Community members and officials said goodbye Tuesday night to two outgoing City Council members and the city auditor — all of whom are stepping down this week after a combined 72 years of public service.
Highly regarded by her peers, Hogan has done hundreds of audits, all aimed at making Berkeley city government function better. Her plans now include picking up jazz singing again.
Janet Napolitano is under fire for findings in the recent performance audit of her President’s Office. Maybe UC should take a leaf out of Berkeley’s auditing practices?
The graph of City of Berkeley’s actual revenues and expenditures in the last six fiscal years shows revenues are less stable than expenditures. The city is forecasting costs to outstrip revenues in FY2018 and 2019 as a cyclical economic downturn hits The graph of City of Berkeley’s actual revenues and expenditures in the last six […]
“Microsurfacing” on Durant Avenue this year has made for a smoother ride. Photo: City of Berkeley “Microsurfacing” on Durant Avenue this year has made for a smoother ride. Photo: City of Berkeley With the help of Measure M, the city of Berkeley is making strides to repair street conditions and add innovative “green infrastructure” projects around […]
Maybe the headline should be “man bites dog” but there’s a bit of good news on council’s Tuesday agenda: a vast improvement in timely approval of contracts. Our performance audit “Most Contracts Executed Timely but Contract Project Managers Could Use Better Tools and Guidance” tells the story. The bigger story here, to me, is the […]
The future of growth in downtown Berkeley is uncertain, with zoning changes on the November ballot. Photo: Louie Kablooie The future of growth in downtown Berkeley is uncertain, with zoning changes on the November ballot. Photo: Louie Kablooie The lure of an open Berkeley City Council seat has turned the race to replace Gordon Wozniak in November into a big bucks […]
Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling, but more Berkeley residents need to recycle in order for the city to meet its 2020 zero waste goal. Photo: Green Schools Initiative A recent audit of several City of Berkeley departments has revealed that the city is in jeopardy of not meeting its zero waste goal […]
Berkeley is looking at setting a $10.74 minimum wage (the same as San Francisco’s) for businesses with fewer than 50 employees which would affect many local businesses, including restaurants. Photo: Postcard PR Berkeley is looking at setting a $10.74 minimum wage (the same as San Francisco’s) for businesses with fewer than 50 employees which would […]
Cracks that lead to constant potholes on Dwight Way at Telegraph. Photo: Tracey Taylor 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 […]
Mayor Bates: “People will need to start contributing.” Mayor Bates: “People will need to start contributing.” 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 […]
Berkeley police department evidence room on January 17. Courtesy of Berkeley Police Department. Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan plans to tell the city council tonight that, after a five year delay, the department is working quickly to address problems in its evidence room. All the problems identified during an outside investigation in 2006 should be […]