Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups in much of the Bay Area, and unhealthy for everyone at higher elevations.
Nico Savidge joined Berkeleyside in 2021 as a senior reporter covering city hall. Born and raised in Berkeley, he got his start in journalism at Youth Radio as a high-schooler in the mid-2000s. Since then, he has covered transportation, law enforcement, education and college sports for the San Jose Mercury News, EdSource, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Janesville Gazette and The Daily Cardinal. A graduate of Berkeley High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he now lives in Oakland with his wife and dog.
Gavin Newsom’s recall defense heats up in Berkeley
Democrats are ramping up their defense against the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom with a barrage of text messages and campus canvassing.
Plans for new Willard Park clubhouse are in the works
No, there won’t be any “corporate-style office park,” as flyers posted in the neighborhood and on social media falsely claimed.
Energy secretary visits Berkeley, touting app to speed up solar permits
The Biden administration wants to get more Americans to install solar panels by making the permitting process faster and easier.
New developer eyes controversial site downtown for student housing
The project would rise on the downtown Berkeley block where another developer planned an 18-story building.
Berkeley moves toward COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers
The proposed policy would require city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15. Exceptions to the mandate would be limited.
‘They can do more’: City pushes Bayer to boost $30M community benefits package
Bayer has proposed annual community benefits payments to Berkeley that would start at $720,000 and grow to $1.3 million by 2052.
Mayor calls for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines, or testing, for city workers
Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguín said he wants the city to require its workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines, or be tested for the virus regularly.
City approves union contracts, pay agreements affecting over 900 city workers
The City Council approved deals with three of the unions representing Berkeley workers.
One of Berkeley’s ‘worst streets’ is set for repaving
Work will start in mid-August on a $6.2 million project improving University Avenue and other roads at the Berkeley Marina.
Berkeley could make city-provided meals vegan, but questions abound
The resolution would apply at city facilities such as the jail, senior centers and youth programs, among other possible venues.
Dana Street redesign to add protected bike track, cut car lane near UC Berkeley
It could be the first of several street changes in the Southside neighborhood to benefit pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit riders.