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BART’s plans, initiatives need to stay on track

BAY AREA AFFAIRS: With many new projects and changes, BART must make sure it is keeping community interests in mind

Thousands of commuters depend on BART as their main source of transportation. But in recent years, the transit system has seen a decline in ridership as overcrowding, delays and crime have risen.
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State Senate bill serves as powerful step forward for sex worker protections

STATE ISSUES: Local, state governments are on the right track toward support for sex workers, but there is still room for improvement

This is an encouraging indication of Berkeley’s commitment to protecting sex workers and championing progressive legislature, and Berkeley and the Bay Area must continue to spearhead improvements to legislation surrounding sex work.
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Loss of ranking impacts campus pride, reputation

Though UC Berkeley still remains a highly esteemed college, its current unranked status is disheartening

But while UC Berkeley students have a lot to be proud of, it is still incredibly disheartening for the campus to be removed from the nation’s list of top colleges.
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UC police must drastically change the way they treat minors

CAMPUS ISSUES: Campus community should be able to trust, rely on its police

When it comes to the safety of children and the seriousness of racial bias, the campus administration should be quick to respond to initial concerns, and it is beyond imperative that the responses include concrete policy and procedural plans to make sure no other children end up in situations like this one.
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Campus Title IX investigations continue to be opaque, discouraging

CAMPUS ISSUES: UC Berkeley must provide students with clear timelines, better-structured resources

With the lengthy and tumultuous Searle case finally coming to a close, there is an example of what the timeline for SVSH cases looks like and what disciplinary action comes out of them. But this case makes it strikingly apparent that OPHD processes are flawed
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