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Berkeley city auditor calls for better rainy day fund policy

In perhaps the first-ever folksy moment in a Berkeley audit report, the city auditor recalls Aesop’s 3,000-year-old tale of the “Grasshopper and the Ant.” The frivolous grasshopper plays through the summer months while the industrious ant toils to store food for the winter. When winter arrives, the grasshopper starves to death. The moral for Berkeley, according to […]

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Staff: Measure M has Berkeley streets in better shape

With the help of Measure M, the city of Berkeley is making strides to repair street conditions and add innovative “green infrastructure” projects around town that are helping improve stormwater quality, city staffers told the Berkeley City Council earlier this week. Tuesday night, staff presented an update on Measure M to council. The measure was approved […]

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Soda tax, school board race, open council seat bring campaign cash to Berkeley

The lure of an open Berkeley City Council seat has turned the race to replace Gordon Wozniak in November into a big bucks proposition. The District 8 race for Wozniak’s position, the city’s proposed sugar-sweetened beverage tax on distributors and the Berkeley School Board race — with four people vying for three seats — are already bringing in […]

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Average Berkeley street in at-risk condition, many worse

According to a report from the City Auditor presented to the City Council last night, the average Berkeley street is in “at risk” condition. As the report, “Failing Streets,” details, as street condition deteriorates, the cost of paving increases rapidly. “Berkeley streets are in a serious state of disrepair, with the average street at risk […]

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Council faces tough decisions on unfunded liabilities

The Berkeley City Council special session on the $310 million — or higher — unfunded liability on promised employee benefits revealed the difficult choices faced by the city. A presentation by budget manager Teresa Berkeley-Simmons made the root of the problem clear. The California Public Employee Retirement System (Calpers) assumed annual investment returns of 7.75%. […]