California politics

Polling Suggests An Easy Win for Newsom—So Why Have a Recall?

Mark DiCamillo, the director of the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll, remembers it all very well. It was 2003, and he was the assistant director of the Field Poll, California’s preeminent political survey. For months, DiCamillo and his fellow staffers had been querying voters on the state’s first-ever special recall gubernatorial election. But Governor Gray Davis, says DiCamillo, wasn’t worried.

Talk of the Town

You might not expect the mayor of Berkeley to show up for a meeting in dad jeans and running shoes. Or to be just 33 years old and living in a rented apartment with two roommates. Or to engage a reporter in a freewheeling discussion on some of the most controversial topics of the day without an aide or PR flack in attendance. But then again, Berkeley wasn’t expecting Jesse Arreguín ’07, who swept into office in 2016 in an upset victory over Councilman Laurie Capitelli, who had been endorsed by former Mayor Tom Bates.

From the Summer 2018 Our Town issue of California.

Reading Roundup: Robots, Hiring Time, CRISPR Wars, More

CRISPR Wars

UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna has chalked up another award for her discovery of the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool. The Kavli Prize in nanoscience is worth $1 million and will be shared among the three recipients, which includes Doudna’s collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute.

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