A new Berkeley “panel of experts” charged with allocating money collected from the city’s new soda tax met for the first time Tuesday night.
Berkeley’s soda tax generated $116,000 in revenue in its first month of operation, city officials and advocates said Monday.
For us in Berkeley, the historic campaign to pass Measure D (the soda tax) ended on Nov. 4, 2014, when over 76% of Berkeley overwhelmingly voted yes. Yet the campaign has not ended for Big Soda. Having spent over $2 million (almost $50 per voter!) during the campaign, Big Soda has embarked on a campaign […]
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in Walnut Creek is one of multiple distributors frustrated by the lack of guidance from the city of Berkeley over the soda tax. Photo: Eric Lynch As the co-owner of the San Francisco-based Waterloo Beverages company, Camilo Malaver enjoyed doing business in Berkeley. But he did not want anything to do […]
Despite an ad blitz, in which the No on Measure D campaign covered the Ashby BART station with signs – on the floor, on the walls, and next to the ticket machines, the measure to tax sugary drinks passed. Photo: Marian Mabel Despite an ad blitz, in which the No on Measure D campaign covered […]
Dollar Tree stores in Berkeley have stopped selling soda because of the city’s new tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.
Vicki Alexander, co-chair of the Yes on D campaign, at a pro-soda-tax demonstration in July. Photo: Berkeley vs Big Soda The city of Berkeley has put out a call for experts interested in joining a new advisory panel to set spending priorities for “soda tax” dollars approved by voters in November. Four Berkeley City Council members […]
The Berkeley School Board at an August 2014 meeting. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD The Berkeley School Board at an August 2014 meeting. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD The Berkeley schools Board of Education meets tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 19) for a closed session at 6 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Follow along via the Nov. 19 agenda packet. The board will […]
Fifty years ago Berkeley birthed the Free Speech Movement when Mario Savio stood atop a police car in the middle of Sproul plaza on the UC Berkeley campus and called for moral action. He shouted out: “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious — makes you so sick at heart — […]
Sara Soka, chair of the Yes on D campaign, talks at a press conference Wednesday morning after Berkeley voted overwhelmingly for a soda tax in Tuesday’s election. On the left is political advisor Larry Tramutola, with Berkeley Councilman Laurie Capitelli and Kad Smith of the Ecology Center on the right. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Sara Soka, chair of the Yes on D […]
During Sunday Streets, the Yes on Measure R and the No on Measure R campaigns crossed paths. The race over the future of Berkeley’s downtown has drawn record donations from developers. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel During Sunday Streets, the Yes on Measure R and the No on Measure R campaigns crossed paths. The race over the […]
In February, 1999 my first grandson was born in Berkeley. He arrived early and underweight, and came home from the hospital 6 weeks after birth. That same year, coincidently, the City of Berkeley issued a Health Status Report, which included the fact that my grandson had a 40% less chance of living to the age […]