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Pattiz: UC Places ‘Utmost Importance’ On Local Communities

on December 21, 2017 - 2:32pm
University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz
Los Alamos Daily Post

University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz has responded to a letter from Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz assuring him that UC views its partnership with the Northern New Mexico Communities as a critical component to the successful operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Pattiz said UC understands the County’s concerns and how important the gross receipts tax revenue derived from the operation of the Lab is to Los Alamos County.

“Historically, UC has treated this partnership with the utmost importance and has demonstrated that throughout UC’s history with the Lab. We understand that with UC’s partnership in the operation of LANL comes a responsibility to be part of the economic development, environmental safety, workforce development and the overall well-being of the communities surrounding LANL,” Pattiz said. “UC intends to continue this partnership and does not intend to back track on any of our responsibilities if we have the privilege to continue participating in the operations of the Lab.”

UC has submitted a proposal to the National Nuclear Safety Administration to manage and operate the Lab beginning Oct. 1, 2018. Representatives of the University met Nov. 29 with Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members and staff to discuss the topic.

County Councilor Chris Chandler, a former LANL attorney, addressed the issue during an interview Tuesday.

“Speaking as an individual councilor and board member for the Regional Coalition, I appreciate Mr. Pattiz’ expression of support for the communities, but continue to be frustrated by the lack of specific about UC’s as well as the other bidder’s plans,” Chandler said.

Chair Izraelevitz said he also appreciates Pattiz’ expression of support for the communities.

“We also look forward to having more conversation with the winning bidder about how best to engage the community and how we can support them going forward,” Izraelevitz said.

Editor’s note: Carol A. Clark contributed to this story.