Less than a week before Berkeley voters will decide whether to adopt new council district boundaries, a local official has criticized the city for how it handled legal fees for a lawsuit over the proposed council lines that are on the Nov. 4 ballot with Measure S.
Judge Evelio Grillo ruled today in favor of using the council-majority-approved district lines in the November 2014 election. Grillo heard closing arguments in City of Berkeley v. Tim Dupuis and Mark Numainville Tuesday.
In an Opinionator column published today on Berkeleyside, Barbara Gilbert, a long-time City Council watcher and community activist, says she has been “appalled” by the redistricting process. She indicts both City Council factions as cynical and hypocritical in their maneuvering.
Berkeley’s current redistricting process is a foggy mess. For readers, I’ll try to clear some of the fog by, first, presenting a timeline of pertinent events and then offering my take on these events.
Redistricting returns to the Berkeley City Council agenda tonight with two related items slated for discussion. The city is also headed to court this afternoon to try to get clarity on district lines for November 2014.
The Berkeley City Council is engaged in a lawsuit with itself over redistricting. With leadership and compromise, we can put this matter behind us Tuesday night (tonight).
On April 29, the Berkeley City Council is scheduled to look at zoning on Telegraph Avenue, mini-dorm regulation, changes to how the city handles after-hours noise complaints, a proposed affordable housing project on Berkeley Way and redistricting. There’s also a special work session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss drones in Berkeley.
The city of Berkeley has filed a lawsuit against the Alameda County registrar of voters and the Berkeley city clerk to determine which district lines to use in the November 2014 election.
The Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to let the voters decide which map of council districts will best represent the community’s interests moving forward.
Tonight, March 11, at the Berkeley City Council: a neighborhood appeal of a proposed Starbucks on Telegraph Avenue, potential redistricting decisions, possible changes to how the city handles after-hours noise complaints and a special closed session at 5:30 p.m. on litigation related to utilities. Read on for details in this week’s Lowdown. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how to participate and weigh in about meeting coverage, even if you can’t attend in person.