Discriminatory policies play a role and Berkeley should examine its policies to make sure they don’t contribute to this injustice.
Civilian oversight of the police is an emerging best practice. Enlightened police leaders understand that independent oversight is a critical part of fair and impartial policing.
Can a workshop impart skills that could help defuse the next Berkeley extremist standoff? My answer is a qualified yes.
Berkeley leaders, police, the community, anti-fascist activists and UC Berkeley need to engage in urgent deliberations about how to respond to the violence in our city.
As a Cal alumna, I’ve been rooting for my alma mater to be among the first universities to divest from fossil fuels. Alas, Stanford, SF State and Peralta, along with dozens of other universities, religious institutions and cities, including Berkeley, San Francisco, Richmond and Oakland, have already shown us up, divesting billions from the oil, […]
The public school spring gala season is upon us, an annual ritual in which Berkeley parents get to shell out for a bunch of stuff we don’t want in order to bail out our kids’ cash-strapped schools. But there’s a better to raise money for public schools: tax reform. California voters will soon have a […]
I’m a longtime Berkeley resident who has attended two of the last five nights of protests and have been following reportage and readers’ comments on Berkeleyside. There are five areas of misunderstanding I’d like to try to clarify: 1. The protesters have articulated no demands Numerous demands have been made by the national movement that […]
This Wednesday, the Berkeley Unified School Board will vote on a policy that would allow teachers to restrict students’ access to recess. As a parent of a child at Willard, I oppose the recess restriction policy as discriminatory and counterproductive. K-5 students have two short recess periods, fifteen minutes in the morning and twenty minutes […]
In two months, Berkeley voters will decide whether ours will be the first U.S. city to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (or tie with San Francisco which has a similar measure on the ballot). When I heard about the soda tax, “Measure D,” I immediately cast aside most of my to-do list (cleaning the […]