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Berkeley in the News is a daily selection of articles and commentaries in the news media that mention UC Berkeley. The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.

Friday, 6 July 2018

1. Berkeley in the News will be on vacation for the next three weeks. Publication will resume on Monday, July 30.

2. Editorial: Trump didn't gut affirmative action, but its future is far from secure
Los Angeles Times (*requires registration)

The Trump administration has reversed some of President Obama's affirmative action guidelines for university admissions, and this editorial calls the decision "disappointing though not surprising." Noting that while so-called "race-neutral" approaches to building diversity -- including outreach and advertising that appeals to minority communities for applicants -- may be helpful, the ban on considering race in admissions makes it harder for colleges to reach their diversity goals. This was illustrated at Berkeley when the percentage of African American students declined -- and has yet to recover -- following the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996. Another story on this topic appeared in EdSource.
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3. We estimate China only makes $8.46 from an iPhone and that's why Trump's trade war is futile
The Conversation

"Trade deficits in the modern economy are not always what they seem," writes a group of academics, including Greg Linden, a research associate at Berkeley's Institute for Business Innovation, in a commentary about the implications of the Trump Administration's trade war. Taking the iPhone 7 as an example, the team looked at what goes into the product, concluding that China only earns $8.46, or a 3.6 percent share, of the phone's $237.45 factory cost estimate. "In short," they write, "China gets a lot of (low-paid) jobs, while the profits flow to other countries." After discussing the complexities of global manufacturing and the U.S.-China bilateral trade deficit, the authors conclude: "Trump's trade war is based on a simplistic understanding of the trade balance. Expanding tariffs to more and more goods will weigh on U.S. consumers, workers and businesses. And there's no guarantee that the final outcome will be good when the dispute ends. ... This is a war that should never have been started."
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4. Enter soon for chance to score $375,000 in SF down-payment lottery
San Francisco Chronicle (*requires registration)

San Francisco's Downpayment Loan Assistance Program is holding a lottery for low- and middle-income homebuyers to win as much as $375,000 toward the purchase of a house or condo. With $15.2 million in the pot, at least 40 loans could be won. The program is intended to help people who earn too little to afford a market-rate home and too much for one that's less than market-rate. "I understand why cities like San Francisco do this," says Carol Galante, director of Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation. "It is important to keep the middle class, the central workforce, teachers, in your city. ... Homeownership is the best inoculation against displacement and gentrification in these neighborhoods."
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5. Soon-to-open Richmond ferry terminal could revive shoreline, usher in gentrification
San Francisco Chronicle (*requires registration)

Looking forward to the opening of Richmond's new ferry terminal this fall, many hope that the new transportation hub will spur economic development not just in Richmond, but in other parts of the Bay Area, including San Francisco. Of course, there are also gentrification concerns for Richmond. While Eli Moore, program manager of California Community Partnerships at Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, expresses guarded optimism, he also speculates that many low-income residents may not enjoy the ferry's convenience and job opportunities, because they won't be able to afford tickets.
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6. Skelton: Huge tradeoffs if California votes for year-round daylight saving time
Mercury News (*requires registration)

Proposition 7 on the November ballot will ask California's voters if they'd like daylight savings to be a year-round thing. "Fiat lux (Let there be light!)," Gov. Jerry Brown wrote when he signed the measure. But business professor Severin Borenstein takes a dimmer view. As he wrote in a recent blog, "Permanent DST would likely lead to more pedestrian accidents on winter mornings as more adults and children venture out in darkness."
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7. Go west, young cyclist: Some of the safest cities to ride a bike in are in California, security firm says
Washington Post

Berkeley is the second-safest city in the U.S. for bicyclists, according to a new ranking by the home security company ADT. The ranking is based in part on traffic safety and census data. Other notable conclusions of the study are that nine of the safest cities are in the West, with six in California.
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8. 'Mission School' originals McCarthy and Neri show art in Berkeley
San Francisco Chronicle (*requires registration)

A new exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, called "Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri/Matrix 270," highlights the work of two artists at the core of "The Mission School" art movement that began at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990. "Alicia and Ruby are legendary figures specific to what was happening in San Francisco in the 1990s," says MATRIX curator Apsara Diquinzio. "Their aesthetic was rooted in graffiti, and I wanted to put them in dialogue again, to see what would emerge now." For more on this, visit BAMPFA.
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