Laila Kearney

Laila Kearney
510-495-5879

Email: Laila.Kearney@Patch.com
Phone: 510-495-5879
Hometown: Hollywood, CA and Topanga Canyon
Birthday: July 17
BioI have lived and reported in the Bay Area for the past four years. My work has appeared in the Oakland Tribune, KQED Radio's The California Report, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco Chronicle and others. I received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. I also studied in Mainland China at Lu He High School and at the University of Sydney, Australia. On my days off, I like searching for good eateries, being in nature or reading something by Russell Banks.
My BeliefsI believe in freedom of the press. Professionally and personally, I also believe in honesty and forthrightness with others and with myself, and that those virtues make life easier and more meaningful in the long run. I try to remind myself of this often.PoliticsI'm a registered Democrat, and that's how I tend to vote.ReligionMy mother was raised Greek Orthodox Christian and my father was brought up Irish Catholic. They decided not to raise their children with religion, but I can't help but think that some of it rubbed off on me.

Local Hot-Button Issues
City Hall: With three city managers coming and going in two months, a city council recall in motion, the state controller's RDA review and a recently revealed budget meaning cuts to city projects and staff, the goings on in Hercules City Hall has and will likely continue to be the city's top hot-button issue for some time. Education: There are four (five if you separate Hercules Middle/High into two schools) public schools in Hercules, and they are top performers in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Anything affecting these school's budgets is a big deal. New developments—especially along the waterfront: I think Herculeans want to see their city relatively lively and with more independently owned restaurants and shops, and enough foot traffic to support those businesses. I love the idea of having more places to eat and walk to in Hercules, as well as more ways to travel to and from the city (like a on a ferry boat).

Recent Contributions

Update: Motorcyclist in Fatal Collision Near Shattuck and Rose Identified

Update: Motorcyclist in Fatal Collision Near Shattuck and Rose Identified

The motorcyclist, a male in his early 30s was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Home Burglars Run Over Berkeley Hills Man with Car

Home Burglars Run Over Berkeley Hills Man with Car

The burglars punched the resident in the face and ran over his leg with a car before getting away in a white Cadillac Eldorado
Should Albany Patch Change its Lead Facebook Image?

Should Albany Patch Change its Lead Facebook Image?

Upload your Albany pictures to this article to have it considered as the dominant image on our Facebook Page.
City Officials Attempt to Close WeedMaps Top-Rated Pot Collective

City Officials Attempt to Close WeedMaps Top-Rated Pot Collective

Due to alleged zoning violations, the city of Berkeley could shut down Dwight Way pot dispensary, Greenleaf Wellness Group.
State Seeks to Return Millions in Undelivered Tax Refunds

State Seeks to Return Millions in Undelivered Tax Refunds

You may have an income tax refund waiting for you. In Alameda County, the state has $440,000 in refunds seeking their owners.
Crime Alert: Laptop Robbery on College

Crime Alert: Laptop Robbery on College

The robbery occurred across the street from University of California Berkeley's law school.
School District Considers Adult School Closure

School District Considers Adult School Closure

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has offered to run the classes.
Traffic Warnings Around Albany Schools

Traffic Warnings Around Albany Schools

Albany school officials are urging students and staff to be careful when crossing streets following an incident in which a student was hit by a car while crossing San Pablo Avenue and a near
Unsafe Traffic Conditions Persist Near Albany Schools

Unsafe Traffic Conditions Persist Near Albany Schools

Last week proved to be a dangerous one for those walking near Albany schools.
MADD Wants You To 'Tie One on For Safety' and Designate a Driver

MADD Wants You To 'Tie One on For Safety' and Designate a Driver

A message about drunken driving during the holiday season and resources for safe rides home
Holidays Bring Increase in Crime

Holidays Bring Increase in Crime

The Berkeley Police Department has released a holiday safety tip list, and it's urging residents to check it twice.

Families In Need Photoed for the Holidays

Help Portrait Berkeley held its annual Berkeley photo shoot Saturday.
Complete Streets:

Complete Streets: "Walking Audits" of San Pablo and Buchanan

Here you'll find a rundown of the latest Complete Streets meeting, held Saturday, Dec. 9. A presentation of plan concepts will be held Wednesday Dec 12 from 7 – 8:30pm.
$1 Million for Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Bay Area Air District

$1 Million for Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Bay Area Air District

In the largest of 20 grants nationwide to boost alternative fuel vehicles, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help bus
Complete Streets Kickoff Session Rundown

Complete Streets Kickoff Session Rundown

The next step is a community walk and design workshop on Saturday Dec 8, 9am – 2pm. It will be followed by a presentation of plan concepts Wednesday Dec 12 from 7 – 8:30pm.
U.C. Berkeley Announces New Journalism Dean

U.C. Berkeley Announces New Journalism Dean

Edward Wasserman will become the school's sixth dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley on Jan. 1.
New Buzz Around Berkeley: Schools to Get Beehives

New Buzz Around Berkeley: Schools to Get Beehives

Berkeley has plans to put beehives in all of the city's middle schools. What do you think of the plan to teach students about bees?
Letter to the Editor: Albany’s Tax Provisions for Low-income Households Under-Utilized and Inconsistent.

Letter to the Editor: Albany’s Tax Provisions for Low-income Households Under-Utilized and Inconsistent.

Preston Jordan and Judy Kerr expand on policy recommendations to the Albany City Council by the Social and Economic Justice Commission. Kerr is a member of the commission.
Marin Elementary Parents Urged to Drive Slower Near School

Marin Elementary Parents Urged to Drive Slower Near School

After a teacher was nearly hit by a parent driver Wednesday morning, a school official issued a traffic safety request message to parents.
Crime Log: Robberies on Shattuck, Dana and Spruce and More

Crime Log: Robberies on Shattuck, Dana and Spruce and More

A list of crime in Berkeley from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 provided by the Berkeley Police Department.