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ELECTION 2022: What to know | WILDFIRES: Prepare | COVID: Get a booster | IDEA MAKERS EVENT: Jay Caspian Kang + Khiara Bridges

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 inCity

District 8 race a toss-up, Barry says he is still fighting for District 7, other council races settled

Nov. 9, 5:10 p.m. After several days in second place, Lori Droste has pulled into the lead in Berkeley’s Council District 8. She has 1,995 votes, compared to George Beier’s 1,983. Read more. Original story, Nov. 5 While residents of District 8 may not know for days whether George Beier or Lori Droste will represent them […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley 2014 election hub: What you need to know

Absentee ballots have arrived and the November 2014 election is just around the corner. Berkeleyside has been covering the issues for months, and we’ve collected some of our best Berkeley election coverage in a single post to help readers get informed before they cast their votes. Browse Berkeleyside’s 2014 election coverage. Berkeley has several council seats up […]

Posted inCity

District 8 candidates share their vision for downtown

The race for Berkeley’s District 8 seat, soon to be vacated by City Councilman Gordon Wozniak, is the most competitive of the 2014 election season. Four candidates are vying for the post: George Beier, Michael Alvarez Cohen, Lori Droste, and Jacquelyn McCormick. The Downtown Berkeley Association recently sent a set of questions to the four candidates. […]

Posted inCity

Soda tax, school board race, open council seat bring campaign cash to Berkeley

The lure of an open Berkeley City Council seat has turned the race to replace Gordon Wozniak in November into a big bucks proposition. The District 8 race for Wozniak’s position, the city’s proposed sugar-sweetened beverage tax on distributors and the Berkeley School Board race — with four people vying for three seats — are already bringing in […]

Posted inCity, Community

Berkeley parks advocates push back after council drops bond from November ballot

The public dismay was palpable last month when the Berkeley City Council decided, in a surprise move, to put a parks tax before voters this fall without a related bond measure that would have infused parks and pools around the city with much-needed cash, reversing an earlier vote on the items. The $1.7 million parks tax, […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Berkeley neighbors question parking, height of student-oriented housing planned on Telegraph

A proposed retail and housing project on Telegraph Avenue that’s already proven controversial with neighbors got its first review last week from Berkeley’s zoning board. The man behind the proposal is Patrick Kennedy, head of Berkeley-based Panoramic Interests, who is working with Lowney Architecture on the plans. The project proposes the demolition of a single-story building between Dwight Way […]

Posted inCity

3, maybe 4, candidates vie for Wozniak’s council seat

UPDATE, 05.15.14: George Beier has announced he will be running for the District 8 council seat following the April 30 confirmation of which redistricting map the city will be using. ORIGINAL STORY: Three candidates — with a fourth waiting in the wings — have taken out papers to run for Berkeley City Council’s District 8 seat that has been […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: It’s time to compromise on Berkeley redistricting 

The Berkeley City Council is engaged in a lawsuit with itself over redistricting. With leadership and compromise, we can put this matter behind us Tuesday night (tonight). How we got here: Redistricting is required every 10 years. Since populations shift and federal law requires that each citizen be represented equally, it was necessary for Berkeley to draw […]