Mattias Hoz



World News in Review: Democracy and Protest


Hungary:  The strength of Hungary’s democratic institutions has continued to backslide over the past few months, with the COVID-19 pandemic allowing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban to tighten his grip on the country.

BUSD School Board and Parents Reckon With Reopening


On April 14, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board met to discuss a range of issues, including on-campus learning at Berkeley’s elementary and middle schools, as well as the ongoing reopening process at Berkeley High School.

California Approves Historic Ethnic Studies Curriculum


On March 18, California’s State Board of Education approved an historic Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. The curriculum, which will serve as guidance for high schools across the state on how to implement Ethnic Studies education, has been developed and revised by the state board over the past four years.  California’s new model curriculum will make

Cars drive through marked lanes at the Oakland Coliseum, which is currently acting as a vaccination site.

Teachers and Select BUSD Staff Receive Vaccinations


In recent weeks, teachers and educational staff working within Berkeley Unified School District have begun to receive vaccinations for COVID-19. This comes as a long-awaited relief for many educators, parents, and students, as it signals that BUSD’s proposed hybrid learning plan may be able to proceed as early as March 29.  Most vaccine doses

ASB Votes to Pass Gun Violence Resolution


On February 8, 2021, Berkeley High School’s Associated Student Body voted to pass a resolution that will recognize National Gun Violence Survivors Week.

Updated Reopening Requirements Presented at State of BUSD Meeting


On January 27, the annual Superintendent’s State of the District meeting was held from 6 PM to 8 PM through Zoom, and also broadcast live on YouTube.

Berkeley Youth Commission Considers Trigger Warning Policy


On January 11, the Berkeley Youth Commission held its monthly meeting to discuss potential policy changes to sexual harm education and classroom trigger warnings within Berkeley Unified School District.  The Berkeley Youth Commission is a panel of BUSD students — currently composed only of Berkeley High School students — that develop and present

Hundreds of Students Attend Distance Learning Town Hall


On December 3, the Berkeley Unified School District held a town hall meeting to explain the administration’s plans for a possible phased reopening of Berkeley High School.

Students in front of BHS distribute yearbooks in the same way they may run the Simple Supply Center.

Student Supply Center Provides Resources For Students In Need


On December 4, Berkeley High School’s Associated Student Body leadership held its first-ever student supply center distribution. The event was facilitated through ASB’s Simple Supply Center, a newly-created program designed to support unhoused students at BHS by providing access to basic necessities at no cost.  Items being distributed at the Simple Supply Center

2020 General Election: Biden Defeats Trump, Democrats Retain Control of House


On November 3, 2020, Berkeley residents and Americans alike went to the polls to cast their votes in local, state, and national elections. By election day, the majority of voters had already voted early, either by mail or in person.

How will 2020’s State Propositions Impact Berkeley?


Proposition 14: Prop. 14 would continue to fund California’s stem cell research by allowing the state to borrow up to 5.5 billion dollars. Proponents argue that investing in stem cell research could lead to breakthrough medical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, cancer, and strokes.

University of California Is Ordered to Disregard SAT, ACT in Admissions


On September 1, 2020, Alameda County’s Superior Court ruled that the University of California system must halt its use of the SAT and ACT as part of its admissions process.

Almare Gelato Italiano, which has little indoor seating to begin with, has offered takeout since the beginning of the shelter-in-place order.

How is COVID-19 Impacting Berkeley’s Small Businesses?


On March 16, the Berkeley Public Health Department ordered residents to “shelter-in-place” in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with the city’s guidelines, all businesses deemed “non-essential” were required to shut their doors indefinitely.