Stand up for whistleblowers: Reporters’ records are not up for grabs

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: To protect freedom of the press, the Department of Justice must be held accountable for its actions.

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The actions of the DOJ set a disturbing precedent for local newsrooms that likely won’t have resources for litigation. If local or national governments demanded email logs or phone records of a small-scale paper, it might have no choice but to oblige.
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A nonresident cap won’t solve education inequality

UC AFFAIRS: A quick fix to inequity in education access is enticing, but not realistic. We oppose the nonresident cap.

Student culture benefits from a diverse student body composed of people from all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses and geographic origins. Instead of feeling pitted against one another based on where they are from, students should be able to celebrate the opportunity to learn with peers from all over the planet.
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Amid housing crisis, CA must pass SB 9

STATE AFFAIRS: Housing in California is a precarious balancing act, and SB 9 could tip the scale in the right direction.

A statewide end to single-family zoning might be exactly the bold change that will keep California afloat. By 2025, California will need 1.8 million new homes to meet demand. SB 9 could be another crucial step toward reaching this goal.
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UC Berkeley must fix Student Technology Fund referendum failure

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS: The failure of the STF referendum should be UC Berkeley’s cue to pick up the tab.

Despite receiving a majority “yes” vote, the STF fee referendum failed, falling 0.9% short of a campus quorum requirement of 20%. Now, students are losing access to technology infrastructure, valuable software and tech equity programs.
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