A politically progressive California
city of 110,000 across the Bay from San Francisco
Home of the Free Speech Movement
, Creedence Clearwater Revival
, Green Day
, Counting Crows
, and the University of California
(Go Bears!) a.k.a.
The elements Berkelium (Bk), Californium (Cf), and Americium (Am), among others, were discovered at U.C. Berkeley
The cradle of the anti-Vietnam war movement (which led to Goveror Ronald Regan
tear-gassing his own citizens). Early opponents to the "Patriot Act
" and the Iraq war.
First city to:
-- divest (remove investments) from South Africa, accelerating the end of Apartheid
-- covert its entire diesel fleet to biodiesel
-- enact a comprehensive smoking ban.
-- voluntarily implement city-wide school busing.
-- implement curb-side recycling
-- install curb cuts
in sidewalks for wheelchairs and bicycles.
-- prohibit the sale of ozone
fast-food cups and clam-shell containers.
, the only U.S. Congressman to vote against giving Pretzeldent Bush
the authority to attach Afghanistan
, represents Berkeley.
Home to the "How Berkeley Can You Be
" parade each September.