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Los Angeles Times, Aug. 25, 2021
For college students in California, the only common ground is uncertainty
Steven Gong is a rising junior at the University of California, Irvine. He said in a phone interview that he has preparedness concerns, especially if some new strain reaches campus this fall. Still, on the whole, Gong said he feels good about going back. All UC students and staff, with limited exemptions, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus. A mask mandate is also in place. “Vaccines plus masks, that makes me feel pretty safe already,” he said. … “My school is requiring the vaccine, and I agree with this decision,” wrote Jasmine Mendoza of UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

MarketWatch, Aug. 24, 2021
‘HOAs are basically neighborhood tyranny systems’ — why people are blasting homeowner’s associations on Twitter
Homeowner’s associations are self-governing organizations in some residential communities that share a “common interest” … which require residents to pay fees to maintain their housing unit and their building or neighborhood. … And a 2019 study by economists Wyatt G. Clarke and [economics professor] Matthew Freedman from University of California, Irvine — one of the few academic papers looking at the impact of HOAs nationally — found HOA residents are disproportionately more likely to be white or Asian, and are disproportionately less likely to be Black or another race, than non-HOA residents.

Local News Matters, Aug. 20, 2021
Debt collection lawsuits compound COVID woes for some Bay Area residents
“People in the United States tend to perceive people who don’t pay their credit card bills, and don’t pay the money that they spent previously that they owe, as deadbeats,” said Claire Raba, a clinical teaching fellow at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “It’s hard to get public policy behind a reprieve for individual credit card debt, and I think that really comes from this psychological, personal responsibility narrative.”

Forbes, Aug. 24, 2021 (Senior Contributor)
60% of Older Workers Say Being Old Hurts Their Future Job Prospects
David Neumark, [Distinguished] professor of economics at the University of California Irvine  and University of Buffalo economist Joanne Song find in study after study older workers and older applicants are not trained, hired, interviewed as much as young ones. Their relatively advanced age seems to be the significant factor standing in the way of raises, jobs, or training.

My News LA, Aug. 23, 2021
UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies Receives Two International Grants
The Center for Critical Korean Studies at UC Irvine announced Monday it was awarded a pair of grants totaling more than $1 million to fund research and educational programs while also funding a new faculty position. … “The AKS grant is crucial to the growth and development of the center,” director Joseph Jeon said in a statement. “With the help of the first AKS grant, we were able to establish the center as one of the most vibrant and active centers for Korean studies in the United States.”

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