Politics & public policy archive

Black staff, faculty stage silent protest at Sproul

Black staff, faculty stage silent protest at Sproul December 15, 2014:

Black staff and faculty at Berkeley led a silent protest in front of Sproul Hall on Monday, in solidarity with the nationwide #BlackLivesMatter movement. More than 100 stood in a driving rain to silently voice their support for the growing movement.

UC’s first crop of ‘global food’ fellows includes three Berkeley students

UC’s first crop of ‘global food’ fellows includes three Berkeley students December 10, 2014:

Three UC Berkeley students are among 54 fellows announced Dec. 9 by the University of California’s Global Food Initiative, launched earlier this year to address food security, health and sustainability issues.

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws November 5, 2014:

A new study examining impacts of voter ID requirements finds some effective communications tools to help inform and prepare voters to be prepared when going to the polls.

Hell-bent on getting out the vote

Hell-bent on getting out the vote October 28, 2014:

Sarah Funes’ million-dollar question is how to get minorities excited about voting. The UC Berkeley junior, who has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., advised transit agencies and been a poll worker, says her political passion comes from being “Latin, a woman and disabled. I want to elect people who look like me.”

The skinny on soda taxes, in under 3 minutes with video

The skinny on soda taxes, in under 3 minutes October 28, 2014:

As the Nov. 4 election nears, Professor Alan Auerbach answers some key questions about the initiatives in Berkeley and San Francisco to add taxes to purchases of sweetened drinks. Auerbach is director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance.

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.

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

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

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.