This Week in Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley

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Are you interested in state legislation that impacts our students and our campus? How about how federal policies affect our foreign students, faculty and staff, or funding for research, grants and student aid? Do you want to read about students doing powerful work with all levels of government? Or maybe you are fascinated (or at least entertained) by the campus-community relationship and things "town and gown?" Then our GCR newsletter is for you!

This Week in Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley is a newsletter developed by colleagues in the Chancellor's Office of Government and Community Relations to provide information about local, state and federal policies, actions and events that could impact the university and the communities that count on us. Please sign up for future newslettersUnsubscribe here. And feel free to contact newsletter editor Jen Loy at JenLoy@berkeley.edu

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2021

  • Nov 5: Chancellor Hosts Elected Officials, Bears Win, Prof. Cohen’s CO₂ monitors featured at 2021 Climate Summit, Campus Represented in Jewish Community Solidarity Event with Electeds, Campus Represented in Jewish Community Solidarity Event with Electeds, Campus, City, Community Participate in DEIJ Centered Climate Change Resilience Workshop, Blind Hiker and Staffer Ann Wai-Yee Kwong Wants You to Thrive, Berkeley Bucks! 
  • Oct 22Law Professor, Bioethicist Elected to National Academy of Medicine, UC Berkeley Expert Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee, Professor Dan Kammen to Serve in Biden Administration, Simplifying Financial Aid Letters Pays Big Dividends, UC and UC Berkeley Included in California’s Economic Ties with Israel New Report, Campus Conversation Featuring New GSPP Dean David C. Wilson; Do You Week: Students, Peer Education, Safety and AOD Culture; Community Spotlight: Circle Up: A Support Group for Students, by Students
  • Oct 15UC Berkeley’s Dan Kammen Promotes Climate Change Policy with Speaker Pelosi, Governor Takes Action on Hundreds of Bills Passed by Legislature, CA Women Lead Conference Features Cal Alumni, Rigel Robinson Hosts Southside Community Safety Meeting with BPD, UCPD on Campus, This Sunday, First-ever Berkeley Bird Festival Includes Campus Fun
  • Oct 8: UC President Drake Visits Campus, Meets with Students, Faculty and Staff, Chancellor Christ Welcomes Elected Officials to Cal Homecoming, Governor Appoints CAA’s Clothilde Hewlett to Lead Department of Financial Protection & Innovation, City Seeks Input on Location of 24 Hour Bathroom in Telegraph District, Five Questions for Chancellor Carol Christ About People’s Park, Community Spotlight: UC Berkeley Archives Websites at Risk of Erasure by Taliban, LOVE Project to Provide Bay Area Veterans with Pro Bono Legal Services, 
  • Oct 1: People's Park plans approved by Regents; Albany 2x2x2: Basic Needs, Graduate Student Housing Updates, Dean’s Advisory Committee on UCGTCF and More; First 8 Hosts IA, Highlights Staff Working Hard to Host Safe Home Games;  Crucial Conversation: Transpo Manager Joins Albany Mayor Gary, Climate Experts; 

  • Research town hall on international research; Berkeley Center for the Study of Child Care Employment Tapped by CA Dept of Ed; AVC Grimaldo Highlights Berkeley’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources, UC Extension at Local Town Hall 
  • Sept 24Two UC Berkeley Professors Appointed to PCAST, UC Berkeley Student’s Story Highlights the Importance of Doubling the Pell Grant, Federal and State Policymakers Lean in to UC on Wildfires, Partysafe Hydration Station Popular Stop on Southside, It's Latinx Heritage Month! Celebrate! 

    California Roars Back, Janet Napolitano Talks Security & Politics with Silicon Valley Execs 

  • Sept 17Campus Accessible Voting Location Serves More Than 3000 Voters, Telegraph District Highlights GBO Dine Around, Supports Housing in District, UC Gill Tract Community Farm Dean’s Advisory Committee, Quarterly Meeting of the IFC, Neighbors, City and Campus Partners, Newsom Overwhelmingly Defeats California Recall Attempt, Infrastructure Webinar Featuring Cal Alumni Policy Experts
  • Sept 10Chancellor Hosts State and Local Officials at Cal Bears Opening Game, Annual Welcome from Mayor, Chancellor, City, Community Leaders Participate in Virtual Happy Neighbors Meeting on Campus and City COVID-19 Efforts on the Southside, Berkeley Engineering Student Safety Forum, House Rules Committee Holds Roundtable on Student Hunger, House Education and Labor Committee Only Adds $500 to Pell Grant in Budget Reconciliation, Mia Bonta Elected to the California State Assembly, VOTE!
  • Aug 27Reps. DeSaulnier, McGovern Discuss Food Policy; Afghan Scholar Rescue Campaign; Chancellor's welcome back to campus. Cal Parents Facebook Live highlights student safety with BPD, UCPD, EAVP Master and CM Robinson; Cal Football 2021 Season briefing. Remember: the CA special election is coming: Register to vote!
  • Aug 20: With New-Student Move-in, that Old Campus Energy Starts to Return, Convocation features remarks by Chancellor Christ and ASUC President Tellem, EAVP Master, Student Leaders Connect with Local GCR on Infrastructure, Safety, , First 8 Reconvenes Talks Student Safety and Risk Mitigation, UC Community Safety Plan and Berkeley’s Progress, Rep. Garamendi Tours the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and Tees up Additional $3.5T, Cal Talks Name, Image, Likeness Rights at Pac-12 Media Day, California is Failing to Meet Demand for UC Admission. Why it’s a Crisis
  • July 30: UC and Cal's Olympians! Fifth Circuit Court Rules Against DACA Program; UC Berkeley Law Student Marlenee Blas Pedral Appointed as 2022-23 UC Student Regent; California 100 Research Partners Announced; UC Berkeley Enrolls Another Diverse Class for Fall 2021; 10th Anniversary of CA-Jiangsu Partnership; Telegraph District Public Safety Roundtable; UC Advocacy Network Accepting Applications: Spread the Word 
  • July 16: Newsom Signs Budget Bill, Diversifying the Teacher Workforce, New Agreement with City Sets Fresh Tone in Town-Gown Relations, 

    City Proclamation Recognizing Cooperative Reuse, Cal Move Out Initiative, RCD Provides Preview of Supportive Housing Development; Board Agrees to Provide Statement of Support, What do Delivery Bots, Faux Pork and Crowdfunding Platforms Have in Common?,  UC Berkeley Joins City Collaboration in $12.75M Fire Safety Investment, UC Berkeley Discusses Climate Change Priorities During Hill Meetings; Welcome back to campus!

  • July 8: VCR Katz Testifies About Bias Against Chinese-American Researchers, UC Researchers Featured at Coalition for National Science Funding Advocacy Day, UC Statement on 2021 State Budget Agreement Between Gov. Newsom and State Leaders, California Lawmakers Tout Big College Spending, but Key Items Get Zero Dollars This Year, John Swartzberg Provides Updates at COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens Town Hall, 

    Cal Alumna & Executive Director of California Strategic Growth Council Returns to UC Berkeley, New Era: UC Berkeley Helps Student-Athletes Take Advantage of New NCAA Rules, I’m A Berkeleyan: Em Huang on Why it’s Important to Acknowledge Multiple Identities

  • June 25: U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Student Athletes, Double the Pell Legislation Introduced, Congressional Briefing on the Future of Public Transportation, President Drake Announces Juneteenth a New UC Holiday, Campus Declares Day of Remembrance, 

    President Biden Nominates Alumnus for Key Role in Europe, Telegraph District Annual Meeting: Community Grateful to Ambassadors, Staff, IAB Community Meeting Focuses on Responses to Mental Health and Homelessness, Berkeley Startups Pitch for Equity, Berkeley News, Alumni Relations Teams Receive 4 Council for Advancement and Support of Education Gold Awards, Pride Month, and the Berkeley Community Comes Out to Shine — and Reflect

  • June 11Students Collect 200,000 Pounds of Reusable Furniture, Donate to the Community, Return to Campus: Guiding Principles for Campus for Staff, Faculty, Local Merchants Welcome the Cal Community Back as State Opens, Community Feature: Alvin Ailey, Cal Performances Screens World Premiere Dance Film, Senate Passes the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, Supreme Court Limits Path to Citizenship for TPS Holders
  • May 28: GCR Meets with Incoming ASUC EAVP Riya Master and Staff, Cooperative Reuse is Underway! Help Spread the Word! Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service; Telegraph District Bids a Fond Farewell to Emily! Can't Get Enough of Commencement? Check out These Highlights; 

    Congress Passes Legislation to Counter the Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes; SkyDeck Briefing with Rep. Lee’s Office; Legislature Advances Budget Plan to Reduce Out of State Student Enrollment at UC; Chancellor Christ, Regent Pérez Talk Budget with Speaker Rendon; Tim Lipman Briefs State Policymakers on Carbon Neutral Transportation by 2045

  • May 14: California Has a Staggering $75.7B Budget Surplus, UC Supplemental State Budget Request,  Chancellor Connects with pro Tem Atkins and Sen.  Laird to Talk Budget, Commencement and In-person Procession at the Greek, Blockeley! Cal Move Out: Cooperative Reuse, Mattress Recycling and More, City and Campus Partner to See Increased Partnership, Communication; Seek to Reduce Student, Community Risk, New Biosciences Hub! 
  • April 30: Biden Announces $1.8T American Families Plan for Workers, Students and Families; New biomanufacturing institute; Bayen testifies @ new CA aerospace commission; CALPIRG & GCR chat, BAMPFA opens!
  • April 23: Campus Responds to Chauvin Verdict, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary, GCR Aljm Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo Will Give the Commencement Address, Cal profs/experts to DC, in Sac; Christ and Regent Pérez Connect with Senate Budget Committee Chair  Skinner; LRDP CAG: Physical Design, Sustainability and Partnership; GCR chats with D7 interns.
  • April 16: Three UC Berkeley Journalism Students Detail Rise of Extremist Paramilitary Groups, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Speaks at Berkeley Law; Former Richmond Police Chief Tapped to Lead U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionState Legislators Weigh in on the Future of California, hancellor Christ Meets with Assembly Budget Committee Leaders, Catherine Koshland is New Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, town and gown, 

    Eleven Campus Institutes Host an Unpacking of Black-Jewish Relations.

  • April 9: Biden Moves to Fortify DACA While Awaiting Texas Decision, PhD Candidate Selected for National Science Policy Network’s Second SciPol Scholars Cohort, Governor Aims To Reopen California By Mid-June, Contingent On Public Health Metrics, Berkeley’s Virtual Tour Gives Future Students a Way to Interact with Campus, From Afar, BAMPFA Announces Reopening Dates; Free Access for Essential Works, Deals for All!, 

    Public Service Opportunities, Highlights From Berkeley SkyDeck's Virtual Demo Day, Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley Values Learning Lab & Pitch Competition

  • April 2: President Biden’s $2T Infrastructure Plan Announced, Prospects Unclear, AVC of Enrollment Management Ogundele Appointed to AAU Advisory Board on Racial Equity in Higher Education, February Receipts Beat Forecast by $3.8 Billion, Now Up $14.3 Billion Over January Forecast, Lifting the Veil on Anti-Asian Racism in America, and Lifting up Campus and Community Voices Calling to Stop the Hate, Berkeley Startup Cluster Advisory Committee Meeting, LRDP Public Hearing to Receive Comments on the Draft EIR
  • March 19House Votes to Give Young Undocumented Immigrants Path to Citizenship; We are United in Support of Asian Americans; TBID Distributes Masks to Businesses; Anchor House project to prioritize transfer students, fund scholarships; BPD hosts community safety meeting; Local GCR convenes first Move Out meeting with students, city, community
  • March 12: Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill, UCB Title VI Nat'l Resource Centers Advocate for International Ed; Governor Newsom Touts COVID Progress in State of the State Address; Napolitano Moderates Panel on Free and Fair Elections; Sussman’s Whimsical Murals Give the Community a Sense of Place; Local Electeds Recognize Former Governor’s Global Leadership; Berkeley Restaurant Week is Coming: March Munch Madness!
  • March 5: UC Berkeley Professor Catherine Wolfram Joins Treasury Department; Dean Ackerly Advocates for Increased Agriculture Funding in Meetings with Congress; Paul Alivisatos Named President of University of Chicago: Congratulations, Paul!; RCNR Professor Kate O’Neill Presents at Assembly Hearing on Microplastics; President Drake Meets with Urban League of the Bay Area; 

    Community Highlight: Cal Alumni Association March Round-UpFebruary 26Double the Pell! UCB's Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary; Newsom Signs Budget Package; LRPD Draft! COVID Reminders. Black History Month contintues!

  • February 26: UC Launches Week of Action to “Double the Pell;” UC Berkeley Faculty Member Jennifer Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary; Governor Newsom Signs Legislative Budget Package; LRPD Draft Released: Community Oriented Approach, Plan to Guide Campus Development; Black History Month; City Manager Williams-Ridley and VC Sutton Message to Students on COVID-19: Stay Vigilant, Do’s and Don’ts
  • February 19: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Introduced on the Hill, Senator Padilla to Chair Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Governor, Legislative Leaders Announce Pandemic Relief Agreement, President Drake on Addressing Critical Challenges to UC, CA, UC Berkeley Student Leaders Discuss Student Housing Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Celebrate Black History Month with Berkeley Life!
  • February 12: House Education and Labor Committee Passes More Higher Ed Funding; UC Health, CDPH launch COVID data models; CA-China Institute Discusses Climate Cooperation Under Biden-Harris; Former Dean Shares Timely Insights on Forest Management, Black History Month!! Board Meeting Highlights Telegraph District Resilience, Partnership with City, Campus
  • February 5: Congress move forward with new COVID-19 relief; Engineering Dean Liu Meets with Congressional Offices; UC President Drake reflects on Black History Month; Record-High Number of Applicants Apply to Berkeley and other UCs, Major Progress in URM applicants; COVID surge in student population.
  • January 29: President Biden's focuses on executive actions in early days ; Dean Brady Delivers “Politics and Policy in America 2021” to Silicon Valley Execs; UC is CA's $82B economic engine; Christ meets CA Sen. Becker; Health Ambassadors on campus Feb 1, COVID stories: get inspired
  • January 22President Biden & VP Harris are inaugured, Sen. Padilla sworn into Office; Newsom sets new CA tone, relationship with White House, state revenues grow even as income gap widens; soil sampleing begins at People's Park, Claremont Canyon tree removal improves evacution safety, LRDP Community Advisory Group meeting #6. Fuchsia seesaws!
  • January 8: Capitol Invaded; Dems win Georgia, flipping the US Senate; CA budget released, Gov. Newsome picks Padilla to replace Senator Harris and Dr. Weber as the next Secretary of State; East Bay native plant heroes feature UCB staff!

2020

  • December 18: Berkeley Faculty member Granholm named for Sec of Energy; Congress close to COVID relief/gov funding; Squishy Robotics! California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed three UC Berkeley faculty members to state and county positions! Support local businesses!
  • December 11: DACA Reinstated, CA Attorney General Becerra Selected to Lead HHS, State Legislature Convenes for 21-22 Session, Jennifer Doudna's Nobel Week Includes Socially Distant Ceremony, Take Out with Family, UC President, Regent Board Chair Pérez Host UC 2020 Nobel Winners In Conversation, Police Accountability, Community Safety Board Holds Public Meeting, ASUC and Public Service Center Alum Named Mayor of Delano CA
  • December 4: Congresswoman Barbara Lee to Deliver Winter Graduation Address; UC Berkeley Alumni and Faculty Nominated for Key Biden Administration Positions; New Leaders Chosen for Legislative Women’s Caucus; President Drake Talks to the New York Times about UC’s Management of COVID-19; Community Meeting: IAB Police Accountability and Community Safety; City Requests Input on Creating Permanent Outdoor Dining, Commerce Permits

  • November 30: COVID relief bill prospects are dim, President-elect Biden taps Berkeley alumni, VP-Harris's Berkeley and Oakland roots; state fiscal forecast is kinda good!; Tranistions at TBID board, United Against Hate Week is November 30 to December 6!
  • November 6: Biden on track to win presidency, still too close to call; CA election results; UC President Dr. Drake visits SGR meeting; GRC & CM Robinson talk safety, neighborliness with students; First Cal Bears football game cancelled due to COVID-19 positive player, contact tracing.
  • October 30Election Day is next Tuesday: Why we might not know who won for awhile; What's next? Telegraph’s socially distant street fair a safe success! City and campus continue to partner to reduce student, community risk associated with COVID-19; Congratulations to Rachel Moy for prize in deepfake video competition!
  • October 23: Campus to pilot outdoor class, Oct 26 to Nov 26; Center for Studies in Higher Education Executive Director, George Blumenthal, hosted Lande Ajose, Higher Education Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Gavin Newsom discuss Higher Ed and COVID-19; Dr. Nonnecke on election integrity AI; LRDP gets community, council feedback; NavCal!  
  • October 16: Congressmember Bass featured at IGS Barbara Boxer Lecture; Chancellor Christ on post-pandemic higher-ed at Milken Global Conference; Save Moe's Books! Telegraph Ambassadors Focus on Safety; VOTE!
  • October 9Fauci hosted by Berkeley Forum, Nobel Prizes to Doudna, Genzel; Chancellor Christ at the D.C. Cal Alumni Club annual celebration; UCB places barriers on Grizzly Peak turn outs to reduce fire; Mayor Arreguin changes up State of the City and has dialogue with journalists.
  • October 2American democracy: needed reforms conversation with Rep. Swalwell, former UC Pres. Napolitano, Sect Panetta; PhD student photographs 116th Congresswomen; Lt. Gov keynotes global tranpsortation forum; Connect@Cal: students help their peers access campus resources during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • September 25: Campus mourns Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Congress reaches deal to fund the federal government past the election; Pac-12 to resume football, winter sports; UC alum named head of CSU syste; Chancellor's Awards for Public Servie go virtual; let's get out that vote!
  • September 18: Berkeley City Council agrees on fine of up to $500 a day for mask violations; Reps Lee, DeSaulnier, Speier and Professor powell discuss race and equality; low support for return of affirmative action, Newsom says CA not blocking Pac-12;  Washington and Oregon Join California in COVID-19 Exposure Pilot Project; Neighborhood Leaders Participate in Virtual Happy Neighbors Meeting on Campus and City COVID-19 Efforts on the Southside
  • September 11 Mayor & Chancellor welcome students; From Solitary Hell to Cal; Census undercount?; CA Rate of Virus Infections Keeps Falling; No new CARES Act, yet
  • September 4: CA Assemblymember Buffy Wicks brings infant to vote; end of CA session is chaotic; DACA still in court; City: fines for not wearing a mask, businesses welcome students!
  • August 28Chancellor Christ on KQED's Forum, UC President Drake & Regent Pérez discuss the fall semester, CA Senate cancelled due to COVID-19 cases, student risk convenings, students lead the way: Y-PLAN and and OUSD's African American Male Achievement unveil mural at BART!  
  • August 21Dr. Drake starts as new UC Prsident; Campus bans student gatherings — on and off campus — updates Student Code of Conduct; Move In Begins, Keep Berkeley Safe Pledge, & Self-Sequestration! 
  • August 14: ICE tells new international students to stay home, DHS rejecting new DACA applicationss, Prof. Jesse Rothstein Joins Rep DeSaulnier in Town Hall on Jobs, Savings & the Economy,  Big Ten and Pac-12 call off 2020 Season due to Coronavirus Concerns, State Issues Guidance for Higher Education, CA Youth Actively Engaged in Elections, Support Expanded Voting Options, Worry about Pandemic Impact on Elections, UCB leaders on $340M shortfall, A Scaled Back, Staggered & Safe Move In Starts Aug. 20.
  • July 24Campus Plans for the Fall Evolve in Response to the Pandemic, UC Berkeley’s Push for More Diversity Shows in its Newly Admitted Class, Chancellor Releases Report on Police Accountability and Requests Campus Feedback, UC Berkeley to Lead $25 Million Quantum Computing Center, State Budget Update: Tax Revenue 20 Percent Higher than Expected, Dean Burton Brings Human Welfare and Social Justice to Computing and Data Science Discussion, Despite COVID-19, Cal-in-Sacramento Internships Thrived, Remotely, LRDP Community Advisory Group Meeting #4  
  • July 10: Michael V. Drake named new UC president, first black leader in system's 152-year history, UC Sues to Block Punitive Rules for International Students, Immigration Executive Order Seeks to Limit High-Skilled Workers, Reopening: UC Berkeley Researchers Launch Trial Of COVID-19 Saliva Test, Laura Tyson on the The Recovery Plan America Needs, Cal Grad Nadine Burke Harris Illuminates Public Health Crisis.
  • June 18: Some good news this week: The Supreme Court protects DACA, and LGBTQ community members; campus recognizes Juneteenth as a day or remembrance and reflection, campus plans for the fall, students meeting the moment, coronavirus and the community.
  • June 5Honoring George Floyd, the national movement for change and glimmers of hope; Trump bans (some) Chinese students; Congrats CM Johnson! Devin and goats! LRPD open house!
  • May 22Crisis for CA public higher ed, plans for fall are challenging across higher ed, Rep Lee and many others offer congratulations to 2020 Cal Grads, Chancellor Christ wins award, students encourage a safe Move Out!
  • May 15Blockeley + virtual commencement activities, including a two-day music festival! State budget cuts UC by 10%; UC Pres. sugests no SAT/ACTs 'til '24; remember the Dreamers, waiting on DACA at the Supreme Court; Dems try for $3T stimulus in congress; Coronavirus and the Berkeley community.
  • May 8 CARES Act funding to students, DeVos announces changes to Title IX; State budget update; State Legislature back! Tips to Move Out safely from Student Coalition and finall, sadly, remembering Courtney.
  • May 1: UCB/USSF announce joint COVID-19 antibody test kit  study! CA DACA students to receive Eemergency aid; Bay Area Council interviews President Napolitano on crisis; NCAA announce College Athletes compensation plans; Robert Reich and Stacey Abrams; Doudna gives congressional briefing; Jennifer Doudna discusses IGI testing during Capitol Hill briefing; 2019-20 ASUC executive officers reflect on work over past year; on-line public hearing on scoping for LRDP EIR; for formerly incarcerated students; sheltering in place can feel like prison again; Bay Area Book Festival #Unbound!
  • April 24: President Threatens to Block all Immigration Citing COVID-19; CARES Funding Released to Campus; UC Reels Under Staggering Coronavirus Costs: “The Worst Impacts ... All at Once”; Pandemic Will Test the State’s Budget Reserves, Governor’s Economic Recovery Task Force on Business & Jobs Recovery Convenes, Participate in the 3rd People’s Park Open House!, CalWeek Wraps Up, Alumni Spotlight: John Cho: Coronavirus reminds Asian Americans Like me that our Belonging is Conditional; Berkeley at Home!!!
  • April 17: Trump: I'm the decider, experts and governors disagree; CA Gov's roadmap to re-open the state; student drafts state legislation; students make hand sanitizer, disperse to vulnerable population ; LRDP CAG meeting #3, People's Park open house — participate online til April 27!
  • April 10: UCB Engineers Turn Sleep Apnea Machines into Ventilators! Berkeley community comes through re: crisis, getting food and support to those in need! Sen Skinner, Asm Ting, Asm Bauer-Kahan & more host town halls! Grad student makes it home to U.S; LRDP EIR scoping meeting on April 27.
  • April 3IGI creates pop-up lab to test for COVID-19, campus launches online event servies COVID-19 Conversations, Gov’s Updates on virus response and impacts, UC adjust admissions policies, ways to support our community: students! caterers! hospital workers! Berkeley small businesses!
  • March 26: Federal Stimulus #3 includes funds for Higher Ed, Gov. Newsom 11 executive orders and what they do; Rep Barbara Lee supports Berkeley Relief Fund launched by Mayor Arreguín, Chancellor and and more; Squishy Robotics Selected for Capitol Hill showcase, COVID-19 campus updates and news.
  • March 20: Mayor, local leaders launching Berkeley Relief Fund to support small businesses and arts organizations impactd by COVID-19 mitigations; Statewide-wide shelter in place, federal and state COVID-19 updates and CA Volunteer efforts! What week!
  • March 13 Sommething fun even amid COVID-19 updates! Community Leaders Celebrated, Partnerships Recognized! COVID-19: Updates, campus response, external resources, UC in-house testing; Repeal ban on affirmative action? More Good Times! Government Relations team at Berkeley Breakfast Club.
  • March 6COVID-19: Updates, campus response, external resources, UC in-house testing; Repeal ban on affirmative action? and some good news. 
  • February 28: Coronavirus update; Deans Burton and Carter take Sacto; Gov appoints 3 Cal experts to Council of Economic Advisors; and GET OUT AND VOTE!
  • February 14Call to sesrvice by Gov, campus, Dean Brady and Berkeley Labor Center in Sacto; Trump proposes steep cuts for Ed/research; A very Berkeley first of three People's Park Housing project development open houses!
  • February 7Pérez & Christ Meet with Faculty; Christ in the Capitol, State of the Union Mum on Higher Ed, Science; City Leaders Support Plans for People's Park.
  • Jan 31Berkeley celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Regents host town hall to discuss search for new president, Senate Armed Services staff on campus, CNR prof in DC, StudentAid.gov for all your FAFSA and student aid needs, Census and Southside Safety Discussed at City/UC/Students Relations Committee.
  • Jan 17: Preview Text: Gov's Budget & UC; 150 Years of Women @ Cal! Electeds cheer on the Bears; how to spot a deep fake; Move In Day, GBO and community advisory group meets

2019

  • Dec 19Stuart Baker: Thank you!!!! Federal Funding Increases for Research, Ed; FAFSA! USMCA! Foreign influence! LAO's report on 20-21 budget; Skydeck in Sac
  • Dec 6Corporpate social responsibility benefits, deep space exploration progress; freshman participates in mental health hearing; People's Park listening session and more!
  • Nov 22: Congress avoids a government shut down for now, Cal Swim/Dive team in DC; ASUC thanks Sup. Thurmond; City/UC/Student Relations committee meets; Building Blocks for Kids! TTFN, Bre!
  • Nov 15UC, students at Supreme Court; Asm Ting & Sect Mineta Honored at 50th AAADS, Asm Wicks on campus; Cal Move Out students honored, Telegraph=good news! United Against Hate Week posters available, events kick off this weekend!
  • Nov 8: Update on UC's DACA Supreme Court DACA case; Assemblymember Weber on campus: California officials, students tate inclusiveness on college campuses; PromiseNet Conference Hosts hundreds dedicated to improving college access, success and college-going culture and local mayors; call for 24-hour restroom in Telegraph District; Berkeley Law hosts DACA clinic. UAH Week is almost here!
  • Nov 1: Chancellor, AOC support DACA recipients - so can you! ASUC in DC, NCAA moves on name, image & likeness, Dean Harrison in Sacto; United Against Hate Week is coming!
  • Oct 25Justice RBG at Berkeley Law, Dr. Whaley Joins PCAST; ASUC thanks Skinner! Alumni electeds tailgate; Partnership Fund Mixer! LRDP advisory group meets
  • Oct 18Wildfire & disaster safety, VCR Katz in DC, UC and DACA at the Supreme Court, Berkeley's MyShake app! GO Bond on the ballot; town and gown, Homecoming!
  • Oct 4How to protect Against “Deep Fakes;” Gov signs bill impacting student athletes; ASUC comes to GCR, LRPD workshops well attended, Greening the Greeks!
  • Sept 27Congress averts government shutdown, Justice Elena Kagan on campus, UCB & Gov Brown launch climate institute, LRDP planning - your input wanted!, $300K for partnerships 
  • Sept 20UC President to step down; Trump names Cal grad to NSA; State Leg update; Berkeley Visionary Awards, Councilmembers' Cafe Crawl, student leaders say SHHHHH!!!
  • Sept 13Cal Alum & Rep. Matsui honored by DC Alumni Club; CA Leg. & Gov negotiate General Obligation Bond; TBID excited about Park Progress, stay hydrated!
  • Sept 6: ASUC advocates for GO Bond; Student leaders, staff and neighbors collaborate on improved relations; Cal Kicks off the season, campus memorial: 9/10
  • Aug 29Asm Wicks on campus; Gov announces Council for Post-Secondary Education, 2 Cal Bears elected to UCSA; Chancellor & Mayor welcome Bears; football parking and enforcement are going up!
  • Aug 9UC Professor installs pink teeter totter at border, Rep Desaulnier on campus, SGR at UCSF, Move In is Coming! So is GBO! Berkeley: United Against Hate
  • July 26Budget deal! 9 Berkeley Faculty awarded prestigious honor, GSPP Fellows in Sacto, City recognizes People's Park social worker, State of the City!
  • July 12Potential ICE raids; Census is coming! Regent Pérez becomes Chair, Christ hosts; GSPP testifies on utility costs/fires; Vision 2020 invests in equity!
  • June 28: Supreme Court citizen/census decision (yay!), and will hear UC's DACA case, Gov signs budget, Cal in Sac fellows celebrate/are celebrated with electeds, Dean Ackerly at the Capitol, Telegraph District's annual meeting, plus Women Entrepreneur's in Berkelely blow glass, enjoy (women-owned) local food and drinks, and engage in leadership training.
  • Mid June: Berkeley Professors share environmental expertise in DC, Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund announces 28 grantees, innovation sector convenes, celebrates, BUSD seniors walk at Haas Pavilion for the first time!
  • June 7House passes American Dream and Promise Act, transgender rights court ruling, state budget update, Mayor Recognizes BHS leaders, Move Out successes!
  • May 24Preview Text: Dream, Promise & TPS Acts clear legislative hurdle, international student & scholar visa fees increasing, Senate approves $8B higher ed bond, Telegraph District updates, Berkeley Startup Cluster to launch Diversity and Inclusion Initiavie, student-led Cooperative Reuse and Cal Move Out = free furniture for all this weekend! 
  • May 10Reprieve for international students, Gov's May budget revise, Cal is #1 CoolCampus, Regent Ortiz Oakley visits, Bike to Work Day! GCR is a winner! 
  • May 3Conversation on race with Reps, NSF Innovation Corps shares successes, student leaders advocate and CITRIS in Sacto; Public Service! TBID! RSSP love! 
  • April 26Fed. budget update, DeSaulnier and Lee's Convo on Race, Gov Newsom and Thurmond with Cal experts; LRDP town hall, Richmond's "peace warrior"

  • April 19: Berkeley seismology expert in DC, Calif. Senator Wiener on campus, chats with ASUC about housing, Underground Scholars in Sacramento; GCR's Assistant Chancellor featured in "campus conversation", the future of (alt!) food, brought to you (in part) by Berkeley researcher, Cal Day! Local GCR friends honored by Dean, and town and gown goings on!

  • April 5: Students Advocate in DC, Sacto; Dean Liu honored; Chancellor, Regents join alumni for UCB Day in Sacto; State Building named for UCB's March Fong Eu!

  • March 22: Chancellor Christ in Sacramento; Graduate students make case for state support for research as a benefit to CA; students return to capitol for budget hearings, Chancellor’s Fund supports 100 students, partners, plant 1000 trees, Berkeley Startup Cluster treviews policy change, supports increased diversity and inclusion in innovation sector.

  • March 15A New Dream Act! A Presidential Budget! Underground Scholars in the Capitol! Telegraph Ambassadors Doing Their Thing! & a Draft EIR out for comment!

  • March 8Dean Ackerly in DC; Students advocate in Sacto; Chancellor Welcomes newly-electeds; Cal Move Out planning begins!

  • March 1Federal officials tap UCB experts on climate & AI; Doctoral student proposal becomes state bill; Basic Needs open! New TBID Mural! IFC makes progress!

  • February 15: UCB Expert testifies in DC, CA Lt. Gov on campus, alumna appointed CA Surgeon General, Chancellor hosts community leaders, and Underground Scholars! 

  • February 8: Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu in DC, CA strongly support newsom’s budget priorities, student leaders advocate for improving street lighting, councilmembers agree, Center for Cities and Schools, Y-PLAN host youth planners, partners!

  • February 1:  UC comments on proposed changes to Title IX; UCB Marijuana Research Center launches; Oakland Magazine's names Senator Skinner Person of the Year Senator Skinner; GCR supports Youth & Government; Kelly Correll on KALX and show opens in Oakland, Berkeley passes disposable foodware ordinance.

  • January 25: DACA: no decision; Shutdown: Cal waives fee for emergency loans; Regents welcome new state leaders; student-neighbor outreach, MLK Jr. celebration!

  • January 18: Shutdown: week 5; UCB Expert testifies on shutdown's effects on nat'l parks; CA budget breakdown, UCOP Pres. and Regent weigh in; UC students in Sac; town and gown!

  • January 11Federal Shutdown impacts science; Gov Newsom sworn in, releases budget (good news for UC!), Chancellor visits Sacramento, so do Cal students!

2018

  • December 21Doudna discusses CRISPR and ethics, partial gov shutdown? Newsom = higher ed golden era? UCPD toy drive for fire survivors, electeds: save Alta Bates!

  • December 7Chancellor hosts state lawmakers @ UC Legislative Policy Forum & Big Game, Wicks sworn in, Hillel reopens, innovators supported, Telegraph celebrates.

  • November 30Concern about "designer" babies, electeds & alums enjoy game with Chancellor, Regents approve budget to enroll more CA students, Portland Loo coming soon?

  • November 16Air quality closes campus, Big Game rescheduled; new Title IX rules; CA budget is OK! town and gown updates; student-neighbor relations improve! 

  • November 9Election updates! United Against Hate Week! CITRIS Policy Lab launches, partners with GCR!

  • November 2 Student leaders thank state legislators for UC support, give to Democracy Camp! Cal is worlds No 1 public university! Again! First 8 meets, VOTE!

  • October 26Transgender identity threatened, Graduate Assembly visits GCR, ballot box on campus!, 2nd Southside Safety meeting, Visionary Awards, new APLU Chair!

  • October 19: NIH Approps staff, Reich & Swalwell, Homecoming highlights, Democracy Camp!, Skinner speaks, AD15 candidates, BART Plaza Opens, & Chancellor's Fund! 

  • October 12ShakeAlert2.0, Asm Low on campus, VOTE!, Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund Launches, WCCUSD recognizes UCB partners, and Homecoming is here!

  • October 5: Inaugural African American Initiative recipients recogized by Chancellor Christ and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, federal policies set to harm our community, 1016 bills signed into CA law, United Against Hate, & town+gown!

  • September 21Preview Text: Preventing SVSH in federal research, CA students graduate with less debt (!), ASUC leaders visit GCR, student advocacy in DC & Sacto, ITS & DeSaulner

  • September 14: Chancellor Christ in DC, hosted by D.C. Alumni Club, Op Ed: what the next Gov should do for UC, State Senator Kevin de León Visits Campus, Speaks with Students, GSPP Professor Jennifer Granholm speaks at Climate Summit, Dedication of David Blackwell Residence Hall

  • September 7DACA update, electeds Join Chancellor for football, bill update, campus visits, Christ & Arreguin welcome students, & neighbors get happy

  • August 24UCB faculty, student advise on election integrity & the Farm Bill, UC at tipping point, 8000 new students arrive, students support new housing ASAP.

  • August 10:Federal Judge Orders DACA Restored, Remembering the Legacy of Congressman Dellums, Gov. Appoints 4 to UC Board of Regents, Move In, GBO Next Week!

  • July 20Tuition decrease! UC to admit record # of Californians, Worthington endorses Cal Alum, 2020 Vision Leadership Team progress, SGR on campus, & election integrity

  • June 29Muslim ban in, immigration deal out; Cal in Sac! UCB budget bonus! Local farewells, PATHWAYs for Berkeley's homeless, and FIAT LOVE!

  • June 15Restrictive policies impact internat'l grad students & scholars, House  votes on immigration soon, Gov & lawmakers reach budget deal, local updates

  • June 1: House moves forward on immigration bills, State budget update, Cal alum Eric Schmidt’s SacBee op-ed, Chancellor Christ at Berkeley Breakfast Club, Cal rising sophomore keynotes Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration, students’ efforts reduce illegal dumping, provide new life to household items

  • May 18: House leadership close to a deal on immigration, Federal Appeals Court hears arguments in DACA case, Innovative Genomics Institute on Capitol Hill, State budget update, plans to build student housing on People’s Park, other city locations positively received, Chancellor Christ shares priorities at East Bay EDA, EAVP Nuha Khalfay visits GCR, outlines her priorities, Berkeley Public Schools Fund celebrates rising voices, rising leaders

  • May 11Feds might cut children's health care, but vote on DACA; Berkeley innovators convene to support local economic ecosystem, students lead on CalMoveOut
  • May 4: White House considers restricting Chinese researchers; states sue to end DACA; Chancellor announces plans for People's Park; and recognized public service of students, faculty and staff. 
  • April 27: Courts have their say on immigration policy, Berkeley Law panel discusses solutions to sexual harassment, GCR and Alumni Association educates about advocacy at Cal Day, Chancellor's Immediate Office, students, and City partner to support Berkeley seniors, City/UC/Student Relations Committee meets on campus
  • April 20: House Members Use Rare Legislative Procedure to Try to Protect Young Immigrants, House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill, Dean Stefano Bertozzi Honored in the State Capitol, Renewables Conference on Campus, Featuring Leading State Lawmakers
  • April 13: Former Vice President Walter Mondale visits UC Berkeley; Chancellor Christ returns to the state capitol; ASUC housing forum, deaturing Senators Skinner and Weiner; Andy Goldblatt, Campus Risk Manager retires; Cal Move Out gains steam, energized by student-led initiatives
  • April 6: UC Berkeley STEM graduate students advocate in DC, UC Lobby conference in sacramento, Oxford Tract Town Hall and update on housing development near campus, Telegraph community meeting, First 8 reconvenes for spring safety
  • March 23: Congress Passes Spending Bill; Assemblyman Mike Gipson visits Berkeley for ASUC’s gun violence forum; UC Berkeley grad students, Graduate Dean in Sacramento advocating for Cal; Telegraph tour app launches at Moe’s Books; Cal's Robert Reich and conservative Stephen Moore in conversation
  • March 16: UC Berkeley Women STEM undergraduates advocate for science in DC; Federal funding update; sispatch drom the Resistance: Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León; Woman of the Year: Berkeley Underground Scholars' Violeta Alvarez; Happy Neighbors at quarterly IFC meeting
  • March 9: AG Sessions Sues California over Sanctuary Laws, DACA deadline passed: no solution, Dept of Ed releases new Office of Civil Rights new guidelines, Chancellor Christ honored in Sacramento, President Napolitano lays Out Vision for expanding college access, annual 2020 Vision College & Career Summit
  • March 2: Federal Court decisions impact immigration, Free Speech Bill Introduced, UC undergraduates showcase research in Sacramento for UC's 150th, Chancellor Christ speaks at Berkeley Rotary, free speech updates
  • February 23: Tragedy in Florida may lead to research on gun violence, students lobby Sacramento to increase unding for UC, UCB partners on 2020 Vision for Berkeley Children and Youth.
  • February 16: Senate debates immigration, congressmembers on campus, discussing big money and other threats to our democracy, two alumni criticize the Governor on lack of support for higher ed, campus expert testifies at Senate Judiciary hearing on bystander intervention and TBID's expansion.
  • February 9: Congress passes 2-year spending bill, Dreamers' fate still uncertain, campus experts in conversation with Rep. Lee and DeSaulner on race, Chancellor welcomed in Sacto, Cal Tiny House team to partner with RichmondBUILD and more.
  • February 2: President hints at immigration plans, do you know who's running for CA gov? Campus champion for small and diverse businesses retires and more. 
  • January 26: Dreamers' fate uncertain, students want state investment in UC, last Gov Brown's state of the union, and new bike lanes are celebrated.
  • January 19Grad students receive senator's recognition, congress tries to avert government shutdown, Gov's budget falls short for UC, students return, and more.

2017

  • December 15Tax update: grad student advocacy earns a win; electeds on campus; CIO celebrates, gets crafty with seniors; Telegraph gets in the seasonal spirit.
  • December 1: Senate moves on tax reform, Cal Grad Students rally to stop tax increase, BSC students help seniors in their homes, alumna and formerly incarcerated premiere documentary 
  • November 17: House moves on tax reform, majority in CA believe our higher ed system is important to CA vitality; ESPM Grads Mobilize against tax increase, City hosts workshop about noise and GLA ordinances
  • November 9: House tax bill fill hurt higher ed, UCB helps locals do business with university, other anchor institutions, EPA to pull the plug on bab at UCB's Richmond Field Station
  • November 3Tax reform update, parklets and partnerships funds, also noise and nuisances in Berkeley
  • October 27: Budget, DACA and legislative updates; safety, public service, housing and partnership opportunities bring local community together
  • October 20: #ProtectDreamers, UCPD Chief in Sacto, UCB drive for school supplies for N. Bay fire survivors, $285,000 for community-campus partnerships, Richmond-UCB Tiny House partnership
  • October 13: Immigration update, Chancellor welcomes Richmond Promise Scholars at Cal, keeping up with free speech
  • October 6: Cal alumna testifies on DACA in DC, Chemerinsky Testifies in Sacto, Thelton Henderson retires/is celebrated, neighors say student-neighbor relations improving
  • September 29: Alum awarded Golden Goose, campus commited sexual assault survivors, travel ban 3.0, Chancellor's celebrates community leaders at breakfast, cheers to First 8, city ordinances, Party Safe, and hydration huddles ppotlighted at First 8
  • September 22: Three members of Congress on campus, state legislative wrap up, and a focus on safety, free speech and advocacy.
  • September 15: UCOP and Chancellor Christ support Dreamers, Title IX and federal funding update, state money for cap and trade and Dreamers, Oakland Pride, free speech and Cal faculty recognized at Visionary Awards.
  • September 1: California Senate tackles housing shortage, Chancellor and Mayor welcome new students, remembering Chris Patti and Calvin Fong.
  • August 25: GPP Prof resigns from a federal commission, GBO is a success, city and campus prepare for a semester of free speech
  • August 18: Congressional tour of BAMFA, GBO students break a world record and the Chancellor's statement on free speech
  • August 4: University Affirmative Action Under Fire, Chancellor Christ meets with Rep. Desaulnier, Removing Barriers to Opportunity, and countdown to the GBO

  • July 21: Good news on NIH indirect costs; a UC Advocacy Call-to-Action; State Bill Update; Mayor's State of the City; Campus and City Partnerships get praise; and Mezzo's Veggie Delight is back!
  • June 30: Travel ban update, Cal in Sac Fellows, and updates on the State budget, People's Park and the Telegraph District
  • June 16Federal, state, city budget updates, Law Dean returns to Sac., Chancellor's Partnership Fund gets some llove, and a Cal student joins the police commission
  • June 2Summer schedule, Congress in recess, budgeting in Sac, love, fun, music this season in Berkeley
  • May 26  Federal budget released, visa questions, state bill and budget updates, town and gown, Bay Area scholars and the Bay Area Book Festival is coming
  • May 19: Advocating for science funding in DC, Underground Scholars graduation, Mayor's Student Leadership Awards, and science in local schools (slime!)
  • May 12: Increasing student loan interest rates, May Revise of the budget, Bike to Work Day and more
  • May 5: Increased funding for research and education, campus welcomes Berkeley Mayor and Public Service Awards
  • April 28: UC Advocate Network launched, tax reform, disinvestment, "UC Gets Strong-armed," and robots
  • April 21: H-1B Visas, electeds on campus, Sacramento bill updates and upcoming events
  • April 14: Government Shutdown? Celebrating Community, Student Leaders and Funding for Transportation Studies
  • April 7: Federal spending cuts, UCB students stand up for science in D.C and CAl Move-Out coordination begins
  • March 24: Federal legislation update, Carol Christ named as incoming chancellor, Wall-of-Us Wonkathon and planning for Cal Day.
  • March 17: Representative Barbara Lee on campus to talk ACA and health equity, more federal electeds, local small business by the Bay day and a new city council member
  • March 10: Federal budget, approps, and immigration updates, UC Day and Cal Alumni in Sac, East Bay Innovation Awards and Happy Neighbors collaborating
  • March 3: UC Berkeley student is Rep. Lee's guest at Trump address, state updates, campus-city coordination

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