Berkeleyside’s Op-Ed Section

Op-ed: As an East Bay fast-food worker, I say we need $15 minimum wage and a union

If you listen to the big business lobbyists, you might actually hear them claim that the Bay Area’s higher minimum wage laws will have no impact or might even hurt our communities.

But that’s missing the real story: the lives of … Continue reading »

By Zharia Harper

Zharia Harper, 19, has worked at McDonald’s for two years in Oakland, she also studies African American Studies full-time at Laney College in Oakland.

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Op-ed: UC should re-invest its fossil-fuel portfolio in renewable energy

As a Cal alumna, I’ve been rooting for my alma mater to be among the first universities to divest from fossil fuels. Alas, Stanford, SF State and Peralta, along with dozens of other universities, religious institutions and cities, including Berkeley, … Continue reading »

By Erica Etelson

Erica Etelson graduated from Berkeley Law in 1993. She is chair of the Berkeley Community Choice Energy Working Group.

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Op-ed: Harold Way deserves better than Berkeley

Harold Way could be one of the best streets in Downtown Berkeley. It’s a quiet, narrow, low-traffic, shady street with some beautiful architecture from the Dharma College buildings. It’s highly accessible – with a parking garage next door, in direct … Continue reading »

By Ben Gould

Ben Gould is a Berkeley native and a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying Environmental Engineering and Public Policy. He lives in Downtown Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Berkeley must insist that developers build more affordable housing than currently required

It appears that the Mayor and City Council of Berkeley, which has had the reputation of being one of the most progressive cities on the west coast, have been practicing embarrassingly stingy NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard”) with regards … Continue reading »

By Richard Tamm

Richard Tamm has lived in Berkeley for 25 years. He is a retired main frame computer programmer.

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Op-ed: A tale of two Measure Rs

This is a tale of why and how the citizens of Berkeley got scammed by voting for the 2010 Measure R, and then scammed again when they voted against the 2014 Measure R. Let’s start with “why”. Why is the … Continue reading »

By James McFadden

James McFadden is a Berkeley resident and research physicist at UCB whose interest of economics, bubble markets, and market manipulation date back to the 2008 economic collapse.

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Op-ed: Berkeley’s new donation boxes obfuscate underlying issues

It’s no accident that the newly launched “Positive Change Donation Program”, a partnership of the Downtown Berkeley Association, Berkeley Food and Housing Project, and City of Berkeley, was introduced at the same time that new anti-homeless downtown measures were … Continue reading »

By Sonja Fitz

Sonja Fitz is the Director of Development for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, and has worked in downtown Berkeley for 28 years.

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Op-ed: The decay of Berkeley’s infrastructure

On May 12, the city of Berkeley’s budget manager, Teresa Berkeley-Simmons, will present to city council the proposed spending over the next five years for capital improvements. This includes money to be spent on sidewalks, streets, parks, storm drains, … Continue reading »

By Isabelle Gaston

Isabelle Gaston is a medical writing consultant specializing in oncology regulatory submissions to the FDA and president of NEBA, the North East Berkeley Association, a community organization for residents of electoral districts 5 and 6.

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Op-ed: Berkeley deserves better than 2211 Harold Way

What are the three most import things in real estate? Location, Location, Location. What are the three most important things that are wrong with the proposed complex at 2211 Harold Way? Location, Location, Location. That’s just for starters.

Location – … Continue reading »

By Kelly Hammargren

Kelly Hammargren RN, MBA, is a 25-year Berkeley resident who is the volunteer Exhibitions Chair for Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA) and who coordinates two artist groups for NCWCA.

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Op-ed: A response to the UC Berkeley student who said community colleges should not exist

On May 4, the following statement was posted on the UC Berkeley Confessions Facebook Page. This page is for UC Berkeley students to post confessions, especially during finals, and in the first 19 hours after it was posted, it had already garnered … Continue reading »

By Adena Ishii

Adena Ishii is a Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley alumna. She's a strong advocate for access to higher education and the community college system.

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Op-ed: Residents want, deserve cellphone ‘right to know’

We all deserve the right to know at the point of sale the FCC required “safe distance” information currently hidden deep within the cellphone or in an online manual few read. We are entitled to make informed decisions for ourselves … Continue reading »

By Ellen Marks

Ellen Marks is Executive Director of the California Brain Tumor Association

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Op-ed: Racism ‘whack-a-mole’ won’t work in Berkeley

On Friday, March 13, I attended a panel on race and racism held at Willard School that included Kamau Bell, and Michael Pearce, owner of the Elmwood Café. The discussion was a result of an incident at the Elmwood … Continue reading »

By Simma Lieberman

Simma Lieberman creates inclusive workplaces where employees love to do their best work. She lives in Berkeley, and is a Diversity and Inclusion/Culture Change consultant.

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Op-ed: How to get more affordable housing in Berkeley

One of the most contentious issues facing Berkeley is how to require developers to help provide affordable housing. We are proposing a new approach.

Everyone agrees we face a critical shortage of affordable housing, but what’s the best way to … Continue reading »

By Tom Bates and Laurie Capitelli

Tom Bates is the Mayor of Berkeley, and Laurie Capitelli is a member of the Berkeley City Council representing District 5.

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Op-ed: How should water be priced in Berkeley?

What does it cost for a typical Berkeley residential customer to use 500 gallons of water a month? 5,000 gallons? 10,000 gallons?

Given the scope of the drought California is experiencing, the results may surprise you.* After you pay the … Continue reading »

By Neal Eckard

Neal Eckard is a Berkeley resident who has recently started a small publishing company, Aardvarkansas, one of whose goals is to provide basic research on environmental issues.

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