February 24, 2024

Berkeley Metropolis Councilmember Rigel Robinson resigned his seat in a press release Tuesday, a call he attributed to escalating harassment, burn out from perpetual stress and a need to prioritize his household.

Whereas the announcement from one of many East Bay’s youngest politicos got here as a shock for a lot of within the area, the choice is one the 27-year-old had been “wrestling with for a very long time,” particularly as tensions have flared across the controversial pupil housing venture underway at Folks’s Park.

He’ll step down because the consultant for District 7, which encompasses the UC Berkeley campus, Telegraph Avenue business district, and Southside neighborhood, on Friday – roughly 5 years after he grew to become the youngest individual to be elected to the Berkeley Metropolis Council in 2018 on the age of twenty-two. His departure was timed to reach earlier than the Metropolis Council resumes its legislative session on Jan. 16.

Whereas serving the neighborhood was the “biggest honor of (his) life,” Robinson wrote that the toll of being in public workplace proved an excessive amount of. In an op-ed penned for Berkeleyside, an area information outlet, the outgoing councilmember stated he might now not tolerate numerous types of harassment, stalking and threats.

“I’m burnt out. My tank is empty,” Robinson wrote. “I’ve been in a perpetual state of stress and exhaustion for so long as I can keep in mind. It isn’t sustainable or wholesome, and I must make a major way of life change.”