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Pacific in the Press | Jan. 30, 2018

Jan 30, 2018

Quote of the week:Getting someone gradually used to someone looking in and doing things in their mouth is really an important first step. --Paul Glassman,, Jan. 26, 2018

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

"Unemployment in California hits lowest rate," KCRW (National Public Radio, Los Angeles), Jan. 22, 2018: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about the record low unemployment rate in California. He pointed out that while unemployment in the Central Valley remains higher than the national rate, historically speaking the current rate is lower than normally.

"Trump, Bevin violate federal law with new Medicaid rules," Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, Jan. 24, 2018: McGeorge's Emily Whelan Parento, former executive director of the Kentucky's Office of Health Policy, co-authored a commentary arguing that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not have the authority to approve a Section 1115 Waiver in Kentucky that would significantly alter Kentucky's Medicaid program. The only waivers CMS can approve are those that further the objective of Medicaid, not create barriers. The piece also appeared in the Louisville (Kentucky) Courier-Journal.

"Resisting the raids," KCRA (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Jan. 22, 2018: McGeorge's Blake Nordahl, who oversees the law school's Immigration Law Clinic, commented in this story about raids by immigration agents and the rights of people facing possible arrest. The segment was shown twice that evening.

"Sacramento Receives Letter from Department of Justice Threatening Subpoena Over Sanctuary City Policy," KTXL (Fox, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Jan. 25, 2018: McGeorge's John Sims provided context on a story about the U.S. Department of Justice's letter to Sacramento and 22 other cities, counties and states embracing sanctuary policies, and threatening to subpoena each of those governments for proof that their law enforcement agencies are working with Immigration and Homeland Security agents. "I think it's intended to be a threat. That is-we don't like what you're doing. And we have the power to force you to do what we want you to do," Sims told Fox 40. Later he added, "The word subpoena sounds like a really powerful word. Oh my, we're going to get hit with a subpoena. This is the normal process."

"Dental Care and People with Disabilities,", Jan. 26, 2018: Dugoni's Paul Glassman was featured in a Laura Shumaker blog entry that included a Q. and A. with Glassman in advance of him speaking about innovations in dental care and DentiCal for people with disabilities at UC San Francisco's 17th annual Developmental Disabilities Conference in March.

"Making beautiful music together: Pacific, high school musicians team up," The Record, Jan. 22, 2018 (Photo gallery): Photos of Nicolas Waldvogel, Jessica Siena and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra performing with 40 select high school musicians were featured in a Page 3 photo package of the print edition. The newspaper also posted a photo gallery of the performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G major at Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

"Assessing one agency's 'power trip'," The Record, Jan. 23, 2018: A 2016 report by Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was cited in this commentary about a court decision that keeps the South San Joaquin Irrigation District from seizing 112 square miles of Pacific Gas and Electric's electrical distribution system. Had SSJID done that, it would have sold power to 100,000 customers at 15 percent below what PG and E had been selling it, which would "be significant economic development benefits to the region," Michael wrote.

"Law School Offers Crash Course in Pot Law," The Recorder, Jan. 24, 2018: A Feb. 2 workshop at McGeorge on the legal marijuana in California and the challenges to starting a pot business were covered in this story. McGeorge's Francis Mootz III was interviewed for the story. Notices about the workshop also appeared on several news aggregator websites.

"Shady trick or unfortunate misunderstanding? You be the judge," The Record, Jan. 25, 2018: McGeorge's John Sprankling provided context for a commentary about a Linden attorney running for Superior Court judge. The candidate's integrity has come into question based on a couple of questionable actions in the past.

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