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Researchers blame government for widening wealth gap

The state and federal governments are largely responsible for the widening gap between the rich and poor in the United States and should institute policy changes — including reforms to the tax code and more investment in education — to help reverse this 30-year trend, economists and researchers told state lawmakers Wednesday. While many of […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Protests of past hold lessons for today

By Kevin Fagan Former Berkeley police Sgt. Don Cameron remembers the days when cops and protesters often had a tacit understanding. The protesters rallied, made their point — but then, after police warned them to leave or be arrested, those who didn’t want to go to jail departed and the rest submitted nonviolently to handcuffs. Those days have […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Shoppers brave pepper spray, nab purse thief

By Joe Garofoli In this Occupy Wall Street era, it was a crime against the 1 percent: Two people grabbed a handful of purses worth more than $10,00o Saturday night in the Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek and sprinted for the exit. But they wouldn’t get far. A pair of holiday shoppers braved blasts of pepper spray from […]

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More pay issues at California state universities

Fearing violence, California State University trustees will cancel next week’s vote on salaries for campus presidents, they said Wednesday — the same day a state senator criticized the University of California regents for handing out state-funded raises of up to 22 percent to some of UC’s best-paid executives. “Time and time again, rather than protecting the needs of students […]

December 01, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

How viral video put UC Davis on the map

By Kevin Fagan A week ago, the Occupy movement at sleepy UC Davis didn’t resonate strongly beyond, say, Dixon. One videotaped pepper spraying later, and the campus name is being evoked by millions around the globe as a touchstone of civilian protest and alleged police brutality. That breathtakingly rapid transformation is a testament to how imagery, and the ability […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

What’s new in skiwear?

By Michelle Devera It’s back to basics on the slopes. Whether you’re a seasoned skier, a burgeoning boarder or just looking to relax fireside with a hot toddy, 2011 marks a return to tradition with an emphasis on simple, clean lines and technical utility. Look for practical, wear-anywhere shell jackets, primary colors, color blocking, contrasting […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

UC researchers get forest land from PG&E

By Debra Levi Holtz University of California research on the effects of climate change on trees and wildlife is getting a big boost by the donation of more than 4,500 acres of Northern California woodlands that will double the size of the university’s research forests. The donation to UC was approved Wednesday by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands […]

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Huge protest at UC Berkeley

By Justin Berton, Nanette Asimov, Demian Bulwa and Kevin Fagan As many as 10,000 students and Occupy activists overflowed UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza on Tuesday night following a daylong classroom walkout and established a small camp in defiance of the university’s edict that no tents be erected, setting up a potentially tense standoff with authorities. There were so many […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Even if you don’t ski, you’ve got plenty of winter sports options

By Tom Stienstra In their search for a world far away from everything that makes a day sizzle at a ski resort, a growing number of people are finding their own brand of rapture. They snowshoe, telemark, cross-country or skate ski. Others venture to State Park Sno-Play areas to sail down a hill on an […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

UC regents cancel meeting, fearing violent protest

The University of California regents have canceled this week’s meeting in San Francisco, citing “a real danger of significant violence and vandalism.”

UC leaders said Monday that university police told them “rogue elements intent on violence and confrontation with UC public safety officers were planning to attach themselves to peaceful demonstrations expected to occur at the meeting,” set for Wednesday and Thursday at the Mission Bay campus.

As the Occupy movement grows across California and UC, protesters had called for a massive demonstration at the Wednesday meeting, claiming that regents with ties to banking “are the 1 percent” responsible for astronomical fee hikes and budget cuts.

At least four regents have such ties, they said: Monica Lozano serves on the board of Bank of America, Dick Blum is head of Blum Capital Partners, Leslie Tang Schilling is an adviser at the Union Square Investment Company and Paul Wachter is CEO of Main Street Advisors.

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

UC cops’ use of batons on Occupy camp questioned

By Will Kane and Demian Bulwa A debate over the use of police force has reignited at the UC Berkeley campus after videos surfaced showing officers repeatedly shoving and jabbing screaming students who tried to keep officers from dismantling a nascent Occupy encampment. The videos taken by protesters, journalists and casual observers show UC Berkeley police and Alameda County […]

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Court hears California animal welfare law

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — California’s law banning the slaughter of animals that can’t walk, enacted in 2008 after a gruesome undercover video showed lame cows being waterboarded and jabbed with forklifts at a meat plant in San Bernardino County, came before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The law bans the sale, receipt or slaughter of any downed livestock […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Spirit is missing at Occupy Berkeley camp

By Carolyn Jones While the international spotlight is on Occupy Oakland, Berkeley finds itself in an unusual position: wallflower at the revolution. “The true spirit isn’t really here,” said John Holzinger, a UC Berkeley junior and one of the first to pitch a tent at Occupy Berkeley. “Right now, Oakland’s experiencing what Berkeley experienced in the ’60s.” […]

November 03, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

CSU rolling out online undergraduate program

By Nanette Asimov Everyone’s getting into the game. Just weeks before the University of California unveils its first array of online courses for undergraduates, California State University is polishing up CSU Online — a cyber-school expansion that will begin with a $50,000 pledge from each of its 23 campuses, a cross-your-fingers plan to get $20 million from the state, […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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