Emilie Raguso

Emilie Raguso joined the Berkeleyside team in October 2012. She covers politics, public safety and development in Berkeley, California. In 2017, Emilie was honored to be chosen as the Journalist of the Year by the SPJ NorCal board. Her reporting on homelessness has also been recognized by SPJ NorCal, and she was part of the Berkeleyside team to win Community Journalism awards from the organization two years running.
Posted on February 19, 2019

Berkeley to replace all its streetlights due to elevated failure rates

The city of Berkeley is in negotiations over who will pay for the labor to replace streetlights systemwide due to elevated failure rates observed over the past year, Berkeleyside has learned.
Posted on February 2, 2019

Officials say yes to 274 units over downtown Berkeley Walgreens

A City Council majority affirmed approval Thursday night of an 18-story building with 274 units planned at the site of the downtown Berkeley Walgreens at 2190 Shattuck Ave.
Posted on January 31, 2019

Update: Berkeley says police records bill applies to all existing records after Berkeleyside, ACLU lawsuit

City Council voted in closed session Thursday that SB 1421 should apply "to existing [police] records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019." This followed a lawsuit filed by Berkeleyside and ACLU NorCal over application of the bill.
Posted on January 5, 2019

School Board president and wife in critical condition after Berkeley crash

The Berkeley School Board president and her wife were struck by a car while walking in Berkeley just after midnight Friday and are in critical condition at a local hospital, according to police and community members.
Posted on December 20, 2018

As staffing crisis continues for Berkeley police, officers who left reveal why

Veteran officers have been leaving the department in record numbers, walking away from friends and generous benefits to start over at other agencies. What has driven the exodus?
Emilie Raguso


Politics, public safety, development

Job title

Senior reporter, community engagement chief

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