Man holds police at bay with a pit bull dog in Berkeley: the headline and story that grabbed the attention of most readers this week. Discussion in the comment focused on dogs breeds, and which are the most dangerous, as well as policing in the city.

On Monday we published a story about the downtown Berkeley Ambassadors program (above). Natalie Orenstein shadowed an ambassador and spent time on the streets talking to some of the city’s transient population. The live issue of the proposed ban on sidewalk sitting made the article particularly timely.

Our special July 4th It List proved popular this week. Check out, also, how Berkeleysiders actually spent Independence Day in our crowd-sourced July 4th round-up.

Berkeley’s decision to nix the police department’s plans to get an armored vehicle to share with UC Berkeley and Albany provoked a lively discussion among readers.

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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...