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Posted inCommunity

Huge price tag projected for homeless storage bin plan

An innovative program to offer secure storage containers for the possessions of Berkeley’s homeless could cost nearly $350,000 a year in staffing, along with $50,000 in start-up costs. Interim City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley provided the City Council with the estimates in a Feb. 26 memo that has been posted on the city website. Read more coverage of […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley homeless encampment at Old City Hall packs up under city orders

Update: Three arrests were made while the encampment was packing up, according to Berkeley city spokesman Matthai Chakko. Chakko said he expected all three to be cited and released today. Three truck-loads of belongings associated with the camp were removed by the city, he said, and services were offered to the campers. Campers were told […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime, Crime & Safety

Police make arrest after homeless camp stabbing

Berkeley police responded to a stabbing at the recently established Old City Hall homeless encampment and arrested a man late Thursday morning. According to a post on the “First they came for the homeless” Facebook page, which has been documenting happenings and efforts at the camp, “Shortly before noon, one of the protesters was stabbed in […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Housing & Development

The lowdown: Berkeley council on affordable housing, PRC protest report, homeless services, protest march

At its Dec. 1 meeting, the Berkeley City Council is set to kick off with a special 5:30 p.m. session on affordable housing, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The action calendar includes two appeals related to a Durant Avenue housing project, a look at the Police Review Commission’s report about last December’s protests, […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Opinion

Op-ed: An open letter to Berkeley on homelessness: You are being scammed by the City Council

Do storage lockers magically appear on Tom Bates’ order? Do angels from on high descend with public restrooms on Linda Maio’s wish? Is it common for shower facilities to construct themselves from piping and tile without human intervention? If you answered “yes” to these questions then you’ve entered the mindset of the Berkeley City Council […]