Berkeleyside’s Op-Ed Section

Op-ed: Democracy, transparency and Measure R

Last March after Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan received a prestigious national American Planning Association award, I wrote the following for the “Cal Planner” newsletter:

“In the end, support was overwhelming as eight of nine Council members adopted a new … Continue reading »

By Matthew Taecker

Matthew Taecker AIA AICP was the City of Berkeley’s Principal Planner and guided development of its award-winning Downtown Area Plan. Now a private consultant, Taecker’s 30-year career has focused on pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented development to promote livability and environmental sustainability. Because of his familiarity with downtown policies and zoning, Taecker was asked to represent downtown Berkeley's high-rise hotel development project one year ago.

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Op-ed: Proposition O is a very useful fix to the law

Among the many ballot propositions up for a vote on Election Day, Proposition O — which makes some seemingly minor fixes to the city’s recall law – is very low down on the public discussion list. But it is actually … Continue reading »

By Joshua Spivak

Joshua Spivak is a senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College. He blogs at www.recallelections.blogspot.com/

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Op-ed: Measure R delivers on the green promise for downtown

The Green Downtown Initiative is the latest chapter in the land use battle between big developers and the rest of us.

In 2010, Berkeley voters approved a different Measure R, which asked voters to adopt a “Green Vision” for the … Continue reading »

By Lisa Stephens

Lisa Stephens is the chair of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board and a former member of the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee.

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Op-ed: Measure R will kill emerging downtown renaissance

Berkeley has an international reputation as a free-thinking, expressive, welcoming and experimental city.  The current battle over the city’s downtown and November’s Measure R contradicts this image of ourselves, and in the worst possible way.

While promoted as a “soak-the-evil-developers” … Continue reading »

By Anthony Bruzzone

Anthony Bruzzone is President of Berkeley Design Advocates, a membership organization of architects, landscape architects, planners, builders and design professionals established in 1973 to promote excellence in the built environment of Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Measure D — a doctor’s perspective

I am a Berkeley doctor. I support Measure D, and want to comment on specious and incorrect arguments by Jill Herschman and Dan McDunn, both of whom argued against the measure in op-ed pieces published on Berkeleyside.

I assume that the … Continue reading »

By Peter Barglow

Peter Barglow, MD, is a clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at UC Davis Medical School, and a Berkeley resident.

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Op-ed: Linda Maio is not the best environmental candidate

The Sierra Club Bay Chapter made a big mistake when it endorsed incumbent Linda Maio for Berkeley City Council.

In 2013, Maio led the move to gut a proposed ordinance that would have improved the information that dental patients receive about mercury dental amalgam fillings. She … Continue reading »

By Kristin Homme and Sandra Nixon

Kristin Homme, MPP, MPH is a retired engineer who has chronic mercury toxicity and who facilitates a support group for this illness. Her peer-reviewed article, "New science challenges old notion that mercury dental amalgam is safe," was published in February 2014 in the journal Biometals. Sandra Nixon, MS, is an environmental activist who has chronic mercury toxicity and multiple chemical sensitivities. Both women serve on the steering committee of the Bay Area Mercury Awareness Coalition.

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Op-ed: Support Berkeley’s important cell phone safety bill

Working at schools sites across Berkeley, I constantly see students carrying cell phones in their pockets and using them when they should be in class. It seems every year, younger and younger children are using cell phones.

Yet how many people are … Continue reading »

By Kevin Kunze

Kevin Kunze is an award-winning Bay Area filmmaker and Berkeley resident. His recent documentary, 'Mobilize,' explores the possible long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and the influence companies can have on public health.

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Op-ed: Vote no on Measure R — it’s a misleading initiative

Most of us want a new downtown; why are we asked over and over to keep the old one? Why do we have to fight another misleading initiative — Measure R?

After years of debate on a plan to revitalize … Continue reading »

By Dorothy Walker

Dorothy Walker is a member of the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee.

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Op-ed: Big Tobacco and Big Oil have no place in Berkeley politics

If you’ve lived and voted in Berkeley for a long time, as I have, you’ve no doubt noticed that our election campaigns typically pit one Democrat against another with nary any interest from anyone outside the East Bay. Now that … Continue reading »

By Mal Warwick

Mal Warwick is an author, entrepreneur, impact investor, and book reviewer who writes for Berkeleyside from time to time. He has lived in Berkeley since 1969. Warwick supports Elizabeth Echols and has donated $5,000 to her campaign.

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Op-ed: Soda Tax is wrong formula, regardless of ideology

Next month, voters in Berkeley and their neighbors across the Bay in San Francisco will go to the polls to determine whether their cities would be the first in the country to pass taxes on sugar- sweetened beverages. Berkeley’s “Measure … Continue reading »

By Baylen J. Linnekin

Baylen J. Linnekin is the executive director of Keep Food Legal Foundation and an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School.

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Op-ed: School district overcrowding is an opportunity that begins as a problem

Last week’s Berkeley School Board meeting kicked off a series of important community input meetings to address the issue of overcrowding in our schools. Parents from local elementary schools shared observations about how increasing demands on our teachers, classrooms, schoolyards … Continue reading »

By Stephanie Wade

Stephanie Wade is a BUSD parent, PTA member and former Cragmont Elementary School PTA president. She owns a marketing/design agency.

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Op-ed: Berkeley, not Big Soda, knows what’s best for Berkeley

If an alien were to drop into Berkeley this election season, one could not fault her for presuming that the staunchest protector of our community’s collective wellbeing is the American Beverage Association, the bank and voice of Big Soda.

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By Eric Gorovitz

Eric Gorovitz is a Berkeley resident, a parent of two Berkeley High School Students, and a Type II diabetic. He has volunteered in support of Measure D, including advocating for it in the media, and is one of the designated media spokespeople for Berkeley vs. Big Soda.

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Op-ed: Refuse to be confused — vote Yes on Measure D

As a Latino health professional, as a father of two, and as a citizen of Berkeley, I am voting Yes on Measure D.

The science that the overconsumption of sugary sweetened beverages can cause diabetes is not in dispute in … Continue reading »

By Xavier Morales

Xavier Morales, Ph.D., is a Berkeley resident and the Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and the Co-Director of Latinos Unidos de Berkeley.

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