Berkeley protests. Photo Tyurin Alexander
Protests consumed Berkeley in December 2014 — Berkeleyside was there to keep local residents informed. Photo: Tyurin Alexander

So much has happened in Berkeley in 2014 — from elections that brought us a pioneering soda tax, a new minimum wage, and a woman struck by lightning, to the protests and riots that consumed the city this month.

Berkeleyside’s small team and its roster of trusty regular contributors covered it all — the highbrow, the lowbrow, school issues, urban development, music, movies, crime, the vagaries of the weather, as well as the quirky and the plain fun.

How much would you have know about what went on if it wasn’t for Berkeleyside?

We need your support to continue reporting on the stories that matter in this city. Advertising revenue, while welcome, isn’t enough to cover our expenses.

In total, Berkeleyside published more than 1,900 stories in 2014. In the past three months alone our coverage drew 13,302 comments — proof, if it were needed, that readers are deeply engaged with our reporting. Indeed, insights, tips, and photos shared with us by readers are crucial to making Berkeleyside the valuable community resource it is.

As 2014 draws to a close, and you may be giving to the causes that are dear to you, please consider helping us to deliver you more news and cover more important stories in 2015.

Chip in what you think Berkeleyside is worth to you — be it $5, $10, or $25 a month (which is less than a dollar a day!). Or you can make a one-time donation if you prefer.

Visit our Support page to become a Berkeleyside Member and benefit from the perks membership brings with it.

We thank you in advance, and wish all our readers a healthy, fulfilling new year!

Berkeleyside staff

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