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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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Op-ed: Clever design brings protected intersection to Berkeley

Students at Martin Luther King, Jr Middle School in North Berkeley will soon be able to walk and bike to school much more safely, thanks to a new protected intersection coming to the neighborhood. Over 22,000 cars pass through the … Continue reading »

By Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell is Advocacy Director of Bike East Bay.

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Op-ed: Berkeley should endorse, not oppose, Governor Brown’s housing proposal

Twice now, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin has introduced legislation asking Berkeley to issue a resolution opposing an important state affordable housing bill proposed by Governor Brown. City resolutions on state matters are of course non-binding, but if Berkeley … Continue reading »

By Garret Christensen

Garret Christensen is a Berkeley resident and an economics researcher at UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Institute for Data Science.

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Op-ed: Environmental issues must be solved with Berkeley values

Berkeley prides itself in being a leader in environmental policy. In 2006, Berkeley voters overwhelmingly supported Measure G, which called on the City to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by the year 2050. This vision, which received a … Continue reading »

By Jesse Arreguín

Jesse Arreguín is a City Council member representing District 4. He is also a candidate for mayor.

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Op-ed: We need real equity and access to a livable Berkeley

This letter, by REAL Berkeley, was sent to the Berkeley City Council ahead of its July 12 meeting. REAL Berkeley is a group of Berkeley citizens who are interested in helping to develop a comprehensive housing plan for the city that provides … Continue reading »

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Op-ed: We cannot wait until 2018 to achieve police accountability and reform

Within 48 hours in early July, five Black and Brown men were killed by police officers across the country: Anthony Nunez, Alton Sterling, Pedro Villanueva, Dylan Noble, and Philando Castile. Every 24 hours, new names are added to the list … Continue reading »

By Bulmaro Vicente

Bulmaro Vicente is a Police Review Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, a member of the UCPD Police Review Board, and an ASUC Senator at UC Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Berkeley’s street repair policy is flawed

Recent maintenance projects in the LeConte neighborhood have left me critical of Berkeley’s municipal street repair priorities. This past April and May, on both Derby and Parker streets, Berkeley has intentionally sacrificed decades-old street trees in order to repair small … Continue reading »

By Joseph Poirier

Poirier is a Berkeley resident, UC Berkeley student of city planning, and lumber industry worker.

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