Next week, Berkeleyside is interviewing Mayor Tom Bates. There is no shortage of hot-button issues in the city — from the development of West Berkeley and the plans for Downtown, to the strains on the city budget, the closure of Willard Pool, and the climate for business in the city.

We’re curious what Berkeleyside’s readers are interested in. If you were sitting down with Mayor Bates, what would you ask him?

Let us know through the comments and we’ll do our best to raise the issues.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...