Mayor Jesse Arreguín says his proposal to redirect $1 million budgeted for initiatives to reimagine policing does not mean Berkeley is backing away from reform.
The Berkeley Marina is slated to receive an influx of cash following a successful lobbying campaign for a $15 million earmark from the state.
The City Council approved the $733 million biennial budget for the 2023 and 2024 fiscal years Tuesday night.
Rising infrastructure and pension liabilities could threaten the city’s fiscal health, a recent audit found.
Thursday’s vote was a budget referral: The package will come back in June so officials can decide what will actually be funded in the coming years.
“When we work together as a whole community we can make real progress,” Mayor Jesse Arreguín said Thursday.
Security work for outside entities, such as UC Berkeley, the Apple store and other Fourth Street businesses, made up 10% of the overtime costs in FY20.
The camera proposal was just one part of a $5 million funding package designed to address traffic safety, social services and more.
One council member called paid parking “a no-brainer” and others said it would align with the city’s climate goals.
The marina has $113 million in unfunded infrastructure needs.
The pledge came amid a lengthy discussion on the annual crime report, use-of-force and police stop data, traffic collision statistics and more.
Some community members say the cameras will turn Berkeley into a “surveillance city” while others say they are sick of the violence.