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Posted inHousing & Development

6 candidates compete for 4 slots on Berkeley Rent Board

Six candidates are vying for four open seats on Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board, in a race that has seen one slate of decidedly pro-tenant candidates boast numerous endorsements and a large war chest, while their landlord-leaning opponents lag — both in terms of endorsements and cash. It’s an important, if not widely covered race: Established […]

Posted inCity

Election 2016: Who is Alejandro Soto-Vigil?

Name: Alejandro Soto-Vigil Age: 37 Job: Legislative assistant, Berkeley City Council and Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner What office are you are running for? Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner What is the main reason you are running? Housing is a human right. I am proud to be selected by the 2016 Berkeley Tenants Convention, a diverse coalition of nearly 400 tenants, […]

Posted inCity

With 28 days to the election, fundraising gap between mayoral candidates widens

See update at bottom. With 28 days until the Nov. 8 election, Berkeley mayoral candidate, and city councilman, Laurie Capitelli has more than twice the amount of cash to spend on the race than his fellow candidate, City Councilman Jesse Arreguín. And he has 15 times as much to spend as City Councilman Kriss Worthington, who […]

Posted inCommunity

Council battle brews over street behavior, homelessness

Tuesday night, advocates for the homeless are set to duke it out with supporters of more stringent standards for behavior on Berkeley sidewalks over three items on the City Council agenda related to those living on the streets. The item that has generated the most controversy, from Council members Linda Maio, Laurie Capitelli, Lori Droste and Mayor Tom Bates, prohibits going to […]

Posted inCity

Suit against zoning board’s Tregub resolved after apology

The president of the Berkeley Property Owners Alliance has dropped a libel lawsuit against Igor Tregub, a former candidate for the Rent Stabilization Board and a current Zoning Adjustments Board commissioner, ending three years of controversy. Sid Lakireddy and Tregub resolved the lawsuit after Tregub agreed to apologize for sending out an inflammatory email during the […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley election 2014: Voters pass historic soda tax, reject downtown initiative; Droste takes District 8

Berkeleyside covered the local 2014 election results live from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, through 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. See the live blog below, with continuing coverage through Tuesday, Nov. 11. See complete Berkeleyside election 2014 coverage. Nov. 12, 6:39 p.m. And the votes are in! The final tallies have just been posted on the Alameda […]

Posted inCity

District 8 race a toss-up, Barry says he is still fighting for District 7, other council races settled

Nov. 9, 5:10 p.m. After several days in second place, Lori Droste has pulled into the lead in Berkeley’s Council District 8. She has 1,995 votes, compared to George Beier’s 1,983. Read more. Original story, Nov. 5 While residents of District 8 may not know for days whether George Beier or Lori Droste will represent them […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley councilman says city mishandled legal fees in Measure S redistricting lawsuit; city disagrees

Less than a week before Berkeley voters will decide whether to adopt new council district boundaries, a local official has criticized the city for how it handled legal fees for a lawsuit over the proposed council lines that are on the Nov. 4 ballot with Measure S. It’s the latest rebuke in a prolonged public battle over district lines that began in […]

Posted inCity

Michael Bloomberg has now spent $370K in support of Measure D; other Berkeley election news

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, contributed another $285,000 in support of the Yes on Measure D campaign in the last few days, bringing his total contribution to $370,000. More may be coming, according to Howard Wolfson, his senior aide. All you need to know about the elections is at Berkeleyside’s […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley 2014 election hub: What you need to know

Absentee ballots have arrived and the November 2014 election is just around the corner. Berkeleyside has been covering the issues for months, and we’ve collected some of our best Berkeley election coverage in a single post to help readers get informed before they cast their votes. Browse Berkeleyside’s 2014 election coverage. Berkeley has several council seats up […]