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“Manholes” are now “Maintenance Holes” in Berkeley, CA

“Manholes” are now “Maintenance Holes” in Berkeley, CA

“Councilman Rigel Robinson, a 23-year-old recent graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, sponsored the ordinance.”

The city council of Berkeley, CA, just took another step in the progressive competition for wokeness. They have changed municipal codes to be gender neutral, in an effort to be more inclusive.

Filipa Ioannou writes at the San Francisco Gate:

Manholes in Berkeley will now be called ‘maintenance holes’

At a Tuesday night city council meeting, Berkeley became the first city in America to ban the use of natural gas piping in new construction. But that was not the only utility-related issue they saw fit to attend to. No, there was another matter on deck: Eliminating the gendered connotations of words like “manhole” in the city municipal code.

No longer will the streets of fair Berkeley be dotted with manholes, nary a womanhole or nonbinaryhole in sight. With Tuesday night’s vote, they have all been transmuted into “maintenance holes,” that highest, hardest glass manhole-cover finally shattered.

The item, originally on the council agenda for March 12, was sponsored by councilmembers Rigel Robinson, Cheryl Davila, Ben Bartlett and Lori Droste, reports Berkeleyside. The ordinance eliminates all gendered pronouns from the city code, replacing “she” and “he” with “they.”

“Manpower” will be referred to as “human effort,” and “man-made” objects will be described with terms like “human-made,” “artificial,” “manufactured,” “machine made” or “synthetic.”

Christina Coleman of FOX News has more:

Councilman Rigel Robinson, a 23-year-old recent graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, sponsored the ordinance. He tweeted, in part: “There is power in language. It’s a small move, but it matters.”

Berkeley City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley wrote in a memorandum to council, “In recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender-nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity.”

Terms like fraternity or sorority will be changed to “collegiate Greek system residence.” Other terms that will be changed include pregnant woman or women. It will be switched to pregnant employees. Brothers and sisters will be switched to sibling.

As we have warned before, the culture of the liberal college campus is creeping into real life. Here’s a short video from KPIX News:

On a related note, one of the Democrats running in 2020 is fully on board when it comes to embracing pronoun culture. She’s just so with it:

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I’d be willing to bet that the number of city workers who climb down into those holes and don’t identify as male is exactly zero.

Let the neuterings begin…in Berkeley. Rigel Robinson, you’re first.

I find the NG ordinance to be disturbing. The only reason it is even feasible there is because of the moderate climate in Berkeley. In just about any other climate the cost extremes of heating and cooling would kill you. In southern Ohio a heat pump / resistance heater backup can cost as much as 500 or more a month to heat a 3k sq-ft house. In Tulsa it will cost 300 to cool a same size house with an efficient AC unit let alone use a heat pump……

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to starride. | July 19, 2019 at 9:41 am

    You don’t neeeeed a 3,000 square foot house in the first place! /sarc

    amatuerwrangler in reply to starride. | July 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Agreed on the stupidity of the NG ban. The occupants of those homes will suffer economically from their all-electric homes. For most of what many call summer, the northern portion of the Bay Area sees a marine layer that pushes inland over night making the mornings pretty chilly, requiring some heat. It often burns off by mid-morning, but returns as a high level fog bank that pushes in through the Golden Gate and directly into Berkeley, again lowering temperatures.

    Couple that with the PG&E plans to de-energize portions of the power grid when weather dictates in order to reduce chances of their lines starting fires (they have a history), and you will find those occupants without any energy source at all, other than a handful of D-cell batteries.

Well the crews should reserve removal of the maintenance hole covers for those workers who are actual females, just to show how woke they are.

caseoftheblues | July 19, 2019 at 9:36 am

When we said this elimination of make and female and the entire basis of human families since forever was their goal …they said we were crazy tin hat wearing haters…..

caseoftheblues | July 19, 2019 at 9:36 am


Halcyon Daze | July 19, 2019 at 9:45 am

Bonfire of the inanities.

Physiological and mental differences between the sexes that assure one or the other is on average better fit to a purpose are just an illusion. What matters is how politicians and activists think.

Good to see them prioritizing the really important stuff.

Ok then. Here’s a better word with meaning….assholes

Sewer Viewer.

rustyshamrock | July 19, 2019 at 11:18 am

Why does calling them ‘womanholes’ just sound so… wrong?

rustyshamrock | July 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

“Councilman Rigel Robinson”. Shouldn’t that be “Councileunuch Rigel Robinson”?

I would think gender neutrality to be a difficult task when there are 64 of them.

    n.n in reply to RichieD.. | July 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Two genders: masculine and feminine. Then a transgender spectrum for significantly aberrant physical and mental attributes.

Their goal is very sick and very Orwellian. At the end of the day, it’s about grabbing our money – for themselves.

They are the new Soviets.

How about street holes in tribute to transgender normalization through labeling front, back, and top holes.

So, was manhole ever officially the word for it to begin with? I have no particular problem calling them maintenance holes. I’m just asking out loud, was this ever in official documents to begin with, or is it shorthand that gained wide circulation?

Manholes may now be called maintenance holes in Bezerkley, but (excuse my coarseness here) assholes are still assholes.

We should be fair, give the girls a chance, and start calling these things “womanholes.”

Unintended consequences strike again.

What name do the mental midgets in Jerkeley now use for a lazy Susan?

buckeyeminuteman | July 20, 2019 at 2:27 pm

I’m seriously doubting that anyone without a Y chromosome climbs into those things.