If you have worked for UC Berkeley at any time over the past 30 years, you might warmly remember that the university was well known for offering largely functional health insurance plans that made healthcare affordable for employees at every income … Continue reading »
I support medical marijuana, decriminalization of marijuana, even recreational marijuana for those who enjoy it. But I opposed Forty Acres’ cannabis club and was dismayed that some of the city council made supportive noises about finding a way to permit … Continue reading »
The library is a critical component of our Berkeley community. As an organization, we must learn to listen and understand the trends that impact our patrons. The first step is an understanding of what those needs are. As part of … Continue reading »
The massacre at Charlie Hebdo united a stricken world behind the principles of free speech. But how are we doing really? Nationally the US Supreme Court has equated speech with money and hampers earnest bipartisan efforts to get money out … Continue reading »
Demonstrators recently have taken to the streets of Berkeley to assert that #BlackLivesMatter. I have good news. Black and all other lives already matter to the people of Berkeley including the BPD. Here’s how I know.
My brother died on … Continue reading »
Op-ed: Christmas Fantasy at Tilden Park is less spectacular, but 103-merry go round is in better shape
“They ruined Christmas!” starts Mike K. of Berkeley’s Yelp review of Tilden Regional Park Merry-Go-Round posted on Dec. 11.
That is how I was feeling when my children and I headed up to see Christmas Fantasy this weekend. While my … Continue reading »
For the past 20+ years the Tilden Park Carousel has been decorated for the winter holidays and has been a wonderland of lawn decorations, free visits with Santa, Christmas tree displays with a different theme for each tree, and of … Continue reading »
On a recent Thursday night, I waited for 30 minutes in downtown Oakland for a bus that never came. The nightly round of protesters had blocked off portions of Broadway near Jack London Square, disrupting car traffic and public … Continue reading »
Witnessing the protests and police response as an outsider living in Berkeley, I’d like to offer a positive solution: when police respond to protests, they should have three times as many negotiators as soldiers.
There were real troublemaking individuals in the … Continue reading »
After being arrested for helping to block traffic on I-80 and attending several other peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protests around the East Bay, I have seen first-hand how the loving message of tens of thousands of peaceful protestors across the country has … Continue reading »
“We believe ‘tear gas’ is a misnomer for a group of poisonous gases which, far from being innocuous, have serious acute and longer-term adverse effects on the health of significant numbers of those exposed.”
Physicians for Human Rights wrote the … Continue reading »
I am happy to see that a rising tide of idealism is causing non-violent demonstrations for justice across the country.
I am not happy to see that the one of the main groups planning our demonstrations in Berkeley is BAMN … Continue reading »
We’ve experienced quite the storm in Berkeley over this past week, both metaphorically and literally. Often, the media will focus on the negative aspects of a story such as the Berkeley protests, choosing to focus on that which turned violent, … Continue reading »