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After 27 years of public service, Max Anderson retires from Berkeley City Council

The retirement of Max Anderson and Laurie Capitelli's decision to run for mayor rather than for re-election in District 5 has created two open council seats. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Max Anderson is stepping down as the representative of South Berkeley’s District 3 after Tuesday’s City Council meeting. It is the end of a 27-year-long career in public service for Anderson, a retired critical-care nurse, who moved to Berkeley in 1985 after serving in the Marine Corps in California and Hawaii and attending school in Philadelphia. Anderson joined the city’s Planning Commission in 1989, was elected to the Rent Stabilization Board in 1996, and was elected to the City Council in 2004.

Anderson is well-known on the City Council for his impassioned and eloquent speeches on topics about which he cares deeply, such as racial injustice, development and homelessness. Berkeleyside caught up with Anderson as he prepares to retire.

What are you most proud of accomplishing as a Berkeley City Councilman?

Despite being in a minority position for the 12 years I served, I was able to get through important legislation regarding public-health issues. One was the cellphone warning to consumers regarding the safe use of their devices. Another was the Breathmobile, whose services I secured to treat asthmatic children in our schools – to case-manage them, reduce hospital admissions and emergency-room visits, and improve their attendance at school; all these measures showed dramatic improvement.

Another accomplishment is the sugar-sweetened beverage tax, which I fully supported to reduce childhood diabetes among our youth. I take pride in the study that we initiated and supported to review the complaints of city workers regarding discrimination in hiring and promotions, although the City Council majority eventually refused to follow through. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.23.16

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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Photo: Sandy Friedland.

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.22.16

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Author Jeff Chang: Is resegregation the unexamined issue of our time?

Jeff Chang will be speaking Nov. 29 at Berkeley Arts & Letters. Photo: Jeremy Keith Villaluz
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Hours after Donald Trump was elected president, UC Berkeley students and others took to the streets to protest a man they felt was unsuited to lead the United States. The next day, 1,500 Berkeley High students walked out of school. Across the country, thousands of people rallied against Trump and what they saw as his racist, sexist, divisive message that blamed immigrants and people of color for this country’s woes.

In his new collection of essays, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, Bay Area author, hip-hop historian, and director of the Stanford University Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Jeff Chang reports on and examines the unrest that has exploded onto the streets in the past couple of years. (Chang was also appeared at the Berkeleyside-produced Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas in 2014, in conversation with Berkeley author Adam Mansbach).

Chang’s new book, according to the publisher’s description, “links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity”, the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. He argues that resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and cultural equity.”

Chang will be appearing at the Hillside Club Nov. 29 as part of the Berkeley Arts & Letters series. In advance of his talk, Evan Karp, the organizer of the series, asked Chang about his concept of ‘resegregation’ and other matters.

Evan Karp, Berkeley Arts & Letters: I was preparing for our event and then the election went down, and, like many people, I’m left with a lot of complex questions and anxieties. But if I had to boil it down to one question it would be: what now? To be more specific: how do the election results change the conversation on race (generally) and resegregation (as you describe it)? … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.21.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.18.16

Apartments by William Newton

Apartments by William Newton

Three candidates vie for District 4 council seat (Daily Cal)
Homeless encampment dismantled in predawn raid (SF Gate)
Judge dismisses lawsuit against demolition ordinance (Daily Cal)
School board considers sanctuaries for undocumented students (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.17.16

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Mayor-elect Arreguín, Berkeley community leaders, to host unity gathering Friday morning

Human Peace sign. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Jesse Arreguín, who will take over as Berkeley’s mayor on Dec. 1, has called for a sunrise gathering Friday to celebrate the city’s shared community values – many of which President-elect Donald Trump does not share.

Arreguín, numerous members of the City Council, as well as community leaders, are calling for Berkeley residents to gather at 7:00 a.m. in Civic Center Park, 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, for an hour-long celebration. Participants – who are encouraged to wear their “best tie-dye” – will form a giant peace sign. Breakfast will be served.

“I will join other community leaders to address the crowd on the topics of unity, positive action, and Berkeley’s tradition of promoting human rights,” Arreguín said in an email invitation. “Let’s let all our students and community members know that in Berkeley, we rededicate ourselves to a fair, inclusive, progressive, and sustainable world.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.16.16

Indian Rock. Photo: Ted Friedman

Indian Rock. Photo: Ted Friedman

Berkeley police department data suggest disparities in police stops (Daily Cal)
Stanford marching band to sit out Big Game in Berkeley (Napa Valley Register)
Sunrise peace gathering to affirm Berkeley’s values (East Bay Times)
TheatreFIRST gets aggressive about diversity (Express)

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.15.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.14.16

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