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

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District 8 race a toss-up, Barry says he is still fighting for District 7, other council races settled

The District 7 race is still a toss up. Kriss Worthington has the lead but challenger Sean Barry is not willing to concede yet. There are still uncounted absentee ballots. Photo: Ted Friedman Nov. 9, 5:10 p.m. After several days in second place, Lori Droste has pulled into the lead in Berkeley’s Council District 8. She […]

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Why Berkeley passed a soda tax while other cities failed

Sara Soka, chair of the Yes on D campaign, talks at a press conference Wednesday morning after Berkeley voted overwhelmingly for a soda tax in Tuesday’s election. On the left is political advisor Larry Tramutola, with Berkeley Councilman Laurie Capitelli and Kad Smith of the Ecology Center on the right. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Sara Soka, chair of the Yes on D […]

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Berkeley councilman says city mishandled legal fees in Measure S redistricting lawsuit; city disagrees

Above, the contested Berkeley Student District Campaign map, which was approved by council in December. Above, the contested Berkeley Student District Campaign map, which was approved by council in December. Less than a week before Berkeley voters will decide whether to adopt new council district boundaries, a local official has criticized the city for how it handled legal fees for a lawsuit over […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Lessons from the war on tobacco: How to beat Big Soda

Remember when people could smoke in restaurants, on airplanes, and at work? This changed, thanks to tireless efforts by health advocates like me. In 1988, California voters passed an excise tax on the tobacco industry which raised prices, reduced consumption, and funded programs that successfully advocated for clean indoor air laws in cities across the […]