A compassionate sidewalks proposal

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
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Students will finally have a voice

Measure allows students to represent themselves in city

Imagine a student on the City Council, adjudicating and legislating on key issues such as housing, sustainability and development. His or her mandate: Heed students’ voices, bring them to the city government and ensure that students’ needs are finally reflected in city policy. Such a dream may be much closer
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Watching the wave crash

Man Under Bridge

My uncle tends to be contrarian. He relishes being able to play devil’s advocate and goes to great lengths to prove the smallest points — I look up to him. We’ll be sitting around drinking coffee, and I swear to God Atlas is shrugging and Ayn Rand is asking for
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County’s homeless single adult population rises

While Alameda County has made great strides in preventing and reducing homelessness among families, veterans and the mentally ill, the number of homeless single adults has swelled since 2009, according to the results of a biennial census released last month. Conducted in January — by EveryOne Home, a nonprofit organization
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Division plans to create affordable housing for mentally-ill adults

The city of Berkeley’s Mental Health Division is planning a $15 million project to create affordable, permanent housing in Berkeley for mentally-ill adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The project — overseen by the division in conjunction with the California Department of Mental Health and the California
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