Some Initial Thoughts on Consensus and Diversity of Tactics

(In response to an email about meetings, consensus, and diversity of tactics/philosophy at Occupy UCLA, which I didn’t want to sidetrack the main email thread. Initial thoughts I hope to later expand on. Consider this a work in progress subject to revision.)

Basically speaking, consensus is meant to make decisions in a format very different from regular voting; it has a much more formal process than what people are using around the Occupies, and it has been truly bastardized by people who have no affinity for the original aims of consensus. Consensus is not meant to overrule people who disagree, nor is it a means for a single person to block proposals. It is designed so that people offer proposals for actions, and people who are negatively impacted or strongly disagree block the proposal. People who disagree but aren’t affected by or forced to participate in the action are encouraged to “stand aside” if able to do so–standing aside has been completely absent from Occupy in favor of a rough jazz hands/block dialectic. If someone is blocking, they need to seriously consider their relationship to the movement in doing so; i.e. are there still common goals and affinities? And the general rule of thumb is that you get 1-3 blocks in your lifetime, and you really shouldn’t be exhausting them in your first movement. I’ve blocked once in 8 years of organizing, and that was only over a serious issue in which people were publicly attacked and made to feel afraid for their safety and I felt that blocking a certain proposal was the only way to address that issue and not have the entire GA fall apart that night. But this demonstrates how consensus really should work: after a block, the person making the proposal should consult with the person blocking and try to come up with a compromise that addresses that person’s reasons for blocking, and the person blocking should try to figure out what they can live with such that they can get to a point of standing aside. If everyone respects the process, the movement, and each other, this can actually be done quite easily. When people abuse the process and block things like committee names which they’re not a part of, things will collapse quickly.

Diversity of tactics necessitates some communication and coordination between people doing different actions to the extent that its safe and necessary. Calling “autonomy” before doing a die-in to detract from another strategy does not have a legitimate claim to diversity of tactics; it is usually regarded as having a separation of time and/or (“and/or” is incredibly important, and battles have been fought over and vs. and/or) space with both clear respect for diversity of tactics and the other actions and strategic decisions. Diversity of tactics has traditionally been advocated by anarchists to protect liberal actions from disruptions by anarchists, i.e. window smashing or other things that may, for example, bring added repression to a permitted march; similarly to keep anarchist and direct actions from being snitched out by liberal peace police.

Are UCPD the 99%?

So… how much do UCLA’s police make?

2010 data, from http://ucpay.globl.org/ (most recently available)
2009 salary was often higher than 2010 salary due to overtime pay, in large part due to policing of protests.  Some police in 2010 still earned over $20,000 in overtime pay.  UC Irvine officer Chon (who was at UCR) led the 261 UCPD officers with $59,496.89 in overtime pay (about $143,000 total).

  1. Chief James Herren – $166,780.60 (2nd-highest paid UCPD police chief. UCSF’s Chief Roskowski made $191,772.96)
  2. Assistant Chief Jeff Young – $131,000.08
  3. Lieutenant Russell McKinney – $118,314.01
  4. Lieutenant Maureen O’Connell – $115,495.00
  5. Captain Manny Garza – $124,800.00
  6. Captain John Adams – $124,799.92
  7. Sergeant Philip Baguiao – $127,264.35
  8. Sergeant Miguel Banuelos – $110,516.72
  9. Sergeant Luis De Vivero – $98,174.22
  10. Sergeant Tony Duenas – $115,127.96
  11. Sergeant Robert Defrancesco – $120,002.00
  12. Sergeant Karen Gentilucci – $98,616.45
  13. Sergeant Tracy Karafelas – $131,597.24
  14. Sergeant Mark Littlestone – $127,852.74
  15. Sergeant Timothy Nyx – $114,416.14
  16. Sergeant Scott Scheffler – $109,933.49
  17. Sergeant Paul Stewart – $86,919.61
  18. Sergeant Jeffrey Walton – $122,581.97
  19. Detective Selby Arsena – $117,129.72
  20. Detective Andy Ikeda – $105,271.90
  21. Officer Richard Balogun – $109,597.21
  22. Officer David Behrens – $97,312.28
  23. Officer Alexis Bicomong – $90,545.59
  24. Officer Ricardo Bolanos – $88,489.27
  25. Officer Terry Brown – $102,215.08
  26. Officer Robert Chavez – $90,347.90
  27. Officer Jeffrey Chobanian – $78,776.71
  28. Officer Leo Del Rosario – $93,567.34
  29. Officer Kevin Dodd – $81,617.28
  30. Officer Terrence Duren – $105,222.19
  31. Officer James Echols – $93,309.10
  32. Officer Lee Finch – $94,218.62
  33. Officer Carlos Franco – $9,519.54 (partial year, previous high was $100,192.95)
  34. Officer John Freund – $91,939.52
  35. Officer Gawin Gibson – $108,834.34
  36. Officer Genaro Gorostiza – $95,953.78
  37. Officer Daniel Jermansen – $96,880.72
  38. Officer Robin Kakumu – $57,410.22
  39. Officer Keven Kay – $91,437.17
  40. Officer Kevin Kilgore – $88,918.42
  41. Officer James Kim – $57,034.59
  42. Officer Paul Kunstmann – $76,991.00
  43. Officer London McBride – $89,264.18 (This was the officer that we talked to in the lobby of the UCPD station while waiting for the 14 to be released, told me he was “part of the 99%”)
  44. Officer Deborah Mills – $93,275.30
  45. Officer Steven Own – $67,678.39
  46. Officer Jason Pak – $97,272.40
  47. Officer Matthew Pinkus – $83,993.10
  48. Officer Jonathan Reyes – $94,092.13
  49. Officer Roland Ruiz – $86,248.53
  50. Officer Hector Salas – $84,456.62
  51. Officer Karen Salas – $81,277.61
  52. Officer Richard Sanchez – $89,054.75
  53. Officer Ethan Shear – $94,908.61
  54. Officer Jack Shepherd – $91,202.96
  55. Officer Harry Standberry – $114,563,32
  56. Officer Mary Tovar – $72,581.93
  57. Officer Anthony Vang – $72,042.74
  58. Officer Dwight Ward – $27,431.25 (partial year, previous high salary was $95,611.07)
  59. Officer George Washburn – $93,875.99
  60. Officer Paul Wells – $86,854.67

Officer salaries: $3,801,467.20 total, $90,511.12 average
Brass salaries: $2,144,192.50 total, $119,121.81 average
Total payroll cost for gun-carrying police: $5,945,659.70 (excludes dispatch and staff, and operating costs)

Average salary of a UCLA librarian: $74,533.20 (all have advanced degrees,many of whom have 20+ years of experience and have maxed out the pay scale)
Average salary of a UCLA lecturer: $41,811.38 (nearly all have Ph.Ds; this includes part-time net salaries, average FTE salary is $70,838.40 and average appointment 57.5%)
The UCLA PD payroll could fund 80 additional mid-scale librarians or 84 additional full-time mid-scale lecturers.  In reality this would be about 120 of either given that the pay scale starts around $45,000 for both.  There are currently about 90 librarians and 250 full-time lecturers (or equivalent) at UCLA.  Hiring this many lecturers would allow between 750-1000 additional courses to be taught annually.
* Data from University Council-AFT

Another look, based on NY Times’ “What Percent Are You” feature, assuming no additional household income.
UCLA PD Officers: top 29%
UCLA PD Brass: top 19%
UCLA Lecturers: bottom 39%