Berkeley has been shadowed by doubts over its commitment to freedom of expression since February, when a planned speech on campus by the far right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled in the wake of violent protests.
In the months that followed, more debates flared over invited speakers — including the conservative writers Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro.
Dr. Christ, a scholar of Victorian literature and former president of Smith College, took over for the former Berkeley chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, in July.
She said she was looking carefully at how to improve the security around contested events on campus, a concern amplified this month by the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va.
Asked if Mr. Yiannopoulos — who has railed against Muslims, immigrants and transgender people — was welcome at Berkeley, Dr. Christ cited the Constitution.
“Lots of speech that I would find abhorrent, noxious, hateful, bigoted is protected,” she said.
Whether Berkeley can guarantee that right without anyone getting hurt may be tested soon.
Mr. Yiannopoulos has said he will hold a four-day “free speech” event in September on Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza.
This time, he vowed in a Facebook post, he will “bring an army if I have to.”
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• A Democratic state senator who voted in favor of a gas tax has faced a well-funded recall effort. So his party colleagues are trying to change the election rules. [Sacramento Bee]
• The Trump administration is expected to decide this week whether the status of five national monuments in California should be revoked, shrunk or let be. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• “It’s called arrogance.” The gate is still padlocked at Martins Beach, despite a judge’s order that a Silicon Valley billionaire could no longer block public access. [The Mercury News]
• Hundreds of homeless people live in makeshift dwellings along the Santa Ana River Trail. Many local residents say the time has come to clear them out. [Orange County Register]
• Keak Da Sneak, a well known Bay Area rapper, was critically wounded in a shooting. [East Bay Times]
• A Los Angeles jury awarded $417 million in damages to a woman who sued Johnson & Johnson claiming baby powder caused her cancer. [The New York Times]
• The top leadership of The Los Angeles Times was ousted in a shake-up that stunned many members of the newsroom. [The New York Times]
• “My life has been a constant hell.” For some Sunnyvale residents, it’s not easy living next to Apple’s new $5 billion “spaceship” campus. [The Mercury News]
• Daybeds, scented candles and organic seaweed snacks. Inside the $22 million private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. [Vanity Fair]
• “We need more softness and more silence and more pause through the chaos.” A conversation with the actress Shailene Woodley. [The New York Times]
• The arrival of Apple, Facebook and Google means that the hypercompetitive world of scripted television is going to become even more ferocious. [The New York Times]
• What $1,700 rents you in San Francisco right now. [San Francisco Curbed]
And Finally …
The eclipse on Monday delivered the country a welcome, if brief, moment of unity.
Americans across the country paused to peer skyward as the moon cast a shadow that traveled from Oregon to South Carolina.
From California, the show was hit or miss.
Most of the state got a clear view of the crescent-shaped sun. But morning fog along the coast effectively canceled the experience for many people, who resorted instead to online broadcasts.
They can take some solace. Another chance is coming in a mere seven years, when a total solar eclipse will travel along a route from Texas to Maine.
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The California Today columnist, Mike McPhate, is a third-generation Californian — born outside Sacramento and raised in San Juan Capistrano. He lives in Los Osos. Follow him on Twitter.
California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.
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