Stem Cell Research Agency Subcommittee Rejects Appeals by Los Angeles, San Jose
The site-selection subcommittee for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine voted 6-1 to deny appeals from Los Angeles and San Jose to reconsider their bids to host the CIRM headquarters, the Sacramento Bee reports (Mecoy, Sacramento Bee, 4/14). CIRM and the Department of General Services rejected their proposals and the bids of four other cities on technical grounds (California Healthline, 4/13). The four other cities whose bids were rejected did not appeal the decision (Hall, San Francisco Chronicle, 4/14).
San Francisco scored 158 out of 200 points on the evaluation, followed by Sacramento with 133 points, San Diego with 116 points and Emeryville with 113 points (California Healthline, 4/13).
Subcommittee members did not reach a decision on whether to use the scores in making their final selection. They said they will create a grading system to be in place before they visit the four finalists this month (Somers, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/14).
The subcommittee is scheduled to choose two finalists on May 2. A final decision by the full Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee is expected on May 6 (Sacramento Bee, 4/14).