IX, Section 9(f) for the
    University of California name to be used to promote a
    document of political and sectarian influence.

    4. The contents of the document are contrary to recent
    scientific findings by national and international experts,
    including some within the State of California.

    The people who have been harmed by contaminants in
    water-damaged buildings and erroneous public health policy
    over the mold issue come from all walks of life. They are
    white collar workers, blue collar workers, retirees,
    veterans, teachers, business owners, homeowners, tenants,
    children, parents and grandparents. They work or are
    schooled in newly constructed and older buildings. They
    reside in all parts of the United States and around the
    globe. They live in owned, mortgaged, or rented houses and
    apartments- large and small, new and old, grand and humble.
    Some live in military housing, trailers or on reservations.
    Those affected by this issue are affluent, poor and middle
    class. They are able-bodied taxpayers and disabled
    citizens. They are the insured and uninsured by health,
    workers compensation and property casualty insurance
    companies. They represent the melting pot of citizens that
    make up this great country of ours--the United States of

    They depend on integrity in medical science within
    U.S. medical teaching universities and within the courts to
    protect their health and safety and the health and safety
    of their families.

    We appreciate the University of California Regents’
    prompt attention to this matter with broad implications
    impacting mold toxic torts and public health policy as a
    whole if left unaddressed by the Regents.

    For your convenience, we have attached our membership
    roster and documents of specific concern. Should ACHEMMIC
    be of further assistance to the Regents of the U.C. over
    this matter, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Respectfully yours,
    Mary Mulvey Jacobson
    ACHEMMIC Public Relations

    cc: Cheryl Vacca Vice President Ethics & Compliance,
    Regents of the U.C.

    Charles Robinson Vice President General Counsel, Regents of
    the U.C.

    U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, California 30th District and

    Enclosures: 3

    1 (2010) Membership Roster for ACHEMMIC
    2 (2003) Listed authors and conclusion of “A Scientific
    View of the Health Effects of Mold” U.S. Chamber ILR in
    relevant part
    3 (2009) Amicus Curiae Brief, National Apartment
    Association, citing “A Scientific View,” in relevant part

    End Letter

    This situation is a National Disgrace that has been allowed
    to continue for far too long to the detriment of the health
    and safety of the American worker & the American public -
    while financially benefiting commerce and while our elected
    leaders turn a blind eye.

    That math could be applied to a single rodent study by well
    connected, professional witnesses for the defense in mold
    litigation; and from this, the CDC, US medical
    associations, US medical teaching universities, and the US
    Chamber of Commerce could mass market the false scientific
    concept to the courts that it is proven people are not
    injured by the toxic components of molds that are found in
    water damaged buildings is an absurd unscientific and
    unethical concept currently pervading US health policy for
    the purpose of aiding industry to deny their responsibility
    to the sick and injured.

    Not only is it harming the health and safety of the
    American public, it is a bellwether indication of the
    erosion of Democracy that our country is founded upon.

    What happened to "We, the People" when determining what
    laws and common decency govern and define who we are as a
    society? When did it change to "They, the Corporations"?

    Sharon Noonan Kramer

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