A fire at a homeless camp in West Berkeley caused black, billowing smoke to be visible across the city Friday morning.
Our home looks out at a four-story apartment building. This is not a problem. What is a problem is that our children, who were raised here, cannot afford to live here.
At 70, Townes founded the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless to bring Berkeley’s churches together to provide meals, shelter, and other services to homeless people.
After living outside of Old City Hall for around three months, the group of people experiencing homelessness were ousted Thursday morning.
Notices of violation around the Old City Hall homeless camps order residents to clear out immediately.
Nobody was injured, but the Tuesday afternoon incident caused some property damage.
By allowing people to set up elaborate tent cities or live in their cars, Berkeley has enabled a certain kind of permanence to settle in, which demands a redefinition of homeless.
Tension was high Tuesday night as the Berkeley City Council debated interim uses for the Premier Cru site and plans to build homeless housing on the Berkeley Way parking lot.
Putting underground parking below Berkeley planned housing for the homeless is not only costly and short-sighted, but it will reduce the number of units that can be built.
A judge said "First They Came for the Homeless" has made plausible claims that Berkeley seized campers' belongings and suppressed their political expression.
Representatives from the city and business association said there is not much they can do to address the private site.
A small fire at the homeless camp outside Old City Hall in downtown Berkeley caused no injuries but damaged private and public property Thursday morning.
The emergency shelter, which is open until April, offers free Wi-Fi, plenty of places to charge phones, indoor toilets, hot breakfasts and storage.