Renters need anti-gouging law for California’s housing emergency

One need look no further than the town of Paradise, which virtually disappeared from the map a year ago after being in the direct path of the Carr Fire. As hundreds of units were lost over the course of several fateful days, the already tight and expensive housing market was further aggravated by the drop in the number of available units that those displaced can afford.
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Campus herbicide use works against UC’s sustainable mission

We, students within the UC system, are writing to express our support for the temporary glyphosate suspension. This suspension encourages continued reflection on the impacts of our reliance on synthetic herbicides and emboldens the UC system to assert responsible behavior in campus management without the use of synthetic herbicides.
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Affordable housing can ease housing crisis, but needs funding

Affordable rental housing in California is built by both nonprofit and for-profit developers in partnership with cities, counties and the state. The cost of development and construction is driven up by factors ranging from land prices and environmental review to the rising costs of materials and labor.
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Closing Alta Bates threatens emergency care in Berkeley

As many as 4,000 UC Berkeley students visit Alta Bates’ emergency department, or ED, every academic year. It’s especially comforting to know that we can also receive intensive care services or other acute care services at Alta Bates, which is owned by the hospital chain Sutter Health.
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Debugging biased algorithms in healthcare, beyond

Two weeks ago, my colleagues and I published an article showing that a widely used algorithm in the health system was biased against Black patients. This algorithm and others like it affect decisions for hundreds of millions of patients every year. Fixing the algorithm’s bias would more than double the number of Black patients eligible for a program that can help them with their health needs. 
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