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Summer 2010 in Review

By Javier Panzar
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Category: News

May 18 - ASUC President Noah

Stern was cleared of all charges alleg-

ing he violated campaign bylaws fol-

lowing a settlement agreement he

signed with Attorney General Kevin

Gibson before the Judicial Council.

In the agreement, Stern acknowl-

edged Gibson's investigation and sub-

sequent charges were undertaken and

filed in good faith and that the two

would draft a senate bill to address

punishments for campaign violations

and investigative practices prior to,

during or after an ASUC election.

In all, Stern was issued four cen-

sures by the council, one shy of dis-


June 8 - When Measure C, a pro-

posal that would have saved two of

Berkeley's public pools from closure

failed to garner the required two-

thirds majority, community members

scrambled for alternative ways to save

the city's pools. The defeat of the mea-

sure - which would have raised $22.5

million in bonds - resulted in the

July 1 closure of Willard Pool, despite

efforts to raise the funds needed to

keep the pool open. The city's warm

water pool at Berkeley High School

will also close when the high school

remodels next summer.

June 16 - Months after students

and riot police clashed outside

Wheeler Hall while 43 students occu-

pied the building, a report was released

by the UC Berkeley Police Review

Board criticizing the campus adminis-

tration's disorganized response. The

report provides a detailed narrative of

the day's events, describing several

violent encounters between protesters

and police and confirming that one

student was shot in the stomach with

a rubber pellet or projectile. Chancellor

Robert Birgeneau and UCPD Police

Chief Mitch Celaya said they would

take the board's recommendations

into consideration in formulating

responses to protests in the future.

July 12 - A special advisory coun-

cil created to advise Chancellor Robert

Birgeneau on the finances of

Intercollegiate Athletics delivered a

report outlining various cost-cutting

strategies for the department and pre-

sented Birgeneau with three options

to reduce expenses within the depart-

ment, which received about $13.7 mil-

lion in campus support during the

2008-09 fiscal year, according to the

NCAA. The council, composed of four

alumni and four professors, offered an

alternative financial model where the

campus would progressively lower

support to the department until 2014,

when support would total $5 million


July 13 - After more than two months of debate, the Berkeley City

Council placed two measures on the

November ballot that, if passed, would

change the way the city regulates and

taxes medical marijuana. The two

measures emerged following the for-

mation of a council subcommittee in

mid-May to address growing uncer-

tainty about the city's Medical

Marijuana Ordinance and the state of

the city's medical marijuana commu-


Measure S proposes a 2.5 percent

business license tax on recognized col-

lectives and dispensaries in the city,

while Measure T raises the limit on

the number of recognized non-dis-

pensing sites from zero to six and the

limit on the number of recognized

dispensaries from three to four.

July 14 - Christopher Edley, dean

of the UC Berkeley School of Law,

presented the UC Board of Regents

with information about a pilot pro-

gram to develop 25 to 40 fully online

classes. The program, presented in

March by the UC Commission on the

Future, will move forward only after

Edley garners around $6 million in

private funds to begin the project.

Several regents expressed support for

the pilot, though some members of

the board as well as the Academic

Council expressed hesitation about

the move.

July 20 - Berkeley Police arrested

Travis Churchill, 25, originally from

Oregon, in People's Park for allegedly

setting a fire in front of Sam's Market,

the 11th in a series of 12 fires that began July 16. Police believe there is a

connection between the fires, most of

which were trash cans set ablaze and

placed near either cars or buildings.

The largest fire occurred next to

Ehrman Hall at the Unit 2 residence

halls. Since the first set of blazes, two

similar fires were set, though police

say they are unrelated.

August 4 - After a federal court

ruling overturned Proposition 8, the

2008 voter-approved constitutional

amendment defining marriage as

between a man and a woman, sup-

porters of same-sex marriage marched

in the streets of San Francisco to cele-

brate, though same-sex couples' plans

to tie the knot have been postponed,

as proposition backers appeal the

decision to a higher court.

August 12 - Campus officials

announced that a controversial plan

allowing incoming freshmen to sub-

mit their DNA for testing will not

release individual students' ability to

metabolize alcohol, tolerate lactose

and absorb folic acid. The decision

came after the California Department

of Health said the campus should

have used labs meeting federal and

state standards, as well as gotten a

physician's permission before asking

for DNA samples. About 700 incom-

ing students had submitted samples

to be tested - out of the 5,000 who

were sent DNA kits - before the


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