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

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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 […]

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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: Berkeley’s Measure R is bad government

Conceived with no public input and bewildering in detail, Berkeley’s Measure R sets a new low for proposals fostering bad government. Measure R on the 2014 Berkeley ballot is 28 pages of complex zoning minutia, increased plan and development requirements (including some that are legally questionable), wage and other requirements, prohibitions, and a Civic Center […]

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Campaign donations reach record levels in Berkeley; beverage companies donate $1.4M to defeat soda tax

The beverage industry in recent days contributed another $600,000 to its fight to defeat Measure D, a proposed tax in Berkeley on sugary beverages, bringing the amount it has given so far to $1.4 million. The contribution comes on top of $7.7 million the beverage industry has donated to stop a similar soda tax measure […]

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With Berkeley set to change civic center zoning, US Postal Service ponders lawsuit

The U.S. Postal Service is pushing back against a city proposal to limit development at its downtown Berkeley post office property, which has been up for sale since 2012. Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council is slated to approve that proposal, to establish more restrictive development standards in Berkeley’s civic center on nine parcels, including the post office property […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Save our green downtown: Vote ‘no’ on Measure R

Jacquelyn McCormick’s Sept. 9th Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside is filled with misinformation about Measure R. Measure R is a 28-page downtown initiative on this November’s ballot that would impose strict new requirements on housing and office projects in Berkeley’s downtown. McCormick claims that Measure R would assure that new buildings in Berkeley’s downtown provide new […]

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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, Housing & Development

Judge tweaks downtown ballot summary after lawsuit

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that several of the words used by the Berkeley City Council in the ballot summary for a proposed downtown initiative to go before voters in November were biased and inaccurate, and has amended its description slightly. In his 12-page order, Judge Evelio Grillo said he found three words in […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley hotel plans halted pending initiative vote

A proposal for a downtown Berkeley mixed-use high-rise hotel, which had begun working its way through the city’s approval process, is now on hold pending the outcome of November’s vote on an initiative that would significantly change the city’s zoning process and requirements. A representative from the development team for the Berkeley Place project, where the Bank of America […]