Politics & public policy archive

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning with video

October 13, 2014:

Kai Huotari, a sometime filmmaker and former visiting scholar at Berkeley’s School of Information, analyzed thousands of tweets and interviewed 45 “TV live-tweeters” to learn why people would do such a thing. Note to TV producers: It’s not all about you.

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs October 21, 2014:

The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring when it comes to lowering the cost of patient care, according to a new study. Researchers find that patient costs are significantly higher in hospital-owned physician groups compared with physician-owned groups.

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries October 9, 2014:

As birth rates decline in countries that include parts of Europe and East Asia, threatening the economic slowdown associated with aging populations, a global study from UC Berkeley and the East-West Center in Hawaii suggests that in much of the world, it actually pays to have fewer children. The results challenge previous assumptions about population growth.

Secretary of State forum Thursday night at I-House

Secretary of State forum Thursday night at I-House October 8, 2014:

California’s Secretary of State candidates will be facing off in a public debate at the International House on Thursday.

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues with video

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues October 3, 2014:

At a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing, UC Berkeley senior Ann Kwong delivered forceful testimony regarding federal policies affecting people with disabilities. Video and a written transcript are now available.

‘Haga clic para participar': Bilingual California Report Card launches

‘Haga clic para participar': Bilingual California Report Card launches September 24, 2014:

A bilingual version of California Report Card went live on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 23, to serve the state’s millions of Spanish speakers. The civic-engagement tool was developed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom with the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico September 18, 2014:

President Obama has nominated UC Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste to become the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and if confirmed, she will be the first woman to hold the prestigious post.

Lessons for saving our forests

Lessons for saving our forests September 11, 2014:

UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens lost 400 research sites in last year’s Sierra Nevada Rim Fire, but the harm to the forest ecosystem is incalculable. Now fires are raging again in Yosemite. Stephens offered advice on how to reduce future catastrophes, in a NewsCenter story that first ran in October 2013; it is reposted here.

Experts’ panel to discuss controversial migrant youth immigration surge

Experts’ panel to discuss controversial migrant youth immigration surge September 3, 2014:

A panel of experts hosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies will explore “Child Migrants: A Journey of Desperation and Hope,” discussing the contexts of the current controversy around a surge in child migrants from Central America and Mexico, and future prospects.

Report finds positives in proposed LA minimum wage hike

Report finds positives in proposed LA minimum wage hike September 1, 2014:

Scholars at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment find that the minimum-wage policy proposed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti would provide significant gains in income to Los Angeles’ low-wage workers and their families. Read their report here (PDF).

Labor Center report examines impacts of proposal to raise SF minimum wage

August 27, 2014:

The likely impacts of a November ballot measure proposing to raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 by 2018 is explored by UC Berkeley’s Labor Center.

Authority on Soviet economy, Gregory Grossman, passes away

Authority on Soviet economy, Gregory Grossman, passes away August 25, 2014:

Economist Gregory Grossman was considered a a towering figure in the study of the Soviet economy who shaped the thinking of generations of scholars.

10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab with video

10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab August 25, 2014:

Scientists at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory were alerted 5-10 seconds before Sunday morning’s 6.0 magnitude temblor on the Napa Fault, courtesy of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system.

Professional-ed trainings focus on critical environmental issues

Professional-ed trainings focus on critical environmental issues August 13, 2014:

The College of Natural Resources has launched a series of professional-education programs on critical environmental issues. First up: “The Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy on Public and Private Sectors,” a three-day certificate course taught by 11 UC faculty members, now open for enrollment.

HUD official to join city planning faculty, direct Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy

HUD official to join city planning faculty, direct Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy August 12, 2014:

Carol Galante, a leader of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a Federal Housing Administration commissioner, will join the UC Berkeley faculty in January 2015. Her experience will be a boon to the College of Environmental Design in its efforts to address urban issues, says CED dean Jennifer Wolch.