Vote No on Measure MM to help ease the housing shortage, retain Berkeley’s diversity and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
We have served a combined 34 years in the California Legislature and believe that Wicks shares our values and will bring her quite remarkable organizing experience to the Legislature.
Two former Berkeley mayors and seven current and former City Council members believe Droste is the best qualified candidate.
Today Berkeley ushers in a $15/hour minimum wage. How we got here is a good reminder of how we can work together on important issues instead of attacking each other on ideologies.
We are former and current Berkeley elected officials who are united in our support for Laurie Capitelli as our next mayor. With our direct firsthand experience, we all deeply appreciate Laurie’s love for Berkeley, his trustworthiness, good humor, compassion, decency and intelligence. We urge you to vote for Laurie as your first choice. Laurie is […]
We all agree on the urgent need to address our critical shortage of housing, especially affordable housing. But how? In Berkeley, as in other Bay Area population centers, the housing supply has not kept pace with population. Berkeley’s population grew 5.5% from 2010-2015, while the housing supply increased by only 1.2%. The worsening shortage has […]
Berkeley can certainly take pride in the remarkable rise in our local high school graduation rate, but we still fall far short of what’s needed to assure equal opportunity for all students, especially disadvantaged youth. In the 2013-14 school year, the most recent year with comparative statewide data, Berkeley’s high school graduation rate was 89%, […]
One of the strongest safeguards of open government is the California Public Records Act, but like any powerful instrument, it can cause great damage when abused. I was shocked on July 14 when I was informed that Shirley Dean, a former Mayor of Berkeley, has filed a Public Records Act request for hundreds of thousands […]
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 […]
Don’t be deceived. Backers of a proposed measure for the Berkeley ballot in November are circulating voter-signature petitions under the guise of “saving the Post Office.” But the main thrust of the measure is to impose prohibitively restrictive fees and requirements on new projects in Berkeley’s core downtown. It would not guarantee that the Post […]
After months of intense negotiations and wrangling, the governor’s proposed budget for 2012-13 was passed by the legislature. It remains, however, dependent on the passage of the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act in the November 2012 election. What are the two budget scenarios facing the state?
Three years ago, the City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Unified School District, the UC Berkeley campus, and United in Action, a community-based, multi-ethnic coalition, began working together on a collaborative effort to improve our kid’s futures. Our institutions are committed to eliminating the disparities in health and educational outcomes, but we had never worked hand […]