“The collective knees on so many necks have finally given way,” Councilmember Ben Bartlett said during the meeting, recounting his childhood with Black Panthers, and the Rodney King riots.
Garcia comes from Skyline College in San Bruno, and takes up the leadership role during a rocky time for the Peralta district.
Online reports that an ICE agent was seeking student information had people concerned Monday.
Authorities evacuated Berkeley City College on Friday afternoon in connection with the discovery of white powder in a fourth-floor restroom. Three people who used that restroom later said they felt dizzy.
More events around town have been canceled, people are driving to Tahoe and elsewhere in search of clean air, and there is a rush on air masks.
The poor air quality in Berkeley has prompted schools, colleges and outdoor events to shut down.
The Berkeley City Council heard an update on the educational equity plan this week, learning about what has worked and what still needs to be done.
Berkeley City College students opened a resource center this month that will provide legal and academic counseling to undocumented students and community members.
Berkeley Promise is a new collaboration between the city of Berkeley, the Berkeley Community Fund and Berkeley City College.