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 pause in distribution of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine has presented an obstacle to mobile vaccination clinics serving vulnerable populations.

Berkeley Grapples With Obstacles To Equitable Vaccine Rollout


While the spread of COVID-19 has run rampant for over a year now, the end is in sight. The last piece of the immunity puzzle is distribution of the new COVID vaccines; figuring out a way to make the vaccine available, accessible, and easy-to-get for all people living in the United States.  The intricate challenges

Despite Strong Systemic Efforts, Berkeley’s Unhoused Students Struggle in Distance Learning


For some students — especially those with unstable home lives and housing situations — school can be a kind of alternate home, a place where they can find emotional, and sometimes even financial support from counselors or teachers.

Of one People’s Park’s inhabitants, Grady, sits on a couch in the park.

The Unknown Future of People’s Park: Housing Crisis vs. Community Legacy


If you know Berkeley, you know People’s Park. For many, the park represents a place of growth, protest, and childhood memories. For Grady, who has been living in People’s Park for just under five months and did not give the Jacket his full name, it’s “a positive place … where people want to be social

A bicyclist rides down a street in South Berkeley painted the words "Reparations Now."

SBMAP Offers Support to South Berkeley Residents


The COVID-19 pandemic has swept through Berkeley, causing people to lose jobs, family members, and become significantly more isolated. These issues are only exacerbated in lower income areas, and many have scrambled to stay afloat.

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

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Mayor Jesse Arreguín Must Expand His Policies on Climate and Police


On November 3, Jesse Arreguín was re-elected as mayor of Berkeley. Winning 65 percent of the vote, it is clear that the majority of Berkeley voters found him to be the most qualified candidate.


For Homelessness, Preventing Climate Change, and Mental Health, Berkeley Needs Aidan Hill as Mayor


Young people are the ones leading the fight for political reform. From the students who refused to obey segregation laws in Greensboro in 1960, to the thousands of children who walked out of school to demand gun reform in 2018, social and political progress has always been driven by youth.

A houseless man sits at the I-80 exit on Gilman Street armed with a face mask and a positive sign.

Unhoused People Face Unique Problems During COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID-19, while infiltrating all communities, has hit the most vulnerable populations the hardest. Unhoused people are no exception, as many shelters and services they rely on are operating at a lesser capacity or have closed altogether.

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Amber Whitson greeted me when I arrived at the community of vehicle dwellers on Eighth Street. Amber coordinates the group, called Berkeley Friends on Wheels.