UC Berkeley had long planned to begin construction at the park this summer, but has been blocked repeatedly by lawsuits and activists.
The largest bond measure in the city’s history and a tax on vacant houses and apartments will be on the 2022 ballot.
Tear gas was banned in Berkeley in summer 2020 during nationwide protests over police brutality.
Housing Trust Fund
The Housing Trust Fund is the money the city uses to build and support affordable housing projects in Berkeley. The money can be leveraged 4-to-1 to seek outside funding. Money generally comes into the fund when developers choose not to include affordable units within their projects, or who do not include the full number of those units. Rather than building on site, they can pay a fee into the city’s Trust Fund instead.