Sen. Scott Wiener’s housing bill fails to meet Berkeley’s needs

STATE ISSUES: The senator’s bill would provide more housing, but fails to address affordability

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, recently introduced a controversial housing bill that would provide a badly needed jump-start to building housing in Berkeley. But it needs to provide for greater protections against displacement.
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Gov. Jerry Brown undermines UC students with his lackluster budget proposal

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Gov. Jerry Brown broke his agreement with the UC system to increase state funding by 4 percent

When Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano agreed to state funding increases to the University of California by 4 percent a year for four years back in 2015, the university should have been protected from budgetary surprises. But this month, Brown failed to uphold his end of the bargain.
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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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