Lenka Simon serves as a student representative for the committee.

BSEP election for representatives; students note lack of clarity


On April 26, an online ballot was released to elect the student representatives for Berkeley Schools Excellence Program/School Site Council. BSEP is a local tax in Berkeley that funds things such as smaller class sizes, technology, music programs, and libraries, among many other services for Berkeley schools.

An excavator at People

People's Park case awaits court decision


In the ongoing controversy over the People’s Park project, construction has come to a halt indefinitely, and will not resume until the legal battle is resolved.

‘A definite boundary’: UC Berkeley and BHS relationship leaves room for growth


Berkeley High School and the University of California, Berkeley’s campuses are only two blocks away, each filled with large and changing student populations.

Students with farmers

Working at farmers’ market, teens connect with Berkeley locals


“People get to know us because they’re here and then they become close … and we get each other,” said Steven Carroll, an employee of Dirty Girl Farm who sells at the company’s farmers market stand.


Berkeley storms reach unprecedented levels


Berkeley kicked off 2023 with a wet winter storm of unprecedented proportion. The city’s streams have grown many times in size, water has been overflowing out of most gutters, and thunder and lightning have become a part of the average school day.

Chris Kindness playing the guitar

Chris Kindness Award inspires


Alan Ross, a Berkeley resident and current Berkeley High School parent, is the founder of a recent, local project called the Chris Kindness Award. The Chris Kindness Award is an award that honors and commemorates people who have positively influenced the community regardless of their age, profile, or how big or small their impacts are.

Francisco sells fruit on the corner of Milvia Street and Channing Way from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday

"I'm always here:" Q&A at the fruit stand


Francisco has been selling fruit on Milvia and Channing to the Berkeley High School community for the past year. In an interview with the Jacket, he answered questions on his experience running the fruit stand.

Pamela Turntine

BHS 'Jacket' Alum Becomes New Editor-in-Chief of 'Berkeleyside'


Pamela Turntine, longtime Bay Area resident and the new editor-in-chief of Berkeleyside, has had an extensive past in journalism. Born in San Francisco and primarily raised in different parts of Oakland and Berkeley, Turntine’s work has taken her all over California throughout a career spanning over 40 years.

At a parking lot off of Buchanan Street in Albany, Bay Area residents line up in cars to get vaccinated.

How Has Berkeley Handled Having a Partially Vaccinated Population?


Throughout this past year, we’ve all been wondering one thing: when will we return to normal life? Due to the mass vaccination efforts within the United States, the day we’ve all been waiting for is now in sight.

Located in Downtown Berkeley at 2155 Center Street, four of BAMPFA

BAMPFA Reopens After Yearlong Closure With Unique New Exhibitions


On April 30, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive reopened its doors to the public. BAMPFA has been closed since March 15, 2020, and finally reopened for members and for University of California, Berkeley students on Friday, April 30.

The audit suggests that Berkeley police have lacked thoroughness and accurate reporting with the local homeless population, one of which resides near the Berkeley Marina.

City Audit Raises Concerns Over BPD Racial Bias & Transparency


On Thursday, April 22, city auditor Jenny Wong published a groundbreaking analysis of Berkeley policing that has brought to light useful information regarding mental health calls and traffic stops.

The City of Berkeley collects up to 1,800 tons of food and yard waste per month from residential and commercial sectors.

Berkeley’s Composting System Has a Unique Community Impact


Berkeley’s composting service has been a unique facet of the city for over 30 years. Through its specialized programs, the service has benefited Berkeley’s businesses, residents, and the climate.

BHS parent and activist Marc Staton feels relieved, but not overjoyed, with the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Berkeley Responds to Aftermath of Chauvin Verdict: What Happens Now?


When activist and Berkeley High School parent Marc Staton heard the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial, he experienced a wide range of emotions. “There was no joy in it.

Dr. Lisa Hernandez works in the Berkeley Public Health Division educating the public about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispelling misinformation.

Berkeley Public Health Officer Responds to Vaccine Concerns


The Jacket spoke with Doctor Lisa Hernandez, Berkeley public health officer, about concerns people may have about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Shattuck Cinemas, located in Downtown Berkeley, is the only theater in the city that is open for in-person viewing.

‘Reopening Is Going to Be a Process:’ Local Theaters Struggle During Pandemic


After watching the biggest movies of the year from their living rooms, or snagging a ticket to one of the few local drive-ins, — all for movies whose releases haven’t been delayed — theater-goers can finally enjoy the in-person theater experiences they haven’t had access to for the past year.  Local and national theaters have

Jupiter, a popular restaurant on Shattuck Avenue, is facing new challenges after reopening their indoor dining areas.

Berkeley Has Mixed Feelings About Newly Reopened Restaurants


Indoor dining reopened the week of March 6, allowing restaurants to serve a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people indoors, depending on which is a smaller number.

The West Berkeley Shellmound, which is located at 1900 Fourth St.,   is considered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to be one of America’s 11 most endangered historic sites.

Berkeley and the BHS Community Must Better Recognize Indigenous History and Present Struggles


Here in the heart of Berkeley, there is a rich and complex history surrounding the Lisjan Ohlone people. The West Berkeley Shellmound, located at 1900 Fourth St., acts as a representation of that history, but has faced a continuous battle over land ownership and development.

A banner flies in People’s Park, the location of a recent protest against UC Berkeley’s plans for student housing.

“They’re Targeting the Spaces That We Need:” Community Rallies to Save People’s Park


On Saturday April 24 at 12:00 PM, community members united for a march from 1921 Walnut Street to People’s Park. The march was a coalition effort by the People’s Park Committee, the 1921 Walnut St.