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ELECTION 2022: What to know | WILDFIRES: Prepare | COVID: Get a booster | IDEA MAKERS EVENT: Jay Caspian Kang + Khiara Bridges

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Let’s amend regulations to prohibit city employees serving on boards and commissions

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Berkeley City Council will consider an amendment to the Municipal Code (item #29) that will prohibit city employees from being appointed to, or serving on, city boards and commissions. This proposal is brought forward by the Council Ad Hoc Committee on a More Open Government (Jesse Arreguín, Laurie Capitelli, Lori […]

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Op-ed: How to get more affordable housing in Berkeley

One of the most contentious issues facing Berkeley is how to require developers to help provide affordable housing. We are proposing a new approach. Everyone agrees we face a critical shortage of affordable housing, but what’s the best way to increase it? Under current City law, developers of market-rate rental housing projects are required to […]

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Op-ed: The Berkeley tax may have passed, but the campaign has not ended for Big Soda

For us in Berkeley, the historic campaign to pass Measure D (the soda tax) ended on Nov. 4, 2014, when over 76% of Berkeley overwhelmingly voted yes. Yet the campaign has not ended for Big Soda. Having spent over $2 million (almost $50 per voter!) during the campaign, Big Soda has embarked on a campaign […]

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Op-ed: Think about the importance of your signature on a petition

Berkeley’s iconic wisteria is exploding. Our young trees on Solano are budding out after their (barely) second winter. And as spring declares its arrival, so does our upcoming election season. As a result, we should all get ready to be pursued by both paid and volunteer initiative petition signature gatherers on our street corners, in […]