The state of our public commons, from streets in West Berkeley to the University and Gilman underpasses, is unacceptable. We need to clean them up while being mindful of those who are struggling with no place to live.
Some of Berkeley's biggest developers, concerned about homelessness, have donated to the city fund. At least two of them did so while Berkeley was considering their projects.
Berkeley isn't cleaning it up because it says the land belongs to Caltrans, and the trash is the state's responsibility. Caltrans says it regularly cleans up the area.
One project will serve seniors. The other will serve the homeless, veterans, and low-income residents.
The city of Berkeley expects to spend more than $20 million in the next year on a range of ambitious infrastructure projects funded by Measure T1, a $100 million bond that won landslide support from voters in 2016.
A week of events across the Bay Area, organized by Oakland-based nonprofit Not in Our Town, grew out of Berkeley’s 2017 'Berkeley Stands United Against Hate' poster campaign.
A few hundred people braved the smoky air to protest Thursday evening.
"We will lift up our voices in song and solidarity and support each other."
A recent Berkeley City Council discussion prompted allegations of racism on the dais during a debate over the look of new welcome signage at the city borders.
Measure P will replicate the successful soda tax to ensure funds are appropriately used. It places an additional surcharge on high real estate transactions to help those in need regain housing and rebuild their lives.
District 7 candidate Rigel Robinson will serve as a collaborative and unifying voice for our city.
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín hit the campaign trail last week to urge voters to support tax measures O and P to raise money for affordable housing and homeless services. He met with a tough crowd.
Arguments for Measure O contend it will cost average residents $97 a year. But those with newer houses will pay 3-10 times more over 36 years than older residents because their baseline assessment is much higher.