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ASUC Executive's Actions Warrant Formal Censure

The disaster that was the Oct. 23 ASUC Senate meeting was largely the fault of Executive Vice President Han Hong ("ASUC Senate Meeting Snags on Appointment," Oct. 25). She is incompetent in her role and-I believe-should be formally censured by the ASUC. My position is evidenced by the following points.

As an executive officer, she is unable to move a motion to adjourn the meeting. Such motions have to be moved and seconded by senators. The consequences of this action is that the meeting never ended and all business that the senators conducted after her farcical attempt to adjourn was legitimate. More so, unless two senators moved and seconded adjournment, the meeting is still technically (although not practically) in session.

The proper action for Hong to take would have been the action that was required in this situation: to appoint an interim attorney general at her discretion and get on with business (as afforded by ASUC bylaws). Obviously, the current appointee was not kosher in the eyes of the senate-a fact that should compel Hong to appoint someone else who would be more representative and less controversial because of political ties (and if this is not a a political issue-as quoted by Shaudi Falamaki in the above article-I don't know what one is).

The attack Hong made on Graduate Assembly President Jessica Quindel had no place on the senate floor. As senators, personal attacks and motives should be left outside the senate chambers. Her statement had no basis in fact and was wholly motivated by frustration that her appointee was being challenged.

The fact that an appointee was so vigorously debated is a good thing; this shows that our senate is very much concerned with its own holistic integrity. I applaud the abstaining senators, urge a censure of Han Hong and wish the ASUC smoother business in the future.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

UC Berkeley student

Measure P Would Combat Out-of-Town Developers

It seems to me that Measure P is an intelligent, thoughtful proposal that will allow Berkeley to grow in a reasonable, balanced way, yet provide a continuous supply of affordable housing.

Opponents of Measure P don't seem to realize that Berkeley has neither the mass transit, the parking nor the traffic system to allow thousands of more cars on the streets. Since many of the new large buildings do not provide adequate parking, we will have neighborhoods jammed with cars and gridlock on our streets.

We need to grow at a pace we can manage. We don't need to accommodate the greedy desires of big developers for larger profits.

Berkeley residents have repeatedly rejected highrises. It is only because the City Council and staff have allowed developers to systematically violate the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance that Measure P has become necessary.

The big money opposing Measure P has come mainly from wealthy out-of-town developers like Patrick Kennedy, who also contribute generously to City Council campaigns. Measure P was written by Berkeley neighborhood groups that don't have thousands of dollars to throw away on slick posters and mailings. That should tell us something.

Merle Weiner

Berkeley resident

Daily Cal Needs to Get Numbers Right

I've only read a few sentences of yesterday's paper and I've already found two random insulting guesses by your writers: the "approximately 100 UC Berkeley students" that participated in the march in San Francisco ("UC Students Join Rally Against War, Weapons," Oct. 28) and the "approximately a dozen" students that participated in the Araujo funeral ("Hundreds Mourn Death of Transgender Youth," Oct. 28).

It's insulting the Daily Cal thinks we're that apathetic. I was at the march with about 30 other students and met many others along the way. I have no idea where the "100 students" number came from but there were most definitely many more than that. As I said, I find this insulting that you put these random numbers in your articles that misrepresent reality.

Tina Smilkstein

UC Berkeley student

Hate Surrounding Tragedy Not a Berkeley Value

Eddie "Gwen" Araujo's murder is a tragedy that stemmed from hate and ignorance ("Hundreds Mourn Death of Transgender Youth," Oct. 28). My heart goes out to her family. Her death only illuminates the need for increased educational efforts about the transgender community, acceptance of differences and eradication of fear.

While people like Fred Phelps are entitled to free speech, the hate he espouses is not a value that the UC Berkeley community supports.

Karen Kenney

UC Berkeley Dean of Students


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