A review by the city’s Police Accountability Board can’t proceed until the man’s criminal case has concluded. A lawsuit against the city remains on hold for the same reason.
How many police calls involved homelessness or mental health? Are arrests up or down compared to last year? You now have a way to find out.
Berkeleyside analyzed district data to break down how state and federal COVID-19 relief money was spent.
Williams will make a starting salary of $200,366 on an initial three-year contract.
Public documents strongly suggest that Jay Kelekian, the former executive director, is the person who is alleged to have retaliated against the former employee.
The bulk of the proposed expenditure will go for an “internal personnel issue.” The rent board is examining alleged harassment of an employee.
Jay Kelekian is retiring in the middle of an investigation that appears to be examining alleged harassment of an employee.
It says unlawful changes were made to police misconduct investigations.
The city did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Berkeleyside.
An interim director has been helping the board get up to speed after its creation by the voters with Measure II in 2020.
The Police Accountability Board has indicated plans to launch its own independent investigation.
Most nursing homes don’t have enough rapid tests for managing omicron, leading to poignant decisions on who they can help.
Berkeley hasn’t decided whether to grant 61 workers’ requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate.
At least 80% of Berkeley’s city workers are fully vaccinated, based on limited data released Wednesday.
Of the cases Berkeleyside has been able to learn about, most of the individuals who have died were Black, male, age 80 or older, or some combination of those demographics.
Last week, the city of Berkeley reported its highest number of positive COVID-19 test results on a single day since the coronavirus pandemic began.
At least 60% of the Elmwood Care Center’s 70 residents have contracted COVID-19 in recent weeks, according to state data. The facility declined multiple interview requests.
UC Berkeley has seen 47 new COVID-19 cases, resulting mostly from “a series of recent parties connected to the CalGreek system” over the course of a single week, the university reported Wednesday.
Berkeleyside has taken another look at how counties in the Bay Area are sharing COVID-19 data to see how Alameda County and Berkeley measure up.
Some places in the Bay Area have made it easy for the public to see statistics about COVID-19. Other places — including Berkeley and Alameda County — not so much.
In recent weeks, Berkeleyside has been crunching the numbers for 11 months of injury-crash data from the Berkeley police. We’ve created interactive maps and pulled out highlights. Dive into the data.
Berkeley police handled at least 10 crashes in July that resulted in injuries to pedestrians or cyclists, according to preliminary data.
Since 2014, there have been 1,022 housing units built, across 17 projects, according to the latest “housing pipeline” report issued by the city. About 842 units, in 15 projects, are expected to be done by 2020.
Berkeley is among nine cities in California that filed “non-compliant” reports with the state for 2018.
The Alameda County Superior Court system charges $1 a page, dropping to 50 cents each after five pages, to view court filings. Berkeleyside filed a Public Records Act request to learn more about why that is.
In a closed session Thursday, the City Council decided that a new police transparency law should apply to records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019, when the law came into effect.
City Council voted in closed session Thursday that SB 1421 should apply “to existing [police] records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019.” This followed a lawsuit filed by Berkeleyside and ACLU NorCal over application of the bill.
The city of Berkeley says it has no records of sexual assault or dishonesty-related police misconduct from the past five years and does not have to release use-of-force records from incidents before 2019.
A council majority approved a slightly revised version of the mayor’s proposal on arrest information at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting.
The city will work to create a new transportation department with a “racial justice lens” and a Specialized Care Unit staffed by a “network of crisis responders” to respond to non-criminal calls, among other changes.
The Berkeley City Council shifted more than $9 million out of the police department budget Tuesday night to help pay for a range of reforms called for by community members and city officials alike in recent weeks.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and persistent calls to reform policing, officials pledged Tuesday night to remake the city budget as a “moral document” that better reflects Berkeley values.
Officials have promised to overhaul what public safety looks like in Berkeley in response to protests that have resonated across the city and nation in recent weeks.
The city of Berkeley has frozen all hiring, effective Monday, in preparation for a 12% decrease in general fund revenues that is expected in the coming months.
Business closures in Berkeley could affect some 30,000 jobs, with unemployment reaching 27%, the city auditor estimated in a new report released this week about local economic impacts from COVID-19.
The family’s attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against DoorDash and the driver. The attorney also plans to sue the city, alleging inadequate lighting and signage.
A fundraiser has been launched to help with Latitia Austin Ahmad’s funeral costs.
The family said they do not understand many of the decisions made by police and are concerned race may have played a role in their approach.
Chuck Feezel had struggled since childhood with a constellation of physical and mental challenges that required serious psychiatric treatment.
Many Cragmont families saw the collision, which happened on the afternoon of May 11 at Marin and Santa Barbara Road as children were getting out of class.
“It is a dangerous street,” one local resident told Berkeleyside. “It’s just sad that this occasion has made this come to people’s attention.”
She won a James Madison Freedom of Information Award for her deep dive into sexual misconduct allegations against a Berkeley High teacher.
A man who taught in the after-school program at two Berkeley schools was arrested after a child pornography investigation, officials said.
Prompted by Berkeleyside’s investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against a Berkeley High teacher, Wicks is considering changes to the California Public Records Act and Education Code.