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The New York Times: The San Francisco Area Affordable Housing Crisis

The New York Times: The San Francisco Area Affordable Housing Crisis | USF in the News | Scoop.it

To the Editor:

Re “In Towns That Tech Made Rich, Calls to Limit the Soaring Rents” (front page, June 12):

 

Many forces are causing the San Francisco Bay Area affordable housing crisis. Yes, it’s a lack of building due to overly restrictive zoning and environmental laws and a longstanding high demand for housing because of the area’s attractiveness. But it’s also landlords’ greed (just because you can raise the rent doesn’t mean you have to).

 

And the most overlooked cause is the breathtaking demand for high-end housing fueled by the concentration of very wealthy households here.

 

The traditional law of supply and demand is suspended here because if you let developers build, they will (rationally) serve the high end of the market, which produces large profits and for which there is inexhaustible demand. Little or no housing will filter down to others.

 

A combination of responses is needed, including more funding for affordable housing, inclusionary zoning and, yes, modern rent control ordinances. Economists’ near-universal disdain for rent control derives from a belief in their models, but those models don’t apply right now.

 

TIM IGLESIAS

San Francisco

The writer is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. [via @NYTimes]

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CNET: Social media rallies activists to remove Stanford rape-case judge

CNET: Social media rallies activists to remove Stanford rape-case judge | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Just two weeks after news of the sentencing hit Twitter, millions have signed petitions and are attending events aimed at removing the judge from the bench.

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But while social media galvanized millions of people in less than two weeks, a recall election probably wouldn't happen until next year, said John Trasviña, dean of the University of San Francisco Law School. Persky would likely fight such efforts, Trasviña said.

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Clinton wins California — declares herself Democratic nominee

Clinton wins California — declares herself Democratic nominee | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won California’s Democratic presidential primary by an unexpectedly large margin Tuesday, shortly after the former secretary of state declared herself to be the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major political party. 

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Nevertheless, during several campaign stops in California, Trump boasted that he would put the state in play in the general election, even though California voters haven’t supported a Republican for president since 1988. Analysts said Trump is California dreaming.

 

“He has absolutely zero chance of winning,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of political science at the University of San Francisco, said of Trump’s chances to take California in November.

 

Last week’s Field Poll concluded that Trump would lose California in a head-to-head matchup with either Clinton (by 19 points) or Sanders (by 29 points).

University of San Francisco's insight:

USF Politics Professor Ken's Goldstein's experience with politics and strategy in combination with his academic training for unbiased and non-partisan analysis of research and current events, keeps him at the forefront of the political sphere. He is the director of the USF In DC program, and speaks on political advertising, voter turnout, survey methodology, and presidential elections.

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Hoodline: Local Activists Take To The Streets To Drive TL Residents To The Polls 

Hoodline: Local Activists Take To The Streets To Drive TL Residents To The Polls  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

It's primary election day, and polling places stationed around the neighborhood are open until 8pm. While the Tenderloin has long had a reputation for low voter turnout, local activists have taken to the streets this morning to help change that trend.

 

With organizers from Faithful Fools and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, the advocacy group TL Votes has teamed with a class of University of San Francisco students to have a bit of fun while reminding neighbors to vote.

 

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Huffington Post: The NBA Finals- Time To Get Your Wine On

Huffington Post: The NBA Finals- Time To Get Your Wine On | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Wine, like sports, is best enjoyed with someone (or something) else. We love to pair up and drink wine, much the same way we like to pair wine with steak, with cheese, with fish, with charcuterie, with fruit, with making out. The great sommelierChristopher Sawyer pairs wine with movies and music, and some wine makers are now even pairing wine and weed. Last year, during National Poetry Month, I wrote a piece for this magazine in which I paired wine with poets. But, National Poetry Month has, sadly, come and gone, which means there is only one other activity that rivals poetry’s grace, beauty and lofty goals—basketball.

 

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Dean Rader is a poet, cultural critic, and professor at the University of San Francisco. [via @HPLifestyle]

University of San Francisco's insight:

USF Professor Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, literary studies, American Indian studies, and visual/popular culture, and he teaches regularly in all of these areas. His most recent collection of poems, Landscape Portrait Figure Formwas named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the best poetry books of 2013. His scholarly book, Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film From Alcatraz to the NMAI(University of Texas Press, 2011) won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Scholarship, and his 2010 collection of poems, Works & Days, won the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (6/10/2016)

Chronicle of Higher Education: Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (6/10/2016) | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Margaret Wooding Baker, associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Nursing and associate professor of biobehavioral nursing and health systems at the University of Washington, to dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. [via @chronicle]

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CNET: Sprint CEO's love of the pitch -- the soccer pitch, that is

CNET: Sprint CEO's love of the pitch -- the soccer pitch, that is | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Billionaire Marcelo Claure is a mega soccer fan.

 

The Sprint CEO's love of the game, known internationally as football, extends to his personal investments. He owns a powerhouse team in Bolivia, his homeland, and has partnered with soccer legend David Beckham to bring a Major League Soccer team back to Miami.

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Michael Goldman, a sport management professor at the University of San Francisco, says sports draws tech executives because teams have big public presences but are relatively small organizations. That allows them to magnify their presence.

"Owning a franchise may give them a certain autonomy they may not have in the other companies they run," Goldman said. [via @CET]

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KQED News: What Gov. Brown's Endorsement of Hillary Clinton Means for California

James Taylor, associate professor and director of the African American Studies Program at USF, is author of Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm…
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KQED: Clinton or Sanders? A Generational Divide Among Black Voters

KQED: Clinton or Sanders?  A Generational Divide Among Black Voters | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Four years ago, African-Americans voted in record numbers to help seal President Obama’s re-election. But as they consider the Democrats seeking to follow the nation’s first black president, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders isn’t so clear.

 

A new Field Poll this week finds that while 57 percent of African-Americans likely to vote in Tuesday’s primary election support Clinton, Sen. Sanders still attracts 36 percent of those voters.

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The media narrative is that black and Latino voters are with Clinton. And that’s true for older voters who remember the Clinton presidency fondly.

 

“By default that support translates to Hillary, not directly,” says James Taylor, who directs the African-American Studies department at the University of San Francisco.

 

“African-Americans have this pop culture connection to Bill Clinton,” he says, referring in particular to 1992, when Bill Clinton first ran for president. Clinton went on the Arsenio Hall show wearing sunglasses and played the saxophone. Taylor says it made a powerful, lasting impression with black voters.

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Democracy Now: Western Saharan Independence Movement Mourns Loss of Polisario Front Leader

Democracy Now: Western Saharan Independence Movement Mourns Loss of Polisario Front Leader | USF in the News | Scoop.it

USF Professor Stephen Zunes, has written a book about the Western Sahara, talks about the significance of Mohamed Abdelaziz in terms of his role in the struggle over these decades.

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PE Hub: Silicon Valley VC confidence index dips again in first quarter 

PE Hub: Silicon Valley VC confidence index dips again in first quarter  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index slipped for the fourth time in the past five quarters, logging a first quarter reading of 3.54, its lowest level in about three years, according to a report.

 

The decline in the first quarter was a modest 1.4 percent, but reflected caution among investors as late stage valuations pull back and a slow environment for IPOs dims the exit opportunities. Still VCs responding to the quarterly survey said they saw investment opportunities in what has become a buyer’s market for investors.

 

The confidence index is put together by Mark Cannice, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management. The index measures investor sentiment in the venture-backed entrepreneurial market of the San Francisco Bay Area over the next six to 18 months.

 

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KQED: Is It Possible to Be a Scientist and an Artist?

KQED: Is It Possible to Be a Scientist and an Artist? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Have you ever felt torn between two different career interests? Has someone told you that you could be a scientist or an artist, but not both? Perhaps you focus on one over the other because you feel you don’t have enough time to pursue both. Well, it is possible to combine different career paths—but it takes creativity and effort to pull it off.

 

Indre Viskontas, Ph.D. is an example of someone who followed her dreams—even when those dreams might seem completely different.

 

Dr. Indre Viskontas finds compelling connections between opera singing and cognitive neuroscience.

University of San Francisco's insight:

She has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and teaches biological psychology at the University of San Francisco. She is also an opera singer

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Associated Press: It's raining men! Sweden sees historic gender balance shift

Associated Press: It's raining men! Sweden sees historic gender balance shift | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: For the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, it now has more men than women.

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Annick Wibben, of the University of San Francisco, said gender equality is so "deeply embedded" in Swedish society that comparisons with China or India, where sex-selective abortions have resulted in unnatural surpluses of men, don't tell you much.

 

Experts say men, particularly in western Europe, are living healthier lives than their fathers, drinking and smoking less, and benefiting from better treatment of heart disease. [via @AP]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Annick T.R. Wibben is associate professor of Politics the chair of Peace and Justice Studies. She holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwth, UK, a M.Soc.Sc. in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Tampere, Finland, and a Vordiplom in Economics form the University of Hamburg, Germany.

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Voice of America: Does big money distort USElection and democracy? 

Voice of America: Does big money distort USElection and democracy?  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Bernie Sanders, who won 23 state contests in his fading quest to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, was buoyed for months by supporters’ small average donations of $27. Conversely, Republican contender Jeb Bush flamed out in February despite his well-heeled connections.

 

Both experiences point to the limits of big money in U.S. politics, at least in the 2016 election cycle. But some political experts and most average Americans nonetheless see growing financial influence – which can vary with the primary or general election, increase further down the ballot and shape policies affecting daily life.

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"There’s no country with longer and more expensive elections than the United States," said Ken Goldstein, a University of San Francisco professor and political advertising expert. [via @VOAnews]

 

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Center for Public Integrity: Defiant Bernie Sanders pours remaining cash into last-ditch ad blitz

Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in the Democrats' California primaryand laid claim to her party's nomination. Sanders, who will meet Thursday with President Barack Obama, vowed to fight on.

 

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But even with all eyes on California, ad spending wasn’t overwhelming, said Ken Goldstein, a University of San Francisco politics professor who studies political advertising.

 

“California, it is a TV state, and neither Sanders or Clinton were not up at levels you would see in a competitive, engaged race,” Goldstein said.

 

Despite all but winning the Democratic nomination, Clinton’s California primary performance still matters.

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San Jose Mercury News: Books by the Bay - Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing' is a stunning debut novel

San Jose Mercury News: Books by the Bay - Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing' is a stunning debut novel | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Playing With Tigers: A Minor League Chronicle of the Sixties" by George Gmelch (University of Nebraska Press, $26.95, 288 pages) In 1965, George Gmelch signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers; over the next four seasons in the minor leagues, he received an eye-opening education. Gmelch had grown up in an affluent, all-white San Francisco neighborhood, and in this revealing memoir, he writes of his first awareness of the effects of race and class. As he recalls his experiences playing in the minors against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Jim Crow South, Gmelch, now an anthropology professor at the University of San Francisco, paints a vivid picture of America in the '60s.

University of San Francisco's insight:

George Gmelch is professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford and his PhD at UCSB. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies culture change, migration, mobile workers, tourism, and sport cultures. He has done long term field research among Irish Travellers, English Gypsies, Alaskan natives, Caribbean villagers and tourism workers, and return migrants in Ireland, Newfoundland and Barbados.

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National Catholic Reporter: Morocco continues occupation of Western Sahara, in defiance of UN 

National Catholic Reporter: Morocco continues occupation of Western Sahara, in defiance of UN  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

As Morocco continues to defy the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and much of the international community in its continued occupation of Western Sahara, the United States continues supporting that autocratic government.

 

Morocco has illegally occupied the former Spanish colony for more than 40 years. Despite promising to hold an internationally-supervised referendum on the fate of the territory in return for a 1991 cease fire with the nationalist Polisario Front, the kingdom has strengthened its grip on the territory and recently expelled the civilian members of the U.N. Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, or MINURSO. [via @NCRonline]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization for the Politics department, the International Studies major, and the Peace & Justice Studies minor, as well as the Middle Eastern Studies minor, for which he serves as program director.

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Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago's own Captain America

Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago's own Captain America | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Six 44-foot catamarans carried in pieces by rail car to Chicago will be reassembled in Navy Pier's Festival Hall for the biggest sailing competition in Lake Michigan history.

 

The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago event that starts June 10 and runs three days is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the lakefront. It's a qualifying run for the final next year in Bermuda, but it's the first freshwater race in the contest's 165 years.

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The city is likely to shoulder at least some police and cleanup expense, and such big sporting events are usually a financial wash at best, says Nola Agha, a sports management professor at the University of San Francisco, citing studies. The $20.5 million America's Cup final in San Francisco in 2013 was a financial flop, shifting costs to the city when private dollars fell short, she says. [via @CrainsChicago]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Nola Agha (photographed here) is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in research methods and strategic management and previously taught sport finance and sport economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked in international business operations for several years and has also consulted to the sport and fitness industry by conducting economic impact studies, competitive analysis, and feasibility studies for clients in MLB, NBA, minor league hockey, local organizing committees, and fitness organization. Prof. Agha's research interests lie at the intersection of finance, economics, and strategic management.

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Silicon Valley Business Journal: Venture capitalist confidence tempered despite huge cash inflows 

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Venture capitalist confidence tempered despite huge cash inflows  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Raising record amounts of cash to invest apparently hasn't made Silicon Valley venture investors terribly confident in the face of a sharp decline in exits by way of IPO or M&A.

 

The latest quarterly reading of the mood of Silicon Valley VCs shows their confidence levels are at three-year lows and below their 12-year average. The actual reading for the first quarter was 3.54 on a scale of 1 for low confidence and 5 for high confidence.

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"This imbalance in capital flows between fundraising, investments and exits suggests a diversion of expectations and creates a tension in the venture business model that cannot be sustained indefinitely," wrote Mark Cannice, a University of San Francisco professor who has been producing the VC confidence index for about 12 years. [via @svbizjournal]

 

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San Francisco Business Times: VC confidence takes a slight dip, but is mostly steady

San Francisco Business Times: VC confidence takes a slight dip, but is mostly steady | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Ever the optimists, Silicon Valley venture capitalists are starting to slightly lose confidence in the sector, according to a new report from the University of San Francisco.

 

Many in the tech industry have feared that there’s a burst in the “unicorn” bubble, with companies’ valuations going down and a notable slowdown in venture capital funding that began to surface late last year.

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Marketplace: USF Professor Vijay Mehrotra on the Verizon Strike

Professor Vijay Mehrotra is helping to transform management in today's data-rich, information-poor business world. A trailblazer in the field of global call…
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j. the Jewish news weekly: Rabbi Lee Bycel wins USF service award | 

j. the Jewish news weekly: Rabbi Lee Bycel wins USF service award |  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Rabbi Lee Bycel of Napa’s Congregation Beth Shalom won the University of San Francisco’s 2016 Sr. Vicky Siu Award for Outstanding Contributions and Service.

 

Bycel, an adjunct professor for the USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, began his tenure in 2013, teaching in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Saint Ignatius Institute honors program. He teaches a Holocaust and Genocide course.

 

In addition to his work as a pulpit rabbi, Bycel has been a committed social activist, having made several humanitarian trips to Chad, Darfur and South Sudan

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San Francisco Chronicle: Movers and Shakers

San Francisco Chronicle: Movers and Shakers | USF in the News | Scoop.it

University of San Francisco named Margaret Wooding Baker, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Washington School of Nursing, as dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions beginning Aug. 22. 

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Bloomberg: Why Recent National Polls Should Worry Hillary Clinton

Bloomberg: Why Recent National Polls Should Worry Hillary Clinton | USF in the News | Scoop.it

In the last week, a slew of national polls looking at a general-election matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been released. Despite varying sample sizes and methodologies, the results were strikingly consistent. In aggregate, according to theRealClearPolitics average, they show Trump narrowing Clinton’s lead to a single percentage point.

 

A closer look at two of the more well established polls used in the RealClearPolitics average reveals that movement toward Trump does not appear to be an artifact of unrealistic estimates of the composition of the electorate—the factor that plagued all those polls predicting a President Mitt Romney in 2012. It also shows the tightening of the race is not completely due to Republicans coming home to their presumptive nominee. Trump’s increased strength boils down to a shift in support among independents, and that should be of concern to Brooklyn.

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San Francisco Chronicle: SF’s season of surprises approaches

San Francisco Chronicle: SF’s season of surprises approaches | USF in the News | Scoop.it

This is the best time of the year. It is a time for high school proms, for pomp and circumstance, for new beginnings.

 

We went to a commencement at the University of San Francisco the other day, and you could almost feel the optimism in the air. Commencement is an old rite, full of color and tradition. Springtime in the dour groves of academe.


As is customary, at the peak of the ceremony, each new graduate is called by name. Their family and friends clap and yell for them on their short walk to get their diploma — a brilliant 30 seconds of fame.

 

Happy chaos

 

Afterward, on the lawn, a scene of happy chaos. One big family surrounded the new college graduate and heaved him up in the air, cap and gown and diploma flying. And why not? The whole world lay ahead. [via @sfchronicle]

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