Reagan advocated for homeless services throughout his decades in Berkeley, and was a well-known member of activist communities.
Homeless Task Force
First Person: Berkeley encampment clearing meant chaos for unhoused people
To initiate a massive encampment sweep at Harrison and Eighth streets, Berkeley police and city staff begin rousting people living in tents and vehicles shortly after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Berkeley parking law will force RV dwellers to move on
The new parking law allows vehicles a four-hour time limit, which would force unhoused people to find other spaces to park.
Huge price tag projected for homeless storage bin plan
The new storage program is slated to be set up at the Veteran’s Building. Photo: Wikimedia Commons The new storage program is slated to be set up at the Veteran’s Building. Photo: Wikimedia Commons An innovative program to offer secure storage containers for the possessions of Berkeley’s homeless could cost nearly $350,000 a year in staffing, along with […]
Op-ed: Berkeley latest homelessness recommendations are a lackluster response to a true emergency
On Tuesday the Berkeley City Council was presented with a report from the Homeless Task Force, with recommendations for action to address homelessness in the city. Leaving aside the likelihood or unlikelihood of any of the recommendations passing, for a Task Force whose self-stated goal is “ending homelessness in our city”, the report is notable for […]
Berkeley imposes new laws on homeless behavior
At 10:30 pm on Tuesday, dozens of people were still lined up to address council about proposed street behavior laws. The meeting had begun at 7 p.m. Testimony went on until around midnight and council adjourned at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel At 10:30 pm on Tuesday, dozens of people were still lined up to […]
Council battle brews over street behavior, homelessness
Mike Lee, right, a homeless activist, said during a demonstration Monday he won’t be pushed out of Berkeley on charges that make no sense. From left, Councilman Jesse Arreguín and Michael Diehl, a longtime advocate for the homeless. Photo: Ted Friedman Mike Lee, right, a homeless activist, said during a demonstration Monday he won’t be pushed […]
Ohlone Park neighbors brainstorm about homeless influx
Neighbors of Ohlone Park met Saturday to brainstorm ideas for improvements. Photo: Emilie Raguso Neighbors of Ohlone Park met Saturday to brainstorm ideas for improvements. Photo: Emilie Raguso More than 100 people crowded into the North Berkeley Senior Center on Saturday to strategize about how to address problematic behavior in Ohlone Park linked largely to the area’s […]
Berkeley council postpones street behavior proposal
Many advocates for the homeless came out Tuesday night to speak before the Berkeley City Council. Photo: Emilie Raguso The Berkeley City Council voted early Wednesday morning to postpone consideration of a new set of laws designed to curb problematic street behavior. The vote came around 1 a.m. after council spent the bulk of its […]
City to consider ordinances restricting street behavior
It is common for some homeless people to spread out their possessions on Shattuck Avenue and ask passersby for money. Both these activities might be curtailed if the city council adopts a new set of laws tonight. Photo: Emilie Raguso By Francesca Paris On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council is slated to vote on proposed laws […]
Berkeley council open to proposals to end homelessness, but questions how to pay for them
Since Measure S failed in 2012, many say Berkeley’s homeless population has only grown. Photo: Emilie Raguso Since Measure S failed in 2012, many say Berkeley’s homeless population has only grown. Photo: Emilie Raguso By Francesca Paris At a special worksession Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council expressed interest in a raft of recommendations from an independent citizen […]
City considers new recommendations on homelessness
Shattuck Avenue is one area in Berkeley where the homeless commonly congregate. Others include Telegraph Avenue and other commercial areas. Photo: Emilie Raguso 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 […]