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Campus Grad Student Founds Global Camera Project by Mary Susman Daily Cal Staff Writer
With 300 disposable cameras shipped out this week, each traveling to a different person across the world, a UC Berkeley graduate student is looking for inspiration. The idea of Common Camera Project is simple: take a photo of something that inspires you and then pass the camera on. The last person to take a photo mails the camera back, and the pictures will be uploaded to a website. “This was an idea to make something bigger than myself, bigger than the campus,” said project founder Kevin Huynh, a UC Berkeley graduate student in mechanical engineering. It all started with a class assignment. In fall 2009, Huynh was told to come up with a way to generate $20 million over three years. Huynh thought of disposable cameras. But although his class moved forward with a different proposal, Huynh’s idea did not die. Instead, he reached out to friends and developed his idea. “It’s a good and interesting way to look at people’s behavior,” said Vince Law, a recent UC Berkeley graduate and one of 134 financial backers of the project. “People like being part of something bigger.” Huynh kicked off the project with a test run last spring when he gave out 40 cameras, funded by himself, to friends and family. The cameras traveled across the world — including Iceland, India and Vietnam — although only one has been mailed back so far after it passed through a San Jose high school. This time around, he raised money through the online fundraising site Kickstarter. Huynh said he met his 35day goal of $1,000 within 24 hours. He ended up raising $2,366. Huynh said all of the funding will go toward paying
for the cameras and the postage to get them from place to place. Huynh’s friends have been eager to join him, even when that means spending a Saturday cutting out stamps and putting together the camera packages. “I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of this project,” said recent UC Berkeley graduate Jane Lee. “I intended on being his first camera purchaser, but I was at work and someone beat me to the punch.” Although Huynh is working away to complete his master’s degree by the end of this semester, his creative mind never rests, which is evident in his bedroom. White papers cover the wall beside his bed, each paper displaying Huynh’s ideas and thoughts to develop the Common Camera Project. “Everything is really simple, but it’s funny how much thought we put into every step,” Huynh said. In fact, Huynh said he spends 30 hours a week working out the details, hoping the extra effort will make the project a resonating experience. With this batch, people can check in a camera and follow its journey online. People can also write their stories about the cameras. “It’s one thing to take a picture with your iPhone ... It’s another thing to think about this physical object,” Huynh said. “This camera changing hands 27 times, and it traveling around the world and back. It’s kind of an artifact when it comes back.” Although Huynh said he has dreams for a coffee table book or an art installation, he is not making any plans yet. “We want to see what comes back first,” he said. “Maybe the more interesting part is the story that people typed about their camera.” Mary Susman covers Berkeley communities. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With the UC facing large state funding reductions, the UC Board of Regents approved over $150,000 in pay raises from UC general funds ONLINE PODCAST and created a new position Jordan Bach-Lombardo at their meet- and Nina Brown analyze ing on Jan. 19, the approved pay raises. dipping into the diminishing state contributions to the university. Three UC Office of the President administrators — Chief Risk Officer Grace Crickette, Assistant Vice President for Financial Services and Controls Dan Sampson and Executive Director for Capital Markets Sandra Kim — received pay increases of 10 percent from their 2009-10 salary levels. Additionally, John Wilton was appointed to the newly created position of Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at UC Berkeley, with a salary level $91,900 higher than what had been previously budgeted for a position of similar duties — bringing his total compensation to $375,000. “It’s really hard to see those kinds of actions taken,” said Kathryn Lybarger, a lead gardener at UC Berkeley and a member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. “It’s really hard to see Yudof and the university adding more executive positions and more executive compensation at a time like this when people like me are being asked to bear more cost for the benefits.” However, salary changes over the 2010 calendar year have also included significant decreases, and the compensation amount for many positions fell as far as 40 percent below the median market value during the 2009-10 fiscal year. Funding for employee compensation for nonmedical center positions came from a range of sources, with many appointments paid for by state funding, general university funds provided by the state or nonstate funding — including revenues from bond sales or auxiliary sources like dormitories and parking, according to UC spokesperson Steve Montiel. While the regents approved less than $200,000 in compensation in-
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Kevin Huynh, a UC Berkeley grad student, founded the Common Camera Project. Soon, hundreds of cameras will soon be sent around the world, passing from person to person.
Downtown ‘Feel Good’ Fast Food Shop Closes Its Doors by Karinina Cruz Daily Cal Staff Writer
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Amanda’s Restaurant in Downtown Berkeley had a simple slogan: ‘Feel Good Fresh Food.’ Customers will no longer be able to enjoy the restaurant’s healthy eats after its recent closure.
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After approximately two years of giving traditional American fast food a healthy twist, Amanda’s Restaurant closed its Downtown Berkeley location, bidding farewell to its clientele in December 2010. A combination of factors — including the recent economic downturn, an incompatible lease structure and an increase in business competition — over the past two years led to the eventual closure of the restaurant at its
Berkeley Residents Sue City Over Allegedly Negligent Sidewalk Maintenance by True Shields Daily Cal Staff Writer
Multiple unresolved personal injury claims have pitted several Berkeley residents against the city in an attempt to prove its alleged negligence in maintaining public streets and sidewalks. In addition to the recently proposed $50,000 settlement for AC Transit employee Delmar Mitchell, two other active cases against the city represent at least another $50,000 in damages
sought by plaintiffs. One case involves Bay Area resident Maria Lazo, who is suing both the city and Pacific Bell Telephone Company after she fell through a damaged sidewalk access cover — a thin metal plate that covers electrical equipment — while moving a garbage can on Vassar Avenue in North Berkeley. Lazo filed a complaint with the Alameda County Superior Court on May 21 alleging that she suffered personal injury as a result of negligence on behalf of the two entities. However, Deputy City Attorney
Matthew Orebic said in a Sept. 27 case statement that the city is not liable because the access cover was owned by Pacific Bell and that Lazo was “comparatively negligent” in failing to notice the opening. Another resident, Florence McCrary, slipped on an “oily substance” outside of the Berkeley Adult School on San Pablo Avenue and suffered injuries to her right knee and foot. On Sept. 16, she filed a claim against the Berkeley Unified School District, requesting $9,000 for medical fees in addition to other damages.
All three plaintiffs report incurring wage loss, medical expenses and decreased earning capacity in their personal injury claims. Each is seeking more than $25,000 in undisclosed damages. According to Councilmember Gordon Wozniak, the city reviews quarterly reports from the city attorney monitoring charges of negligence. Both Wozniak and City Attorney Zach Cowan said the city — which is self-insured for $350,000 against such claims, according to court documents — must take responsibility
when liable. Liability claims for the city from the past two fiscal years range from hundreds of dollars to $125,000, according to the quarterly reports. John Diamond, a professor at the UC Hastings College of Law who specializes in tort law, said in most cases the plaintiff is responsible for proving personal injury, whether with medical records or figures. “When you’re suing the city, there are issues of immunity and statutes
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erds don’t go on strike,” my professor says, leaning backwards against the chalkboard, his glasses gleaming. A grin spreads across his face, all the while knowing he has cleverly dodged the question. The class laughs uneasily. We laugh because it’s funny; uneasily because we know it’s true. Nerdish rage is often better taken out by playing a vengeful game of “Mario Kart,” by writing on the tables in the LeConte reading room, by dramatically ripping up a bad calculation, by cracking open a beer and coding up a world-changing website and etc. Nonetheless, despite our generally nonconfrontational nature, a classmate and I had miraculously convinced a physics professor to devote part of the lecture to a discussion on the day’s walkouts — which we were, obviously, not attending. As quickly as we had asked the question, we found it turned back on us. What did we think? Why were we still in class? Why hadn’t we walked out? “We can’t afford it,” is the resounding answer from the class. Our classes are too intense, our labs too long, our academic endeavors too important. We’ve got real shit to take care of, seemed to be the consensus. Those humanities kids have no idea what we go through. The class laughs again. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m going to out and say it. I laughed a little too. I’m sorry, humanities kids. As high and mighty as it sounds, it’s somewhat true. You have no idea what we go through. Unfortunately, what we often fail to realize is that we have no idea what you go through, either. That’s when I realized: Just because we science kids feel like we have more work to do doesn’t give us a free pass on being insufferable. I know it’s hard, guys. It’s all too tempting to try and justify your plight by convincing yourself that you’re somehow better than everybody else — especially when you’ve spent 15 hours on a single problem set and it’s due in 10 minutes and there’s still half a problem left and you don’t know what to do because you’re at your wit’s end. Well, well, well, this subtle undercurrent of antagonism simply can’t be healthy. “Whose university? Our university!” has been the rallying cry for a few semesters now — a cry which I have at best heard from the LeConte window. My question then is, who is this elusive “our”? Sitting in lab as my circuit malfunctions for the millionth (a rough estimate) time, I think to myself: “Hey, isn’t this my university too?” But if I walk out of this lab to “save” my education, I fail this class — and that seems, at this point, more counterintuitive than anything. ust as it is not productive for science students to discredit other fields, it is unfair for students in these other fields to accuse science students
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ARIELLE LITTLE of callousness. Like anyone else, many hard science and engineering students believe that can use what they learn to help people. To be a scientist is to have deep, though often tacit, faith in humankind — in the idea that technology that can improve the human condition or in the idea that we are maybe capable of one day understanding the complexities of nature. In short: We care. A lot of us do, at least. Just imagine the possibilities if the dialogue on the university included a broader range of academic voices. That being said, the walkouts are simply a case that brings to light a larger issue. In a world where science shapes society and vice versa, we need to be able to communicate with each other. After all, science kids, let’s face it: Who ultimately creates regulatory legislation and holds the purse strings for the research money? Politicians. Elected officials. Humanities majors. Academia is where it all starts, and however appealing it as it might sound to someone like me, physics alone cannot save the world. If only it were that easy. he problem is not that nerds don’t go on strike. Just take a look at yourself, my fellow Berkeley student, for goodness sake. If that were the case, the walkouts wouldn’t have even happened. Rather, instead of breeding contempt between sides, our academic culture needs to support a kind of learning that fosters understanding and communication. I’ve managed to convince myself, possibly naively, that science and art, at their cores, are the very same endeavor: The search for truth and sometimes meaning. Being able to see this bigger picture in the context of (without laughing at ourselves for how ridiculously noble it seems) may be a good step in developing mutual respect amongst students of different disciplines. Changing the culture of academia means more than having students to take breadth requirements — it means changing the way material is presented and the way we are taught to think about our own specializations. As students of either nature or of the human condition — or both — we simply have to humble ourselves at the feet of the terrifying truth that we cannot possibly have all of the answers.
Regents Vote to Change UC Admissions Policy by Jordan Bach-Lombardo Daily Cal Staff Writer
The UC Board of Regents unanimously voted to approve a systemwide change in admissions policy at their Jan. 20 meeting, ensuring that all ONLINE PODCAST applications are reviewed in Jordan Bach-Lombardo their entirety by analyzes the UC’s new a human reader. admissions policy. The argument for the switch from a non-holistic comprehensive review — through which a computer formula reviews the entire application — to a human-read holistic method is that it would benefit the applicant by not reducing the applicant’s profile to hard numbers. Rather, the holistic human read expands an applicant’s profile beyond test scores and GPA to consider other environmental factors. All UC campuses currently employ the non-holistic method, except UC Berkeley and UCLA, though some employ the holistic review in certain cases. “Students have been asking for and fighting for holistic admissions for years (and) this process is endorsed by one of the most important stakeholders in this process: the applicant,” said Student Regent Jesse Cheng. “(Holistic review) is the very essence of fairness.” Holistic review — which is already
used by six out of the eight universities to which the UC generally compares itself — allows campuses to make a more precise decision about a student, particularly those on the cusp of admission, said UC Provost Lawrence Pitts at the meeting. “Holistic review is most important in the students where they are very close together and you’re trying to pick and choose a subset that you want to offer admission to a group that looks on the surface fairly similar,” he said. “That’s where holistic review, we believe, is the fairest evaluation for selection of the most appropriate students.” The proposal passed by a unanimous vote despite vigorous questioning of the switch — which Pitts said would be “time-consuming” and “expensive” — at the meeting, especially regarding the fiscal prudency of requiring campuses to employ a more expensive form of application review in a time of severe funding reductions systemwide. Although the UC Office of the President has not yet discerned exactly how much the switch would cost campuses, it expects current application fee levels to cover the cost, according to UC spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez. Robert Anderson, UC Berkeley professor of math and economics and vice chair of the systemwide Academic Senate — which endorsed the proposal — said the consequence for executing the switch with anything less than a
full commitment would degrade the admissions process. Regent Richard Blum said standardization across campuses in selection criteria posed a significant obstacle. “I can’t for the life of me see how you’re going to be consistent — it’s judgmental,” he said. But George Johnson, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the senate Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, which oversees matters on undergraduate admissions, said the switch will not prevent individual campuses from using unique admissions practices. For example, UC Santa Barbara views applicants as eligible in their local context, comparing students within their own high schools rather than across the state applicant pool. This allows the campus to admit students from around the state without a rigid metric. “The proposal that was passed has some language to the effect (that) campus processes can still be applied as long as they are able to show that they meet campus goals and criteria,” he said. “If somebody is just thinking holistic review means the Berkeley or LA approaches, they would be missing some very important ways of doing the admissions process.” Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Why Bother? CAMPUS ISSUES
The ASUC Senate’s repeat inability to meet its mandated deadlines calls into question the reasons for their existence.
he ASUC’s recent failure to confirm the spring elections date by the deadline specified in the organization’s bylaws is only the latest in a series of missed deadlines and loose enforcement that seriously calls to question why the senate even has these deadlines. Article III of the ASUC Elections bylaws requires the Senate to approve election dates by the tenth week of the fall session and states that if the date is not set by this time, the Senate cannot consider official business or make formal decisions. Election dates were not set until the first senate meeting of this year, but Executive Vice President Nanxi Liu claimed that a concussion suffered by Elections Chair Shivom Sinha was an adequate excuse for extending the deadline. However, setting the date of the ASUC elections is not a difficult task. Article III also states that “The default dates for ASUC Elections shall be the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the second week following Spring Break,” which were the dates eventually scheduled by the Senate for the coming election.
We fail to see how a concussion to an official who serves a strictly advisory role in setting elections dates is an adequate excuse for the Senate not to confirm the default elections dates on time, as mandated in their bylaws. Moreover, we are distressed by Attorney General Nathan Rahmanou’s unwillingness to enforce the bylaws by suing the senate or seeking to have the business of the last three meetings invalidated. While his reason (that doing so would inconvenience student groups) is true, this is an argument that could be applied in any circumstance to justify not enforcing obedience to deadlines laid down in the bylaws. If the ASUC is going to have deadlines, it needs to follow them or suffer the consequences of not doing so. If the senators and the attorney general decide that enforcement of the bylaws is not a priority, then they should seriously reconsider having them in the first place. Merely ignoring this problem and continuing to miss deadlines doesn’t inspire confidence in our student government — instead, it suggests incompetence.
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Adopting a holistic review process like that of UC Berkeley and UCLA would only better the University of California.
hursday’s vote by the UC Board of Regents to urge University of California campuses to adopt a holistic review process for admissions is a welcome step toward a more open and diverse student body and richer and more valuable college experience. In a holistic review process, applicants are assessed based upon consideration of their application as a whole. Each file is read by two people and given one score that takes into account high school grades, standardized testing, special circumstances that may account for performance problems and any other criteria determined by the campus. This is in contrast to the traditional evaluation process, which assigns each criterion a score and then totals those scores to create a final application score. Often, these scores are calculated at least partially be computer systems. The advantage that the holistic review system has over the traditional system is that it allows admissions officers to account for factors like personal tragedies or socio-economic disadvantages that cause tra-
ditional numerical assessments of students to not accurately represent the individual’s potential. It is important to note that by supporting holistic review we are not endorsing affirmative action. While we believe that it is important to consider how socioeconomic conditions could adversely affect applicant performance, we do not believe race should play any part in admissions. We also reject the claim that shifting to holistic review could compromise the academic quality of the university. Holistic review has been used for admissions by UCLA since 2007 and UC Berkeley since 2002, and they are consistently ranked the two best campuses of the university. We have endorsed holistic review before, most recently last April. Then, as now, we believe that while implementing it may cost slightly more for campuses to retrain admissions officials and spend more time considering applications, those costs are a small price to pay for what we consider to be a more equitable and fair system for all students.
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UC Berkeley’s Endowment Seating Program Doesn’t Quite Add Up The Campus’s Plan to Go Into Debt to Retrofit Memorial Stadium Is a Problematic Issue
by Brian Barsky On Nov. 5, 2009, seven of my colleagues and I brought the “Academics First!” resolution to the best-attended Academic Senate faculty meeting in years where it passed by a large margin. At that meeting, the administration provided a document entitled “Financial Models for California Memorial Stadium (CMS) & the Student Athlete High Performance Center (SAHPC)” promising that if “IA is unable to sell 75 percent of the seats prior to the start of construction, IA will be ready to further evaluate the size and scope of its program.” What happened to this commitment? It is disconcerting that the stated criterion is a percentage of seats sold as if all seats provide equal revenue when some seats are priced more than five times higher than others. Thus, the number of seats sold is not the appropriate metric; rather, the critical factor is the actual amount of cash raised. The administration has explained that the financial plan is to establish a permanent IA endowment whose earnings will service the debt for the CMS and SAHPC, a commitment that will exceed $900 million, even if assuming lower interest payments than those approved by the regents. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Cal Endowment Seating Program (ESP) is supposed to raise $400 million by 2014. The
“Official Website of Cal Athletics” currently states “As of Jan. 15, nearly 1,700 of the ESP seats have been sold totaling more than $215 million” (http://www.calbears.com/ genrel/011910aaa.html). But at the Task Force on IA’s public forum on April 27, 2010, details about numbers of seats sold were revealed that can be used as the basis for a calculation that leads to a drastically lower amount, as will be explained below. The ESP website claims that donations to the ESP “help the University build its endowment” but really the ESP is separate from the endowment of the university (http://www.calesp. com). The ESP’s lowest-priced seat category is $40,000 and prices rise as high as $225,000. With such hefty price tags, it is hardly surprising that only 7 percent of participants have been willing to pay a one-time upfront fee, with the other 93 percent opting to spread their expenditure over periods of 5 or 30 years. But it is a misconception that this is an installment plan or mortgage requiring annual payments; in fact, the ESP website describes an “annual renewable program — no long-term encumbrance or contract.” Seat holders can stop paying annual payments at any time in what is really a pay-asyou-go annual seat “rental” program. IA cannot rely on a steady stream of income from these 93 percent of seat holders. Common sense dictates that it would be foolhardy to blindly
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forge ahead, plunging into deep debt, given an uncertain future. Over a 30-year time span, seat holders may wish to stop paying due to illness, death, relocation, reduction in personal income, changes in family situation, a poor-performing football team, economic recession, etc. Or seat holders may stop paying during that 30-year time span because the renovated stadium might be out of service and require significant repairs, if not completely abandoned, after suffering damage in an earthquake. The USGS reports a 31 percent probability of an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater in the next 30 years on the Hayward Fault, the most dangerous fault in the Bay Area, which runs directly through the stadium. In fact, since the stadium straddles the fault line, this construction project violates the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act of 1972 whose stated purpose is “to prohibit the location of developments and structures for human occupancy across the trace of active faults.” Rather than abide by existing law, the UCOP Senior Vice President for External Relations influenced first Governor Schwarzenegger in Aug. 2009 regarding California Senate Bill 113, allowing the university to spend more than 50 percent of the property value to retrofit the stadium, and
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then Assemblyman Roger Niello in March 2010 regarding California Assembly Bill 2133, fully exempting the stadium from the application of the act. Of the three major categories of seats, the most sluggish sales are for the most expensive seats with only an estimated 134 of the 472 University Club seats sold. Roughly half of the 1,568 middle category Stadium Club seats and 1,158 lowest category
Field Level Club seats have been sold. But only 7 percent of ESP participants are paying upfront, leaving 11 percent opting to pay a lower 5-year annual fee and a whopping 82 percent paying a much lower 30-year rate, with no obligation to continue to pay in future years. To calculate the total cash raised would require knowing what this distribution is for each of the various seat categories; however, in the absence of this knowledge, the same distribution will be assumed for all seat categories. Moreover, the ESP website states that a “20 percent down payment option would only require a payment
of $548.” Thus, it appears that claims about the number of ESP seats “sold” include some seats that correspond to as little as $548 cash received. Nonetheless, to provide the most optimistic calculation possible, this fact will be ignored and instead the assumption made that all payments are in full. Based on the above assumptions and the seat fee “donation schedule” provided on the ESP website, the calculation of the amount raised by the ESP yields $8 million, $3 million, and $9 million for upfront, 5-year annual fee and 30-year rate payments, respectively, totaling $20 million comprising $4 million, $12 million and $4 million, for “University Club,” “Stadium Club” and
“Field Level Club” seats, respectively. Since IA’s website1 claim of $215 million is more than ten times this calculation, IA should follow the university’s motto of Fiat Lux and provide a detailed explanation of its claim. If this $20 million calculation is reasonably close to the truth, then approximately $380 million, or 95 percent of the $400 million IA endowment, still remains to be raised. Although nothing is impossible, IA provides no convincing argument that it will succeed in raising so much more money in the near future. This is all too reminiscent of the practices based on unfounded expectations that catalyzed the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Editor’s note: this piece follows the Dec. 3, 2010 op-ed “Financial Plan Is on Shaky Ground” by the same author.
Sex Change Surgery Is Beside the Point The City of Berkeley Should Be Spending Its Time on Other, More Relevent Fiscal Issues by Barbara Gilbert Sex change surgery is beside the point when examining the city of Berkeley’s budget and its employee health care program. The city has a “Rolls-Royce” plan that would astound and create envy in 99.9 percent of Americans — rich, poor or middle class. For the basic plan, employees pay nothing and receive their benefits tax-free. In some cases, employees actually receive cash in lieu of coverage. I refer interested and concerned readers to the City of Berkeley Consent Calendar, item number five, on Nov. 16, 2010. For families of active employees, the city pays up to the Kaiser rate of $16,900 annually. For families of preMedicare retirees, the city pays roughly $29,000 annually. For retiree families, the city pays nearly $18,000 annually. The payments for single and two-party households are of course
lower, but still astronomical. Beneficiaries who choose pricier Health Net coverage plans pay the difference out of pocket. For retirees, the city has paid, since 1988, premium increases of up to 4.5 percent annually. The scope of employee Kaiser coverage is apparently The city has a limitless. For active employees and pre- “Rolls-Royce” Medicare retirees, there is $0 co-pay plan that would for office visits and astound and $5 prescription copay. For post-retircreate envy in ees the office visit 99.9 percent co-pay rises to $5 and the prescripof Americans tion co-pay stays — rich, poor or at $5. My take on middle class. health care reform, Barbara shared by most Gilbert other commentators, is that reasonBerkeley Resident able co-pays discourage abuse of the system by providers and patients, and of course promote sensible cost containment. We also know that physical fitness absolutely promotes good health. City employees receive subsidized gym membership at the Downtown YMCA at a cost of roughly $230,000 annual-
ly. Does the city even know how many employees use this valuable benefit? To my knowledge, there has been no serious effort to encourage or require at-risk employees to use this benefit. Then there is the cash-out issue. The point of health insurance is to address health issues, not to enrich employees. I briefly worked for the city about 10 years ago and was amazed to learn that I could take my health benefits in cash since I was insured through my then-husband. I cannot recall whether this cash was tax-free but it may well have been. This wasteful policy is, to the extent of my knowledge, still operative so that some number of otherwise-insured beneficiaries are literally cashing-in. Can the city provide this number and the dollar cost? Perhaps this “free” money should be used for borderline coverages in elective surgery and mental health. I really wish that the public and the press would not get distracted by push-button issues such as sex-change surgeries, but would instead do the harder work of reading, thinking and analyzing the very serious structural issues facing our communities. Barbara Gilbert is a Berkeley resident. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
letter to the editor Stricter Gun Laws Would Hinder Senseless Violence This letter is in response to the articles covering the shooting tragedy in Arizona. The second amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly
controlled and safeguarded. The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or for defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes. There is absolutely no need for any US civilian to own any weapon more powerful or sophisticated than these. Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click of a computer key. Furthermore, if we had prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons (i.e. a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine) several innocent victims may not have
died or been harmed during this tragedy as well as in shopping malls and on college campuses. The shooter is obviously disturbed by mental illness and it appears that those defending the right to own sophisticated weapons exhibit the same qualities by showing a callous disregard for the safety and protection of their fellow citizens. Mental illness and guns are as bad of a combination as alcohol and driving. Evidently, we have the money to fight two wars overseas but not the political will to treat the mentally ill who are not only a danger to themselves but to everyone else as well. Joe Bialek Cleveland, Ohio
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City Council Votes to Utilize Local Unions by Sarah Mohamed Daily Cal Staff Writer
In an effort to create jobs for the city’s unemployed, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously at its meeting last week to require the city’s most expensive construction projects to be completed by Berkeley-based and unionized labor. For the next three years, the city will honor its agreement with the Building Trades Council of Alameda County and its affiliated union organizations to contract out 30 percent of the labor necessary to complete city construction projects valued at over $1 million. Unemployment currently hovers around 30 percent in many of the 28 unions currently affiliated with the Trades Council, according to secretarytreasurer Andreas Cluver. Berkeley’s unemployment rate fell to 10.3 percent in December, according to preliminary figures released by the California Employment Development Department. The contract — called a community workforce agreement or project labor agreement — will dictate wage and benefit guidelines and is effective immediately, Cluver said. He added that it will likely affect work to be done in the city’s upcoming library renovation.
However, non-unionized workers may be left out of what is essentially a “private construction workforce,” according to Nicole Goehring, the government affairs director of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Golden Gate Chapter, an organization of non-union laborers. “For example, if the city has 20 to 30 general contractors bidding work, it’s competitive,” she said. “With the project labor agreement, that number of 20 drops down to three or four. With less people bidding, the price goes up.” If no Berkeley workers are available to complete projects provided for under the agreement, employment opportunities will move to residents of the Green Corridor — a regional association that includes the cities of Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Richmond, Oakland and San Leandro. If no residents of Green Corridor cities are available, county residents may be hired for such work. All of these workers must be hired through union hiring halls. “The goal is to try to get as many Berkeley people jobs as are potentially qualified to do them — but if there’s absolutely not anybody available who has the skills, then they are allowed to go to other areas,” Councilmember Kriss Worthington said.
This agreement will also provide workers with apprenticeship programs designed to provide a skilled workforce, Cluver said. “The problem is that a lot of nonunion contractors are not paying prevailing wages,” he said. “With a project labor agreement, you eliminate the fraud of prevailing wage violations.” Currently, contractors may hire nonunion workers for less than the prevailing wages for a given trade — essentially a minimum wage — but bill the city for the prevailing wages, a violation that will be eliminated with the contract’s restriction on hiring non-union workers. The contract will be effective for three years, though city officials will meet in a little more than a year to assess the impact of changes in Berkeley’s employment climate. Though the program currently only applies to projects with a price tag of more than $1 million, that threshold may eventually be negotiated down to $250,000. Though it is not clear what percentage of city projects surpass the $1 million mark, Cluver estimated that the contract will cover around 25 percent of the city’s contracting jobs. Sarah Mohamed covers city government. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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in an “affordable and approachable” environment. All items on the menu contained 500 calories or less, she said. “Amanda’s has been a place where I can indulge my burger and fries cravings without eating 1,000+ calories of hormone-laden factory beef,” Rebecca Faulkner, a former regular at Amanda’s, said in an e-mail. Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, whose district included the restaurant, emphasized that high rents in the Downtown area often create a struggle for small, independent businesses such as Amanda’s. “Every aspect (of Amanda’s), from composting to recycling, really served as a model for businesses,” Arreguin said. “It’s a kind of business we really want. It’s not only a business that shares our commitment to environmental sustainability, but also it’s a local business.” West said that since the restaurant’s opening in the summer of 2008, she saw ups and downs in interest in the eatery, though she said at first sales exceeded
her expectations. Her success became inconsistent about three months after opening, however, which she attributes to the nation’s economic downturn as well as more localized issues. “We felt the impact of the university tuition hike and budget cuts … it’s pretty clear that there were fewer people spending money,” West said. “There were also a number of new restaurants that opened in Downtown Berkeley.” West added that significant planning had been done to improve her business, but the “structure of the lease” for Amanda’s location was no longer appropriate for her business. John Caner, executive director for the Downtown Berkeley Association, said he was saddened that the association did not implement a plan to revitalize Downtown Berkeley in time to help her business. “We’re working to make a property improvement district as a part of our strategic plan in January 2012,” Caner said. “It will be a significantly cleaner and more welcoming Downtown.” Karinina Cruz covers business. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Bears Come In Confident After Banner 2010 Season
pros: Rodgers, Bishop Advance to Super Bowl from back
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Some people would say that a team that finished third in the NCAA Tournament canâ€™t aim any higher. Those people probably havenâ€™t heard of first, or even second place. But itâ€™s still the question on everyoneâ€™s mind: will the third-ranked Cal womenâ€™s water polo team three-peat? That is to say, will the Bears repeat a No. 3 finish at the NCAA Tournament? Perhaps, but coming off one of their best seasons to date, it looks as though the team is still after bigger game. Last year, the squad qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. They brought home the bronze medal, falling to top-seed Stanford, and defeating Loyola Marymount to conclude the year with a 26-9 record. So as the Bears (3-0) look at the first-place finish that eluded them, the impressive third-place they already brought home and the silver lining that lies between the two, they may ask themselves how to improve from a record-setting year. â€œThe kids that played last year, the juniors, the sophomores, all of those girls, they have a pretty good idea of what it takes to be successful,â€? coach Richard Corso said, â€œAnd thatâ€™s transferring to the younger girls as well.â€? As the HARD team continues moving forward, they will look to the leadership of team captains Emily Csikos and Stephanie Peckham. Csikos, a 2010 first-team All-American, led the Bears last year with 69 goals in 35 matches. She was third in the MPSF with 1.97 goals per game, scoring seven during the conference tournament. Coming off a summer when she led her native Canada to the finals of the
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former transfer from San Francisco City sons, the quarterback finally appears to College, Desmond Bishop started all 25 be ready for retirement. If so, an injury- games he played at Cal and, in 2006, plagued swan song coupled with, ahem, became the first Bear to lead the Pac-10 off-field indiscretions did not make for in tackles since 1993. The starting inside linebacker ranked the most graceful exit. Favreâ€™s Green Bay successor, on the second on the squad with 103 combined other hand, now has the top career pass tackles in the regular season, and has rating (98.4) in NFL history. Although the teamâ€™s postseason lead with 18. Most notably, he opened the playoffs Aaron Rodgers has racked up statistics ever since he debuted as a starter back with a 9-yard sack of the Philadelphiaâ€™s Michael Vick on the first play of the in 2008 â€” he topped 4,000 yards pass- Mankl]Zr%FZr,%+))0 ing in each of his first two seasons â€” his NFC Wild Card match-up. detractors have brought up his lack of Marshawn Lynch success winning playoff games. Although his Seattle Seahawks alNow that heâ€™s set to become the fifth former Cal quarterback to ever start in ready spent last week watching the a Super Bowl, the former Pro Bowler games from home, Marshawn Lynch has finally taken an unquestioned place still deserves mention for putting his among the NFLâ€™s signal-calling elite. unique stamp on his teamâ€™s miraculous Most stunning was the sheer clinic upset of the New Orleans Saints. he held at Atlanta. In a duel against anIf David slew Goliath, Lynch may as other young QB talent in Matt Ryan, the well have been the stone slung from the 27-year-old threw only five incomple- sling. As the Seahawks fought to hold tions, shredding the Falcons defense for on with a 34-30 lead late in the fourth 366 yards and three touchdowns. The quarter, the former Pac-10 Offensive 48-21 blowout moved the Packers into a Player of the Year turned a routine play rematch against the Chicago Bears. into arguably the greatest run in NFL Although Rodgers didnâ€™t have his playoff history. most brilliant showing in Sundayâ€™s Lynch burst up the middle, then cut NFC Championship â€” 17-of-30 for 244 to his right to start a 67-yard journey yards and two picks â€” he still scored to the end zone and the emasculation a rushing touchdown to back up his of about a half dozen tacklers. Even if status as one of the better scrambling his career never again sees such a bright quarterbacks in the league. spotlight, his stiff arm of Tracy Porter will live forever on YouTube. Desmond Bishop Jack Wang covers football. Contact Green Bayâ€™s other Cal alum is one of him at firstname.lastname@example.org. the Packersâ€™ key players on defense. A
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defender. Griffin has legitimately thrilled the nation midway through his first year. Itâ€™s not merely his leaping ability or his strength that is impressive, but his tireless effort and dedicated play on a nightly basis. Several players have tried to take Griffin out of his game by trash talking or delivering cheap shots (Iâ€™m looking at you Mr. Khloe, aka Lamar Odom), but wonâ€™t retaliate with anything besides a basket or a rebound. Thatâ€™s my type of player. Hell, thatâ€™s anybodyâ€™s type of player. Griffin and players like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose represent a wave of change in the NBA. These spectacular young players are elevating formerly downtrodden franchises and already challenging the traditional powers. Start worrying Laker and Celtic fans. After this season, your championship legacies will deteriorate faster than the cartilage in Kobeâ€™s right knee. So buckle up and prepare for takeoff, because Blake Griffin is soaring toward stardom.
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Will Stanford lose a game this season? The No. 4 Cardinal crushed the conference’s only other ranked team, then No. 8 UCLA, by 26 points on Thursday in a game that wasn’t even that close. Stanford (16-2, 7-0 in the Pac-10) is the best team in the Pac-10, but that doesn’t mean it will go undefeated in conference. This squad isn’t without flaws. The Cardinal don’t have a true point guard. Senior Jeanette Pohlen has been playing the point and playing it well — she is averaging 16.5 points and 4.9 assists per game. But will her inexperience at the position and occasionally shoddy ball handling and decision-making (she averages almost three turnovers a game) catch up to her? Stanford is a tall team — its three starting forwards range from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4 —but not a particularly fast team. A quick squad that presses could give the Cardinal problems. They handled the Bruins’ speed and press, but perhaps things will be different when they play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 20. But mostly, what could cause Stanford to lose a Pac-10 game is apathy. The Cardinal will probably have the conference crown and the top seed in the West Region of the NCAA tournament locked up before the season ends. Nevertheless, Stanford went undefeated in conference play last year and 17-1 the year before. The squad has been in this position time and time again. And the Cardinal have been utterly dominant this season. The closest game was their 26-point win over the Bruins, and two of their wins were by 44 points each. Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike averages 16.8 points and 8.1 boards per game, but her supporting cast has been just as stellar. Her freshman sister Chiney has been a shut-down defender, holding Connecticut’s Maya Moore to just 14 point on 5-for-15 shooting. Senior forward Kayla Pederson has been a monster on the boards (8.1 per game) but more importantly, brings the leadership of starting on three straight Final Four teams. This squad might not lose until the NCAA Championship game — if it loses again. —Jonathan Kuperberg
can’t stop talking about Blake Griffin. I find a way to talk about him with anybody that will listen — whether that person follows the NBA or not. Sorry, Dad. And why wouldn’t I be excited? He is the emerging star of my
Will Oregon State win a Pac-10 game? The Beavers (7-11) are 0-7 in the Pac-10, but going 0-18 seems unlikely. They went 2-16 last season, sweeping Washington State, and then beating Washington in the Pac-10 tournament. Oregon State has not been nearly as bad as its conference record indicates. Six of the seven losses were by single digits, and the other one was only by 12 to a top-10 UCLA squad. In fact, the Beavers have had several games go down to the wire. Against Arizona State on Dec. 31, Oregon State cut an eight-point deficit down to three late but Alyssa Martin missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime. Oregon State has proven it can compete with any conference team it has played. The Beavers just have not been able to close out games. They almost beat Washington on Jan. 6, leading, 52-39, before the Huskies went on a 16-0 run to close the game. On Jan. 2, Oregon State showed its resilience against Arizona. The Wildcats were up by 15 points with eight minutes to go when the Beavers went on a 15-2 run to close out the game, falling just short, 67-65. The squad has youth and potential, with two sophomores and two freshmen in the starting lineup. The team is led by Martin, a freshman guard averaging 14.9 points per game. Sophomore guard Sage Indendi averages 10.8 points a game and is a 40.4-percent 3-point shooter. It is not as if the squad hasn’t tasted any success this season. Oregon State finished with a winning record in non-conference play, going 7-4. Many of those wins were against the bottom feeders of mid-major conferences like Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge; regardless, the Beavers should have confidence from getting those early wins. The best chance Oregon State has to win its first conference game is the final weekend of the season. It hosts Arizona on March 3 and Arizona State on March 5. The rivalry game against Oregon on Feb. 19 is another opportunity to prevent an embarrassing footnote in program history. —Jonathan Kuperberg
Back in action The Bears return with high expectations after their best season ever. See page 7
What should we make of UCLA’s 5-2 start in Pac-10 play? To say that the 2010-2011 campaign got off to a rough start in Westwood would be quite an understatement. A victory over No. 9 BYU at the Wooden Classic was the lone bright spot in a disastrous non-conference campaign that included glaring losses to VCU and Montana — in the latter defeat, UCLA trailed by 17 at one point and lost, 66-57, to the Grizzlies at home. Still, with one half of conference competition nearly in the books, the Bruins are perched in the top three of the standings with a 5-2 conference record. It would be an impressive feat ... three years ago. Ben Howland’s club has only landed victories over mediocre or bottom-dwelling Pac-10 schools, while shown only one thing consistently: inconsistency. UCLA has often started sluggishly — spotting Stanford a 22-8 lead on Saturday before turning on the jets in a 68-57 victory, and trailing at halftime in Eugene, Ore., against the lowly Ducks. And if those sleepy starts were frustrating to watch, Bruin fans have had even more trouble watching their team close out games recently. Not even a 17-point lead was safe in Corvallis, Ore., as UCLA coughed up the advantage before rallying past the Beavers in the closing minutes. And just last week, the Bruins needed a last second tip-in from Reeves Nelson to survive against Cal after letting the Bears shoot 72-percent in the second half and giving up an eight-point advantage in the final minute of play. There’s no question that UCLA possesses considerable talent. Yet the Bruins possess a ton of youth, as well — the team does not have a single senior on its roster — and that has been a fine recipe for maddening inconsistency. Upcoming dates on the road with Arizona and back at Pauley Pavilion against St. Johns will give the Bruins a chance to really impress observers. Until then, the team’s current spurt in conference play is not much to get excited about. — Ed Yevelev
Is Klay Thompson an NBA-caliber player? Washington State is not the type of team that gets a whole lot of publicity. At home, the Cougars’ games are almost never nationally televised, and even dedicated Pac-10 fans would be hard pressed to name their coach. The above reasons are only two why Klay Thompson flies under the radar, and why plenty of fans are missing out on one of the conference’s finest talents. And he will appear at the next level once he decides to declare for the NBA Draft. The junior from Ladera Ranch, Calif., has as sweet of a stroke as any shooter in the Pac-10. When the Cougars played at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 13, Thompson poured in a jaw-dropping 36 points (narrowly missing his career high), including an NBA-range 3-pointer to tie the game with under 10 seconds left in Washington State’s 88-81 overtime loss. Thompson doesn’t have a terrific supporting cast in Pullman, but coach Ken Bone (see, there’s his name) has assembled one of the better squads in a down year for the Pac-10. The Cougars are 4-4 in the conference this season, but none of those losses have come by more than nine points. Most recently, Washington State came agonizingly close to upsetting heavily favored Arizona, but fell 65-63. The Cougars have racked up a few high profile wins this season, knocking off then-No. 15 Baylor and thrashing both Gonzaga and Mississippi State by more than 20 points. And it’s mostly been under the lead of Thompson, whose shooting has been so stellar that opposing coaches rave about him regularly. “I like Klay Thompson a lot,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said after witnessing Thompson’s amazing night in Haas Pavilion. “Basically, he is a big-time player, and this was one of his nights.” For the Cougars, they will try to utilize Thompson for as long as they have him. His ability to play against the finest will be tested this Saturday, when the Cougars host in-state rival Washington. Perhaps then, we will see if Thompson is NBA-quality talent. —Gabriel Baumgaertner
Playoffs a Showcase For Trio of Cal Alumni
favorite team and he is my same age. Not only is he changing the face of the hapless Los Angeles Clippers, but he’s also doing it in the most high-flying, death-defying, dunktastic fashion. In a recent game against the Golden State Warriors, Griffin almost finished a reverse alley-oop dunk that he caught from the other side of the court. Even Warriors’ fans stood paralyzed in a moment when a rookie almost completed a superhuman slam in the flow of the game. As a good friend of mine described the moment: “If he finished that dunk, he would have burst into flames like in ‘NBA Jam.’” Not even at the All-Star break of his first season, Griffin has already accomplished symbolic feats that take elite players years to complete. Is there anybody that has entirely changed the image of a franchise halfway through his rookie season? Who was the last player to take this much attention away from the Lakers, the defending NBA champions no less, in their own city? Griffin has turned the Clippers
by Jack Wang
Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer America’s pastime is almost coming to a close after a fall filled with compelling storylines. (Let’s be honest here; the NFL is crushing every other sport in viewership and revenue, seizing hold of the title from baseball.) Although you wouldn’t have guessed it based on the results of Cal football’s latest lackluster season, the Bears actually had 14 former players make appearances in the playoffs. With Super Bowl XLV now two weeks away, let’s take a look back at how a few Cal alums have done in the football postseason.
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OC Ludwig Leaves Cal for San Diego State After Two Seasons by Katie Dowd Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer
Few will mourn the end of the Ludwig Era. After two years at Cal, it was confirmed on Monday that offensive coordina-
tor/quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig will be leaving Berkeley for San Diego State. His two seasons coaching for the Bears were mediocre at best and soulcrushingly dismal at worst. In 2009, Ludwig’s offense was ranked 49th in the nation. This season, they regressed even further, finishing the year 90th out of 120 teams in total
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Aaron Rodgers amassed 5,469 passing yards and 43 touchdowns in two seasons at Cal. He will be the fourth Bears quarterback to make a start under center in the Super Bowl.
Aaron Rodgers One of the most talked-about tales of 2010 was Brett Favre’s return to the Minnesota Vikings. Missing the playoffs a year after one of his greatest sea-
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