Potential renters wait in line to view an open house on Durant Avenue, in Berkeley, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photo: David Yee ©2016
Potential renters wait in line to view an open house on Durant Avenue in Berkeley on March 9. Photo: David Yee

Berkeleyside publishes many opinion pieces submitted by readers in its Opinionator section. Three recent ones highlight different perspectives on addressing Berkeley’s current housing crisis.

In an op-ed published March 31, Eric Panzer, who works for Livable Berkeley, argues that solving the city’s housing crisis demands that we build more housing for all income levels, and he encourages people to sign the Livable Berkeley’s Housing Policy Petition.

Also addressing Berkeley’s housing problem, Ben Bartlett, a member of the Berkeley Planning Commission and candidate for City Council District 3, on April 4 outlined what he said was a potential step in the right direction with a new vision for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

And, still on housing, retired Berkeley journalist Miranda Ewell wrote on April 7 about how discouraged she is with what is happening in Berkeley, which, she feels, is being overrun by “a culture of greed.” She believes Mayor Tom Bates’ housing action plan is not just a path to gentrification, but also “a big lie.”

If you would like to add your voice, please share your comments on the individual op-eds.

Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don’t publish anonymous pieces. Email submissions, as Word documents or embedded in the email, to editors@berkeleyside.com. The recommended length is 500-800 words. Please include your name and a one-line bio that includes full, relevant disclosures. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion. 

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