Originally inhabited by the Ohlone people, Berkeley, California was ushered into the national spotlight as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960’s. Berkeley’s rich history, beautiful landscape, and innovative accomplishments began long before the 1960’s and continue to this day. Bordered by the cities of Oakland, Emeryville, and Albany, Berkeley’s more than 102,000 residents maintain the city as a renowned center for the arts, political activism, diverse cultural exchange, scientific innovation, and academic achievement. Many of Berkeley’s elementary and high schools have been noted for their inspiring and effective curriculum. Several of the programs first pursued in Berkeley have become national models, especially many of its farm-to-school lunch programs, and creative approaches to teaching children growing up in urban settings about sustainable community building. Berkeley is also home to several notable institutes of higher education, including the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley> City College, and the University of California> at Berkeley.
The city’s outdoor attractions include Tilden Regional Park, the U.C. Botanical Garden, the Berkeley Rose Garden, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and thriving commercial districts on College, San Pablo, Telegraph, and Shattuck Avenues. Like its sister cities, Berkeley hosts countless festivals celebrating local artists, holidays, social movements, and neighborhood cohesion. Above all, Berkeley, like much of the 9th Congressional District, is a place where “community” comes first.
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