Yesterday Sacramento lawmakers began holding hearings on gender equity in college athletics. Inspired by the Lindy Vivas verdict and other pending suits against Fresno State, Senator Dean Florez called for the formation of a Senate Select Committee on Gender Discrimination and Title IX. Yesterday, the committee heard testimony from Vivas, Fresno State President John Welty, and the CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. Judging by the testimony included in this segment on KSFN, Reed seemed uncooperative and off topic as he complained that the jury award was excessive and reiterated his vows to appeal. Perhaps this is what prompted Senator Florez to later express concern about the institutional leadership at Fresno State, to which President Welty responded that gender equity was a difficult issue and that Fresno State was working to "get the job done."
In statement on his website, Senator Florez acknowledged the recent UC Berkeley settlement and says he plans to schedule additional hearings to address whether there is a pattern of gender discrimination at California schools. Perhaps those hearings will be more productive than this one appeared to be.