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Posted inCommunity

New talks on homelessness in Berkeley start Thursday

Thursday’s meeting will provide a starting point for discussion on homelessness, proponents say, with an introduction to the causes and state of homelessness from a national, regional and local perspective. Photo: Derrick Coetzee Thursday evening, the Berkeley Task Force on Homelessness will begin a new community-driven process designed to explore homelessness in Berkeley, and how it might be […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Man dies after suspected overdose in People’s Park

People’s Park: the scene of a death on Monday, May 27, believed to be from an overdose. Photo: djwudi/Creative Commons People’s Park: the scene of a death on Monday, May 27, believed to be from an overdose. Photo: djwudi/Creative Commons Update, 05.31.13: The deceased man has been identified as Donovan Ziemer, 43, of Hayward, and the likely cause of death was […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley moves towards a consensus homeless plan

City Council appears to be moving towards a consensus-based, public process to generate an action plan on homelessness. Photo: Emilie Raguso After an acrimonious battle last year over Measure S, which sought to prohibit sitting on commercial sidewalks, Berkeley’s City Council pointed the way on Tuesday night to a more consensual approach to homelessness. Councilman […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-Ed: After Measure S, it’s time to act on homelessness

Although Berkeley voters rejected Measure S, a controversial proposal that would have criminalized sitting on commercial sidewalks, we shouldn’t mistake it as an endorsement of inaction. The simple fact still remains: we need to address homelessness. I didn’t support Measure S, but I’m not calling it a day as many do post-election. Next Tuesday, City […]