Photos by Pete Rosos
One of a series of photographic portraits by Pete Rosos of BUSD gardening and cooking staff. See the full portrait gallery.

Berkeleyside readers had a lot to say this week about how future Berkeley should look. There were many opinions on whether quotas should be relaxed or not on Telegraph Avenue, whether parts of Fourth Street and Gilman should be rezoned for retail, and what the shape of Shattuck Avenue should take now that it looks like the city will get $12.7 million in transportation grants.

In other much-discussed news, the Berkeley Police Officers Union released results of a survey that asked residents whether the city should explore equipping officers with Tasers.

And news that Sid Lakireddy, the president of the Berkeley Property Owners’ Association, has sued four former Rent Stabilization Board candidates for libel opened up discussion – once again – about the case involving his uncle and the human trafficking ring he ran in Berkeley. Lakireddy is suing because he said was defamed when his name was linked to his uncle’s crimes when he had nothing to do with them.

Finally, an op-ed suggesting that Berkeley fund the youth homeless shelter year-round prompted much discussion.

The favorite story of Berkeleyside editors this week was the amazing photographic portrait Pete Rosos did of the teachers and volunteers who make Berkeley school gardening programs possible.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...