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Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Tom, your daughter is an undergraduate student. Did they recruit her and promise her dependent health care, or just a scholarship? I agree the University should not subsidize tuition or health care for illegals in our country, and certainly not at the expense of American graduate students, who have earned their own way, more than you will ever know, given your lack of research into this matter, and as you only offer emotion. The crux of this entire matter is the deception by a few University administrator, who if you look deeper, may also be guilty of collusion, if not just a conflict of interest between a University administrator (who had lied and perjured herself,) who is also the spouse of an Aetna employee; and Aetna now holds the University's policy it seems. Hmmm, I wonder why not one other Cal University has implemented this type of behavior.

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Posted by Donald Oberloh on 07/24/2015 at 11:13 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

dokusan, Just to clarify, I have a doctorate degree from Cal in healthcare and was on the faculty for a few years before pursuing other interests. I suspect I know more about healthcare insurance than you. Have a nice day.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Tom Thompson. If UC Berkeley attracts graduate students, (who, by the way, had been courted by the University, and had their pick of many 1st tier Universities in our nation) by offering them dependent healthcare, and then after years decide to pull the rug out, that is not only unethical but a breach of contract. You might do well by reading some of the facts of the University's ongoing deception, lies, and unethical behavior. One would expect our nations politicians and even some business boards to behave in such an unscrupulous manner, but our University administrators should be above this type of under-handedness.

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Posted by Donald Oberloh on 07/24/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

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Posted by Editor on 07/24/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

It's really hard to read some of these comments, especially the claims that we have "little common sense nor knowledge of contraception." You don't think we asked around the department before we decided to have another child? If anything, we were encouraged and told that this would be the perfect time! The article fails to point out that we weren't getting the dependent insurance for free from the university - we paid about $4000/year for the coverage. And your claim that I'm just a step-father (only to Finn, those are my biological daughters) so my statements are somehow unjustified is disgusting. I don't think it's unreasonable for me to assume that my employer will provide an affordable option for dependent health care coverage (as they have for several years now) especially since UC Berkeley prides itself on the fact that 10% of the graduate students are parents. Now I'm going to be paying nearly $10,000/year for coverage while the chancellor gets a raise on his half a million dollar salary. It doesn't seem right to me.

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Posted by Arran Phipps on 07/24/2015 at 9:19 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Step-father Phipps and his wife have 3 kids. She is book-smart but appears to have little common sense nor knowledge of contraception. No students should be naive enough to expect a university to provide insurance for their children. A university is not a day-care center with healthcare thrown in. Thanks to Obamacare, they can get insurance for their kids cheaper than if Obamacare had not passed.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/23/2015 at 7:04 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

I wonder how many of the students, whose UC-provided health plan will no longer cover their children, had voted for Obamacare via voting for O and Democrat reps. and senators?

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Posted by Eowyn Rivendell on 07/23/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Jay, I am both a father and step-father. I got a doctorate from Cal. I worked my way through school - 3 buses to and from work. No scholarships, no loans. My step-daughter enters Cal next month, with scholarships (valedictorian, etc.). Should she become a mother while a student, I would most certainly be against U.C. paying for her child's care. That should be handled by family members and loans as needed. I agree that Cal's administrators are overpaid and professors underpaid (although they get fantastic, high-dollar benefits). U.C. also needs to stop subsidizing undocumented illegal immigrants - Pres. Napolitano gave them $5 Million this year - absurd.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/23/2015 at 2:55 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

"Only a step-father", Thompson?

God help us all that you're in our village. Jes stay away from the kids, mmm'kay?

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Posted by Jay Leonhardy on 07/23/2015 at 11:53 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

How outrageous as overpaid politicians and administrators run amok at CAL and waste billions on pushing paper. Restore these benefits immediately and fire administrators who won't be missed. By the way Cal professors are vastly underpaid relative to administrators. It's a sick system that pays 500k to a politician lawyer to be the head of Cal and allowed an administrator with no particular skills to make 180k plus benefits and hire her boyfriend at over a 100K. It took a near faculty revolt to get admin to fix the problem

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 07/23/2015 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Oakland Auto Dealer Got Big Tax Break

This is another good reason why Redevelopment Agencies were disbanded, it's not the responsibility of city government to be in the lending business, if you want to borrow money, go to a lending institution and put-up your own assets as collateral.

How many of these loans were never paid back and forgiven, which would constitute a gift of public funds.

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Posted by Bob Kray on 07/23/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

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Posted by Editor on 07/23/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Phipps is off-base (and is only a step-father). U.C. bends over backwards to help many minority groups. It has to stop somewhere. Fees collected should be focused on improving students' situations, not on the needs of their families.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/22/2015 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Oakland Auto Dealer Got Big Tax Break

Once again, the City of Oakland ignores it's own policies and ordinances in order to cut backroom deals to certain people. It's out of control and spreads throughout the organization. Why do we have rules when you can just make them up as you go? At the end of the day, who is accountable? So far, the answer is nobody!

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Posted by Gary Patton on 07/22/2015 at 3:27 AM

Re: “Oakland Auto Dealer Got Big Tax Break

Because this makes complete sense:

"Barnett said his company was taken by surprise by Oakland's business tax rate"

You're a businessperson looking to locate somewhere and you don't know what your expenses will be?

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Posted by JP Massar on 07/21/2015 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

my previous bills for 20 gallons is 67.08$. my new bill is 96.78$ !!!
i thought that is a mistake and they over charged me. then i do a google and come to this website and see this "residents with 20-gallon carts are facing monthly increases of $9.89 per month — a 44.5 percent increase (from $22.21 to $32.10 per month)"

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Posted by Kenneth Li on 07/17/2015 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

Shame, shame, shame from the outset, with the QUESTIONABLE negotiations Oakland city government thought they would pull a fast one over WM, and instead of looking out for the citizens of Oakland got caught with their pants around their ankles. Now the city negotiators and the city council look like fools once again in accepting wrong headed incentives and rate hikes that are outrageous. This follows the bad negotiations of the 12th St project, which even OAK's own City Attorney says is illegal- and it was stupid- 100% luxury housing on a city owned piece of land, really. And this follows the Desley Brooks commission Race & Equality where there are no standards more of your tax dollars just sucking. And on and on we go- Oakland limps along in spite of its inept pols... And you at City Hall want to develop Coliseum City, shhhii

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/17/2015 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

The City Council doesn't bother reading the items it approves, isn't this a concern ?

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Posted by Erika Knutson on 07/16/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

Please note that Oaklanders had a more convenient way to dispose of bulky items before this - WM had regular curbside pickups for these items. The only change I can see is that we now have to haul this stuff to San Leandro ourselves.

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Posted by Clare Sandy on 07/16/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

@ Ken Katz: You sound as though you think this is a good thing: lay an unlegislated tax in effect on every struggling restaurant so that Civicorps can pay its executive director $136,000 a year and its finance director $96,000 a year (Civicorps Form 990 for its FY 2013-14).

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Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/16/2015 at 8:10 AM

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