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Phillip Garrido sought out Lisa Campbell, special event manager for UCPD, for permission to hold a religious event on campus. Campbell's suspicions about his behavior set in motion a chain of his events, which eventually led to his arrest for allegedly kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years before and holding her in a compound in his backyard.

In the largest campus protest in recent history, about 5,000 people converged on Sproul Plaza as part of a systemwide walkout and union strike. Hundreds of UC faculty called for the strike to voice concerns about the UC administration's handling of furloughs and the budget crisis.

The Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Oliver Williamson for his research that shifted the focus of economists away from markets and to the structure of business firms as a means to resolve conflicts of interest, becoming the 21st member of the campus faculty to win a Nobel Prize.

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was closed after a crossbar and two rods that were acting as an emergency repair came loose. The bridge reopened six days later, but officials described the repairs as only a "temporary fix." The bridge had also closed for five days in September for emergency repairs and scheduled work.

The murder trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was relocated to Los Angeles county, citing widespread media coverage and community protests as reasons that Mehserle may not be able to receive a fair trial in Alameda County.

Forty demonstrators, the majority students, shut down Wheeler Hall in a more than 12-hour occupation of the building to protest student fee increases and layoffs of union employees, among other causes. Police clashed with protesters several times. The demonstration came a day after the UC Board of Regents passed a 32 percent fee increase that for the first time will bring undergraduate resident fees to more than $10,000 per year by 2010-11.


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