The Albany Bulb homeless problem has not been solved, merely relocated

As the rich of the Bay Area get richer, the poor only become more vulnerable. As we struggle toward a more equitable minimum wage and affordable care, we must keep in mind that the lower classes are often a single disaster away from prolonged camping, living in a vehicle or street-living homelessness. The people of the Albany Bulb were not all cheerful nomads nor lifelong outcasts nor any kind of outliers. Some of them are simply people who fell on hard times and have become living harbingers of the difficulty ahead. Perhaps the real nuisance is that they make our economic divide impossible to ignore. Read More…

Administrative salary increase is needed

While this increase does not directly affect other employees on campus, however, the comparison is not favorable. As GSIs fight for the right to unionize, administrative pay increases. Lecturers and adjuncts struggle without health care coverage or adequate pay in a battle that should be the shame of academia, but administrative pay increases. Facilities age and construction drags on, but administrative pay increases. Tuition soars and will likely increase to the rate of whatever the market will bear, but administrative pay increases. Read More…

Berkeley time’s time is up

Berkeley time appears to be a much-loved facet of campus culture. It is a saving grace that makes timekeeping and attendance somewhat casual, providing leeway for crossing the prodigious size of our campus, and the often-tight scheduling of classrooms. Berkeley time is treated as a civilized luxury, insulating students and Read More…

Oved should still be confirmed

What is at issue is whether a candidate is capable of acting with integrity. If Oved felt truly honorable and upright about the sources of funding for his campaign, he would have behaved in this instance as though he had nothing to hide. That has not been the case. In his statement, Oved asserted that he is no more compelled to expose his funding than any other candidate for UCLA’s student government and that there is “no mechanism to showcase that information.” That may be strictly true, but “showcasing” is a world away from hiding. As a candidate for such a visual office, Oved should be prepared to be held to a higher standard and perhaps compelled to greater transparency. Read More…

State audit of sexual assault procedures findings troubling, not surprising

Survivors of assault and people who have been following this story as it unfolds at 55 campuses across the country were likely not surprised to learn that the process of reporting and processing these cases is very flawed. The report found that people in authority who were in a position to receive the first notice that an assault had taken place, including athletic staff personnel and resident advisers, were not properly trained on how to get that information to the right people. What can be extrapolated from this data is that more training is needed at many levels of the university system, as well as transparency on the workings and timeline of a sexual assault accusation. Read More…

Gas stickers are not enough

On Thursday, the city of Berkeley’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission voted to move forward with a mandate for labels on gas pumps explaining that fuel usage produces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to climate change. A letter from the president of the petroleum association was immediately presented, claiming that such Read More…

Pharmacy spacing is logical

On Tuesday, Berkeley City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to require a buffer zone of 1,000 feet between any two pharmacies of more than 5,000 sq. ft. This undertaking is likely intended to preserve the character and appearance of the city, while also curbing the effect of the proliferation of Read More…

Video camera registry raises more questions than it answers

We are not opposed to the creation of what is, after all, a voluntary registry. But the language describing such an undertaking is vague thus far. It must be determined whether those registered would be asked to waive their rights of self-incrimination or whether police would be able to bypass the need for a warrant or subpoena in order to obtain footage from registered devices. Live feed should not be supplied to law enforcement, as there can be no expectation of privacy or control of the footage in that circumstance. Read More…

Failure to report: UCSB

Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured 13 others on May 23, in Isla Vista, California, a community where many UC Santa Barbara students live. All six of those killed that day were students at the university. This tragedy has been reported and dissected by every major news outlet in the country, including The Daily Californian. But UCSB’s ASUC-sponsored paper, the Bottom Line, chose to refrain from immediate devoted coverage of the incident outside of their Twitter feed. In fraught and dangerous circumstances, the Bottom Line made the wrong decision and abandoned its responsibility to its campus and community. Read More…