Berkeley Native Sun

Pro Democracy Project:
An Open Letter to the Berkeley Police Association from McGee-Spaulding Neighbors in Action

March 07, 2019

McGee-Spaulding Neighbors in Action is a group of some one hundred politically active residents in District 4. We write to express our extreme displeasure at the intervention of the Berkeley Police Association in an election which should have been - and ultimately was - decided by the residents of the District. This election should not have been influenced by members of an organization who overwhelmingly live outside the District, and, for the most part, are not residents of Berkeley.

Pro Democracy Project:
Proposal for a Berkeley Public Ethics Commission

December 17, 2018

A proposal to establish a City of Berkeley Public Ethics Commission by merging the Fair Campaign Practices and Open Government Commissions.

Pro Democracy Project:
Proposal for a Berkeley Governement Ethics Act

December 17, 2018

From the draft: This Act is intended to provide a clear, comprehensive, and locally enforceable framework of laws to ensure that Berkeley City government operates with integrity ...

Pro Democracy Project:
Flyer #1

December 17, 2018

The first publicity flyer for the Pro Democracy Project:

"The Berkeley City Council has been structured against the public/people having a voice in policy-making. At present, in the four areas listed below, City Council gives procedure priority over people...."

Pro Democracy Project:
Announcing the Berkeley Pro-Democracy Project

November 08, 2018

Public comment at City Council meetings is supposed to be a chance for people to weigh in on policy making. Yet, over the years, Council has adopted meeting rules that largely exclude the public from meaningful participation.

A new activist group, the Pro Demoracy Project, hopes to change that.

Arreguín Scolds Police Critic: Too Uppity

November 01, 2018

In July of his first year in office, Mayor Jesse Arreguín pledged to promote "civility, respect, and decorum" at City Council meetings. Fifteen months later it is increasingly apparent that his aim is to suppress dissent and discourage public comment.

Ablutions for all - Council to consider mobile hygiene service

October 29, 2018

Council member Davila (district 2) has proposed to bring a mobile hygiene service, Lava Mae, to Berkeley. The acclaimed service will bring showers, restrooms, and other services to help homeless people, at almost no cost to the City. The question is: will Council block yet another item coming from Davila?

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