The homeless are the most marginalized and dispossessed people in the United States. To be
homeless is to experience a wide spectrum of discrimination. In the past decade, legislation
seeking to criminalize the homeless has gained popularity in … Continue reading »
Berkeley councilmember Darryl Moore’s proposal to declare Marriage Equality Day is polluted by inclusion of a damaging provision that would close down the city’s Domestic Partnership Registry.
The city Registry is more than symbolic, unlike a “day” declaration. The Registry … Continue reading »
We recently moved our four-person software startup from the Mission district of San Francisco to downtown Berkeley. It’s been a fantastic change and, upon further reflection, I believe there are three mains reasons many will follow us.
Like many Berkeley residents, I have been following with great interest and concern the fate of our downtown Berkeley Post Office. It is a tragic commentary on the accelerating impoverishment of the public sector in our country that a public … Continue reading »
Recently, the FBI arrested 150 people suspected of forcing children into prostitution. This nationwide sweep highlighted the seedy underbelly of a black market that is all too common in the Bay Area. Although Oakland and San Francisco are considered by … Continue reading »
Last week, I got mugged in South Berkeley’s District 3. I was only a block away from my house. I fought off my attackers and managed to save my cell phone, but my laptop and some money was stolen in … Continue reading »
I live in Dudley, England’s second-largest town and a metropolitan borough, and I think this town has some lessons for Berkeley.
Dudley has 320,000 people and is two hours from London, 15 minutes from Birmingham. Dudley is a conurbation, a … Continue reading »
As a preservationist, I am disheartened to read about the current camp-out going on at the main Berkeley post office. Now is the time to work with potential buyers to craft an appropriate new use of the building, not … Continue reading »
As a kid I used to be among the first ones in my family to get up at 4 am in the morning ever ready to keep a fast. This was the age when sweet sleep did not matter. Sleep was not … Continue reading »
I woke up Wednesday, June 26, like it was any other day. I slid out of bed and felt the bluntly edged pain of a migraine cutting into my temples so I decided to stay home from work. My mama … Continue reading »