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Op-Ed: Think, ask questions, before signing a petition

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It’s spring which means there’s an election season on the horizon. That also means, in the weeks ahead, we can all expect to be approached by petition signature gatherers on our street corners, in front of Peet’s, the Bowl, the Cheese Board and the Farmers Market.

In an Opinionator column published today on Berkeleyside, Berkeley councilman Laurie Capitelli urges us to pause, and think carefully about our signatures and their importance before committing them to paper. He advocates asking a few pertinent questions to … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Could Box have been Berkeley’s first $1 billion IPO?

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The cloud content management company Box was founded in Berkeley in 2005, but quickly moved to Palo Alto to attract senior talent. It is about to go public in a $1 billion IPO.

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, David McIntosh, a UC Berkeley graduate and the founder of Redux, a Berkeley-based software company that pulls together shareable online videos, laments (somewhat) the big fish that got away.

But a lot has changed in Berkeley in nine years. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Berkeley should lead the way, raise minimum wage

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The purchasing power of a minimum wage income peaked way back in 1968, says Tony Thurmond — and he should know. Thurmond helped put himself through college by working the night shift flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s for minimum wage, something that wouldn’t work today.

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Thurmond, who is running for California State Assembly, District 15 (which includes Berkeley), argues that Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland should all raise the minimum wage and be the model for the rest of the state. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Saying no to Starbucks sets a bad precedent

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Earlier this month, Berkeley’s City Council rejected an application from Starbucks to open a new coffee shop on the corner of Telegraph and Ashby avenues. This despite the fact that the proposal had been approved by planning staff, and despite the fact that independent studies showed that the main objection — increased parking problems — was not substantiated.

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Steven Donaldson, a commissioner on the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board, argues that, while … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Steps to take towards long-term drought solutions

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The fact that it has finally started raining doesn’t alter the hard truth that California’s water situation is dire.

Berkeley is well-placed to take advantage of many local resources to conserve water. In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Anya Kamenskaya, Ingrid Severson and Linda Hunter provide a host of tips on how to do your part to address the state’s ongoing drought.

Share tips of your own and join the conversation by leaving a comment on the Opinionator piece.

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Op-Ed: Ted Agu was making it at Cal, others struggle

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On Friday Feb. 7, Cal junior Ted Agu collapsed and died while training with the Cal football team.

UC Berkeley held a memorial for Agu on Feb. 12.

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Cecil Brown, a visiting professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley, writes of the young man he briefly got to know, and the place of African American students at the university. Agu displayed leadership qualities as well as a wonderful personality, he says, but … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Let’s get curbside electric vehicle charging

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Berkeley’s Transportation Commission will tonight hear a report on the city’s Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program. In an op-ed column published today in Berkeleyside’s Opinionator section, Berkeley resident Alan Gould outlines the options that the city could take to make it possible for hundreds, possibly thousands, of Berkeleyans to consider buying or leasing a car they can plug in at home.

Join the discussion and leave your comments on the Opinionator piece.

Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: A Berkeley elementary school gets it right

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David Wilson, whose children and grandchildren have attended Berkeley’s Malcolm X School, volunteers there regularly. In an Opinionator piece published today, Wilson explains that, while he is not romanticizing the difficulties faced by this and other Berkeley public schools, his close observation of Malcolm X leads him to believe this elementary school exemplifies the best type of education against the odds.

Do you agree? Yes or no, leave your comments on the Opinionator column and join the conversation.

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Op-Ed: Don’t be fooled by redistricting referendum

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A referendum on redistricting in Berkeley would short circuit a thorough community process and delay implementation of new Council districts, argues Eric Panzer in an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside today.

Panzer writes that claims that the City Council-approved redistricting map isn’t “progressive” is “misinformed at best and dishonest at worst.” If enough signatures are gathered for a referendum, he claims, Berkeley taxpayers will shoulder the quarter-million dollar cost of an unnecessary special election, and put off the necessary … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: City should approve new affordable housing project

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How can we end homelessness in Berkeley? The answer is more housing — specifically more affordable housing, according to Jason Budge, who argues the point in an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside.

Building more affordable housing — such as the complex currently under consideration by the city in the space where a parking lot is currently located on Berkeley Way and Henry Street – is the best way to solve the homelessness crisis and will save the city money in the long term, says Budge, a junior at UC Berkeley who has worked with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project as part of his minor in Global Poverty and Practice.

Join the discussion: leave your comments on the Opinionator piece. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: We need transit to get kids to Tom Bates fields

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Nancy Humphrey, a soccer mom who drives to the Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex in West Berkeley several times a week, acknowledges that the fields have been a boon to local athletes since they opened in 2008.

But access to the complex is via the “insanely dangerous” Gilman/I-80 interchange, she writes in an Opinionator piece published today — which is difficult enough for vehicles to navigate safely, and is essentially impassable by foot or on a bike.

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Op-Ed: Why we moved our startup from SF to Berkeley

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Sure, San Francisco is a diverse, exciting city with good coffee, but there are several reasons why Berkeley is a more attractive proposal for startups, argues Alex Gourley, in an Opinionator piece published today.

Gourley is the co-founder and CEO of BitGym, which transforms ordinary cardio machines into fun multiplayer fitness activities. He and his co-founders recently decided to move the company across the bay from the city into a co-working space in downtown Berkeley. He believes many more startups will follow … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: City must be creative in new use for Post Office

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The U.S. Postal Service is set to list Berkeley’s downtown Post Office for sale. It’s a beautiful, landmarked building and the City Council opposes its sale which is understandable, but the city needs a position regarding possible future uses of the building, argues Dorothy Walker, a former member of Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee, in an Opinionator piece published today.

Whether the building becomes a community art center, a food hall, retail specialty shops, a museum, or a performance space … Continue reading »