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No charges filed in vandalism of UC Berkeley chancellor's campus home

Eight people arrested after protesters vandalized the campus home of the UC Berkeley chancellor have not been charged with any crime and may never be, according to the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

There is insufficient evidence to file charges related to the Dec. 11 event, although University of California police will continue to investigate who was responsible for the estimated $18,000 in damage to windows, light fixtures and large planter urns in front of the house.

It was unclear who the vandals were in the crowd of up to 70 people who peacefully protested recent UC fee hikes, said Teresa Drenick, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. If UC police turn up new evidence, some or all of the original eight people arrested and others could be charged, Drenick said.

“And it is possible nobody will get charged,” she added.

The eight included two UC Berkeley students and two UC Davis students. The students could still face potential UC discipline pending the outcome of a campus judicial review, UC officials said.

-- Larry Gordon

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Comments () | Archives (6)

I can't believe there were no charges against any of the morons who attacked the chancellors home. No matter what the protest is for, they are nothing but disgusting criminals for what they did. But on top of that, the chancellor has no control of the state fiscal crisis. He is not God. What do these idiots expect him to do?

A mob is a mob is a mob: self-righteous and college-educated or not.

expulsion and prosecution would seem to be in order.

They arrested a freelance journalist, carrying a press pass, at this event. It seems pretty clear that the police arrived after the vandals ran away.

This is par for the course in Berserkely...it's no longer part of the real world!!

what is wrong with people? California is in a financial hole. It's not like they are raising fees for pay raises it's a necessity to keep the schools functioning.

I suppose they could eliminate all grants to save money, I'm sure that would make the students happy.

The vandals do need to be prosecuted and spend some time in jail to think about the stupidity of their actions.

UCB Chancellor Birgeneau's $3million trick. $3 Million Extravagant, Arrogant Spending by UC President Yudof for UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau to Hire Consultants - When Work Can Be Done Internally & Impartially
These days, every dollar in higher education counts. Contact Senate (Ms. Romero 916.651.4105) & Assembly (Ms. Brownley 916.319.2044) Chairperson’s Education Committees or your representatives.

Do the work internally at no additional costs with UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. Kutz/F. Doyle), the world – class professional UCB faculty/ staff, & the UCB Chancellor’s bloated staff (G. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman, C. Holmes etc) & President Yudof.

President Yudof’s UCB Chancellor should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring expensive East Coast consults to do the work of his job. ‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the hard work analysis, and make the tough-minded difficult, decisions to identify inefficiencies.

Where do the $3,000,000 consultants get their recommendations?
From interviewing the UCB senior management that hired them and approves their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled the public, state, federal agencies?
$3 million impartial consultants never bite the hands (Birgeneau/Yeary) that feed them!

Mr. Birgeneau's accountabilities include "inspiring innovation, leading change." This involves "defining outcomes, energizing others at all levels and ensuring continuing commitment." Instead of deploying his leadership and setting a good example by doing the work of his Chancellor’s job, Mr. Birgeneau outsourced his work to the $3,000,000 consultants. Doesn't he engage UC and UC Berkeley people at all levels to examine inefficiencies and recommend $150 million of trims? Hasn't he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina - which also hired the consultants -- about best practices and recommendations that will eliminate inefficiencies?
No wonder the faculty, staff, students, Senate & Assembly are angry and suspicious.

In today’s recession economy three million dollars is a irresponsible price to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff do not do the work of their jobs.

Together, we will make a difference: save $3 million for students!


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