It’s one thing to debate the issues and quite another to spread misinformation or outright lies about current ballot initiatives. Whatever your opinion of Measure A1 (and I hope everyone votes YES!), we need to hold people accountable to the truth. Sadly, Ms. Taylor of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) in her post of Nov. 1 has resorted to continued misinformation and simple lies.
UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitch Celaya announces his retirement (Mercury News)
Cal researchers, community team up to eliminate toxic chemicals (Daily Cal)
Berkeley residents want pot club out of neighborhood (Mercury News)
Berkeley High football team defeats Bishop O’Dowd (Mercury News)
A look back: Country Club planned as center of social life (Mercury News)
BHS political club hosts mayoral forum (BHS Jacket)
Liberal Berkeley may fine homeless $75 for sitting down (AlterNet)
By Julia Clare
My support for Measure S, the Berkeley Civil Sidewalks ordinance, was not an easy decision for me. I came to it after many hours of conversation with people from all parts of the community, and a careful reading of the ordinance to see what it actually does and doesn’t do.
“Helps People. Saves Jobs.” This is the campaign slogan in favor of Measure S, the “Civil Sidewalks” ordinance on Berkeley’s ballot next Tuesday. Proponents argue that by banning sitting in commercial areas during business hours, Measure S will increase economic activity and help homeless people access social services. Like anyone who lives in Berkeley, we have grappled with issues related to homeless people on the sidewalks. A law that would help people get the services they need and help the economy sounded good to us.
The Oakland Zoo claims it needs more money to care for its animals and keep educational programs going. But the Oakland Tribune reports that the zoo’s operating budget is close to balanced and, when asked, zoo officials were unable to produce long-range financial projections to justify a new parcel tax. The zoo is planning a $72 million expansion further into Knowland Park, where the zoo is now located. The zoo claims that $40 million has been set aside for this expansion but is unwilling or unable to produce proof of that. The zoo is operated by a private non-profit organization that is not required to follow state open public records law. Measure A1 is a 25-year tax for a privately run operation with no true public accountability.
In most years, an incumbent running for school board in a well-regarded school district would be considered a shoo-in. But the storm over the unfilled Berkeley Unified superintendent post jeopardizes Beatriz Leyva-Cutler‘s run for re-election. Leyva-Cutler faces stiff competition from Judy Appel and Tracy Hollander in the race for two open school board seats. A fourth candidate, Norma Harrison, is running a symbolic, non-serious campaign.
Residents in the Berkeley hills are on the lookout for a doe that appears to be wandering around with an arrow sticking out of her torso.
Berkeley got its spook on this week with haunted houses, a horror film festival, kids in costume, pets dressed up and, of course, candy. See images in the gallery below that were generously shared by community members in response to our request (click on “Show Info” for captions and credits). You can still share photos with us. Find out how. We’ll update this gallery if more photographs come in. Scroll down for more Halloween fun.
This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department.