Advocates say the closure of encampments has led to displacement and worsened the existing drug overdose and COVID-19 crises.
The deal paves the way for a building boom at the Bayer campus in West Berkeley, which could add 1,000 new jobs.
One council member called paid parking “a no-brainer” and others said it would align with the city’s climate goals.
Williams will make a starting salary of $200,366 on an initial three-year contract.
The 1930s era brick garage at 1952 Oxford St. is slated for demolition to make way for a 772-bed UC Berkeley student housing project.
The home was built 132 years ago but wasn’t deemed worthy of landmark status.
Homeowners outside the hills could get quick approval for accessory dwelling units up to 20 feet tall under new regulations.
New state laws require swift approval for many ADU projects. Should those rules be more strict in areas facing wildfire risk?