Eucalyptus grove on the Nimitz Trail. Photo: Colleen Neff
Eucalyptus grove on the Nimitz Trail. Photo: Colleen Neff

The week opened with a welcome site: a celebration of all the rain that fell over the Bay Area during a recent storm. Readers sent us pictures of raging creeks, flooded backyards, drops of rain on flowers, and people picking their way gingerly through puddles.

The most controversial and talked about story by far was the City Council’s tentative first steps to put a tax on sugary beverages on the ballot. The council agreed to include a question about the tax in a forthcoming poll to determine which bond measures might go on the ballot. Readers weighed in with 178 comments.

City officials are also trying to decide whether to include a bond measure to reopen Willard Pool. If they do, it will be the third such measure.

Two lawsuits – one pending, one resolved, also sparked a lively discussion.

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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...