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District 8 Candidates Discuss Campaigns Financial Aid
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by Gianna Albaum Contributing Writer
While Berkeley City Council District 8 challengers Stewart Jones and Jacquelyn McCormick criticize incumbent Gordon Wozniak for his Elections fiscal management and inadequate work to bridge the 2010 “town-gown” divide, Wozniak dailycal.org/elections — who is supported by variEditor’s Note ous UC Berkeley student leaders This is the first and council installment in a members — four-part series stands by his on City Council eight-year record member elections. on the council. Wozniak said he was proud of the council’s ability to “engage (the university) in a productive partnership” with the city. But Jones and McCormick have focused their campaigns on the need for neighborhood representation, student involvement in city government and transparency in District 8, which includes the campus dormitories, fraternities and sororities east of College Avenue. McCormick, a former corporate executive at the Bank of America turned design studio owner, said her experience with negotiating corporate and retail interests would prove valuable to the council in balancing differing neighborhood interests, which she said have not been addressed by the incumbent. She cited the district’s traffic congestion as an example. “Their needs were ignored — dismissed,” she said, adding that the council views neighborhood associations as antigovernment. “Well, they’re not. They’re watchdogs. It’s really quite appalling.” McCormick and Jones said student representation in city government is also lacking. Currently, a third of Wozniak’s appointed commissioners are students. “Students aren’t really involved in the process,” McCormick said. “They’re not engaged in city government. Perhaps that’s a choice, perhaps they’ve never been approached.” Jones, who graduated from UC Santa
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McCORMICK “Personal agendas have come to light in this election that are shocking.”
WOZNIAK “I am very proud of the role I have played in making city government more active.” 5
JONES “I am running because District 8 does not have a neighborhood advocate, our budget is in shambles, (and) there are too many back-room deals.”
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and James Zhao Despite meticulous plans for its funding and deployment, UC Berkeley’s implementation of a new financial aid management software system meant to replace an older system has been riddled with unresolved glitches and unexpected costs, issues that the financial aid office is still working to amend. Since the campus started using ProSAM — the campus’s student aid management software developed over three years by an outside vendor — last semester to prepare financial aid packages this semester, system errors caused the financial aid office to spend months attempting to distribute aid packages properly. Hundreds of students either did not receive their aid on time or were asked to return money. After working continuously to fix the errors, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Financial Aid Cheryl Resh said the office was able to resolve two important issues within ProSAM as of last Wednesday, and as of Monday, more than 15,000 students had their financial aid repackaged and received more money. “Maybe 100 students were affected by remaining systems issues that we were actively working on,” she said in an e-mail. “The students affected by this issue have all now been paid and most have their refunds in their bank accounts.” Though some problems have been resolved, Information Services and Technology and the system’s creator will continue to work with the financial aid office to fix any further issues with ProSAM, according to IST Deputy
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Zoning Laws May Force Fraternity’s Eviction City Council to Discuss Raising by Nina Brown Contributing Writer
The Sigma Epsilon Omega fraternity has ceased hosting social events and could face eviction if a September notification from the city — stating the Dana Street property was not properly zoned as a fraternity — is not reversed by the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board. Since receiving the notification, the fraternity has been pursuing a variance to re-evaluate the building’s zoning, although both the fraternity’s house manager, Thomas Marshall, and the landlord’s agent, Krishan Rai, said they were unaware of the problem until they received the city’s warning. If the variance is unsuccessful in the long term, “presumably we’ll all be evicted,” Marshall said. He added that a hearing has yet to be scheduled and that there is an extensive appeals process. The notification came after neighborhood residents complained of noise ordinance violations over the summer, according to Marshall. “We had a ‘pre-Pink’ party for San
Francisco Pride,” Marshall said. “That would have been the last time the cops were called on us. We don’t really know who reported us; that was all anonymous.” He added that a note was sent to all of the fraternity’s neighbors, “asking them to watch us and call the police on us as often as possible, to get a lot complaints filed so we would lose the zoning hearings.” Officials from the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board did not respond to requests for comment. “Somebody reported us to the zoning board,” Marshall said. “We don’t know who, we don’t know why, we don’t know when, but presumably it was the same neighbors who reported us for the noise violation.” Short term, Marshall said that events held on the premises could result in fines of approximately $500, and that the fraternity would risk not receiving the variance. However, he said the fraternity has not had an extensive history of noise violations. Marshall estimated that the
police have responded to complaints about twice per semester since Sigma Epsilon Omega was founded in 2007. Jeremiha Douglas, Interfraternity Council president, said that based on data of second responses by police, there seems to be an overall decrease in noise complaints against UC Berkeley’s fraternities this semester. Marshall said Sigma Epsilon Omega has not received any second-response complaints since its first semester. No matter the cause, Marshall said it is up to the landlord to inform tenants if the building is not correctly zoned. However, Rai said he was unaware that the building wasn’t zoned for a fraternity. Rai said he has never had problems with the fraternity members, and doesn’t “know why the neighbor has a problem for these gentlemen — they are very nice people.” Once a hearing date for the variance is set, the process of changing the zoning decision will begin. Until then, the embargo on parties remains. Contact Nina Brown at email@example.com.
Parking Citation Fees by $5 by Karinina Cruz Contributing Writer
The Berkeley City Council will consider increasing parking citation fees by $5 at its meeting tonight following the approval of the state budget, which calls for $3 from each local parking ticket issued. The additional $3 to the state comes on the heels of last year’s announcement of a $4.50 state remittance — which the city also met with a $5 increase for each ticket — to pay for the state’s court system and filings, according to a city staff report detailing the proposal to the council. Current costs of parking violation tickets range from $40 to $54 for minor infractions before the increase, making the added $5 at most a 12.5 percent increase, according to the report. In light of last year’s $5 increase, some parking violation citation fees in the city have increased nearly 30 percent. The report also states the city would lose $418,000 in fiscal year 2011 and
$741,000 in fiscal year 2012 if council members do not approve the increase to pay for the state’s increased share. “We have a choice,” city spokesperson Mary Kay Clunies-Ross said. “Either the city pays it and loses revenue or (it) increases fees for parking ticket violations. Unfortunately, the state is funding things this way.” But the city will generate $2 in revenue for every parking ticket issued under the increase, netting the city about $500,000 per year, based on estimates from last year’s 247,000 issued citations. The increase in 2009 — only earning the city 50 cents per ticket — provided the city with $150,000 in new revenue, according to the report. Clunies-Ross said the revenue will be allocated to the city’s General Fund, which pays for public services such as the police and fire departments as well as staffing for parking citation processing. “It’s not reasonable,” said
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Calendar firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday, Oct. 26 WHAT concert Cal Performances hosts Benjamin Bagby’s “Beowulf: The Epic in Performance” at Zellerbach Playhouse, a staging of the Anglo-Saxon epic featuring AngloSaxon harp. Runs through Saturday, Oct. 30. WHEN 8 p.m. WHEre Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley. Cost $40 and up. contact 510-642-9988
Wednesday, Oct. 27 WHAT READING/TALK Ann Bannon, billed as “The Queen of Lesbian Pulp,” discusses her work on the “Beebo Brinker” books at Berkeley’s Books Inc. WHEN 7 p.m. WHEre 1760 4th St., Berkeley. Cost Free. contact 510-525-777
Thursday, Oct. 28 WHAT Film Screening As Halloween approaches, SFMOMA presents “Witches!” at the Phyllis Wattis Theater, an occult double feature of George A. Romero’s 1973 film “Season of the Witch” and Dario Argento’s gory 1977 classic “Suspiria.” WHEN 7 p.m. WHEre 151 3rd St., San Francisco. Cost Free for members or with museum admission; $3 general admission. contact 415-357-4000 Calendar listings may be submitted as follows: fax (510-849-2803), e-mail (email@example.com) or in person (sixth floor Eshleman Hall, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Always include contact name and phone number along with date, day, time, location and price (if applicable) of event. Placement is not guaranteed. Events that do not directly relate to UC Berkeley students or Berkeley residents will not be listed.
Corrections Thursday’s article “Campus Struggles With Financial Aid” incorrectly stated the campus allocated financial aid money to 19,970 students. In fact, it was 19,871 students. The July 15 article “Downtown Development Measure Set for November Vote” incorrectly stated that the council voted 8-2 to put Measure R on the ballot. In fact, the vote was 7-2. The Daily Californian regrets the errors.
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Cruz in 2006, said in an e-mail that, if elected, he will appoint more students to commissions and “provide students and homeowners more than token access to their elected official.” Jones has been endorsed by ASUC Senator Elliot Goldstein and Giancarlo Leonio, UC Berkeley student and waterfront commissioner, while no student leaders have endorsed McCormick, according to their respective campaign websites. Wozniak, who said he has “an extensive record” working with the student community, has been endorsed by several student leaders and groups, including the Cal Berkeley Democrats, ASUC President Noah Stern, Berkeley Student Cooperative President Daniel Kronovet, Panhellenic Council President Katrina Ziegenhirt and Interfraternity Council President Jeremiah Douglas. As part of his involvement with the student community, Wozniak established recycling programs in the fraternities and sororities — one contribution to his larger goal of a “Zero Waste Berkeley.” He said waste diversion — especially meeting the city’s goal of 75 percent diversion of waste from landfills
— would be a priority in his third term. In addition to the incumbent’s disregard for constituents’ concerns, Jones and McCormick both said the City Council’s fiscal management and “backroom deals” have not served students or community members. “There have been … some personal agendas to unseat current council members that are shocking,” McCormick said. “That detrimentally impacts people who pay their taxes, and it certainly isn’t benefiting the students.” She declined to clarify to which “personal agendas” she was referring. Both McCormick and Jones said a line-item budget would allow council members to rein in spending efficiently. McCormick added that there are several other minor tweaks that would make a big difference. “There’s not a day ... that I don’t learn something else about city hall that needs to be reformed and dealt with,” she said. “It’s really quite frustrating and disappointing.” Gianna Albaum covers city government. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After teaching math in public schools for 12 years in both Berkeley and Oakland, Allison Krasnow was feeling “burned out.” That is, until ONLINE PODCAST she found out Rachel Banning-Lover about a new fellowship program talks to the director of at UC Berkeley Math for America. that provides support for math and science teachers to help them move forward in their careers and become leaders in their classrooms. “Many times I’ve felt burned out and have considered doing something else,” said Krasnow, currently a teacher at Willard Middle School. “But one reason I applied for the fellowship was because of the prestige associated with it and that it would keep me in the classroom.” The campus’s Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship is a fiveyear program that was launched in August as part of a partnership between the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education’s Cal Teach program and the national nonprofit Math for America. The program seeks to fill classrooms with better-equipped teachers who are
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Chief Information Officer Michael Mundrane. But because the process has taken so long, many students were unable to pay for expenses such as tuition and rent months into the semester. UC Berkeley junior James Nagy, who applied for and accepted his 2010-11 aid package in August, had not received any aid as of last Tuesday. “While I want to think better of them, it really does seem that the Financial Aid Office is dragging its feet,” he said in an e-mail. ProSAM was developed as part of the Student Systems 2012 Initiative — an eight- to 10-year program focused on improving student services through a partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and IST that is expected to cost between $15 million and $20 million. Though ProSAM is supposed to be more cost-effective, according to a July 2010 budget update report it is expected to cost $2.89 million — $259,048 more than the funding allocated for the project. Additionally, a majority of the project’s funding comes from the IT Bank, a separate account intended to finance information technology projects focused on innovation. The system was tested for errors starting in August 2008 until its implementation last semester, according to the Student Affairs Fiscal Year 2009-10 Budget Submission, but unresolved glitches and project delays were prevalent throughout its development. A status report from March stated the software “may not be ready when the ProSAM service ismade available to students on March 25, 2010.” “People don’t understand how dynamic financial aid is,” Resh said in the e-mail. “We had to prioritize and work on the many remaining processes and reports. All spring and summer we were getting the myriad of processes in place for disbursing the aid.” Though students this semester seeking financial aid have had a hard time receiving their funds, the system prepared aid packages for freshmen and graduate students in March and April more successfully. Resh said the system’s web interface was an improvement because of the ease of use and speed compared with the old implementation. A May ProSAM project update stated that in March, “students were repackaged in MyFinAid within 15 seconds of making changes ... a process which used to take weeks of manual effort.” “Everyone in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office has a strong commitment to our student clients,” Resh in an e-mail. “My very committed staff have worked up to seven days a week for over a year now trying to put in the aid system of the future for this campus and we have succeeded.” Contact Katie Nelson and James Zhao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OPINION The Daily Californian
Sex on Tuesday
A Day at the Ball Game
ue to my complete and utter lack of hand-eye coordination, baseball is something I generally try to avoid. As a result, my knowledge of the sport is limited to a second-hand loyalty to my Massachusettsian father’s favorite team (go Red Sox!) and about 30 or so different people’s accounts as to how all sexual encounters can be explained in terms of the baseball diamond. If baseball is the great American pastime, and sex is ... the even greater American pastime, it makes sense to use one in order to explain the other. Except that no one really knows what the whole baseball metaphor means, exactly. Sure, everyone understands that striking out is the equivalent of stepping up to the plate known as lovin’ and not getting any, and hitting a home run is pretty self-explanatory, but beyond that, there’s an entire field full of curve balls and ambiguity. And maybe an angel or two in the outfield. I can’t describe the number of times the words “yeah, last night was great; we went to third!” has lead to a gross overestimation of someone’s experience level, which leads me to think that people enjoy that this vagueness allows them to sound more worldly than they actually are. Akin to other such commonly used and misconstrued phrases as “hooking up” or “messing around,” the whole baseball analogy is a recipe for confusion. A story involving the whole “base” metaphor can be more puzzling than a recitation of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” and much less funny. The only way to put an end to this miscommunication is to take a tour around the field and figure out what the layout really means, once and for all. nless you’re in the sixth grade, first base means making out, not holding hands or quick pecks on the cheek. This is high-level kissing, and usually, a heavy amount of tongue is involved. Getting to first is seen as a respectable distance to run on a first date — maybe not the boldest play ever made, but better safe than sorry, right? It’s hard to be satisfied staying put there for more than one pitch, though. Most of the time, when you’re standing on first, you can’t help but cheat a little and try to steal a couple of extra inches — anything, really, that will get you further along in the game. Second base is where everything goes to hell in a hand basket. Is it getting felt up? Getting felt down? Do clothes stay on, or is this where they first start to come off? Mind you, this is only the second stop on the field — there’s still an entire half of the diamond to go. By this logic, it only makes sense for
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Jillian Wertheim second base to belong to the skin-onskin sensation of “feeling up.” Time spent on second is time spent acquainting yourself with the northern hemisphere of your partner’s body. Don’t rush through this one in your haste to move on to bigger and better things. Take your time; enjoy the landscape. Making it to third means you’ve reached all things oral. This is where the pants come down and other things go up. You’re closer than ever to that final sprint home; you can practically taste the sweetness (err, well, saltiness) of success. But going from fondling to fellatio seems a tad bit extreme, especially when the last 90-foot segment you ran only brought you from kissing to a little good-natured groping, nothing too serious. Plus, you might have realized, this diagram seems to be excluding critically important sexual milestones like hand jobs and fingering and all that good fun. (Oh god, no; say it ain’t so!) ear not, my horny little readers, Sex on Tuesday’s got you covered. Those frisky fingers of yours are located where the shortstop chills, just about halfway between second and third base. Since shortstop is such a hands-on position, there really isn’t any other place more fitting to exercise those digits. If you’re going to use ’em, use ’em well, just make sure all that hand action doesn’t leave you too drained to finish rounding all the bases. When you do, finally, make it to home plate, the crowd goes wild, the scoreboard lights up, fireworks go off — no, wait, that’s only in actual baseball, not sex-metaphor-baseball. Whatever, you get the idea; sliding in to home is the glorious conclusion to a game well played. It’s the big one, the grand finale, and sometimes, if your performance was truly spectacular, you really can hear the ecstatic cheering of a particularly satisfied fan.
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Bare Lair Student Union space is still unoccupied, does not bode well for board finances. Additionally, the wait could cost more than missed rent. Students establish their routines, especially in regard to favorite food stops, at the start of each academic year. By opening these two places late, it will be harder for the new businesses to quickly become frequented places. On the flip side, it is disheartening to see that previously vocal students are conspicuously silent. Those who opposed the installment of Panda Express and then Subway could serve as the necessary watchdogs in these lagging operations — pointing out that the board promised that they would generate more revenue with these changes. This absent perspective makes the board less accountable for the delays. In a situation that was supposed to improve student life and the board’s fiscal sustainability, nobody seems to be benefiting. The longer we wait, the harder it is to stomach the problem. In May 2009, the board forgave The Daily Californian a portion of its rent for the office it leases. As part of the agreement, a non-political student member of the board sits on The Daily Californian’s Board of Operations, which has no control over the paper’s editorial content.
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The strapped financial aid office on campus should receive more funds to allocate student resources more efficiently.
udget cuts are never welcome, but some are considerably worse than others. For the campus financial aid office, scrimped services have a costly effect. We empathize with the office since it has been forced to do more with fewer resources. As a result, financial aid has been adversely affected. This is unacceptable; the campus should seriously consider prioritizing financial aid operations. Although there has been more than a 5 percent increase in students on campus filing FAFSA forms for 201011, the office is operating with 10 fewer employees than it had just a couple years ago. A new computer system was installed in an attempt to handle the increased requests in the most costeffective manner possible. However, the system has been problematic, and as a result, the allocation of aid for some students has been delayed two months thus far. Many are still wait-
ing for their financial aid. Roughly 200 ineligible students were also accidentally awarded aid by the office due to a computer system error. These errors may seem incredible but were likely to happen in an office stretched so thin. It would have been more cost-effective to hire a staff member well-versed in the new computer program to troubleshoot any difficulties. Perhaps then someone else would have had the time to catch the faulty aid offers. Yet that is easy to say now and was almost certainly not an option for the office at the time. As much-contested fee increases were passed last year, students were assured that more money would go toward financial aid offers for those in need. Yet more money should have been allocated to the administration of these scholarships — otherwise students will have to suffer through more oversights and delays. Increased financial aid means nothing if it cannot be distributed effectively.
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Two years ago the voters of Berkeley passed Measure FF, providing bonds to renovate the city’s four neighborhood branch libraries. Monies from Measure FF will go to remodel and modestly expand the branches in the Claremont and North Berkeley neighborhoods. But two of the branches must be replaced. Here is why: The South Branch, at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Russell Street, houses both the neighborhood branch and the Tool Lending Library. Both are overcrowded. Most of the community meeting room has been taken over as a staff work area; computer stations and shelves crowd the public areas and make wheelchair maneuvers almost impossible. Additional shelving has blocked windows that once made the reading room a spacious and handsome place. The deficiencies were recognized well before the passage of Measure FF when the Board of Library Trustees considered moving the regular branch facilities to leased space on the Ed Roberts Campus, under construction at the Ashby BART station. But at several neighborhood meetings there was opposition to the move and a sense from many residents that the neighborhood deserved a free-standing building like the other branch libraries. Thus the decision was made to stay in the same location. Measure FF has made that possible. The site of the South Branch is the smallest parcel of land of any of the four branches, yet it contains, in essence, two libraries: the regular neighborhood library and the Tool Lending Library. The library staff held four community meetings at the South Branch, where the architects worked through alternative designs for this small and crowded site, and in addition the architects gave four public presentations before the library trustees. The architects carefully studied ways to retain some parts of the existing 50-year-old building. Unfortunately, the concrete block structure was discovered to have significant seismic problems. Because the low wood plank roof has no inner ceiling and the concrete floor contains heating pipes there is no space for inserting modern wiring for computers. Although the Tool Lending Library is used by citizens from all parts of the city, the original grant that created it was directed to South Berkeley, and it can only be expanded with Measure FF funds if it stays as part of the South Branch. It is now housed in crowded trailer-like
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The ongoing delays in the opening of two vendors in the Bear’s Lair does not reflect well on the planning process.
e just keep waiting. The Bear’s Lair Food Court is still undergoing construction but was originally set to open with two food vendors on Sept. 1. Now, roughly a month and a half past that date, it is unclear when construction will be done. All the while, the ASUC Store Operations Board continues losing rent money This drawn-out process and cited unforeseen infrastructure improvements are indicative of the board not thinking the transition through. The former vendors moved out this summer and the two places that will eventually house Saigon Eats and Subway were already equipped to serve food. All of the necessary adjustments should have been predicted before the process began so that the scheduled opening date could have actually occurred. There is no guarantee that Saigon Eats and Subway will generate more money than the businesses that were there before. The longer the two locations remain inoperable, the less money the board has in its pocket. If they open at the end of the month, as ASUC President Noah Stern hopes, the delay will be excusable. Yet if delays continue until next semester, the board will look foolish for evicting paying tenants so soon. That, combined with the fact that the
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Berkeley Libraries Should Branch Out
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buildings. Because some of the tools available for lending are large the city planning department insists, quite correctly, that there must be off-street parking spaces for pick-up and drop-off on this busy street, requiring yet more space on the small site. Ultimately the architects concluded that retaining a piece of the old building would be an insignificant gesture and would restrict developing a plan that could accommodate all the needs of this branch. Their design will be a handsome new facility that will match in symbolism the North Branch at the other end of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. In 2003 the library developed a conceptual plan for the West Branch on University Avenue near San Pablo. This plan would have removed the ugly 1970s façade and moved and restored the original building while also providing new and expanded facilities for regular library users and for this branch’s special program, Berkeley Reads, a program for adult literacy which is one of the most wonderful (there is no other adjective) things happening in Berkeley. The 2003 conceptual plan was estimated to cost $14 million. The library applied for a State grant for much of this cost and came close to receiving
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one, but now state money has dried up. Based on construction cost indexes the $14 million estimate in 2003 would now be $19 million, more than 70 percent of the entire amount provided by Measure FF for all four branches. As with the South Branch, the architects studied the possibility of a second story as a means of preserving part of the existing structure, but the construction costs for fire stairs and an elevator and the additional operational costs for staff on two floors went well above budget. In order to accommodate the neighborhood library needs and Berkeley Reads and still keep within the budget, the architects concluded that the original building must be replaced. The design will be as green as possible, with the intent that it will be a Net Zero Energy building — meaning that it will use solar energy and natural lighting and ventilation to achieve no energy costs over a 12 month period. South Berkeley and West Berkeley deserve the finest branch libraries we can get with the money available from Measure FF. The library administration and the Board of Library Trustees have done the best job possible to assure this happens. Christopher Adams is former president of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation. Reply to email@example.com.
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Councilmember Gordon Wozniak. “What (the state is) telling cities is that you either lose revenue or raise fees. I don’t think it’s a good time to raise parking fees, but the state shouldn’t take money from the city.” But Councilmember Kriss Worthington said the fees should be discussed in-depth by council at the meet-
ing, especially to determine why the recommended increase is $5 when the state will only call upon $3 for its own funds. “If the state is getting $3, why not just raise it by $3 to make things equilibrium?” he said. Still, the report and other city officials have said raising parking violation fees — and generating extra revenue for the city — during the economic down-
turn is necessary. Worthington, other council members and some business owners, however, have called on the city to reorganize its parking citation process, including standardizing citation fees. “It seems that the tickets are all over the place and it seems that there are 50 different price tags on each ticket,” he said. Contact Karinina Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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G Baumâ€™s World from Back
Now, Brian Wilson and his weird beard bear little resemblance to David. The Giants, ironically, do. A rag-tag group of misfits and castoffs, the Giants had no business keeping up with the reigning NL Champions and 2008 World Seriesâ€™ Champions. Cleanup hitter Aubrey Huff looks like an axe-murderer, Tim Lincecum looks like he belongs in a pair of skinny jeans and a Sonic Youth t-shirt and Cody Ross admitted that he would be a rodeo clown if he werenâ€™t playing in the big leagues. If I werenâ€™t a lifelong Dodgersâ€™ fan, Iâ€™d have already fallen in love with these guys. Maybe I already have. With the count 3-2, Brian Wilson delivered a devastating pitch to take down Howard and the Phillies. So letâ€™s return to Samuel: â€œReaching into his (glove) and taking out a (ball), he slung it and struck the Philistine (at the knees). The (ball) sank into (the catcherâ€™s mitt), and (Howard) fell (to a called strike three).â€? David had faith in the Lord. Wilson had faith in his slider. Both turned out to be giant-killers, even if the Giants were the team doing the killing.
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Scene Two: One out away from clinching their first ever World Series berth, the Texas Rangers lead the New York Yankees, a team that has won the World Series 26 times, by five runs. In steps Alex Rodriguez to the batterâ€™s box. â€œA-Rodâ€? has won three MVP awards, hit 612 home runs and is a 13-time All-Star. He is one of the top allaround players to ever play the game. Rangersâ€™ fans know A-Rod well. In December 2000, spend-happy, hittingobsessed Texas owner Tom Hicks signed Rodriguez to a Texas-sized 10-year, $252 million contract, $63 million more than any other contract in the majors at the time. Only three seasons later, the Rangers traded a frustrated Rodriguez to New York. His numbers from 2001-2003 were the best that a shortstop had ever compiled, but Rodriguez treated the Rangers callously and Texas never finished higher than last in its division. How did the Rangers find their way within one out of the World Series? It took the efforts of an ex-crack addict (Josh Hamilton), a second baseman who played at three different colleges (Ian Kinsler), and a designated hitter deemed too old and broken down by
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his former club (Vladimir Guererro). Manager Ron Washington, a man that endured his own drug problems, was too traditional for his old boss, Oakland Aâ€™s general manager Billy Beane, because of his love for â€œsmallballâ€?. So here stand the Rangers, a team that had never won a playoff series until this year, against the most famous villain in American sports. And who does it come down to? Rodriguez, of course, a player too big for Texas and only fit for the Bronx. When youâ€™re first taught to swing a baseball bat, you are told to never strike out looking. Hack, chop or cut, but donâ€™t go down with the bat on your shoulder. So how fitting was it that Rodriguez, perhaps the most complete hitter to ever dig his spikes into the dirt, watched as Felizâ€™s curveball painted the outside corner to end the Yankeesâ€™ season? Was it fate? Destiny? Divine intervention? Weâ€™ll never know, but now the two Davids are offered a chance at baseball immortality. I mean, itâ€™s just biblical, ainâ€™t it? Sling stones at Goliath with Gabriel at email@example.com.
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Volleyball: Murrey Compiling Record Season from Back
be able to contain the rest of the Bearsâ€™ frontline battalion. The quick sets to the middle and slide plays that characterize the fast offense have been effective, as seen by Hawariâ€™s stellar .404 hitting percentage. Lloydâ€™s options are maximized by the staunch blocking, led by sophomore Kat Brown. The Bears lead the league in blocks and keep opponents to the lowest hitting percentage. Perhaps most surprising has been the play of Calâ€™s back row defenders. After experimenting with different liberos, coach Rich Feller settled on sophomore Robin Rostratter, who has posted strong digging numbers. Freshman Erin Freeman has been starting of late, and she hasnâ€™t disappointed.
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Women Struggle After Rain Delays Northwest Regionals After heavy rain delayed match play for a full day, the Cal womenâ€™s tennis team had a rough showing on Monday at the Northwest Regional Championships. After defeating top seeded Denise Dy, who forfeited in the second set due to injury, sophomore Tayler Davis put up little resistance to Stanfordâ€™s Stacey Tan, losing (6-3, 6-0) in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Annie Goransson was upset in the quarterfinals by Stanfordâ€™s Kristie Ahn (6-0, 6-2) . Mari Anderrson, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, was also upset, losing to No. 16 Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) in the round of 16. In doubles, Davis and Goransson lost to Stanfordâ€™s Amelia Herring and Carolyn McVeigh (9-8(3)) in the round of 16.
Now that the Bears have seen every Pac-10 opponent, the second pass through their schedule should make for some exciting action. The Big Spike at home on Nov. 19 promises to be a highly contested match, but the Bears will face tests before then. Feller has repeatedly stated that nothing is given in the Pac-10 because of the strength of each team, and the conference has seen its share of upsets. â€œThe target on our back just got bigger,â€? Feller said after the win at Stanford. â€œEvery coach in this conference is very good. Theyâ€™re going to study film. Theyâ€™re going to do what they can to try to beat us next time, and they all have something at stake now.â€? Christina Jones covers volleyball. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andersson and junior Jana Juricova continued their strong play, dominating Santa Claraâ€™s Kelly Lamble and Maggie McGeorge (8-0) to earn a berth into the quarterfinals. They will face Cal Polyâ€™s Alexa Lee and Amy Markhoff at 9:30 am on Tuesday. â€”Connor Byrne
Menâ€™s Golf Struggles The No. 13 Cal menâ€™s golf team struggled during the second day of play at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, shooting a 2-over par 291 for a total of 5-over par for the tournament. While the Bears, who went into Mondayâ€™s round at sixth place, climbed up the leaderboard to fifth place, they trail leader and host No. 17 Georgia Tech by a whopping 25 shots going into todayâ€™s final 18 holes. Rain delayed the second round of play at the course in Alpharetta, Ga. â€”Aaron Lee
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
by Christina Jones Contributing Writer
The Cal volleyball team has been talking about a national championship run since the start of the year, but it seemed premature for a squad slotted to finish fifth in the Pac-10. Now, sitting atop the conference alone and with the highest ranking in school history, it’s a thought that the national volleyball scene is pondering as well. The No. 3 Bears are garnering national attention after last weekend’s four-set domination of then-No. 2 Stanford at Maples Pavilion, along with three-set smackdowns of No. 18 Oregon and No. 7 Washington earlier in the season. Cal’s lone loss this year came at the hands of No. 8 USC — a match that saw the Bears fall by two points in the final frame of a thrilling five-setter. Before that defeat, Cal had a 15-match winning streak to open the season. The team may have seen this high level of success coming, but the rest of the country didn’t. And understandably so. The Bears came into the season with a number of unknowns. Would junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey become less errorprone and grow into the gigantic shoes of Hana Cutura? Who would step up to be the libero with the departure of Kristen Kathan? How would redshirt sophomore Shannon Hawari play after suffering a season–ending knee injury early last year? Adding to that uncertainty was the arrival of assistant coach Sam Crosson in the spring. Crosson, a former assistant at St. Mary’s, brought with him a new, up tempo offense with low sets and quick swings, and a defensive configuration that is avoided in elite-level volleyball. The stable figure was senior setter Carli Lloyd, a two-time AVCA second team All-American. A very vocal presence on the court, Lloyd is undoubtedly the team leader. But it was unclear whether or not Lloyd’s leadership would be enough to get a group of inexperienced players to a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA regional championship. Cal could not answer its critics early given the relative weakness of its preseason schedule. However, the numbers indicated a historic season was in the making, dropping only one set over 10 matches. When the Bears play with the intensity they are capable of, their fire is unparalleled. Even one of the best teams in the country could not snuff Cal’s flame. Stanford had been holding opponents to a .155 attack rate, but Lloyd paced the Bears to a .347 hitting percentage against the Cardinal. The senior’s second of 52 assists allowed her to cross the 5,000-assist threshold, a mark only reached by one other Cal player and eight players in the Pac-10. A solid .308 hitting percentage, seven digs and four blocks helped propel her team to victory. Murrey, Lloyd’s go-to attacker, has stepped into her role in a big way. A hard swinger, Murrey has yet to be contained. Despite taking tons of swings, her hitting percentage hasn’t plummeted – a testament to her accuracy and smart shots. However, should Murrey be frustrated at the net at some point in the future, it seems unlikely that the opponents will
Rained Out Bears struggle at Northwest Regionals after long rain delays. See page 6
Predicted to Finish in the Middle of the Pac-10 After Losing a Star Player, Cal Volleyball Is Now Ranked Third in the Nation
eople frequently ask me why I prefer baseball to any other sport. It doesn’t have the gladiator element of football or the raw athleticism of basketball, and its pace is far more methodical than either. All I need to justify my love for the diamond are the conclusions of the recent American and National League Championship Series. Any sport can produce exciting endings, but these two endings were so good that they were almost … biblical? The David-Goliath metaphor is overused and often misused in sports, but not here. Oh, what perfect dimensions the metaphor assumed in not one, but both instances. Let’s set the scene. Scene One: Two runners on base, two outs and the San Francisco Giants are clinging to a 3-2 lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. In steps Ryan Howard, probably the most physically intimidating presence in baseball. 6-feet-4, 260 pounds, a former NL MVP, two-time NL Home Run Champion and the player that reached the career milestone of 100 home runs faster than anybody in history. Now, let’s briefly flip to 1 Samuel 17, but we’re going to play the old “findreplace” game to see if you can figure out this parable. I think of the Phillies much like I think of the Philistines, so no replacement is necessary there. “A champion named (Ryan Howard) came out of the Philistine (dugout). He was over (six) feet tall. He had a (red) helmet on his head and wore a coat of (white with red pinstripes) … His (baseball bat) was like a weaver's rod, and its (barrel) weighed (34 ounces).”
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Conference Questions Is Washington State Finally Going to Finally Shock a Pac-10 Team This Season? The Washington State football team is 1-7, but the time has come that the rest of the conference should stop considering it the biggest joke on the schedule. No, the Cougars probably aren’t going to beat Cal or Oregon State. Arizona State and Washington, on the other hand, are going to want to watch their backs. Statistically it’s obvious that Washington State isn’t an offensive juggernaut; it ranks last in most offensive categories in the conference. But in real terms, the Cougars have been able to hang with its opponents in a way they haven’t done in quite some time. Now No.1-ranked Oregon lagged behind Washington State 14-8 in the first quarter; then-No. 17 Arizona only defeated the Cougs 24-7; quarterback Jeff Tuel tossed two fourth quarter touchdowns in a 10-point loss to then-No. 12 Stanford. Tuel has single-handedly given a formerly zero dimensional offense some life. The sophomore ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (254.1) and, his favorite target, freshman wideout Marquess Wilson leads the conference in receiving yards per game (99.5). The Sun Devils, as Cal fans saw on Saturday, are defensively vulnerable and offensively anemic to say the least. If Tuel has a good day, Washington State could escape Tempe, Ariz., with a win. And in the Apple Cup, the Cougars will face an erratic Huskies squad that could well take a misstep in the Palouse. So have heart, Coug fans. Victories, short and long term, are in your future. —Katie Dowd
Is Oregon the Undisputed No. 1 Team in the Nation Despite BCS Rankings? It’s ludicrous that Oregon still isn’t sitting atop the BCS. The Ducks, seven games into the season, have become an insatiable killing machine. Latest victim: UCLA. Replay that game in your head. Oregon touchdown. Look down. Look up. Oregon touchdown. Most absurd is the fact that their most recent shredding of the Bruins wasn’t the least bit surprising. Sure, the Ducks ripped off an obscene 582 yards of offense last Thursday. That’s only 13 yards more than their bloated 569 per-game average, tops in the nation. 60-13? Pfft. They haven’t dipped below 42 this year. You want SEC speed? Oregon can outrun and outgun any team from Hawaii to Florida. Their videogame offense isn’t just flashy; it’s ruthlessly precise. Huge, four-part placards make playcalling dangerously efficient. With LaMichael James, Darron Thomas and Jeff Maehl, this squad has more weapons than an NRA convention. Maybe Auburn meets and defeats them in the eventual title game. Tigers quarterback Cameron Newton is the current Heisman frontrunner and a frightening talent. He’s certainly capable of exploiting Oregon’s defense — even if no one else really has. These are matters to be settled later. Until then, it might be best for teams to just move and get out of the way. —Jack Wang
What Can Possibly Explain Cal’s Disparity Between Home and Road Play? Jeff Tedford, Kevin Riley, Mike Mohamed and Sean Cattouse were all asked the same question after Cal’s 50-17 destruction of Arizona State: why can’t the Bears replicate such success outside of Memorial Stadium? All failed to come up with an explanation. Tedford could only say what all fans are thinking — that he wished Cal could only “bottle up” a stash of the team’s home energy for future use. As tired as the trope may be, the difference is quite stunning — and not just in some of the gruesome final road scores these past two years. One could plausibly attribute it to a difference in competition level. Cal’s three foes at Memorial have either been an incredibly sloppy (Colorado), one-dimensional (UCLA), or a combination of both (Arizona State). But then you throw in games like Nevada and last year’s Washington contest. And it's not like USC was impressing anyone before the Coliseum massacre. Rather, so many of the struggles seems to be selfinduced. Bryan Anger’s leg ceases to be automatic away from Berkeley. Marvin Jones halts his pass-catching artistry and makes uncharacteristic drops on simple routs. Kevin Riley racks up turnovers. Small deficits often ballon and become insurmountable. Though Bears are guilty until proven innocent away from home at this point, they face two very winnable games in the coming weeks — Oregon State sans one Rodgers brother, and Washington State. They should reveal plenty about Cal. — Ed Yevelev