More than a year ago Mayor Tom Bates decided that we could no longer smoke, panhandle or unroll our sleeping bags on the streets of Berkeley, but things (as you can tell) have yet to really change. Disgruntled shop owners have been grumbling about the “crowded and dirty sidewalks and inappropriate or threatening street behavior” (apparently this is a kinder way of saying sidewalk squatting, aggressive panhandling, smoking, and doing one’s … business). read more »