Organizing New Orleans
Sheila Tully, lecturer in anthropology, contributed comments to an Oct.
7 story in The NewStandard about the fight over how to rebuild New
Orleans. "What local folks have to do is to make it very, very
difficult for any project to move forward without accountability to
local activists and local communities.… That's going to require
a high level of organizing," she said.
Corey Cook, assistant professor of political science, appeared on Channel
2's Oct. 10 newscast to comment on Sen. John McCain's trip to California
to endorse Gov. Schwarzenegger's state reform plan. "The lead
story is going to be our celebrity governor who so many people thought
he was going to fix the state ... needed to bring in a celebrity person
to campaign on his policy initiatives," he said. "What does
that tell you about his political position?"
Parents packing it in
The San Francisco Chronicle, CBS 5 and other local media reported on
a survey conducted by SFSU's Public Research Institute on the attitudes
and plans of San Francisco families. According to the Oct. 22 Chronicle
story, "[n]early half the families in San Francisco with preschool
children stated in a newly released survey their intent to move out
of the city in the next three years, citing the lack of affordable
housing, concern over public safety and the state of the public schools
as their primary motivators."
An Oct. 26 Oakland Tribune story explored some of the reasons why people
enjoy being scared. "We build up tension in our lives and we need
a way to release it," said Jeffrey LeRoux, lecturer in psychology. "Being
scared or scaring others is a way to release that tension. Especially
around Halloween you see people testing their boundaries of fear. The
further those boundaries are pushed, the greater the payoff."
Box out the initiatives
In an Oct. 30 Los Angeles Time opinion piece, Jules Tygiel, professor
of history, suggested that the state of California's voter initiative
process has hampered the ability of the legislature to govern the state
adequately. Tygiel wrote: "If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger really
wants to 'blow up the boxes' in Sacramento, he should sponsor one two-line
initiative: There shall be no further initiatives. All previous initiatives
may be modified by a majority vote of the Legislature."
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