berkeleyside direct public offering

Be part of the story:
Invest in Berkeleyside

Learn More

We invite you to be a founding investor in Berkeleyside. Be part of a pioneering movement to ensure the future of an independent, free press in your community.

x | close

Op-ed: Why undergrounding utilities is not the answer to earthquake and firestorm safety

With the anniversaries of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm occurring in the middle of a “hot” election, there’s been much discussion about safety in the hills. Councilwoman Susan Wengraf has made this a key issue in her bid for re-election to the Council for District 6, by promising to “underground all utilities in the city” — a promise that is not only not impractical but dangerous because it leads the city away from solutions that will actually save lives.

Get prepared for an emergency: Here’s how

Twenty years after the Oakland-Berkeley fire ripped through the East Bay hills, killing 25 people and destroying close to 4,000 houses and apartments, houses have been rebuilt, trees and shrubs have grown back, and life has seemingly returned to normal.