Although August is usually a time for vacations, it’s a busy period in Berkshire County politics, according to Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer. WAMC asked Tyer about her thoughts on the Berkshire District Attorney’s race. The first-term Democrat also shared her reaction to a recent Boston Magazine article’s portrayal of Pittsfield, and delivered an update on recreational marijuana in the city. She also described the city’s involvement in a study to explore the installation of a solar powered microgrid that would protect crucial municipal infrastructure in the event of disaster. Tyer began by discussing a citizens oversight committee for the city’s police department, refuting claims that it doesn’t go far enough to check the force.