In Berkeley, it’s sometimes easy to feel like our local politics are immune to the kind of cronyism and monied influence that afflicts most localities. After all, we like to think of ourselves as a well-informed, progressive city. We opposed … Continue reading »
The affordability crisis in rental housing is clear to everyone. Rising rents create hardship for tenants and result in unprecedented profits for large landlords. Taxing those windfall profits to provide affordable housing is the right thing to do. That’s why … Continue reading »
After so much media coverage of the bizarre presidential race, I find it refreshing to finally start to hear more about local races, where an eclectic cast of characters contending for many local offices are discussing hugely important issues that … Continue reading »
Op-ed: Equitable access to quality education has the power to transform society — Vote yes on Measure E1
Berkeley has long been recognized for its diversity and openness to differences, intellectual curiosity and civic engagement.
The values of this city resonate with us as a family. A city that believes and stands for social good and gathers around … Continue reading »
The people who run the center for providing Berkeley’s homeless services (the HUB) write on their website: “Since 1970, Berkeley Food and Housing Project has been a compassionate provider of homeless services.”
Forty-six years! The plight of Berkeley’s homeless is … Continue reading »
Berkeley has more than a half-billion dollar pension problem deficit which will increase substantially for decades to come. This appears to be an insurmountable problem. But it need not be. Consider:
The city has about 216 miles of roads and … Continue reading »
No, infrastructure is not “sexy”, but it is critical to our quality of life. And Berkeley has not invested adequately in it for many years. We need to change that.
Enter Measure T1. T1 authorizes a $100 million bond to … Continue reading »
I’ve been living in Berkeley since 1967, then as an entering freshman at the University of California. I attended Cal through the Oakland Induction Center protests, People’s Park, was tear gassed on my way to class, and was among the … Continue reading »
Open letter to my neighbors whom were unable to meet Laurie Capitelli at a house event we hosted:
Until last night, I was undecided. I had known nothing substantial about our two candidates. (This is really a two-horse race.) Two … Continue reading »
Berkeley voters face a choice in the upcoming Mayoral race, but not the choice we’ve been led to believe. Contrary to much of the campaign rhetoric so far, this election is not a question of who is the most or … Continue reading »
— “I renege.” — Laurie Capitelli, May 6, 2014 Berkeley City Council meeting.
— Renege (verb): “to refuse to do something that you promised or agreed to do.” —Merriam-Webster online dictionary.
In campaign mailings Laurie Capitelli is bragging about being … Continue reading »
You would think in a left-leaning city like Berkeley – a bastion of free speech and the home of one of the soda tax – that the City Council would be a pretty liberal group. So, it came as a … Continue reading »