Berkeley’s Council of Neighborhood Associations (CNA) was started in 1975, to inform residents about what’s really going on around town. The CNA Board was then comprised of members of the Boards of neighborhood associations from around the City. Over the years, CNA has remained very active in defending the people who live and work in Berkeley against powerful interests. We have both supported and opposed the actions of the University Administration and the City Council, and were always very mindful of the needs of those who simply wanted to live, work and study in Berkeley rather than profit from it.
Since its inception, CNA has published a newsletter that is distributed widely across our town and is available through subscription. It alerts Berkleyans to important issues that will impact them. We prided ourselves on staying ahead of mainstream media, due to our original research, ears to the ground and neighborhood contacts.
CNA was a California (non-profit) Public Benefit Corporation, and therefore could not endorse political candidates, although it did publish recommendations on local ballot measures. Its nine-member board met every month.
Unfortunately, CNA ceased operations in 2015. No further comments are being accepted, but we will maintain the website, and begin adding files of every issue of our newsletter, to allow viewers to follow 40 years of Berkeley’s history. Thank you for your support.