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Pacific in the Press | Aug. 22, 2017

Aug 22, 2017

Quote of the week: Often times the emotions of what you’re conveying is more important than the information --Scott Jensen, KCRA , Aug. 15, 2017

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

"A nearly $17-billion water project is being planned for California. What will it cost the Southland?," The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 14, 2017: A recent blog entry by Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was cited in this story about the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project. He called the Metropolitan Water District's supply projections "wildly optimistic." The story also appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune and on news aggregator websites. Michael's blog entry was also featured on the Save the California Delta Alliance blog.

"A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.," The New York Times, Aug. 17, 2017: Jeff Michael was also interviewed for this story about long commute times and the 50,000 or so commuters who leave San Joaquin County for the Bay Area, making Stockton one of the highest concentration of "extreme commuters" who travel 90 or more minutes to work.

"Teaching Tough Issues," KCRA 3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 15, 2017: Scott Jensen, chair of Pacific's Department of Psychology, commented on what parents and teachers should tell children about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. He said often the emotions of what is conveyed can be more important than the information. Children will recognize if an adult is trying to hide something, so it's important to answer their questions in a calm and sincerely, Jensen told KCRA. The story was also broadcast at least twice on WJCL-SAV (ABC) in Savannah, Georgia, and once on WRIC-RIC (ABC) in Richmond, Virginia.

"Free Speech Fight," KCRA 3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 15, 2017: McGeorge's Leslie Gielow Jacobs provided insight and background for a story on a Sacramento city proposal to limit free speech by limiting "targeted picketing."

"The First Amendment: Who can protest where?," ABC 10 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 17, 2017: In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, McGeorge's Leslie Gielow Jacobs comments in this story about the First Amendment and limitations to the right.

"Is Freedom of Speech really free? 2 Sacramento experts explain," KCRA 3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 14, 2017: Brian Landsberg, professor of law emeritus at McGeorge, was interviewed in this story in the wake of the protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A later version of the story, "Q&A: Experts break down Freedom of Speech, what it means," included Landsberg's comments in Q. and A. about freedom of speech.

"Why we oppose Persky recall," The San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 17, 2017: McGeorge's Michael Vitiello, along with Ellen Kreitzberg, a Santa Clara University School of Law professor of law, wrote a piece for the Open Forum section of the Chronicle. The piece argues against the recall in Santa Clara County against Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky over the sentencing of Brock Turner. The commentary concludes: "A fair legal system requires judges who dispassionately assess the culpability and background of offenders, balancing the goals of retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. Public clamor and incomplete information have distorted what this recall is about. Reject the recall."

"Would Wisconsin's $3 billion to Foxconn be largest-ever 'gift' by any state to a foreign company?," Politifact Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2017: Jeff Michael, the director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was cited as a source in this story fact checking a tweet by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that a $3 billion incentive for a new factory was the largest of its kind, which Politifact Wisconsin found to be half true and leaves out important information.

"Delta tunnels project needs water agencies to pay for it. Why some are hesitating," The Sacramento Bee, Aug. 17, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about the difference in cost of the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels project. City dwellers will pay as little as $2 per month, while farmers in San Joaquin valley may have to pay hundreds of dollars per acre-foot of water. The story also appeared in The Fresno Bee.

"School of Thought," Comstock's Magazine, August 2017: Jonathan Latta, assistant dean of the Conservatory, and Patrick Langham, director of the Jazz Program and interim director of the Brubeck Institute, commented for this story that includes a profile of the Conservatory of Music.

"Retail-starved Sacramento community will soon get 'power center' to call its own," The Sacramento Bee, Aug. 16, 2017: Jeff Michael, the director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about a new commercial shopping center next to Interstate 5 at the new Cosumnes River Boulevard interchange. He told The Bee that he is curious how the project will do given the national retail climate, but it does suggest confidence in the continued economic growth for Sacramento. The story was also picked up by news aggregator websites.

"Venture capital investing is on the decline. Here's why Sacramento shouldn't worry," Sacramento Business Journal, Aug. 21, 2017: Center for Business and Policy Research Director Jeff Michael was interviewed for this story on venture capital investing in the Sacramento area. Venture capitalists are looking for new markets and ideas. "The trend is in the right direction, but it's still nowhere near where it needs to be, or even the potential of a market this size," he told the Business Journal.

"Here or there, an eclipse to remember," The Record, Aug. 16, 2017: Jim Hetrick, a professor of physics and data science, commented in this story about the Great American Eclipse. Hetrick and his wife, Courtney Lehmann, and their daughter, Lyra, traveled to Idaho to view the eclipse on Aug. 21 and Hetrick recalled the last total eclipse he witnessed 40 years ago.

"Local Assistant Professor Gets Ready to View the Full Solar Eclipse," SCW News, Aug. 22, 2017: Daniel Jontof-Hutter, of Pacific's Department of Physics, was interviewed about the Great American Eclipse for this Stockton news service. Jontof-Hutter provided context and tips for watching the eclipse.

"Farmers & Environmentalists Join to Battle Planned Delta Tunnels Project," Courthouse News Service, Aug. 16, 2017: Jeff Michael, the director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in a story about the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the proposed California WaterFix, or delta tunnels, project. He said the financial estimates for the project are speculative and reply on negotiations that haven't happened yet. "Ratepayers, taxpayers and board members should be very uneasy about the way these issues are being deferred to the future," Michael wrote in a blog post. The story was also picked up by SCVTV in Santa Clarita.

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