The Daily Californian

I joined The Daily Californian in fall 2021 as a general assignment news reporter before moving to the schools and communities beat in spring 2022. From August 2022 to December 2022, I served as deputy editor for the news department. I served as a news senior staffer until November 2023, at which point I left The Daily Californian.

In December 2023, the Daily Cal transitioned to a new website that killed tens of thousands of links to news articles. I have therefore reproduced my old coverage below.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

People’s Park groups sue UC Berkeley for $4.5M in damages to plants

People’s Park advocates filed a lawsuit against UC Berkeley Monday, seeking $4.5 million in damages for destruction that occurred during campus’s failed attempt to begin construction on the park last August. Read more.

Friday, February 10, 2023

Developer to build 280 units of student housing by 2026

A developer plans to build some 280 units of student housing in Berkeley beginning in 2024 — fielding support from some and criticism from others who believe that the planned units are not affordable enough. Read more.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Banning gas stoves? Berkeley’s way ahead of you

In Berkeley, ditching gas stoves isn’t a hot topic or a forlorn proposal. It’s politically feasible, and it’s already here: the city has banned gas lines in new construction since 2020. Read more.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

‘Great Resignation’ crisis impedes city operations with 1 in 6 posts vacant

The city of Berkeley is in crisis as it struggles to hire and retain the workers necessary to maintain city operations. Read more.

Monday, December 5, 2022

UCPD announces new chief Yogananda Pittman

Yogananda Pittman, who currently serves as the assistant chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, was selected as the new UCPD chief to succeed retiring UCPD Chief Margo Bennett. Read more.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Kyakameena Care Center employee charged with elder abuse

An employee of Berkeley’s Kyakameena Care Center was charged with elder abuse Nov. 23 after allegedly defrauding two residents of the center. Read more.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Sexual battery reported at UC Berkeley residence hall

A sexual battery occurred in a UC Berkeley residence hall Wednesday at approximately 8:45 p.m. Read more.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Man arrested in North Berkeley catalytic converter theft gunfire case

Multiple gunshots were fired in the North Berkeley hills Thursday morning by suspects who were attempting to steal a catalytic converter, as first reported by The Berkeley Scanner. Read more.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

UC Berkeley Library announces plans for reduced services, 3 closures

The UC Berkeley Library has announced plans for the long-term reduction of library services due to a reduced budget and smaller workforce, according to a proposal released Monday. Read more.

Friday, September 30, 2022

UC system expands undergraduate student application period

The University of California system will allow prospective undergraduates to submit their applications one month earlier than in previous admissions cycles, according to a press release from the UC Office of the President. Read more.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tang Center to offer free flu vaccine, omicron booster clinics

UC Berkeley's University Health Services will provide flu vaccines and COVID-19 booster shots equipped against the highly infectious omicron variant to campus students at clinics on Sept. 27, 28 and 30. Read more.

Monday, September 26, 2022

BART mask mandate to expire, follow local authorities

BART will end its mask mandate effective Oct. 2 following the expiration of an two-month-old order that required masking in the system's ticketed areas. Read more.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Berkeley police arrest suspect in connection with attempted kidnappings

The Berkeley Police Department, or BPD, arrested a Berkeley woman Wednesday in connection with a series of attempted kidnappings, according to a Nixle alert issued Thursday. Read more.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

2 ‘badass’ UC Berkeley alumni to compete for $1M ‘Survivor’ prize

UC Berkeley alumni Karla Cruz Godoy and Jesse Lopez are two of 18 contestants on Survivor’s 43rd season, and they couldn’t be happier for the opportunity. Read more.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Berkeley to provide COVID-19 booster vaccines for omicron variant

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín announced that the city of Berkeley would begin providing COVID-19 booster vaccines equipped against the highly infectious omicron variant in an email statement Thursday. Read more.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

‘Like a dungeon’: Man alleges abuse at Malcolm X Elementary School

An anonymous plaintiff filed a lawsuit against Berkeley Unified School District on May 16, alleging sexual abuse when he was a fifth grader at Malcolm X Elementary School more than 25 years ago. Read more.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

‘Service based on love’: Religious group donates to Berkeley Food Pantry

The Berkeley Center of the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi, or M.T.O., Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism donated supplies to the Berkeley Food Pantry on Monday in celebration of Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Read more.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Oski Committee: Keepers of Bears, secrets

They don’t want you to know. Hiding in plain sight, they slip into its skin and assume its identity. They transform into something not of this world. Read more.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

‘Not acceptable’: Virtual academy, equity concerns stew in BUSD meeting

Facing potential closure, Berkeley Unified School District's virtual learning academy received support from the community at a BUSD board meeting Wednesday. Read more.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

‘Shot in the dark’ to Fiat Lux: UC Berkeley admits freshman class of 2026

UC Berkeley released application decisions for the freshman class of 2026 March 24, causing celebration among admitted students. Read more.

Monday, February 21, 2022

‘Frustrating’: Mask mandate extension divides community

Following UC Berkeley's decision to extend its mask mandate by a week, some think it goes too far, while others think it doesn't go far enough. Read more.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

UC Berkeley changes plans, requires masks indoors for additional week

Campus officials decided Thursday that face coverings will continue to be required indoors through March 6, superseding previous plans to lift indoor masking requirements beginning Feb. 28. Read more.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

‘YOLO’: Community celebrates, criticizes UC Berkeley mask mandate lift

While a few celebrated the Feb. 28 lifting of the mask mandate, many others argued that it is still necessary. Read more.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

‘Only the first step’: Campus considers unnaming Moses Hall

A proposal to unname UC Berkeley’s Moses Hall is under consideration as its namesake’s legacy — including racist and white supremacist writings — comes under scrutiny. Read more.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Firestone Auto, prosecutors reach $4M settlement in hazardous waste case

Firestone Complete Auto Care reached a $4 million settlement with prosecutors Friday over allegations that the business maintained unlawful waste management practices at 183 locations across California. Read more.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Berkeley school district board discusses staff vaccine mandate, pandemic policy

Members of the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education discussed the potential alleviation of health measures and a proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff at their regular meeting Wednesday. Read more.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Campus, ASUC officials spar over technology fee, transparency

Campus administration has proposed a $139 per semester fee to fund student technology, drawing criticism from ASUC officials who say the process is not transparent and that campus funds should be used instead. Read more.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Berkeley Forum announces spring 2022 lineup featuring activists, entrepreneurs

The Berkeley Forum recently announced its spring 2022 lineup of events, which includes speakers and panels on topics such as activism, entrepreneurship and current affairs. Read more.

Friday, January 21, 2022

CA approves plan to accommodate more than 400K Bay Area homes

The state approved a plan Jan. 12 to accommodate 441,176 new housing units in the Bay Area, including 8,934 units in the city of Berkeley. Read more.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

UC Berkeley study finds quality, racial inequity issues in CA water supply

More than 370,000 Californians have contaminated drinking water, with people of color making up a disproportionate fraction of those affected, according to a UC Berkeley study. Read more.

Monday, January 3, 2022

As Bay Area cities see minimum wage increases, some push for more

California and numerous cities in the Bay Area saw their minimum wages increase as of Jan. 1, providing low-income workers with a boost to their earnings. Read more.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Staffing shortages, student misconduct trouble UC Berkeley libraries during RRR, finals weeks

As Moffitt Library and Main Stacks have extended their hours around the clock throughout Reading, Review and Recitation and finals weeks, library employees have reported staffing shortages and increased student misconduct. Read more.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Definitely not ideal’: UC Berkeley international students face holiday plan challenges

Across campus, international students are facing challenges seeing their families this winter break — challenges that most U.S. students wouldn’t face. Read more.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

‘Neighbors helping neighbors’: Berkeley organizations help during holidays

Institutions from around the city of Berkeley are providing assistance to those in need this holiday season — filling hearts, minds and stomachs. Read more.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Former Berkeley High School teacher accused of sexual assault, harassment

Berkeley High School alumna Rachel Phillips has filed a lawsuit against her former teacher and Berkeley Unified School District, alleging she was sexually assaulted and harassed two decades ago. Read more.

Monday, November 22, 2021

ASUC Student Advocate's Office provides support for students amid COVID-19 pandemic

During the pandemic, the ASUC Student Advocate's Office has seen increased academic, misconduct and housing challenges for students. Read more.

Friday, November 19, 2021

ASUC Senate condemns caste discrimination, receives reports

The ASUC Senate passed a resolution against caste-based discrimination and heard updates from officials at their regular meeting Wednesday. Read more.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Free AC Transit proposal passes council, faces uncertain future

The city of Berkeley took the first steps toward providing fare-free access to Sunday AC Transit bus rides originating in the city — garnering qualified support from many but facing an uncertain future. Read more.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Community imagines Telegraph Avenue without cars

As Berkeley’s Southside Complete Streets project considers redesigning Telegraph Avenue, community members are imagining the thoroughfare without cars. Read more.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Berkeley Forum hosts Turing Award winner Barbara Liskov

MIT professor and Turing Award recipient Barbara Liskov shared insights and details from her computer science career at a Berkeley Forum event Monday. Read more.

Monday, November 1, 2021

UC Berkeley plans for in-person winter 2021 commencement

UC Berkeley announced plans for an in-person commencement ceremony in Haas Pavilion to celebrate students graduating in fall 2021. Read more.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Clear language helps students navigate financial aid, study finds

Financial aid letters with simplified language and modified content can encourage high school students to complete a key step in the financial aid process, according to a study released this month from the California Policy Lab and The People Lab at UC Berkeley. Read more.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

ASUC senate, community condemn Pilipinx representation in campus exhibit

The ASUC Senate on Wednesday unanimously condemned a campus exhibit that critics say glorifies a history of racism against Pilipinx people. Read more.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Berkeley Underground Scholars supports students affected by incarceration

A UC Berkeley program is working to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline by supporting formerly incarcerated students and students who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Read more.

Monday, October 18, 2021

UC Berkeley Indigenous Community Learning Garden springs to life

On a patch of land at the northwest corner of campus, a garden brimming with indigenous plants has sprung to life and connected students to their heritage. Read more.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Berkeley school district considers proposals to desegregate middle schools

Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, has proposed plans to revise its enrollment policies in an ongoing bid to desegregate its middle schools. Read more.

Monday, October 4, 2021

'An artificial crisis': City Council to vote on sanctuary waiver for Motorola

On Sept. 28th, City Council approved a $6.5 million contract with Motorola Solutions despite concerns that the deal violated the Sanctuary Ordinance. Read more.