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More information on the Dean's Scholar Award
December 11, 2013
Dean's Scholars Award 2013 Recipients
The Dean's Scholar Program recognizes exceptional scholarly and creative work by full-time faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. This award acknowledges a faculty member’s important contribution to their field. Depending on the discipline, this contribution may be a series of articles, a book, an art installation, performance, et cetera. The main criterion is that the project has made a contribution of great value and impact. Additionally, this work must have been completed while the awardee has been a faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences. In recognition of their accomplishment, Dean’s Scholars have the choice of receiving one course release and a stipend, or a stipend as well as money to be used for research or scholarly activity.
The Dean's Scholar Committee chose three finalists from an impressive field of highly qualified applicants.
The 2013 Dean’s Scholars are:
Juliet Spencer, Associate Professor of Biology
Jacqueline Taylor, Professor of Philosophy
Bruce Wydick, Professor of Economics
The College recognizes Bruce Wydick for his innovative research on the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs in developing countries. In a recent research project, he found that alumni of child sponsorship programs were more likely to complete secondary school and hold white-collar jobs in adulthood than their peers who had not participated in sponsorship programs. This project received considerable attention, and was published in the prestigious Journal of Political Economy.
December 5, 2013
Ellis Act Marginalizes San Francisco Residents
by Bryce Chiodo ('13)
On November 14th San Francisco City Hall heard testimonies from dozens of San Franciscans who were evicted from their homes during a hearing on the Ellis Act. Since the implementation of the the Ellis Act over twenty years ago, more than four thousand people have faced evictions. My friend received news in September that he had to vacate his studio apartment, he is one of many renters along the Market and 6th Street corridor evicted on the premise of the Ellis Act. His building on Market is one of the last remaining remnants of affordable housing in the city, particularly for low-income residents. Unfortunately, for many San Franciscans this story is becoming less uncommon. So what exactly is the Ellis Act, and why has it been so controversial?
The Ellis Act essentially undermines rent control and condominium laws in California by allowing property owners a loophole in evicting renters. The state act was created to supersede a 1984 California Supreme Court decision called Nash v. City of Santa Monica. The decision made it illegal for property owners to evict tenants on the basis of retirement without a permit by the city. The decision stated that permits would only be given if the property owner could not, “make a reasonable return on his or her investment.” The Ellis Act grants landlords the unconditional right to “go out of business” with only minor provisions. In San Francisco, the property owner is required to give an average renter a minimum of $5,105 dollars in relocation benefits and a maximum of $15,315 (this is the highest relocation fee in the state). In addition, the property owner must provide all renters proper notice and cannot lease out the property again for an extended amount of time. However, in a city where the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $3,800 a month and renters are expected to pay first and last month rent along with a deposit, $5,000 is not a fair trade-off for most low-income residents.
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