Berkeley voters face a choice in the upcoming Mayoral race, but not the choice we’ve been led to believe. Contrary to much of the campaign rhetoric so far, this election is not a question of who is the most or … Continue reading »
— “I renege.” — Laurie Capitelli, May 6, 2014 Berkeley City Council meeting.
— Renege (verb): “to refuse to do something that you promised or agreed to do.” —Merriam-Webster online dictionary.
In campaign mailings Laurie Capitelli is bragging about being … Continue reading »
You would think in a left-leaning city like Berkeley – a bastion of free speech and the home of one of the soda tax – that the City Council would be a pretty liberal group. So, it came as a … Continue reading »
I’m pretty much known as a political middle-of-the-roader, so it didn’t really surprise me when people began asking me Why have I gone to the ‘other side’ in supporting Jesse Arreguín for Mayor instead of Laurie Capitelli and am co-hosting … Continue reading »
William Faulkner famously wrote “The past is not dead. Actually, it’s not even past.” That’s especially true in Berkeley, where civic issues can persist for years after they have apparently been resolved.
Take the case of “development,” a topic of … Continue reading »
Berkeley has two proposals for development at a location in a Priority Development Area (PDA), which the city has designated for new housing near transit.
One proposal would create affordable housing, would modify the street to make it more attractive … Continue reading »
Cheryl Davila is running to represent her neighbors in District 2 and to defeat Darryl Moore on the Berkeley City Council in November. Cheryl happens to be really short — standing barely at 4’ 11” even wearing her cowgirl boots … Continue reading »
Berkeley’s minimum wage rose to $12.53 an hour on Oct. 1, a brief stopover on its way to $15. By the fall of 2018, the city’s starter wage will have risen 67% in just five years.
While the city’s council members … Continue reading »
I was greatly taken aback when I saw Robert Reich’s endorsement of Laurie Capitelli. Being a resident of Capitelli’s district and a regular attendee of the Berkeley City Council meetings, I can honestly say there is a substantial difference between Mr. … Continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »