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By vetoing the campus abortion bill, Gov. Jerry Brown has let thousands of college students down

STATE ISSUES: Brown deemed the bill “not necessary.” But in doing so, he undermined the needs of students across California.

California Gov. Jerry Brown ignored the voices of countless college students this week when he vetoed SB 320. The bill would have required on-campus access to medication abortion in public universities. It would have ensured safe and affordable abortions for thousands of students, guaranteeing that individuals on college campuses who
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Group living amendments are a testament to the power of student activism

CITY AFFAIRS: The amendments to the Group Living Accommodations Ordinance are a step in the right direction for student housing. But now it’s up to the city to follow through.

The recent amendments to the Group Living Accommodations, or GLA, Ordinance, are significant examples of how student activism can give rise to much-needed change.   Berkeley is in a housing crisis that students are anything but sheltered from. The campus has time and again fallen short on providing sufficient solutions
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Now that My Voice results are in, UC Berkeley must commit to changing a flawed system

CAMPUS ISSUES: The My Voice survey results confirm that sexual misconduct is rampant on campus. It’s on the campus to create concrete goals to address this institutional failure

UC Berkeley’s My Voice survey is a step in the right direction, but campus administration has miles to go before it can say it has adequately addressed sexual violence and harassment. And this undertaking must involve more than vague promises to “encourage cultural change” or “engage men.” The survey results
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BART must do better for the commuters who depend on it

BAY AREA AFFAIRS: In making decisions that impact thousands, BART must be inclusive and sensitive to low-income and minority commuters

Starting in February of next year, 2,900 Bay Area commuters will have to find alternative routes to their early-morning jobs for the next four years — because BART has decided it needs to save 5 percent of its total construction costs. This decision will leave thousands of predominantly low-income and
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UC Berkeley must meet basic needs of its disabled students

CAMPUS ISSUES: Disabled students deserve more than the bare minimum. The campus needs to stop hiding behind bureaucratic excuses and step up

When Nancy Barker, a deaf visiting student researcher, came to UC Berkeley, she repeatedly requested American Sign Language interpreters from the campus’s Disabled Students’ Program, or DSP. Now, she’s filing a lawsuit against the campus for allegedly failing to provide these services. Barker’s case does not stand alone. It’s part
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In this year’s election, Berkeley candidates must not make empty promises

CITY AFFAIRS: Many city officials have done little to uphold platforms they ran on. This insincere rhetoric must end.

This November, Berkeley will hold elections for several local positions, including City Council and the rent and school boards. As candidates launch their campaigns, Councilmember Ben Bartlett is doing a stellar job of demonstrating precisely how they should not behave. When Bartlett was pulled over by a Berkeley Police Department
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UC Berkeley needs to be efficient about confronting problematic building names

CAMPUS ISSUES: If administrators seriously value diversity and inclusion on campus, they must face UC Berkeley’s racist legacy.

It has been more than 2 ½ years since a committee was first formed at UC Berkeley to review building names that have roots in racist and oppressive histories. So far, not a single name has changed. People of color at UC Berkeley continue to study, work and teach in
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Carol Christ must acknowledge UC Berkeley’s role in gentrifying the city

CAMPUS ISSUES: In leading UC Berkeley, the chancellor must accept the campus’s unique reach and influence

UC Berkeley plans on building student housing on nine different locations throughout the city — and Chancellor Carol Christ doesn’t seem to realize how this gentrification will impact the city’s residents. In a meeting with The Daily Californian’s editorial board this week, Christ said she doesn’t think student housing contributes
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Another year, another winter: Berkeley officials still haven’t acted on city’s homelessness crisis

CITY AFFAIRS: The city still hasn’t decided on its new permanent emergency shelter location, once again letting down hundreds of its homeless residents.

In December 2017, the city of Berkeley was woefully unprepared to shelter its growing homeless population. And nearly a year later, it finds itself in almost exactly the same situation. On Aug. 31, the Emergency Storm Shelter closed its doors to hundreds of homeless community members. In its place, the
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SB 320 could revolutionize reproductive justice across UC system

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Thanks to UC Berkeley students, a bill that provides on-campus access to medication abortion awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

A week or two to book the appointment. Fifty-five to 90 minutes of transit one way. An average of two hours of wait time upon arrival. Time for the appointment itself. This is the current experience for UC and California State University students trying to obtain a medication abortion, a
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