10 most-read Berkeleyside stories of 2018

The 10 Berkeleyside stories that garnered the most page-views this year ran the gamut from crime, misdeeds, a traffic fatality, racism, local elections, prefab building and food — the latter reporting on the closing, without warning, of two of Berkeley’s most popular food destinations.

The article that heads the list is about Eric Clanton, a former East Bay college philosophy professor and antifa sympathizer, who took a deal after being charged with four counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon during a Berkeley protest last year. Its popularity is partly a result of a level of interest in the 2017 Berkeley political clashes that reaches far beyond the confines of our city. Our coverage relating to the demonstrations and their key protagonists, whether on the far right or far left, is regularly picked up by national and international platforms with much larger reach than Berkeleyside, which drives up our traffic.

That the abrupt closures of the Elmwood Café and Ici ice cream stores made the top 10 is a testament to a passion locally for all things food-related. This is reflected in the loyal and enthusiastic reader base Berkeleyside enjoys for its restaurant and drinks coverage, and the fact that Nosh is our single most heavily trafficked landing page. Although we excluded opinion pieces from this list, one penned by TV host and comedian Kamau Bell, in which he discussed the Elmwood Café closure, would have comfortably made the ranking.

We were gratified that so many of you tuned in to our live local election coverage, the culmination of several weeks of reporting in the lead-up to Nov. 6. Given how compelling the mid-terms proved to be nationally, it was good to see that local representation is determined to be worth following too.


Our second-ranked story — an exclusive, investigative report on what was deemed to be a lack of judgment and possible ethical breach by a Berkeley city councilman — embodies all that we believe is important in terms of local journalism keeping the powerful accountable. If, as many argue, a country’s democracy relies on reporters being at city halls and school boards in towns across the nation, this carefully reported article demonstrates why.

1. College professor takes deal in protest case

Eric Clanton takes 3-year probation deal in Berkeley rally bike lock assault case

2. Councilman’s police stop raises questions

Berkeley councilman to cop who pulled him over: ‘You know, we’re voting on your contract right now’

3. Café accused of racism shutters suddenly

Elmwood Café closed, as 2015 racism charge gets new life with Starbucks arrest

4. 4-story apartment building goes up in 4 days

Prefab housing complex for UC Berkeley students goes up in four days

5. Woman dies after car and bus collide

Woman, 27, dies after AC Transit bus and car collide, crash into Ashby Ave. homes

6.BUSD teacher ordered to pay legal fees

Yvette Felarca ordered to pay legal fees of former president of Berkeley College Republicans

7. Our live local election blog tracks results

Berkeley Election 2018 live blog: Results as they happened

8. Racial harassment caught on video

Harassment, attack of multiracial group prompt woman’s arrest in Berkeley

9. 3 shot in park on weekend afternoon

BPD: Man, 25, in critical condition after shooting; innocent bystanders are stable

10. Popular ice cream shop abruptly closes

Ici Ice Cream shop closes abruptly, bids Berkeley ‘au revoir’