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Pacific in the Press | Oct. 10, 2017

Oct 10, 2017

Quote of the week: The only way to make this project work would be with a massive taxpayer subsidy.” -- Jeff Michael, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 6, 2017

Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

"Blocked by old contracts and modern-day infighting, California's big water project staggers to its deathbed,"  Los Angeles Times, Oct. 6, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this business column about the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project. He told the Los Angeles Times: "If they don't go ahead with this project, there's $17 billion in capital expenses that could be deployed by water agencies in other ways. ... The only way to make this project work would be with a massive taxpayer subsidy, on the order of $7 billion."

"What Do You Tell Your Kids When They Ask About Las Vegas Massacre?," KOVR (CBS, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Oct. 3, 2017: Scott Jensen, chair of Pacific's Department of Psychology, comment in this story about the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, providing parents with tips on how to talk to children about the violence. "The best thing parents can do is to be open and honest," he told CBS 13. "The concern is when parents try to tailor their answers or worry about I don't want to share this-or these details-kids pick up on that hesitancy, and they think things are worse than what parents are sharing. ... You can't promise kids that they'll never be in danger or that nothing bad will ever happen to them but you remind them that these events are not common-they don't happen to most people."

"Some ran for their lives. Others hid in the dark and wondered if gunman was coming," The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 3, 2017: A Facebook post by Jennifer Carr, assistant dean for student affairs McGeorge School of Law, was used in a story about the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas that left nearly 60 people dead and more than 500 others injured. "I'm the rare Las Vegas native, and I'm at a loss for how to support my hometown," wrote Carr, who had returned from Las Vegas that evening.

"In 1939, the feds made a Central Valley water deal. It may doom the Delta tunnels," The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 2, 2017: McGeorge's Jennifer Harder was quoted in this story about the 1939 agreement that paved the way for much of the Central Valley Project and could cause the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, to fall apart.

"How an economic theory helped mire the US in Vietnam," Salon.com, Sept. 30, 2017: A piece by Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and a professor of economics, on an economic theory that helped to mire the United States in Vietnam was picked up by Salon.com. The piece was originally published by TheConversation.com.

"Music at University of the Pacific," KCRA3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Oct. 1, 2017: Jonathan Latta, President Eibeck's chief of staff and former assistant dean at the Conservatory of Music, was interviewed for this story about the conservatory.

"Sacramento-area 'Dreamers' scramble as deadline arrives for keeping immigration status," The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 4, 2017: Kishwer Vikaas, a clinical legal fellow with McGeorge's Immigration Law Clinic, told The Bee that the number of people coming into the clinic as the deadline for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) nears has quadrupled recently. She told of one Dreamer whose application was returned because she had simply forgot to include a blank page that is part of the application. "They were nitpicking," Vikaas said. "Her father told me she cried throughout the night. There is a lot to lose. There is a lot at stake."

"California 'Dreamer' rush to file DACA renewal applications ahead of Oct. 5 deadline," ABC 10 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Sept. 29, 2017: Kishwer Vikaas, a clinical legal fellow with McGeorge's Immigration Law Clinic, discusses the looming deadline for people in this country under Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

"Tunnels audit heaps blame on state," The Record, Oct. 6, 2017: Jeff Michael, Center for Business and Policy Research director, commented in this story on a report by the State Auditor that state officials planning the California WaterFix, or the Delta tunnels, project failed to determine if it was financially feasible and violated state law in hiring a consultant. "That's completely backwards and it's contrary to standard practice," Michael told The Record.

"University of Pacific dental students win Student Ethics Video Contest," ADANews, Oct. 4, 2017: Three dental students from Dugoni - James Huang, Kevin Kai and Ali Ghowsi - won the national 2017 Student Ethics Video Contest with a video called "Ethical Loupes." The winners will split the $2,500 prize for the contest held by the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

"Stockton home building still looking to find footing," The Record, Oct. 3, 2017: Jeff Michael, Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research director, provided context for a story on Stockton's home construction rate after building fees were lowered to simulate building. "I think it's probably had a little bit of an impact," Michael told The Record. "But 'stimulus,' I think, is a bit of a strong term. If you expected it to be a huge wave, that was unrealistic."

"Universities recruit students at Napa Valley College Transfer Day," Napa Valley Register, Sept. 22, 2017: Dave Hamlett, Pacific's director of community partnerships, was quoted in a story about Napa Valley College's fair for students thinking of transferring to a four-year university. "This allows us to interact with NVC staff, develop relationships with the Transfer Center and interface with high school graduates as well as college students," Hamlett told the Register. "There is a constant flow."

"Stockton Hosts Top Tennis Prospects At Challenger Tournament," Capital Public Radio, Oct. 2, 2017: Pacific student-athlete Bernardo Oliveira was quoted in this story about the $100,000 Men's Challenger tournament being played at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center on the Stockton Campus. "We always think about playing tennis after we graduate so it's always good to see where we're at in terms of the pros," Oliveira told Capital Public Radio. The story was broadcast several times.

"Brown's Tunnel Vision Gets More Costly and Corrupt," MyGovCost.org blog, Oct. 6, 2017: Center for Business and Policy Research Director Jeff Michael is mentioned in this blog entry about a report by the State Auditor that cites "significant cost increases" to the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project. Michael has written extensively on the high cost and limited expected return of the project.

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