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Op-eds: Readers chime in on homelessness

The Berkeley City Council will again consider how it handles homelessness at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Berkeleyside has published two op-eds in recent days that tackle straight on the subject of homelessness in our city. Michael Lee, a homeless, disabled senior citizen, argues that the ‘Liberty City’ encampment that was set up by homeless people outside Old […]

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Performance of Berkeley’s library director under fire at meeting of library trustees

More than 40 people expressed concern about the actions of the Berkeley Library director at a specially called meeting Wednesday night of the Board of Library Trustees. Those who spoke publicly – who were supported by 40 observers  – not only complained about the aggressive book weeding policy put forward by Jeff Scott, the director, […]

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Berkeley council open to proposals to end homelessness, but questions how to pay for them

By Francesca Paris At a special worksession Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council expressed interest in a raft of recommendations from an independent citizen panel related to how the city might change its approach to homelessness, but some officials said they remain unconvinced that the changes are something the city can afford. The recommendations came from the Berkeley […]

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City considers new recommendations on homelessness

By Francesca Paris On Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council is set to consider new recommendations that would focus the city’s approach to homelessness on supportive services and, in particular, housing. Council will consider a report from the Berkeley Homeless Task Force — initiated by Councilman Jesse Arreguín in 2013 — that proposes a series of immediate and longer term recommendations […]