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Pacific in the Press | Oct. 17, 2017

Oct 17, 2017

Quote of the week: Do you really want a system where a judge holds fingers up to the air to see which way the wind is blowing? --Arthur G. Scotland, The Mercury News, Oct. 12, 2017

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

"Opponents of recalling Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky stress judicial independence," The Mercury News, Oct. 12, 2017: Regent and retired state appellate justice Arthur G. Scotland '74 LAW and Linda Carter, a McGeorge law professor emerita, were quoted in this story about the opposition to the recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. Scotland told The Mercury News: "Do you really want a system where a judge holds fingers up to the air to see which way the wind is blowing? It sets a dangerous precedent." In adding that only eight states, including California, allow judicial recall, Carter said, "It's completely unnecessary."

"What's the future of Gov. Jerry Brown's delta tunnel project?," KPCC (Pasadena) of Southern California Public Radio, Oct. 10, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was a guest for a discussion about the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project.

"Central Valley economy improves," Capital Public Radio, Oct. 11, 2017: The Center for Business and Policy Research's Jeff Michael commented on the latest California and Metro Forecast released last week. He said the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act has caused the economy to improve slightly in the Central Valley. He said the health care sector was expected to add about 40,000 positions over the next 12 months. 

"High Housing Costs, Scarcity Of Skilled Workers Slow Economic Growth," Capital Public Radio (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Oct. 10, 2017: Jeff Michael, the Center for Business and Policy Research, and the latest California and Metro Forecast were the basis for this story on the economy. He told CPR that the scarcity of skilled workers and high housing costs would keep the economy from growing faster. He added: "But we don't think it's going to decline much from where it is right now. And we're projecting job growth to remain at about a 2 percent rate in the Bay Area and a little bit better than that in Sacramento and the North San Joaquin Valley." Other news outlets also reported on the latest forecast:
"Pacific forecast looking up for Stockton, SJ County," The Record, Oct. 12, 2017
"Center for Business and Policy Research publishes economic forecast," Central Valley Business Journal, Oct. 11, 2017
"Research center releases economic growth forecast," Oakdale Leader, Oct. 11, 2017
"University of the Pacific Business Forecasting Center Reports the California Economy Continues Steady Growth, But at a Slower Rate," Sierra Sun Times/GoldRushCam.com (Mariposa), Oct. 12, 2017

"A voice that will live on in song," The Record, Oct. 11, 2017: Ruth Brittin, the Conservatory's director of music education, commented in this story about music her sister, Carol Brittin, wrote for the Valley Concert Band to honor Chris Anderson, the director of the band until he died of a heart attack in December, at a Oct. 15 performance. Ruth Brittin plays French horn in the band and told The Record: "The thing I thought would be wonderful about that type of honor is it wouldn't just be in our community. It would be music people all over the country and the world would be discovering and playing. Every time they're playing it they would see his name. A lot of students in music and band groups all over the country would be touched by this music and thus, a little bit of Chris."

"Citizen science: Lodi under the microscope," Lodi News-Sentinel, Oct. 7, 2017: Zach Stahlschmidt, from the Department of Biological Sciences, and student Dustin Johnson and their Backyard ANTology project were mentioned in this story about "citizen science." The story also explained how to get a free kit to help in the research project.

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