The California Report

Nancy Lemon interviewed by KQED, Nov. 16, 2017

“Guns are used not just to kill people, but also to intimidate people and keep them under control. … [When seeing or hearing domestic abuse,] it’s really important to not just say ‘Oh, they’re at it again,’ but instead to call 911.”

How House tax bill can hurt Californians

Mark Gergen interviewed by KTVU, Nov. 16, 2017

“Under their budget rules, to have a 20% top corporate tax rate, they had to come up with a lot of revenue. Where they came up with revenue was by largely eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes.”

Poll suggests it’s time for a new school voucher initiative

John E. Coons and Stephen D. Sugarman write for San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 16, 2017

California would require a ballot initiative to move in the direction of subsidized private school choice for low-income families. The recent poll suggests that a well-run campaign behind an appropriately drafted initiative could succeed. But the measure would have to follow the path of other places and not attempt to replay the Friedman gambit.

How we deal with hate speech — with more speech

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 16, 2017

Perhaps most important, campus officials can engage in their own speech, denouncing the expression of hate and using such occasions for explaining why it is inconsistent with the campus’ principles of community. … More speech cannot cure the pain of hateful speech, but it can go a long way to bringing a campus together when an ugly incident occurs.

Bloomberg Law and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology enter strategic alliance

Jim Dempsey quoted by Cision PR Newswire, Nov. 16, 2017

“On both fronts — technology’s impact on our daily lives and the tech revolution in the practice of law itself — this relationship with Bloomberg Law will help Berkeley Law School broaden its leadership role,” said Jim Dempsey. … “We look forward to working with Bloomberg Law to bring new insights and resources to our students and to the law and technology community.”

Fewer prisoners, less crime? The elusive promise of algorithms

Malcolm M. Feeley and Jonathan Simon article cited in The Crime Report, Nov. 14, 2017

As Malcolm M. Feeley and Jonathan Simon predicted in a 2012 article for Berkeley Law, past decades have seen a paradigm shift in academic and policy circles, and “the language of probability and risk increasingly replaces earlier discourse of diagnosis and retributive punishment.”