Berkeley is past the point where rather than reacting to and fighting change, we need to think proactively and decide who we want to be now as the housing and climate emergencies are here. We also have to think about who we want to be as a city in five years, in ten years, and into the future as we are already in a situation where we’ve lost and continue to lose teachers, nonprofit workers, artists, college grads, and just plain regular people are competing with the rich for housing and losing. Berkeley is full of wonderful people, opportunities, and culture that should be as available to all today as it was just 20 years ago.
Let’s take a stand against social and environmental injustices by working towards a community that is accessible to the people who live, work, and study here. Let’s also take care of our community and make sure our public goods — sidewalks, roads, parks, and services — are well-maintained and work for everyone.