Late last month, Berkeley police officers responded to an armed and highly dangerous individual in South Berkeley who robbed a laundromat and later attacked an older resident near Sacramento Street. This was a high-stakes operation involving a violent and heartless criminal. While … Continue reading »
Once you own a hammer every problem looks like a nail.
Over the past 20 years the City of Berkeley has had a number of deaths which have occurred in its rental housing stock. After each incident the response was the … Continue reading »
One of the strongest safeguards of open government is the California Public Records Act, but like any powerful instrument, it can cause great damage when abused.
I was shocked on July 14 when I was informed that Shirley Dean, a … Continue reading »
Tobacco’s deleterious effects are not confined to smokers, vapers, or second- and third-hand exposure. Tobacco waste devastates our environment as well. Every year over 5 trillion cigarettes are sold globally, with 360 billion cigarettes sold in the United States alone.
In … Continue reading »
As a long-time resident and member of the Downtown Area Planning Committee I have participated in ten years of planning, debate, initiatives, referendums and heated viewpoints on the future of our downtown. After two decisive votes, the hugely popular new plan … Continue reading »
Op-ed: Berkeley should be the first city in the US to host the ‘Anything to Say?’ public art project
On Nov. 3, 1964 Mario Savio stood in defiance of the establishment on the UC Berkeley campus and called out words now embedded in history: “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so … Continue reading »
In recent days, much has been written about the tragic Berkeley balcony collapse and its victims – mostly Irish students visiting the United States on the U.S. government’s J-1 nonimmigrant visa. More than 150,000 Irish students have used the program … Continue reading »
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court announced that LGBT couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Households all over the nation either celebrated, stiffened, or wondered what it meant to their community and to history.
In … Continue reading »
I am responding to the recent hateful comment in the Berkeley High School yearbook directed at the Academy of Medicine and Public Service (AMPS) small school.
My overall reaction was pure disgust.
Someone on the yearbook committee took the time … Continue reading »
The North East Berkeley Association (NEBA) recently convened a board meeting for the express purpose of discussing the sudden resignation of the City Manager Christine Daniel.
We believe the loss to the city of Ms. Daniel reflects a very … Continue reading »
The Court of Public Discussion on current Berkeley development matters now evokes Time magazine’s ‘Architect of the Century’ for his take on things.
When the leaders of post-Great War Paris decided on massive ‘slum’ clearance—the second in 60 years—the rising, … Continue reading »