Berkeleyside is building our sustainable business with the support of our readers through our membership program. We would like to share with you why your support matters.

Contributions from readers like you are the foundation of our business model — they help us cover everything from the journalism itself to employee health care. Most importantly, your support allows our reporters the time they need to dig deep into the issues that matter.

This kind of thoughtfully researched, in-depth journalism keeps our democracy functioning. But while we provide it free of charge, it’s expensive to produce.

We make it happen, but people like you make it possible.

So what do you say? Can quality, local news be part of your holiday giving?

I’ll chip in for local journalism.

We’re trying to enlist 150 readers like you to join our member roster by New Year’s. We’re 27 readers away. Please join today and let us tell you the whole story.

If you are already one of our 1,200-plus members, we thank you. And if you have any questions about Berkeleyside or our mission, simply email us.

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