Berkeley approved nearly 900 homes in 2022, far surpassing state housing production goals, but fell well short of targets for affordable homes.
An expanded power station could occupy a prominent spot along Adeline Street that Berkeley officials had hoped to line with businesses and housing.
Developers have long wanted to turn the property into a bustling commercial center, while open space advocates hope it becomes a park.
The policy makes current or former residents of redlined areas, and those displaced by BART, a higher priority for affordable housing.
Advocates say they fear Berkeley is abandoning its vision for public safety. Officials say they still want to create departments of community safety and transportation, among other reforms, once the citywide staffing crisis abates.
Berkeley trash customers with the smallest containers will see the highest percent increase over the next five fiscal years. Officials say their hands were tied by a decades-old ballot measure.
Mayor Jesse Arreguín says his proposal to redirect $1 million budgeted for initiatives to reimagine policing does not mean Berkeley is backing away from reform.
Newport led Berkeley from 1979 to 1986, pursuing a bold progressive agenda that included divesting from South Africa and strengthening rent control.
Berkeley will pull $4.1M from its fund for worker’s comp settlements to help address the shortfall that threatened several popular projects.
Walker’s six decades of local activism touched practically every aspect of Berkeley life.
The program managed by Berkeley’s independent city auditor will include a hotline for residents and employees to report waste, fraud and abuse.
The city will require large housing projects and office buildings to include materials that prevent birds from flying into windows and other reflective features.