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Op-ed: Policy, not rhetoric needed to fight climate change

I was frankly perplexed by Ben Gould’s recent op-ed attacking two forward-thinking environmental policies I have brought before the Berkeley City Council. One would expect that the Chair of the city’s Environmental Commission would embrace meaningful steps to combat … Continue reading »

By Jesse Arreguín

Jesse Arreguín is a Berkeley City Councilman and a candidate for Mayor.

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Op-ed: Why I disrupted Chez Panisse

Friday night, I entered Berkeley’s world-famous Chez Panisse with a bouquet of flowers. I looked to Chez Panisse as an example of fine dining at its best. The sights and aroma all created a seductive … Continue reading »

By Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson lives in Berkeley and is an organizer with the grassroots animal-rights network Direct Action Everywhere.

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Op-ed: Councilman Arreguín can’t greenwash his anti-housing policies

Councilman Jesse Arreguín has put forward two items on Tuesday’s City Council agenda which impose infeasible requirements for new housing construction while making one-acre farms the easiest thing to build in Berkeley. While they’re presented as necessary to reduce greenhouse … Continue reading »

By Ben Gould

Ben Gould is Chair of the Community Environmental Advisory Commission and a candidate for Berkeley Mayor. He is a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying Public Policy and Environmental Engineering.

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Op-ed: Draft bicycle plan is good, but not good enough

Berkeley’s draft bicycle plan, released Aug. 29, is a good improvement over its current plan, and is better than most bicycle plans currently under development in other East Bay cities such as Concord, Pleasanton and Moraga. But Bike East Bay … Continue reading »

By Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell is Advocacy Director of Bike East Bay.

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Op-ed: Why the Pacific School of Religion/Mather Holy Hill project is bad for Berkeley

The Mather LifeWays project proposed for the Pacific School of Religion campus and its surroundings has the potential to do great harm to the Northside neighborhood and to Berkeley as a whole.

The over-scaled senior housing development would do away … Continue reading »

By Daniella Thompson

Daniella Thompson is a writer and historian. She has lived on the Northside since 1988.

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Op-ed: Proposed Berkeley development on Adeline highlights key community issues

Who Berkeley residents vote onto the Berkeley City Council this November could dramatically alter how the city looks in the future. The Berkeley City Council currently stands divided, with pro-development council members claiming the majority of votes, but that could all change once ballots … Continue reading »

By Thomas Battles

Thomas Battles,18, is a lifetime South Berkeley resident who spent three years writing for the Berkeley High Jacket. He lives near the proposed development at 2902 Adeline Street.

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Op-ed: Our extended family: An open letter from Berkeley Unified Superintendent

This letter was first published on Aug. 21 by Berkeley Public Schools website. Read the letter in Spanish.

We should all be savoring the end of summer, looking forward to a new school year together, but right now … Continue reading »

By Donald Evans

Donald Evans is Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District.

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Op-ed: It’s not rocket science to solve homelessness

The issue of homelessness is a Gordian knot that for years has perplexed not only elected officials, but also the citizens of Berkeley, in particular our business community.

While many solutions have been proposed and implemented, and millions of dollars … Continue reading »

By Mike Lee

Mike Lee is a homeless advocate, candidate for mayor of Berkeley, former President of the San Francisco Union of The Homeless, and a member of the National Union of the Homeless Organizing Team.

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Op-ed: Jesse Arreguín is right to oppose Jerry Brown’s anti-democratic give-away to the real-estate industry

Jesse Arreguín is right to oppose Jerry Brown’s anti-democratic give-away to the real-estate industry.

In his July 19 op-ed published on Berkeleyside, Garret Christensen slammed Berkeley City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguín for opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s Trailer … Continue reading »

By Zelda Bronstein

Zelda Bronstein is a former chair of the Berkeley Planning Commission.

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Op-ed: Switch it up — support clean energy for Berkeley

What if every time an electrical switch was turned on in Berkeley, 100% clean energy was delivered to power our lights, computers and appliances – and charge our electric cars? Sounds like a futuristic sci-fi dream, right? But very soon, … Continue reading »

By Sophie Hahn

Sophie Hahn is member of the Sierra Club Northern Alameda County Executive Board and the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Community Choice Energy Working Group. She is currently running for City Council in Berkeley’s 5th District.

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Op-ed: Confronting the causes and solutions of mass homelessness

Policy makers, government agencies, funders, and nonprofits alike all cling to the concept and importance of data like it is a panacea for societal ills—it is not. Data is only as good as our ability and willingness to act on … Continue reading »

By Donald Frazier

Donald Frazier is Executive Director of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS).

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Op-ed: Homeless lite in the East Bay — an odyssey

On my birthday last month, I had to vacate the home where I’d been for about a year. I wasn’t evicted, but my lease ran out, and I was given five weeks’ notice that the month-to-month arrangement was over. During … Continue reading »

By H. Scott Prosterman

H. Scott Prosterman has lived in the East Bay since 2004. He is a professional editor and language specialist, who was born in the 50s, raised in the 60s, thrived in the 70s, barely survived the 80s and regrouped in the 90s. He still blames himself for helping to elect Reagan by voting for Barry Commoner in 1980.

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Op-ed: Not in my front yard: Cuts to downtown services threaten basic quality of life for the homeless

While the number one priority for serving homeless people is (or should be) helping them find affordable housing to live in, for the last several years the city has also rightly deemed it an important quality-of-life priority that homeless people … Continue reading »

By Sonja Fitz

Sonja Fitz is Director of Development and Marketing for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS). She has worked for BOSS for 30 years and is a lifelong East Bay resident

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