fever unlikely to spread to other states
The recall of Gov. Gray Davis may trigger citizens of other states and
municipalities to launch their own recall and impeachment campaigns, according
an Oct. 8 article in The Detroit News. SFSU political science Assistant
Professor Francis Neely hopes not, however. "Some people will say
California did it and we want to do it too, but I think a lot of states
would not want to go through what we've gone through -- a costly election
process, too many people on the ballot," Neely said. "Other states,
and I would hope California, too, would be a little more careful of our
direct democracy process."
SFSU's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program may head downtown
as early as next fall in an attempt to raise visibility, attract more
students and gain stronger connections with the business community,
according to the top story in the Oct. 10-16 San Francisco Business
Times. Jerry Platt, dean of the College of Business, is scouting locations
off Market Street that offer 15,000 to 30,000 square feet for the more
than 850 MBA students. The space would also house offices for about
25 of the College's 110 faculty members. "We're easy to forget
because we are out in the avenues, out in the fog," Platt said. "We
haven't made it a very convenient experience, especially for people
who are working downtown."
Helping restore tidal marshes
SFSU's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) has been
selected to lead the new San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research
Reserve (NERR), reported the Marin Independent Journal in its Oct.
11 issue. Along with other bay ecology groups, RTC will conduct research
on China Camp and Rush Ranch, two Bay Area wetlands, in the hopes of
better understanding how to restore tidal marshes around the bay. "It
costs a lot of money to do that work, and it's a risky venture if you
don't know what you are doing," said Jaime Kooser,
who will manage the new reserve. "You maximize your chances
of success if you know how it works, and China Camp and Rush Ranch
are still working. They will be reference sites."
federal money save California?
Political science Professor Gerard Heather appeared
on KPIX-TV, Channel 5, on Oct. 15 speaking about President Bush's meeting
Schwarzenegger. Heather said Schwarzenegger's request
for more financial help from the federal government may by tough considering
$374 billion debt. "Given the federal deficit, it is kind of a
dream that he's going to get any federal money, but they don't need
need a promissory note," he said. "They need a sense that
this is going to be a good working relationship and the federal government
is going to look with good eyes on California. I think that's the kind
of statement you're going to get out of this conference."
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