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Freeze rent to ease burdens on local community

CITY AFFAIRS: Federal, state financial aid leaves vulnerable populations on their own, but freezing rent can help

Many people are strapped for cash in the city of Berkeley with economic prosperity in flux due to the COVID-19, colloquially known as the coronavirus, pandemic. To aid the thousands of unemployed Californians and those unable to work from home, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a 90-day mortgage payment
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Stay inside to help alleviate COVID-19 pandemic

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Social distancing can slow the spread of COVID-19, but young adults seem unbothered by governmental isolation mandates

In an attempt to celebrate a last hurrah, young adults could be jeopardizing the well-being of our most vulnerable populations. 
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Give all tenants a fair chance

CITY AFFAIRS: The Fair Chance Ordinance offers previously incarcerated individuals a much-deserved second chance at life

This vicious cycle of oppression needs to end by outlawing discriminatory housing practices, and more cities need to be active in implementing this policy.
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Impending COVID-19 outbreak demands ongoing transparency

CAMPUS AFFAIRS: Campus administrators need to continue open communication with students and faculty regarding coronavirus impacts on education

In light of the local COVID-19 outbreaks, also known as coronavirus, administrators have finally made the decision to implement virtual education.
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COLA is a necessity for GSIs

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS: Graduate student instructors deserve to be paid enough to live where they go to school

In order to support graduate students in the long term, the UC system must make a dedicated effort toward upholding academic progress by giving GSIs COLA.
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City, campus need to see the light

CITY AFFAIRS: Lighting is an effective, low-cost alternative to reduce crime rates

While it’s heartening to see that Berkeley may take strides toward implementing more lighting, campus should take similar measures.
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