This Week in Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley

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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 newsletters. Unsubscribe here.

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  • 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.
  • 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 30Travel 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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