This price is right

CITY AFFAIRS: The parking fee increase for the Downtown area is a fair and necessary step to increase economic activity there.

The Berkeley City Council voted March 1 to increase parking fees for the downtown area from $1.50 to $1.75 an hour to help finance the service improvements that will take place under the Downtown Berkeley Property-Based Improvement District (PBID). Though the fee increase comes during an economically difficult time, the
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Under summer’s cover

CAMPUS ISSUES: The administration and ASUC did not adequately publicize the ASUC Auxiliary’s oversight change.

The ASUC is a democratically elected body that is responsible first and foremost to the students who form its electorate at UC Berkeley. When significant changes are made to the ASUC, students should be able to expect that they will be informed. Unfortunately, the majority of the student body may
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Bring in the green

CITY AFFAIRS: Berkeley should go forward with implementing all of Measure T to help alleviate the city’s estimated deficit.

It is never good practice for a city to drop the ball on expanding voter-approved lines of revenue — especially when that city faces an estimated $12.2 million deficit for the 2012 fiscal year. Unfortunately, the city of Berkeley is doing just this, losing out on a huge potential source
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No more hide and seek

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Senate bill 8 is a victory for public accountability, and we hope the governor has a chance to sign it into law.

California’s public institutions of higher learning are a step closer to increased accountability after Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, announced last Wednesday that the University of California and California State University systems had dropped their opposition to SB 8, Yee’s public disclosure bill. Although we opposed previous incarnations of Yee’s
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The empty gesture

Jesse Cheng’s decision to resign prematurely leaves his tumultuous term as UC student Regent unfinished.

UC student Regent Jesse Cheng’s premature resignation leaves his tenure incomplete after a term marred by controversy. The scandal he faced is enough to make most public officials resign immediately, but his waiting for two months to pass after receiving a student conduct violation for sexual battery by the UC
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Get it together

The decision to partially rescind project approval for the Memorial Stadium renovation project was responsible.

The UC Board of Regents’ unanimous decision to partially rescind their previously accepted California Memorial Stadium project approval was a responsibly cautious move. Though we wish the rescission were unnecessary, in light of the current legal concerns surrounding the renovation project, we understand the board’s action. On November 29, 2010
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Hunger strikes out

CAMPUS ISSUES: Those who participated in the hunger strike should have explored alternative, less contentious avenues.

After 12 days, a hunger strike that began April 26 against the consolidation of the gender studies, ethnic studies and African-American studies departments ended without the campus administration meeting any of the strikers’ demands. The strike should have taken less contentious forms in order to garner more public support. Those
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Checks on spending

CAMPUS ISSUES: Campaign finance reform is necessary to ensure equal access to ASUC elections for all candidates.

Running without the backing of a major student political party puts ASUC candidates at a financial disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the authors of a defeated spending reform bill in the ASUC were third-party and independent senators. The bill received just a handful of votes because the major parties stood against greater transparency
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