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Volume 51, Number 10   October 20, 2003         

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Recall 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."

Moving downtown?
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."

Will federal money save California?
Political science Professor Gerard Heather appeared on KPIX-TV, Channel 5, on Oct. 15 speaking about President Bush's meeting with Governor-elect Schwarzenegger. Heather said Schwarzenegger's request for more financial help from the federal government may by tough considering the country's $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 that. They 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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