A man wrapped in Christmas lights and covered in feces was detained by police in downtown Berkeley and taken for a psychiatric evaluation on Wednesday afternoon, authorities report.
Jovanka Beckles, a candidate for the 15th Assembly District, has a plan on how to disrupt the vicious cycle that incarcerates those with mental illness or drug addiction.
Berkeley must determine how to regain the public's confidence while also effectively addressing crime.
Ruby Spies and Abby Steckel are asking the city and school district to support the peer health program.
A knife-wielding man in crisis who repeatedly threatened to commit "suicide by cop" eventually agreed to be taken into custody for a medical evaluation after a standoff Wednesday.
First responders rescued a man in crisis from the San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, then got him to the hospital for a welfare check and medical evaluation, authorities report.
Women and families without permanent housing can eat and relax at the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center and escape from some of the stresses of the street.
Despite progress, Berkeley still falls far short of providing housing for the nearly 1,000 homeless people in the city.
Downtown business owners and neighbors expressed frustration that a new center for young adults with mental illness and substance abuse problems was approved without public input.
For the first time ever, the city has created a team of outreach workers focused on getting chronically homeless, mentally ill individuals off the streets and into housing.
A five-hour standoff last week ended with a woman being taken to the hospital for medical evaluation after several disturbances at her West Berkeley home, police said.