The Merger's Tangled Web

University of California regents are scheduled to vote on the merger of the UCSF and Stanford University medical centers next week. But the move to create UCSF-Stanford Health Care has taken place inside a web of moving and shaking and brokering by some of the Bay Area's largest movers and shakers and power brokers.

Among the other groups involved in the merger are: directors for Stanford Health Services, who have already approved the combination; a committee, created by the UCSF and Stanford presidents, to choose some directors to run the new, merged USHC; the UCSF Foundation, the main fund-raising arm for the S.F. medical school, which has lobbied for the merger; and the nonprofit Bay Area Life Science Association, which was created to help design the future UCSF campus at Mission Bay, which will be surrounded by a biotech research park and which may or may not be intimately connected to the merger, depending upon whom you believe.

The chart on these two pages illustrates some of the many connections among the public and private figures who have influenced what is almost certainly the largest privatization of a governmental entity in California history. The connections do not explain the push to create USHC; rather, they describe the political context in which a massive, unprecedented, and fiscally questionable merger was proposed and publicized and pushed to the edge of reality.

UCSF Foundation Board of Directors
UCSF fund-raising arm and merger advocates.

Barbara Bass Bakar
Former CEO, I. Magnin
(wife of real estate developer Gerson Bakar)

Brook Byers
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capital firm
Specializes in life science, medical, and biotechnology companies
Director, at least 10 medical and pharmaceutical companies
Director, Western Association of Venture Capitalists

J.M.D. Cha
Director, C.M. Capital Corp. real estate investment company
Partner, Charter Ventures, venture capital firm specializing in life sciences and high technology

Executive director, Cha Chi Ming Ltd., investment firm, Hong Kong

A.W. Clausen
Former CEO, BankAmerica Corp.

William Coblentz,
Senior partner/attorney, Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer

Kenneth Coleman
Senior vice president, Silicon Graphics Inc.

David Coulter
CEO, BankAmerica Corp.

Goery Delacote
Director, Exploratorium

Roger Evans
General partner, Greylock Management Corp. venture capital firm

C. Richard Kramlich
General partner, New Enterprise Associates venture capital firm
Specializes in medical instruments and devices
Director, at least three medical and biotech companies

Sandra Lloyd
Film producer
Co-manager, Ceylon Petroleum Inc. venture capital firm

Robert MacDonnell
General partner, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.

David Melnick
Attorney, Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Flinn, Matzger & Melnick
Former chairman, Mount Zion Hospital Board of Directors

Ellen Magnin Newman
President, Ellen Newman Associates
Leader, Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee to the Mayor

William Oberndorf
Partner, SPO Partners investment firm;
San Francisco Partners investment group

Kenneth Rainin
Chairman, Rainin Instrument Co. medical instrument company

Jeanne Robertson (chairwoman)
Former president, Friends of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
(wife of investor Sanford Robertson)

John Robson
Senior adviser, Robertson Stephens & Co. investment firm
Specializes in biotechnology and drug company partnerships
Director, various pharmaceutical companies
Former director, Chiron Corp. pharmaceutical company

Leslie Tang Schilling
President, L.T.D.D. Inc., Golden Bay Investments, commercialreal estate investment firms

W. Clarke Swanson
CEO, Swanson Vineyards
Chairman, Napa National Bank

F. Van Kasper
Chairman, Van Kasper & Co. investment firm
Governor, National Association of Securities Dealers

Danielle Walker
(wife of Brooks Walker Jr., SFMOMA chairman and The Gap Inc. director)

University of California Board of Regents
The Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on final approval of the merger Sept. 18.

William Bagley
Attorney, Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, San Francisco
Clients include Catellus Development Corp.
Stockholder, medical supply company

Roy Brophy
Retired developer, Sacramento

Frank Clark Jr.
Attorney, Los Angeles

Ward Connerly
President, Connerly & Associates Inc. land use planning firm, Sacramento

John Davies
Attorney/judicial appointments secretary, Gov. Pete Wilson, San Diego
Director/stockholder, Winfield Industries
Owner, Mission Bay Golf Center
Stockholder, pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies

Tirso del Junco
Surgeon, former chairman, California Republican Party, Los Angeles
Stockholder, pharmaceutical and drug testing companies

Alice Gonzales
Retired director of California Employment Development Department, Rocklin

Sylvia Sue Johnson
Partner, Johnson Machinery Co., Riverside

Meredith Khachigian
(Wife of attorney/political consultant Kenneth Khachigian), San Clemente

Howard Leach
Investor, Leach Capital, San Francisco
Stockholder, various interests including some biotechnology

David Lee
Chairman, CMC Industries Inc., Santa Clara
Stockholder, biotechnology company

Kathryn McClymond
Student, religious studies, UC Santa Barbara

Velma Montoya
Member, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Los Angeles
Stockholder, medical technology company

S. Stephen Nakashima
Attorney, Nakashima & Boynton, San Jose

Gerald Parsky
Investor, Aurora Partners, Los Angeles
Stockholder, medical technology company

Peter Preuss
Executive director, The Preuss Foundation
Stockholder, various pharmaceutical and medical supply companies; Stockholder, Catellus Development Corp.

Director, various companies, including DepoTech Corp. and Dome Imaging Systems Inc.

Tom Sayles
Vice president, Southern California Gas Company

Ex Officio Members

Richard Atkinson
President, University of California
Stockholder, various pharmaceutical companies, including DepoTech Corp.

Cruz Bustamante
Speaker, California Assembly

Gray Davis
Lieutenant governor

Delaine Easton
Superintendent of Public Instruction

Judith Levin (alumni representative)
Portola Valley

Charles Soderquist (alumni representative)
President, Technology Development Center

Pete Wilson

Bay Area Life Science Association (BALSA)
The public-private partnership driving the design and development of the future UCSF Mission Bay campus.

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