Berkeleyside’s Op-Ed Section

Op-ed: Council must adequately regulate short term rentals to protect Berkeley’s housing supply

Tonight the Berkeley City Council will vote on legalizing and regulating short-term rentals, defined as rentals which last for less than fourteen days.  Currently, such rentals are illegal in Berkeley, though that hasn’t stopped multi-billion dollar companies such as Airbnb … Continue reading »

By Matthew Lewis

Lewis is Housing Commission Chair for the Associated Students of the University of California.

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Op-ed: Why Airbnb is so popular among Berkeley homeowners (A cautionary tale on renting space in your home).

Berkeley City Council is attempting to promote creation of long-term housing by reducing restrictions on “granny flats” and “accessory dwelling units” (ADU’s). The state of California similarly has Government Code Section 65583(c)(1). But something crucial is missing: social … Continue reading »

By Bryce Nesbitt

Nesbitt was born and raised in Berkeley, and now with his wife is a Berkeley homeowner, raising two children. He will not offer an ADU under the current rent control laws.

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Op-ed: Berkeley’s fiscal condition is not good. Really

Berkeley’s fiscal condition is analogous to the global climate condition — not at all good, moving in the wrong direction, and portending eventual disaster. The City however, has somehow managed to develop a comprehensive and intricate Climate Action Plan (!) … Continue reading »

By Barbara Gilbert

Barbara Gilbert is a longtime Berkeley resident and Council observer with a particular interest in the City budget, public safety, and land use. She is active in several community organizations, including NEBA, Berkeley Budget SOS, and the Committee for FACTS.

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Op-ed: Keeping our teachers close to home

In a housing affordability crisis such as the one settling in on the greater Bay Area, we immediately think of the very poor and the chronically homeless. And rightly so. Their needs are immediate and tangible. The City Council has … Continue reading »

By Laurie Capitelli

Laurie Capitelli is city councilman for Berkeley's District 5 and is running for mayor in the November elections.

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Op-ed: Berkeley fumbles future: lacks long-term vision and financing strategy for our public commons

Once again, as in an seemingly endless ‘ground-hog day’ loop, the Berkeley City Council is busy with its every-other-year ballot exercise, considering various bond financing measures for the 2016 November. Much is desperately needed in Berkeley, and many competing needs … Continue reading »

By Marc Beyeler

Marc Beyeler is a long-time Berkeley resident, a parent of a Berkeley High School alumnus, and former co-chair of the Berkeley Unified School District’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).

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Op-ed: The public and library employees are being ignored by the Berkeley Board of Library Trustees

In the home stretch of researching my latest book, I found myself consulting a 1969 issue of an anthropology publication archived in the Main Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, discovering what the people I had been writing about — … Continue reading »

By Cecile Pineda

Cecile Pineda is a prize-winning Berkeley writer recently honored by the City of Berkeley for some 50 years of cultural work,; she is the author of nine works of fiction and non-fiction published by WingsPress.com. Visit her at cecilepineda.com

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Op-ed: Why I support Isabelle Gaston for City Council

A few months ago, I joined the North East Berkeley Association (NEBA) Board of Directors at the request of President Isabelle Gaston. My limited time with the board has made me simultaneously distraught, and cautiously optimistic, about the future of … Continue reading »

By Dan McDunn

Dan McDunn is a resident of District 6, member of the NEBA Board of Directors, married to a third-generation Berkeley citizen, and father of three boys in BUSD schools.

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Op-ed: Berkeley must protect its cultural inheritance

“West Berkeley Shellmound dates back 5,800 years and is the oldest Shellmound in the area by about 1,000 years” Richard Schwartz. Berkeley Voice, April 15, 2016.

As many of you of may (or may not) know the City of Berkeley has … Continue reading »

By Negeene Mosaed

Negeene Mosaed is a single mother of two boys attending Berkeley's public schools. She is a resident of Berkeley, a tax payer, and a physical therapist working in downtown Berkeley where she provides treatment to people of all socioeconomic status. 

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Op-ed: Berkeley, testing, testing, 1-2-3… is this thing on?

BUSD is preparing for standardized testing next week. Meanwhile, across the rest of the country, there’s a strong, vocal tide that’s swelled into what has become the largest revolt against high-stakes testing in U.S. history.

I have been surprised by … Continue reading »

By Shannon Puckett

Shannon Puckett is a former teacher. She is now mom to two BUSD elementary school kids, supervisor of student teachers at Mills College, and the director of the documentary film, 'Defies Measurement.'

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Op-ed: stop UC from eliminating award-winning medical program that creates life-changing physicians

Proposed budget cuts are threatening UC Berkeley’s award-winning medical program, which partners with UCSF to create life-changing physicians. In a fight to keep the program alive, students, staff and alumni are taking action.

Since 1971, the UC … Continue reading »

By Allison Gower

Gower, a daughter of a UC Berkeley alum herself, is the Campaign & PR Manager for iPetitions.com, an online platform that allows anyone in the world to use its tools in order to start a petition, gain worldwide support and make an impact.

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Op-ed: New 783-bed, 8-story-high Stiles student housing project is too big

The University is poised to approve what may be its largest student housing project to date, the Stiles Student Housing project, in the form of this behemoth of a structure providing 783 beds for students on one of few … Continue reading »

By William McClung and Martin Holden

William McClung is President of the 2430 Arts Alliance and General Partner of University Press Books/Berkeley and the Musical Offering, both located next to the proposed project on Bancroft Way. Martin Holden is a board member of the 2430 Arts Alliance and former architecture critic for San Francisco Magazine.

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Op-ed: The ‘Right to the City’: Who should control the process of urbanization in Berkeley?

The “Right to the City” is an idea proposed by Lefebvre that those who live in a city have a democratic right, a human right, to shape the process of urbanization.

Unfortunately we seem to live in a world where … Continue reading »

By Dr. James McFadden

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

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Op-ed: An open letter to the citizens of Berkeley

Good People of Berkeley:

I’m here from out of town, on a five-month stay for my husband’s sabbatical from Middlebury College, but I lived among you for five years while that same husband received his PhD from UC Berkeley. So, … Continue reading »

By Faith Gong

Faith Gong is a writer from Middlebury, Vermont, whose work has appeared in On the Willows, The Longridge Review, The Addison Independent, and on her personal blog, The Pickle Patch.

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