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UC Berkeley’s Daily Cal faces funding issues

By Carolyn Said UC Berkeley freshman Kak Wong pecked away at a laptop at a campus polling station outside Dwinelle Hall on Wednesday, casting his votes for student leaders and ballot initiatives on the second day of a three-day student government election. He was perplexed to hear afterward that one of the ballot initiatives, which would charge each student […]

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yee presses CSU on whistle-blowers

By Nanette Asimov A state senator who is pushing a bill to require more public disclosure of waste and fraud at tax-funded agencies has called on California State University to stop retaliating against employees who report such abuses. State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, responded to a San Francisco Chronicle article published Sunday that revealed CSU […]

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CSU whistle-blower loses job; accused teaches on

By Nanette Asimov Justin Schwartz, a lecturer at Cal State East Bay in 2009, told his bosses that a colleague in the recreation department was spending thousands of dollars of university money to buy himself a $4,000 bicycle, passes at a climbing gym, sailing equipment and paragliding lessons while claiming they were for classes he […]

| Posted in Local News

UC president to act on executive pension demand

By Nanette Asimov BERKELEY — University of California President Mark Yudof, who spoke out last year against a threatened lawsuit by 36 executives demanding fatter pensions for UC’s best-paid employees, will ask the regents on Thursday to rescind the 13-year-old policy that began it all. The legal threat has been dormant for more than a year after an unusual alignment […]

March 28, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Lake Berryessa residents face hefty utility fix

By Peter Fimrite On a sun-dappled hillside on the south end of Lake Berryessa, Stuart Williams thought about the old days before the world, as he and his neighbors knew it, turned upside down. There were five thriving resorts on that part of the lake back then, including a big, bustling retreat where he was standing, and a […]

March 28, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Supreme Court denies campus groups’ appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a Christian sorority and fraternity challenging California State University’s refusal to provide funding and other campus benefits to student groups that exclude members of other religions. CSU denies official recognition and funding to student organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin and sexual orientation. […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

CSU to close door on spring 2013 enrollment

By Nanette Asimov California State University will accept no new admissions for the spring semester of 2013 — with a few exceptions — as part of a drastic cost-cutting strategy to reduce enrollment by about 16,000 students next spring, officials said Monday. Another 20,000 to 25,000 qualified students could be barred from attending CSU in […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UC Berkeley chancellor to step down this year

By Nanette Asimov and Will Kane Robert Birgeneau will step down as chancellor of UC Berkeley in December after eight years navigating the public university through massive budget cuts and raucous student protests, even as he maintained its status as one of the world’s great research institutions. As if to symbolize Birgeneau’s tenure in microcosm, two […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

5 arrested in baton-jabbing UC Berkeley protest

By Will Kane BERKELEY — Five people have been charged in connection with an Occupy protest at UC Berkeley in November that attracted national attention after a YouTube video showed police jabbing their batons at screaming students. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged four students and a professor last week with misdemeanor resisting arrest and […]

UC Berkeley police board reviews use of batons

By Demian Bulwa UC Berkeley’s Police Review Board saw a series of videos this week — some from police cameras, others from YouTube — showing officers using batons to prod, push, jab and strike protesters who put up seven tents on campus last fall and then linked arms in a bid to protect those tents. […]

March 08, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Lake Tahoe clarity makes little progress in decade

Lake Tahoe clarity The water clarity of Lake Tahoe is measured using a white dinner-plate-size Secchi disk, which could be seen 102.4 feet below the surface in 1968, when testing first began. The following are clarity levels over the past decade: 2011: 68.9 feet 2010: 64.4 feet 2009: 68.1 feet 2008: 69.6 feet 2007: 70.1 feet 2006: […]

March 01, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Sierra snowfall consistent over 130 years, study shows

By Peter Fimrite Snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has remained consistent for 130 years, with no evidence that anything has changed as a result of climate change, according to a study released this week. The analysis of snowfall data in the Sierra going back to 1878 found no more or less snow overall — a […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

UC chancellor raised no objection to baton report

By Nanette Asimov Emails have surfaced that for the first time reveal UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was informed on Nov. 9 while traveling that police used batons to forcibly remove an encampment involving hundreds of student Occupy protesters, yet did not call a halt to their use. The use of force was criticized as excessive not only […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pact with banks could help California homeowners

Almost 2 million struggling homeowners nationwide, including about half a million Californians, will receive some relief from a sweeping settlement with the nation’s five largest banks over their allegedly reckless lending practices. The agreement aims to prevent foreclosures, partially compensate those who have lost their homes and help stabilize the housing market, as well as […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Economy | Tagged ,
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