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Posted inHousing & Development

Fight involving Measures DD and U1 is costliest in election

The political action committee for the Berkeley Property Owners Association has steered more than $892,540 in donations to defeat Measure U1 and promote Measure DD, two competing measures that would raise the business tax on rental units. Perhaps none of their numerous mailings and posters, however, has prompted more comment than the one with a […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing & Development

State watchdog agency investigates $790,540 donated to Yes on Measure DD campaign

The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into whether the supporters of Yes on Measure DD may have violated the financial disclosure requirements of the Political Reform Act. The FPPC mailed a letter Wednesday to the Berkeley Property Owners’ Association and the “Committee for Real Affordable Housing – Yes on Measure DD, No […]

Posted inCity

As election nears, contributions and complaints mount

An independent expenditure group backed by one of Berkeley’s largest unions has poured $8,112 into Jesse Arreguín’s mayoral campaign, spending the funds on a website and literature that promote his views. The independent expenditure group is named the “Berkeley Working Families Supporting Arreguín and Worthington for Mayor, Moore and Bartlett for City Council, Tregub, Soto-Vigil, […]

Posted inHousing & Development

6 candidates compete for 4 slots on Berkeley Rent Board

Six candidates are vying for four open seats on Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board, in a race that has seen one slate of decidedly pro-tenant candidates boast numerous endorsements and a large war chest, while their landlord-leaning opponents lag — both in terms of endorsements and cash. It’s an important, if not widely covered race: Established […]

Posted inCity, Schools

12 Berkeley measures will determine city’s infrastructure, education budget, campaign financing and more

As a presidential campaign colored by controversy inches ever closer, local races and campaigns struggle to be heard amid the cacophony. But Berkeley’s ballot is packed with measures that will determine the near-future of the city’s infrastructure, affordable housing stock, education budget, and campaign finance system. We’ve rounded up the 12 measures that will be […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Real-estate interests spend big to defeat rental tax spike

Real-estate groups have spent more than $786,000 in the last few months to defeat a measure that would almost double the business tax landlords pay in Berkeley (Measure U1) and to support an alternative measure with a lower tax (Measure DD). The funds were spent on campaign literature, signature collection, campaign consultants and for professional services from lawyers and […]