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Posted inCity

Green housing package sails through Berkeley council

Lori Droste. Courtesy: Facebook An innovative pair of policies to encourage affordable housing and green policies passed the first hurdle by acclaim at the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Councilwoman Lori Droste’s Green Affordable Housing Package designates units and funding for affordable housing by prioritizing housing over parking spaces in new, multi-unit developments, […]

Posted inBusiness

Berkeley council puts off minimum wage vote to Nov. 10

Labor advocates and workers rallied outside Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting in favor of increasing the minimum wage. Photo: Mary Flaherty Labor advocates and workers rallied outside Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting in favor of increasing the minimum wage. Photo: Mary Flaherty The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday night to hold off […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley leaders approve community benefits package; ZAB votes to certify Harold Way EIR

2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline that must offer “significant community benefits” under the Downtown Area Plan. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning 2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline that must offer “significant community benefits” under the Downtown Area Plan. Image: MVEI […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Officials to relax rules for Berkeley ‘granny flats’

An accessory dwelling unit on Virginia Street. Photo: Frameworks Berkeley officials voted unanimously Tuesday night to streamline the process for homeowners who want to add secondary units — sometimes called in-law units or granny flats — to their properties. Supporters of the draft plan say it is a sustainable approach to increasing density and will allow more […]

Posted inHousing & Development, Opinion

Op-ed: An open letter to Lori Droste about mini-dorms

Dear Lori Droste, The residents of District 8 have elected you to be their representative because you presented yourself as a family-oriented candidate who would work on behalf of the people of District 8, a largely residential district with continuing concerns about neighborhood preservation. There is now no greater threat to the livability of Berkeley […]

Posted inCity, Schools

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

Kriss Worthington: retained his seat on the Berkeley City Council for District 7 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 […]