“Summer of Love’s hippies had it right about big government” by Lawrence J. McQuillan

June 25, 2017 (sfchronicle.com) Photo: Associated Press.  Two women in Monterey on June 17, 1967. Fifty years ago, during the Summer of Love, thousands of young people fled cultural norms and flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. They didn’t all find what they were looking for, and the good vibes… Continue reading

“Wheelchair repair program a lifeline for the disabled — particularly on the streets” by Natalie Orenstein

John Benson, called “Cripple A” by his clients, repairs a wheelchair in his Emeryville shop. Photo: Natalie Orenstein June 28, 2017 (berkeleyside.com) On a recent morning, Benjamin Royer was doing donuts in his electric wheelchair. He spun round and round and round in the empty Emeryville parking lot outside the… Continue reading


Across Oakland and Berkeley, tent camps are sprouting near BART tracks and underpasses. As rents skyrocket in the Bay Area, California working class communities are disproportionately affected. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn WhatsApp Share Documenting economic inequality and homelessness in California’s Bay Area, this photo essay, by photojournalist Rucha Chitnis, gives faces… Continue reading

“One year after a Berkeleyside special on homelessness: Where we are today” by Frances Dinkelspiel

A man stores his possessions on a couch on the street. Photo: Ted Friedman June 28, 2017 (berkeleyside.com) In the 364 days since June 29, 2016, when Berkeleyside devoted a whole day of coverage to the issue of those experiencing homelessness, much has happened to those living on the streets and… Continue reading

“Hawaii Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill in Support of Universal Basic Income” by Dom Galeon (futurism.com)

June 15, 2017 This month has shown that Hawaii may be the U.S.’s most forward-thinking state. Earlier in June, it became the first state to formally accept the provisions of the Paris Climate Accord, and now, the state congress has passed a bill that puts Hawaii on the path to… Continue reading