On Ed Roberts Day, we talk to his mother, Zona Roberts, a fierce advocate for her son as well as disability rights more broadly.
After deciding the former Center for Independent Living building at 2539 Telegraph Ave. should not be a landmark, Berkeley’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is pondering whether a faded and weathered mural in the property’s back parking lot deserves that recognition — a move developer Patrick Kennedy says could kill his plans to build an apartment complex on the site.
California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger on Monday signed a bill creating Ed Roberts Day, in honor of the Berkeley pioneer for disability rights. Ed Roberts Day will be each January 23rd, and the bill encourages schools and other institutions to commemorate Roberts’ drive for disability rights. State Senator Loni Hancock, a former neighbor of Roberts, introduced the bill.