Max Anderson

City councilmember Max Anderson has missed the last two council meetings because of a bad back.

Anderson had surgery early this week to repair the problem, and the operation went well, according to Councilmember Laurie Capitelli.

The operation was necessary because the pain was so bad, said Capitelli. He expects Anderson to be out of commission for another few weeks.

Anderson represents District 3, the south-central part of Berkeley.

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