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Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety

New mayor aims to overturn key part of homeless law

In one of his first acts as mayor, Jesse Arreguín is proposing to overhaul the way Berkeley addresses homelessness, including rescinding the law restricting people to only occupying a small section of the sidewalk. In a measure titled Emergency Measures to Address the Homeless Crisis, which the City Council will take up on Dec. 13, […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley homeless activist Frances Townes celebrates her 100th birthday and a day named in her honor

At age 70, most people are looking forward to retiring, traveling, or enjoying a slower pace of life. When Frances Townes reached that milestone, she founded the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless and opened a new chapter in what continues to be a life of activism and advocacy for people who are homeless in […]

Posted inArts, Community, Events

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

SHOTGUN’S BLAST FESTIVAL Berkeley’s Shotgun Players have launched a new festival, BLAST, with the goal of “exploding the limits of possibility in theater.” The intention is for BLAST to be an annual celebration of difference — a month-long festival of new ideas and visions. “BLAST aims to explode the boundaries of the stage with performances by local and national theater artists. We […]