Letters to the Editor: District 7 Student Candidacy Stirs Mixed Reactions

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I could not agree more with the statement made that "the upcoming election ... can go down in history as the 'Year of the Student.'" ("Student Candidate Should not Remove Qualified Member," Oct. 22)

I cannot agree with the opinion that students will be fairly represented if we continue to support people that are simply not concerned with making policy that benefits all Berkeley residents, including students. That is why I support Andy Katz for City Council District 8, and Micki Weinberg, who is running for District 7.

The simple fact is, when the City Council had the opportunity to create a district in last year's re-districting process that would have given students a truly fair chance to elect a true representative, the City Council voted to maintain the status quo and protect their own incumbency. Students must know that the incumbent for District 7, Kriss Worthington, was instrumental in defeating the students' fight for fair representation.

As last year's ASUC external affairs vice president, I have experienced first- hand the impact that the City Council can have on important issues, such as affordable housing, transportation and safety. I cannot stress enough how important it is for a student to sit on the City Council.

I too hope students do the right thing: Elect Andy Katz in District 8 and Micki Weinberg in District 7.

Josh Fryday

UC Berkeley student

As the only UC Berkeley student currently on Berkeley's Youth Commission, I want to clarify that although Micki Weinberg is correct in his assertion that the commission is directed primarily toward issues pertaining to Berkeley High School and its students, it is not mandated that the commission do so. The document that established the Youth Commission designates several functions that include "advising the City Council on all matters affecting youth in the community," and the "rendering of advice and assistance to other city boards," which appears to be the purpose of the commission that Weinberg is proposing.

As Weinberg states, no more than half of the members of the Youth Commission may be UC Berkeley students below the age of 25 ("Weinberg's Detractors Misunderstand Issues," Oct. 22). That voice appropriately accommodates the needs of UC Berkeley students. The other commissioners are predominantly students of Berkeley High School and are sympathetic to and interested in the issues that our student population faces.

Therefore, I believe it would be both most appropriate and effective for us to work with the Berkeley High School students on the Youth Commission. Weinberg's proposal to create a separate commission will lose this important connection.

Ryan Buckley

member, Berkeley Youth Commission


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