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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 inOpinion

Op-ed: True green not green-washed, we must support Measure R

I am supporting Measure R 2014 Green Downtown Initiative for the following reasons: In 2010, Berkeley voters overwhelmingly approved Measure R, but our City Council has not delivered on its promises.  Here is how the measure read:   “Shall the City of Berkeley adopt policies to revitalize the downtown and help make Berkeley one of the greenest […]

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 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 […]