A report from City Manager Phil Kamlarz noted that establishing the fund would be less expensive than paying extra premiums to add the benefit to the city’s health insurance policies.
At the meeting last night, Berkeleyan Kathryn Steuerman urged council members to ignore critics who said filling potholes was more important. “Gird your loins against such false dichotomies,” she said. “Go forward with all possible haste.”
The 21 commenters on Berkeleyside’s story yesterday had a diverse range of views. Potholes did not come up, but many suggested other priorities for the city. Other commenters argued for more perspective and compassion, and several pointed out the intolerance towards transgendered people in some of the comments.