A man fatally stabbed in Berkeley on February 11 was identified by police today as 40-year-old Michael Joseph Mayfield of Richmond, the Chronicle is reporting.
Almost six months after the Downtown Area Plan was referended and almost five years after the process began, the discussion is starting to heat up again regarding the future of Downtown Berkeley. The referendum gave the council the option to put the plan passed by the City Council on July 14, 2009 on the ballot, or rescind the plan and make significant changes to it. Mayor Tom Bates is recommending that the council make significant changes to the plan and put it on the ballot. As the petitioners argued last summer, the citizens should have the right to vote on the plan since it could significantly change the downtown.