Rising infrastructure and pension liabilities could threaten the city’s fiscal health, a recent audit found.
Berkeley hasn’t decided whether to grant 61 workers’ requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate.
City officials and the project’s contractor are pointing the finger at one another for problems with the $8.7 million renovation.
Seven other officials will get salary bumps too. City officials contend the raises bring top Berkeley leaders’ pay in line with what other local governments offer.
At least 80% of Berkeley’s city workers are fully vaccinated, based on limited data released Wednesday.
Workers have until Nov. 15 to get vaccinated, unless they can claim a medical or religious exemption from the requirement.
Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguín said he wants the city to require its workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines, or be tested for the virus regularly.
Most of the money is for a new Specialized Care Unit that would respond instead of armed police to people in crisis.
The city says the process will focus on finding diverse candidates and that it will involve robust community engagement.
Berkeley can use the money to help pay for emergency COVID-19 operations, infrastructure improvements and more.
Berkeley will be getting its own version of a Black Lives Matter street mural, probably on Milvia Street in front of City Hall, and likely completed this week.
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