Most of the money is for a new Specialized Care Unit that would respond instead of armed police to people in crisis.
The mayor has scheduled a “Budget 101” town hall for Tuesday, June 8.
The historic garden, which fell into disrepair, was restored to glory through various tax measures and the general fund.
Work at the site included a seismic retrofit and maintenance upgrades, as well as other improvements, and was funded by the Measure T1 bond.
Berkeley can use the money to help pay for emergency COVID-19 operations, infrastructure improvements and more.
Large-scale ferry service could begin in 2026 under the current timeline. A community survey about the future of the marina runs through March 12.
But the news is not all bad, as a new economic report shows investors put $700 million into Berkeley’s biotech and clean-tech sectors.
You have until Tuesday to tell the city what improvements you’d like to see with Berkeley’s parks, streets and other infrastructure.
The city of Berkeley is hosting five public meetings this month to collect public input on how to spend more than $50 million in Measure T1 money. They kick off tonight, Oct. 1.
Part of Adeline Street has been completely repaved and improvements are planned on University Avenue at the marina. Live Oak Park’s community center is being rebuilt. It’s all part of T1 bond measure work underway now.
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.