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Issue #2604 :: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Officials Plan Ahead for Expiration of RSF Fees, Expansion of Facility Video
With two student fees that fund UC Berkeley's Recreational Sports Facility set to expire in five years, student government officials are working to devise a plan to maintain funding for the facility as well as to raise money to further expand upon the RSF's limited space.

City Ordinance Would Charge Fee on New Housing to Fund Low-Income Units
After about a year and a half without any city framework for affordable housing development, the Berkeley City Council voted at its Feb. 15 meeting to authorize the preparation of an ordinance adopting a fee on new housing to generate more money for low-income units.

ASUC Senate Passes Bill Urging Switch From CalMail to Gmail
A recently passed ASUC Senate bill urges UC Berkeley to adopt a new e-mail provider despite concerns from administrators regarding privacy and security for user data.

City Council May Consolidate Commissions to Cut Costs
Hoping to overcome a portion of its forecasted $11 million shortfall for fiscal year 2012, the Berkeley City Council may consider consolidating a few of the city's 27 commissions to alleviate the costs associated with staffing and overlapping objectives, though the true fiscal impact of consolidation remains uncertain.

News

Hotel Shattuck Plaza Celebrates 100th Birthday
With black-and-white printed walls, brightly colored carpets and a modern ambience, the newly renovated Hotel Shattuck Plaza's lobby would never give way to the fact that the hotel itself is 100 years old. But upon looking closer, the walls are also decorated with several pictures of the hotel over the past century that hint at its rich history.

City Council May Consolidate Commissions to Cut Costs
Hoping to overcome a portion of its forecasted $11 million shortfall for fiscal year 2012, the Berkeley City Council may consider consolidating a few of the city's 27 commissions to alleviate the costs associated with staffing and overlapping objectives, though the true fiscal impact of consolidation remains uncertain.

Local Children's Bookstore Changes Owners, Stays Open
After being slated to close last spring, Mr. Mopps' Children's Books and Toys, an iconic Berkeley business that has been around since 1962, is now operating under new ownership.

Officials Plan Ahead for Expiration of RSF Fees, Expansion of Facility Video
With two student fees that fund UC Berkeley's Recreational Sports Facility set to expire in five years, student government officials are working to devise a plan to maintain funding for the facility as well as to raise money to further expand upon the RSF's limited space.

ASUC Senate Passes Bill Urging Switch From CalMail to Gmail
A recently passed ASUC Senate bill urges UC Berkeley to adopt a new e-mail provider despite concerns from administrators regarding privacy and security for user data.

UC Center Funds Collaborative Research on Community Issues
With California facing an increasingly daunting array of social and economic problems - from high unemployment rates to underfunded public schools - the University of California has turned to collaborative research in search of ways to alleviate the state's woes.

City Ordinance Would Charge Fee on New Housing to Fund Low-Income Units
After about a year and a half without any city framework for affordable housing development, the Berkeley City Council voted at its Feb. 15 meeting to authorize the preparation of an ordinance adopting a fee on new housing to generate more money for low-income units.


Sports

Cal Suffers First Loss of Season at Stanford
For the second game in a row, the No. 17 Cal baseball team took two runs into the ninth inning. For the second game in a row, it needed a late comeback to pull a late victory.

Pac-10 Men's Basketball Power Rankings
Known best for his absurdly efficient offensive numbers, Derrick Williams came up biggest on the other end of the floor on Saturday. The sophomore forward rose up and swatted away Darnell Gant's attempt at a game-winner in the closing seconds, preserving a thrilling 87-86 win over Washington and bringing the No. 10 Wildcats ever closer to their first conference title in six years.

Pac-10 Women's Basketball Power Rankings
On Sunday, the Cardinal played then No. 9 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion without top player Nnemkadi Ogwumike - and still won by 14 points. You wouldn't have known Stanford (24-2, 15-0 in the Pac-10) was missing Ogwumike, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year and All American forward (and arguably the nation's best - or second best - player). Her freshman sister Chiney stepped up and played perhaps her best game of the season, finishing with a monster double double of 18 points and 15 rebounds.

This Week in Cal Sports Gallery
The skies opened up over the Bay Area this past weekend, forcing a number of Cal teams to play through less than ideal conditions.


Opinion

Big Brother in the Batsuit
Imagine you live in a society that is on the verge of chaos. Evildoers target innocents for no purpose other than to inflict terror on the masses. Luckily for you, a billionaire hero comes to the rescue.

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