Adopt Laura’s Law to improve mental health treatment

CITY AFFAIRS: Laura’s Law, which is being considered by Alameda County, is a safe, humane way to provide treatment for the mentally ill.

If fully adopted in Alameda County, Laura’s Law will be an effective means of getting treatment to some of the county’s most vulnerable and neglected citizens. Read More…

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4 things everyone hates about Berkeley but comes to love

When you first come to Berkeley, it’s normal to be overwhelmed by the urban, grungy and retro environment. However, once you have been here for long enough, you will start to embrace the chaos and maybe even enjoy the speed of Berkeley life. Telegraph Avenue: “…all the men with potbellies Read More…

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Berkeley is crawling with worms

Tales of Two Cities

Bookworms, that is. Last month, I left work completely overwhelmed. The 49 wasn’t coming, so I walked home on the hottest afternoon, ever. I’m pretty sure parts of my skin melted off in protest of the high temperature — I have yet to discover the patches they left behind. On Read More…

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The state of Berkeley bookstores: Shakespeare & Company

This is the beginning of a series highlighting independent bookstores located near the Berkeley campus.  Berkeley — hometown of hippies, foodies, counterculturalists and revolutionaries — has become one of the last gleaming centers of independent bookstores in the Bay Area. In recent years, independent bookstores have transitioned from warehouses of Read More…