UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike pepper sprays demonstrators who had linked arms and were preventing attempts by the police to remove arrested protesters.

Report on UC Davis pepper spray incident blames administrators, police

An investigative report released at noon Wednesday lambasted UC Davis administrators and police officials for their handling of a Nov. 18 protest in which police pepper-sprayed student demonstrators. The 190-page report faults ineffectual administrative decision-making, poor police planning and weak chains of communication for the pepper-spraying. Along with the findings
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Nancy Skinner speaks at the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

Emails reveal potentially tense relationship between administration, legislators

Spokesperson relays apology from Birgeneau for remark that Skinner and Hancock 'only know how to do damage'

Recently obtained email exchanges between campus officials regarding the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protest suggest that the UC Berkeley administration may have tense feelings about the role of two state legislators in encouraging past campus protests. In a Nov. 8 email, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer wrote to
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ASUC to host roundtable with state Assembly members

The ASUC will host a roundtable discussion about the Middle Class Scholarship Act with Speaker of the Assembly John Perez, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, on Thursday in the ASUC Senate chambers in Eshleman Hall. The two former UC Berkeley students coauthored the act, which is designed to close
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Chancellor Robert Birgeneau derided state legislators in emails

In emails sent between administrators surrounding the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protest, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau criticized Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Oakland. Emails recently received by the Daily Cal from the UC Berkeley Public Records office include a Nov. 8 email from Birgeneau to Executive Vice Chancellor
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CALPIRG seeks to garner 60,000 signatures to ban plastic bags

Local politicians and environmental advocates joined the UC Berkeley chapter of CALPIRG on Upper Sproul Plaza Wednesday to speak about the importance of banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags in California. State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington joined CALPIRG members at a sparsely attended
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Nancy Skinner hosts discussion on campus about state budget

State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, hosted a town hall meeting at UC Berkeley Tuesday night to discuss California’s budget challenges well as possible steps the state can take to alleviate financial problems facing higher education. The event was held on the seventh floor of Eshleman Hall and was organized by
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Richmond site selected as Berkeley lab’s second campus

RICHMOND, Calif. — After about eight months of evaluating different finalist locations, the University of California announced Monday morning that the Richmond Field Station is the preferred site chosen for the second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Berkeley Lab officials selected the field station — which the UC
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Study: state suffered dramatic drop in funding for higher education

State funding for California higher education dramatically decreased by $1.5 billion between fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12 as part of a nationwide decline in education funding, according to a report released Monday. Among what the annual Grapevine study deemed the “megastates,” California suffered the largest decrease in state funding over
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