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

Berkeley students carry Yes on E1 signs during the Solano Stroll. Photo: Yes on E1 campaign 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 […]

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Opponents reach compromise on Berkeley minimum wage ballot language

Mayoral candidates Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín: proponents for different ballot measures. Photos: Mark Coplan The two sides that placed two different ballot measures regarding the minimum wage on the November ballot reached an agreement in court Thursday that will result in a strange-looking voter information pamphlet. The supporters of Measure BB, which would have […]

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Courts weigh in on two of Berkeley’s ballot measures

Laurie Capitelli. Photo: Laurie Capitelli for mayor City Councilman and mayoral candidate Laurie Capitelli has filed a lawsuit challenging wording in a ballot measure argument that links him to business interests. In a lawsuit filed Monday against the Berkeley city clerk, Mark Numainville, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, and others, Capitelli is asking that parts of the […]

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Council passes minimum wage law for $15 in 2018

The late-notice, Friday morning special council meeting drew lower-than-usual attendance. Photo: Lance Knobel Berkeley City Council unanimously approved a new law Friday that will see the city’s minimum wage increase to $15 in 2018. The vote came during an unusual Friday morning special session of the council, after weeks of negotiation to resolve a battle between […]

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Council cancels special meeting on minimum wage

Berkeley City Council, Jan. 27, 2015. Photo: Emilie Raguso Update 6:15 p.m. Only three council members were present for the special meeting: Kriss Worthington, Jesse Arreguín and Darryl Moore. After brief thanks from the officials to city staff for preparing the meeting, it was canceled for lack of a quorum. Original story: Two votes scheduled for Thursday night’s special […]

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Berkeleyans to be asked to accelerate $15 minimum wage

Steve Gilbert (holding the mic) announces at a press conference on April 18 that the Berkeley for Working Families coalition has collected enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot that calls for raising the minimum wage to $15 by Oct. 2017. Photo: SEIU 1021 Steve Gilbert (holding the mic) announces at a press conference on April 18 that […]