Berkeleyside’s Op-Ed Section

Op-ed: Save our green downtown: Vote ‘no’ on Measure R

Jacquelyn McCormick’s Sept. 9th Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside is filled with misinformation about Measure R. Measure R is a 28-page downtown initiative on this November’s ballot that would impose strict new requirements on housing and office projects in Berkeley’s … Continue reading »

By Tim Frank

Berkeley resident Tim Frank is a longstanding environmentalist and sustainability expert, Director of the Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods, and Chair of the No on R campaign committee.

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Op-ed: Robert Reich: “If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere”

I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.

Rather than hang up I agreed to answer his questions. He asked me if I knew … Continue reading »

By Robert Reich

Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His new movie "Inequality for All" is in Theaters. His blog, where this piece first appeared, can be found at www.robertreich.org.

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True green not green-washed: we must support Measure R

I am supporting Measure R 2014 Green Downtown Initiative for the following reasons:

In 2010, Berkeley voters overwhelmingly approved Measure R, but our City Council has not delivered on its promises.  Here is how the measure read:  

“Shall the … Continue reading »

By Jacquelyn McCormick

Jacquelyn McCormick is the President of the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association and a candidate for City Council in District 8. She has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and is a neighborhood and community activist.

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Op-ed: Soda kills — we need to vote ‘yes’ on Measure D

In two months, Berkeley voters will decide whether ours will be the first U.S. city to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (or tie with San Francisco which has a similar measure on the ballot). When I heard about the … Continue reading »

By Erica Etelson

Erica Etelson is a Berkeley Unified parent and producer of the short hit video, "How Much Sugar." The views expressed here are her own.

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Op-ed: Berkeley schools are victims of their own success

I am a proud graduate from, and enthusiastic supporter of, the Berkeley public schools. I am a lifelong resident of Berkeley, and have chosen to raise my family here. I love the school that my children attend, and have had … Continue reading »

By Joshua Room

Joshua Room is a lifelong Berkeley resident and parent of two children at Malcolm X Elementary School in the BUSD. He was President of the PTA at Malcolm X in 2013-2014.

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Op-ed: Berkeley restaurant has been approved: Let it open

I am a homeowner on Russell Street just below College, and thus an Elmwood resident. A year ago, I heard that the owners of Comal on Shattuck Avenue were proposing a restaurant for the old Wright’s Garage space on … Continue reading »

By April Gilbert

April Gilbert is a consultant to nonprofit organizations and has lived in Berkeley for 40 years.

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Op-ed: Big vision and strict accountability required to save Berkeley parks

On Tuesday, June 24, the Berkeley City Council may choose to place a combined Mello-Roos financing measure for Berkeley parks on the November ballot. It is vital for the Berkeley … Continue reading »

By Marc Beyeler

Marc Beyeler is a long-time Berkeley resident, a parent of a junior at Berkeley High School, and a member of the Berkeley Unified School District’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).

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Op-ed: Minimum wage plan is raising bar too far, too fast

The Berkeley Small Business Alliance supports the need to raise the minimum wage in Berkeley. There is a longstanding history of support for small business in Berkeley as evidenced by its lack of corporate retailers and big-box stores. Berkeley … Continue reading »

By the Berkeley Small Business Alliance

Formed in 2014, the Berkeley Small Business Alliance is a group of 100 + small local businesses representing every district in Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Women will benefit from minimum wage increase

The National Women’s Political Caucus, Alameda North Chapter strongly supports the efforts to establish a local minimum wage in Berkeley that is higher than the state minimum wage. As an organization that supports growing both the political and economic power … Continue reading »

By Amy Shrago and Annie Flores

Amy Shrago and Annie Flores are Co-Presidents of NWPC-AN, a 40-year-old organization with 300+ local members serving Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont and San Leandro committed to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power-base to achieve equality for all women.

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Op-ed: In minimum wage debate, respect business owners

In the growing conversation about minimum wage and establishing a fair balance for workers and businesses, it would be an unforgivable oversight to forget what makes Berkeley such a special place to live in. Small neighborhoods. Stores owned by individuals … Continue reading »

By Marian Lever

Marian Lever is a Berkeley resident.

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Op-ed: How about some notice before a tree is cut down?

Last month a magnificent fruiting tree on the southeast corner of Dwight Way and Grant Street was cut down. Turns out it belonged to the Berkeley City Ballet.

A good guess is that thousands have plucked fruit from this tree, likely … Continue reading »

By Ryan Mykita

Ryan Mykita is Principal at More Animal Than Human, an outdoors conservation project launching worldwide in 2015. He is a permanent resident of Berkeley, and an adopted resident of Bogota, Colombia.

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Op-ed: Let’s build resilient communities, not just sea walls

As we cope with the latest gloomy news about climate change — from flooding in Serbia to Antarctica’s irreversible melting to Congress’s continued inaction and denial that climate change is even happening — a new buzz word is popping up … Continue reading »

By Susan Silber

Susan Silber is the co-coordinator for the Community Resilience Challenge-East Bay, working alongside Daily Acts Sustainable Contra Costa, the Victory Garden Foundation and Bay Localize to promote community resilience. She is a long-time environmental educator and community organizer, and also works with the Green Schools Initiative, working to reduce waste and promote sustainability with Berkeley Unified schools.

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Op-ed: Beware deceptive ‘Save Post Office’ ballot petition

Don’t be deceived. Backers of a proposed measure for the Berkeley ballot in November are circulating voter-signature petitions under the guise of “saving the Post Office.” But the main thrust of the measure is to impose prohibitively restrictive fees and … Continue reading »

By Tom Bates

Tom Bates is the mayor of Berkeley.

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