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ELECTION 2022: Full coverage | BERKELEY POLICE: Leaked text messages

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Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates retires after 14 years: “I always felt I could do the right thing”

Tom Bates: “I’ve been so blessed to have had this opportunity to represent Berkeley.” Photo: Kelly Sullivan Tom Bates: “I’ve been so blessed to have had this opportunity to represent Berkeley.” Photo: Kelly Sullivan Think back to Berkeley in 2002. Home prices were less than half of today’s values. There were just over 100,000 people […]

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Berkeley Mayor-elect, council members reaffirm city’s sanctuary status

Students in Berkeley on Nov. 9 demonstrated against threatened immigrant deportation. Photo: Anthony Bertolli Berkeley Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín held a press conference Tuesday to make clear that he and the City Council will ensure the city remains a sanctuary city, offering protection to immigrants and undocumented residents. “There’s a great deal of fear in our community,” […]

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Cheryl Davila defeats Darryl Moore to win City Council seat

Cheryl Davila is Berkeley’s new councilwoman for District 2. Photo: Courtesy Cheryl Davila Cheryl Davila is Berkeley’s new councilwoman for District 2. Photo: Courtesy Cheryl Davila District 2 voters rejected incumbent Berkeley Councilman Darryl Moore’s bid for re-election and narrowly handed the seat to progressive challenger Cheryl Davila, according to the Alameda County Registrar of […]

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Mayor-elect Arreguín, Berkeley community leaders, to host unity gathering Friday morning

Human Peace sign. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Jesse Arreguín, who will take over as Berkeley’s mayor on Dec. 1, has called for a sunrise gathering Friday to celebrate the city’s shared community values – many of which President-elect Donald Trump does not share. Arreguín, numerous members of the City Council, as well as community leaders, are […]

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New mayor seeks cooperation, also higher developer fees

Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín says he’ll push for stronger community benefits packages from developers. Photo: Courtesy Jesse Arreguín Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín says he’ll push for stronger community benefits packages from developers. Photo: Courtesy Jesse Arreguín Developers with projects in the pipeline can expect to be asked to provide more affordable housing and a stronger community benefits […]

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Update: Davila expands lead in District 2, next results expected Wednesday

Photo: Courtesy of Cheryl Davila Update, Monday, Nov. 14, 5:43 p.m. Cheryl Davila has increased her lead in City Council District 2, from 50.77% Friday to 50.82% Monday. Nearly 100 votes now separate her from incumbent Darryl Moore after Nanci Armstrong-Temple’s votes were allocated to each candidate. The Registrar of Voters continued until today to accept ballots […]

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Protests in Berkeley, Oakland over Trump election

A protester holds a “Not my president” sign after Donald Trump was elected Tuesday. Photo: Daniel McPartlan A protester holds a “Not my president” sign after Donald Trump was elected Tuesday. Photo: Daniel McPartlan Update, 10:45 p.m. About 150 people remain in downtown Oakland on Wednesday night after a huge protest earlier in the evening that included […]

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Berkeley’s own political earthquake: Arreguín becomes mayor, progressives seize council majority

Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The Sanders endorsement of Arreguín gave a powerful boost to Arreguín’s campaign. Photo: Courtesy Jesse Arreguín Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The Sanders endorsement of Arreguín gave a powerful boost to Arreguín’s campaign. Photo: Courtesy Jesse Arreguín Jesse Arreguín, 32, decisively won the mayorship […]