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Posted inCity

Around $3.4M spent on Berkeley soda tax campaign

The tally is in: the campaign surrounding Measure D, the one cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages, cost $3,374,155, according to recently filed campaign statements. The soda industry spent $2,445,107 to unsuccessfully battle Measure D in the November election, with most of the funds going to campaign consultants and media companies, according to the campaign statements. […]

Posted inCity, Community

Berkeley seeks experts for ‘soda tax’ advisory panel

The city of Berkeley has put out a call for experts interested in joining a new advisory panel to set spending priorities for “soda tax” dollars approved by voters in November. Four Berkeley City Council members who make up a subcommittee focused on Measure D, the sugar-sweetened beverage tax, released the application to the community in late December. […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley election 2014: Voters pass historic soda tax, reject downtown initiative; Droste takes District 8

Berkeleyside covered the local 2014 election results live from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, through 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. See the live blog below, with continuing coverage through Tuesday, Nov. 11. See complete Berkeleyside election 2014 coverage. Nov. 12, 6:39 p.m. And the votes are in! The final tallies have just been posted on the Alameda […]

Posted inCity, Schools

Berkeley elections: Kriss Worthington retains District 7; nail-biting race continues in District 8

Election day may be nearly a week behind us, but votes are still being counted and the results of some Berkeley races are still being determined, including District 8 where Lori Droste is currently very narrowly ahead for that council seat. Absentee ballots are still being processed and will likely continue through the week. The latest counts are posted to the Alameda County […]

Posted inHousing & Development

New hotel project is a go again after defeat of Measure R

Now that Measure R, the initiative that aimed to impose stricter standards on tall buildings, has been defeated, the project to build a hotel downtown is back on track. Developer Jim Didion of Center Street Partners LLC had stopped all design work on the hotel planned for the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street pending […]