What are your hopes for Berkeley? Can we improve on last year, including making it a more startup-friendly city? Photo: D.H. Parks

Last night, Berkeleyside’s Lance Knobel appeared on the Soapbox Derby radio show on KALX-FM to talk about Berkeley and Berkeleyside’s March 5 Business Forum which will shine a spotlight on the city’s economic climate. In particular we will be asking: can Berkeley become a more startup-friendly city?

You can listen to the conversation — which includes a discussion of “resolutions” for the city, both past and present — by visiting Soapbox Derby a production of KALX Berkeley 90.7 FM on the UC Berkeley campus.

Meantime, and in a not dissimilar promotional vein, we want to let you know of a chance to vote for your favorite East Bay places and services, including your favorite local news site (well, what could that be, we wonder?). Diablo Magazine is calling for your votes for its “Best of the East Bay Awards“, and this year has included a “Best Local Blog” category. Fill out the ballot (it looks dauntingly long, but you don’t need to fill out every category) and you’ll be entered to win a three-night luxury getaway in Napa, as well as our eternal gratitude. Can’t be bad.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...