Nicknamed the “Mayor of Berkeley streets,” Diehl was active in Berkeley politics for decades and provided mental health and counseling services to the poor, the homeless, and the mentally ill.
‘Street Spirit’ newspaper offers ‘justice news and homeless blues’
The 24-year-old publication is one of more than 100 street newspapers in 34 countries with a combined readership of more than 5 million.
Berkeley finds fund to expand homeless services during wet weather
Volunteers from Night on the Streets Catholic Worker serve food to the homeless. Photo: Matt Werner Berkeley’s homeless population will now have more places to take shelter from the inclement weather after city officials directed extra funds to extend and expand shelter and outreach services. The city has committed to opening a new overnight emergency […]
Berkeley council meeting ends abruptly during testimony
More than 40 people lined up to discuss short term rentals at the June 9 Berkeley City Council meeting. Many did not get to testify because the meeting ended abruptly when council members could not agree to extend the meeting until midnight. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel The Berkeley City Council meeting ended abruptly Tuesday night after […]
Prayers, songs and lie-in during faith group protest against proposed Berkeley homeless laws
A small group of faith group protesters held a sleep-in on BART Plaza following prayers and speeches. Photo: Ted Friedman An estimated 60 members of faith groups gathered at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza Thursday night to protest proposed new laws that they claimed would “criminalize the homeless.” Prayers and speeches were followed by a small number […]
Faith groups to sleep on street to support city’s homeless
A coalition of faith communities will gather on Thursday April 9 at 5 p.m. at Downtown Berkeley BART plaza to demonstrate their support for the city’s homeless population. Some plan to sleep on the plaza overnight. Photo: Emilie Raguso A coalition of faith communities will gather on Thursday April 9 at 5 p.m. at Downtown Berkeley BART plaza to demonstrate their support […]
Neighbors petition to rename South Branch Library after civil-rights leader
The South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library: a group of neighbors would like to see it named after Tarea Hall Pittman, a civil-rights leader who lived in South Berkeley. Photo: Richard Friedman Update, April 23: The Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Public Library voted against renaming the South Branch after civil-rights leader Tarea […]
Youth artists bring vibrant mosaics to Berkeley school
Youth artists created two mosaics to increase visibility at the busy intersection near Malcolm X School . Photo: Natalie Orenstein Two new lively mosaics — one in warm reds and yellows, the other in cool blues and greens — greet passers-by on either end of the Ashby border of Malcolm X Elementary School. It’s the […]