The benefits are part of a broader 30-year development agreement for a major expansion at Bayer’s West Berkeley campus.
Police served simultaneous search warrants early Thursday morning in Berkeley, Santa Rosa, San Pablo and Vallejo.
Some community members say the cameras will turn Berkeley into a “surveillance city” while others say they are sick of the violence.
On Tuesday night, Berkeley officials banned most ghost guns in the city.
The project is planned for the site of Berkeley’s Grayson Street homeless shelter. City officials have long known the site was only temporary.
Bayer has proposed annual community benefits payments to Berkeley that would start at $720,000 and grow to $1.3 million by 2052.
“We must employ a variety of tactics to deter, intervene and investigate crimes,” West Berkeley Councilmember Terry Taplin said during Wednesday’s Zoom.
Taplin defeated incumbent Cheryl Davila to take the West Berkeley seat.
Her colleagues commended Cheryl Davila for her “unbridled passion” and commitment to the environment and the unhoused. Then she told them what she really thought of them.
The current ranked-choice calculations put Taplin solidly in first place with 63% of the vote. There are still a lot of ballots to count.
On Election Day, West Berkeley residents in District 2 will have to decide whether they are happy with Cheryl Davila’s leadership or would prefer a new council member at the helm.
Meet Terry Taplin, one of four District 2 City Council candidates in Berkeley’s November 2020 election.