The future after Proposition 30

Proposition 30, approved by California voters last Tuesday, has allowed the state’s educational systems to duck a bullet: We’ve avoided massive trigger cuts and other revenue losses that would have been imposed had the proposition not been approved. The proposition’s temporary increases in sales taxes and top-bracket income taxes will
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State identity still on the line

Passage begins reinvestment in state's smartest investment

California’s identity was at stake on Nov. 6. Proposition 30, which increased the state sales tax slightly and increased income taxes on the wealthy, was only technically about taxes. In reality, it was about whether California wants to be the sort of state that makes big public investments that lead
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Looking back: a year after Occupy Cal first began

On behalf of 29 plaintiffs, BAMN has filed a $15 million lawsuit against UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, other administrators and police for excessive force, false arrest and violating the First Amendment on Nov. 9, 2011. We obtained thousands of pages of administrators’ internal emails through the Public Records Act
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Make change that really matters this time

Voting for a third party candidate does have a long term impact on country

If you have spent any amount of time on Facebook in the last few weeks, chances are good you’ve seen a certain video about losing your political “virginity,” i.e., voting for president for the first time. Having been “barely illegal” by a few months in 2008, Nov. 6 was my
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Save the people lost in the statistics

Focus less on speeding economy up and more on serving underemployed

Mr. President, congratulations. Be you Mr. Obama, Mr. Romney or even as of this writing undetermined, you have a busy and difficult term to look forward to. This will not be an average presidency, and the choices you make over the next four years will have great influence on the
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We need a change in national direction

The Nov. 6 election was a day of heightened passions and intense partisanship. Looking forward, our nation’s troubles are far from over. As Americans and as students, we must hope to see a definite change in direction from the past four years of economic hardship and failed policies. If we
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Election will have powerful impact on UC

Cuts in state funding have taken toll on public education

With state funding accounting for only about 11 percent of UC Berkeley’s operating budget in the 2011-12 academic year, a question arises as to what, exactly, defines a public university. We believe that while sources of revenue are an element of the equation, there are other important attributes that must
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Measure S won’t help merchants, and it won’t help Berkeley

As Berkeley merchants, we want our businesses to be financially successful, but we also care about the city around us — keeping our communities safe, thriving and diverse and maintaining the values that make Berkeley a uniquely wonderful place. That is why we oppose Measure S as the wrong approach
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Why Cal students should vote on Election Day

My name is Nadesan Permaul. I teach as adjunct faculty in rhetoric and political science and until last year was a career administrator at UC Berkeley. Iarrived on the campus in the fall of 1967 as a freshman and have been privileged to be part of this community since then.
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Stand up for civil sidewalks and safe neighborhoods

The ASUC Senate Bill 64 was wrong in its decision on Measure S

As a cafe owner on Telegraph Avenue, I’ve been following and supporting Measure S. When I learned that the ASUC Senate was about to vote on a bill to oppose Measure S, I wanted to observe the process. Senate Bill 64, which is against Measure S, was on the agenda
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