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Issue #2576 :: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Top Headlines

No Injuries in House Fire Near Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley firefighters responded to and quickly contained a house fire near Downtown Berkeley Tuesday morning that saw no injuries.

Operational Excellence Efforts Under Way
For over a year, UC Berkeley has worked with consulting firm Bain & Company on an ambitious endeavor to save the campus upward of $75 million annually.

Berkeley Housing Authority Hopes to Sell Public Housing Units
The Berkeley Housing Authority was given the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to sell its 75 public housing units last month, but a lack of clear communication has left tenants feeling frustrated and uninformed.

Thomas Leaves No Doubt in Huskies' Dominating Victory
He wasn't donning a Detroit Pistons jersey and nobody was calling him "Zeke", but Washington guard Isaiah Thomas played a game that NBA Hall-of-Fame point guard Isiah Thomas would have complimented.

News

City's Mental Health Program In Need of Reform Due to Financial Situation
Berkeley's mental health division, which manages the city's unique mental health clinic, is evaluating ways to reform its financial and managerial structure in light of a half million dollar decrease in revenue over the last two years and a potential debt to the state of up to $6 million.

Berkeley Housing Authority Hopes to Sell Public Housing Units
The Berkeley Housing Authority was given the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to sell its 75 public housing units last month, but a lack of clear communication has left tenants feeling frustrated and uninformed.

Bill Aims to Implement UC Pension Plan Limits
California State Assemblymember Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, sponsored a bill aimed at closing the loophole providing for increased retirement pensions for some of the state's highest-paid employees, thereby adding his two cents to a debate between members of the UC Board of Regents, UC President Mark Yudof and 36 university executives.

Operational Excellence Efforts Under Way
For over a year, UC Berkeley has worked with consulting firm Bain & Company on an ambitious endeavor to save the campus upward of $75 million annually.

New Ice Cream Store Sees Positive Reaction Following Test Run Opening Video
Since early December, a nighttime walk down Telegraph Avenue toward Channing Way will usually reveal a long line of customers waiting to experience Berkeley's newest comfort food: warm cookies "engulfing" a scoop of ice cream.

Former Cal Football Player's Father Sues Daily Cal Editor in Chief
The father of a former Cal football player is suing The Daily Californian's editor in chief and president Rajesh Srinivasan in a Fresno County small claims court, charging him with intentional infliction of emotional distress related to one article and two blog posts from 2006 and 2007 that remain in the newspaper's online archives.

No Injuries in House Fire Near Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley firefighters responded to and quickly contained a house fire near Downtown Berkeley Tuesday morning that saw no injuries.


Sports

CAL MEN'S BASKETBALL V. WASHINGTON LIVE BLOG


Thomas Leaves No Doubt in Huskies' Dominating Victory
He wasn't donning a Detroit Pistons jersey and nobody was calling him "Zeke", but Washington guard Isaiah Thomas played a game that NBA Hall-of-Fame point guard Isiah Thomas would have complimented.

Second Half Shooting Woes Haunt Bears in Seattle
They say there is a calm before the storm.

Bears Crush UCLA in 53-5 Road Victory
In a rematch of Saturday's last game of the day, the Cal rugby team took on UCLA in the Dennis Storer Classic on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Bears Split Season-Opening Tussles in Tulsa, Pedro Zerbini, Ben McLachlan
Predictably, many students christened winter break this year with road trips and vacations. However, not everyone traveled across the country to battle NCAA opponents for the first of many season matches.

Cal Upsets Top-Ranked Cardinal in Season Opener
When the Cal gymnastics team found out that 2011 would be the last year their program would exist at Berkeley, it swore to go out with a national title.

Cal Places Third Despite Highest Score in Two Years
In the first home competition of its last season at Berkeley, the Cal women's gymnastics team scored its highest point total in two years.


Opinion

Too Much to Ask
As the entire University of California tightens its belt in the face of severe financial hardship, it makes little sense to expect its highest paid employees not to share in the sacrifice.

Looking for Answers
Chancellor Birgeneau is not known for staying silent on controversial issues, and the recent shooting in Arizona is no different. Though we disagree with his linking the shooting to recent political events, we believe he has the right to state his opinion to the campus.

Chancellor's E-mail Enters Partisan Territory
Public tragedies are never appropriate times for partisan politicking. Thus Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's Jan. 10 e-mail seems odd for a non-partisan state official and former scientist. His campus-wide message stated: "I believe that it is not a coincidence that this calamity has occurred in a state which has legislated discrimination against undocumented persons."

Editorial Cartoon
By Nina Tompkin

Of Puppets and Pageants
Basic cable is comforting. It's relaxing. But most importantly, basic cable makes me feel good about myself.

White Space