Can Napolitano regain Californians’ trust?

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Top executives in the UC president's office interfered in a state audit. This is reprehensible.

It’s inexcusable that Napolitano sanctioned any kind of prior review that could jeopardize the UC system’s ethical standing in the eyes of state lawmakers and taxpayers.
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GOP tax plan would devastate graduate students

NATIONAL ISSUES: The plan would require that college employees pay income tax on waived tuition that could add thousands to UC Berkeley students yearly bills.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a tax plan Thursday that would place a crushing financial burden on thousands of graduate students at UC Berkeley and across the country.
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Alta Bates planned closure puts Berkeley residents at risk

CITY AFFAIRS: Community members have mobilized recently to fight Sutter Health's closure of Berkeley's only hospital.

By 2030, Berkeley’s only hospital will disappear: Patients will be forced to travel an extra 12 minutes by ambulance — potentially through Bay Area rush hour traffic — for emergency care in Oakland.
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Berkeley mayor must explicitly call out racial disparity in policing

CITY AFFAIRS: City Council punted on two major Berkeley police reform items at its Tuesday meeting.

City Council was set to consider three major Berkeley police reform items at its meeting Tuesday. At the 11th hour, Mayor Jesse Arreguín and Councilmember Sophie Hahn submitted alternatives that diluted language the original proposal. A direct acknowledgement of “racial disparity” was wiped entirely from a proposal that would force
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