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Pacific in the Press | Jan. 9, 2018

Jan 9, 2018

Quote of the week: Well it’s politics and what I teach my students is tax occurs in the political arena. --Cynthia Eakin, KTXL, Dec. 20, 2017

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

" 'Right Now It's Chaotic.' Jeff Session's Marijuana Move Is Jeopardizing the Pot Industry," Time, Jan. 4, 2018: McGeorge's Michael Vitiello helped out Time headline writers when he told the magazine: "Right now, it's chaotic and this just adds a lot more uncertainty." He was referring to the announcement earlier in the day by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he planned to rescind President Obama-era memos issued by the U.S. Department of Justice that marijuana dispensary owners, as long as they were following state law, risked little chance of federal prosecution. While Vitiello believes issues such as immigration and the opioid crisis will remain higher priorities, uncertainty now returns. "Investments are less secure," Vitiello told Time. "They were insecure anyway, but potential forfeiture of assets and criminal prosecutions all make legitimate business more difficult." Vitiello was also interviewed by KCRA: "California ready to fight federal government on pot leniency reversal," KCRA3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Jan. 4, 2018

"California's real estate gold rush is even boosting Stockton, but at what price?," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 30, 2017: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, provided context and background for this story about the rise in Stockton's real estate market from a low point near the end of the Great Recession. "Now we're seeing rent increases, and it's not like Coastal California, but we're starting to have signs of housing shortages and rising prices," he told the Los Angeles Times.

"14 American foods that aren't actually American - and where they really come from," Business Insider, Dec. 22, 2017: History's Ken Albala provided insight in this story about foods with an American image that aren't really American. On bacon, Albala told the Business Insider, "The Romans mention the Celts curing bacon before they did it. ... There's concrete evidence that a 6th century Greek physician called Anthimus sent to the court of Theuderic who discusses how good their bacon is. The Romans were great at sausages, but bacon - most sources agree - is Celtic."

"Pacific audiologist warn against loud music over earbuds," KCRA (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Dec. 25, 2017: Pacific's Gail Amornpongchai provided a warning and tips when it came to headphones and earbuds given as Christmas presents. She said that noise-canceling headphones are best when shopping for that music lover on your holiday gift list.

"California gives Medi-Cal enrollees something to smile about," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 22, 2017: Dugoni's Sigmund Ableson, associate dean for clinical affairs, commented in this column about the restoration in January of many of the dental services the state cut eight years ago during a budget crunch. A problem may lie in whether enough dentists will accept Denti-Cal rates. "The vast majority of dentists don't accept Denti-Cal patients because they can't afford it," he told Kaiser Health News in the story printed in the LA Times. He said he believed overall health of Medi-Cal enrollees will improve once full dental benefits are restored. The column was picked up elsewhere:
"State Gives Medi-Cal Enrollees Something To Smile About," CaliforniaHealthline, Jan. 3, 2018"
Medi-Cal patients get something to smile about," Capitol Weekly, Jan. 4, 2018.

"Tax reform and the middle class," KTXL (Fox 40, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Dec. 20, 2017: Cynthia Eakin, interim associate dean of accounting in Eberhardt School of Business, provided context and insight in a story about the tax reform bill passed by the House and Senate. Eakin helped provide a big picture on what's in and what's out of the bill and how it will affect the average taxpayers.

"'Loaded with ornaments.' These Californians view GOP tax plan as a Christmas gift," The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 20, 2017: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, provided insight in this story on the tax bill. Michael commented on the uncertainty of how corporations will react as Republicans acknowledged that no one knows if the tax cuts will produce enough economic growth to pay for themselves. "There's a lot of debate about how will corporations respond to this," Michael told The Bee. "Will they invest ... will they sit on the cash? To some extent that's kind of unknown." Michael also spoke with the Lodi News-Sentinel:
"How the tax bill could affect local residents, businesses," Dec. 20, 2017
"Some local farmers see positives in federal tax overhaul," Jan. 5, 2018

"Never too old to run," CBS 13 (KOVR, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Jan. 3, 2018: Political science's Keith Smith commented in this story about 91-year-old Albert Mezzetti of Manteca running for California governor. "It's a big state and the governor in California is pretty powerful. The governor in California can do a lot," Smith told CBS 13. More than 60 people have already filed to run for governor. "The field is not set by any means, yet." The story ran on CBS 13's sister station: "Never too old to run," CW 31, Jan. 3, 2018 and posted on the website of the CW 31's "Good Day Sacramento." The story also ran on KGPE (CBS, Fresno) and twice on KSWT (CBS, Yuma, Arizona).

"Pacific water polo player honored for academics, athletic performance," My58 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Dec. 14, 2017: Andrea De Nardi, a sophomore engineering management student, was recently honored as one of the NCAA Elite 90 athletes for 2017 for his dedication to academic excellence and his performance as a member of the men's water polo team. For that he was also named the KCRA My58 Superstar of the Week. President Pam Eibeck and men's and women's water polo coach James Graham were interviewed.

"Why is Chinese food so popular during the holidays?," KFDX (NBC, Wichita Falls, Texas): History's Ken Albala was interviewed for this story on why Chinese food is popular during the holidays among those who don't celebrate Christmas. The story was rebroadcast by KVRR in Fargo, North Dakota, and by Good Day Lubbock on KJTV in Lubbock, Texas.

"'Justice for Joe': Can the former cops who killed Joseph Mann still be prosecuted?," The Sacramento News and Review, Dec. 28, 2017: McGeorge's Michael Vitiello was interviewed for this story about a claim by a candidate for Sacramento County district attorney that he would review the case in which Sacramento police officers killed Joseph Mann last summer, based on an earlier story in the News and Review. "Is the DA warranted in opening the new charges? I would think yes," Vitiello told the News and Review. "The video had many members of the public unsure why charges were not brought - in light of some substantial evidence, a full investigation, probably leading to a trial, would be warranted."

"It looked to them like a fake parking ticket. So they paid with fake money," The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 1, 2018: McGeorge's Michael Malloy provided context for this piece on a motorist's obligations when parking in a paid lot. One motorist in a rush failed to display her payment receipt on her dashboard and received a parking notice that she now owed $45. Malloy said it is a contract and a person parking in the lot essentially agrees to follow certain rules, as long as they are clear and reasonable. He also told The Bee that a lot owner could be in trouble for accidentally towing a vehicle of a customer who paid.

"Unemployment falls to record-low territory in California, Sacramento," The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 22, 2017: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about the 3.7 percent unemployment rate in Sacramento and the rest of the state. He called it "remarkable" and noted that warehouse employment had become one of the fastest-growing parts of the Sacramento economy. "It's the Amazon effect," he told the Bee.

"Job growth slows, but experts say real estate market won't suffer," Berkeleyside.com, Dec. 21, 2017: The Center for Business and Policy Research's Jeff Michael provided insight for this story on the Bay Area economy. "There has been a significant slowdown in job growth partially connected to the real estate situation, which is probably more a cause than anything," Michael told Berkeleyside.com. "The Bay Area has been very effective in how it has been able to push workers into existing housing stock, but there's only so many people you can cram into housing stock. ... There is a slowdown. Growth is slowing. But it's not a downturn."

"Mentoring the next generation of attorneys," KION (CBS, Salinas), Dec. 19, 2017: Second-year McGeorge student Crystal Viruet was interviewed for story about a workshop hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo's Office, "So You Want to Go to Law School." The workshop is for high school and college students and it allowed them to hear from local attorneys who shared their experiences in attending law school. Viruet, a Salinas native, told KION: "I'm a first generation graduate with my bachelor's degree. I didn't really have any family members or close relatives that have gone and attained high education like this." She said she was able to get on track through mentors along the way.

"Conference highlights local economy, tax reform impact," Central Valley Business Journal, Jan. 4, 2018: Jeff Michael of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research was a presenter at the annual San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Forecast Conference held again this year at the DeRosa University Center on the Stockton Campus.

"School Spirit: NBA Mainstays Head Back to College," The Ringer, Jan. 4, 2018: Head men's basketball coach Damon Stoudamire is among four former NBA players turned college coach featured in this story about the adjustments necessary to move from the pro ranks to collegiate basketball. For coach Stoudamire, according to the story, part of the adjustment means developing a routine - up at 4:30 a.m., workout, a bite to eat and taking care of a few personal things before about 8 a.m. "That's just my time," he told The Ringer. "After that, that's when the phone starts burning. And the email. And it doesn't stop."

"HOA garage door policy draws Auburn residents' ire," KCRA (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Jan. 4, 2018: McGeorge's John Spranking was interviewed for the online version of this story on a move by a Placer County homeowners association mandating that their residents keep their garage doors open during the day or face a $200 fine. The policy comes after a resident allowed people to live in the garage. Spranking said there likely is no law prohibiting the move, but that rules must be considered reasonable, a difficult thing to prove. He added that a judge likely would rule against the policy because it raises security concerns and because the association likely can find less intrusive ways to prevent residents from letting people live in their garages. The story was picked up by TV stations in Portland, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; Columbus, Georgia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Jackson, Mississippi; and Louisville, Kentucky.

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