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Student district bad idea

Doris E. Willingham
Wednesday February 28, 2001


UC Berkeley students have a new rallying cry: they want their own district. 

The vociferous proponents of this proposal appear to think that it would be perfectly democratic and fair if students were given their own fiefdom in Berkeley and thus a voice on the City Council in running the entire town. 

Most students, constituting a constantly shifting 22 percent of Berkeley’s population, come here from out of town. Their parents no doubt claim them as tax write-offs. Berkeley students are able to vote here. That vote includes the opportunity to decide on local bond and assessment measures, to which the multitudes of eager student voters never have to contribute a penny. 

The Berkeley City Council should think long and hard about this issue. Do we need another “Only in Berkeley” here? 


Doris E. Willingham