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The Berkeley Wire: 11.18.16

Apartments by William Newton

Apartments by William Newton

Three candidates vie for District 4 council seat (Daily Cal)
Homeless encampment dismantled in predawn raid (SF Gate)
Judge dismisses lawsuit against demolition ordinance (Daily Cal)
School board considers sanctuaries for undocumented students (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.17.16

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Mayor-elect Arreguín, Berkeley community leaders, to host unity gathering Friday morning

Human Peace sign. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Jesse Arreguín, who will take over as Berkeley’s mayor on Dec. 1, has called for a sunrise gathering Friday to celebrate the city’s shared community values – many of which President-elect Donald Trump does not share.

Arreguín, numerous members of the City Council, as well as community leaders, are calling for Berkeley residents to gather at 7:00 a.m. in Civic Center Park, 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, for an hour-long celebration. Participants – who are encouraged to wear their “best tie-dye” – will form a giant peace sign. Breakfast will be served.

“I will join other community leaders to address the crowd on the topics of unity, positive action, and Berkeley’s tradition of promoting human rights,” Arreguín said in an email invitation. “Let’s let all our students and community members know that in Berkeley, we rededicate ourselves to a fair, inclusive, progressive, and sustainable world.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.16.16

Indian Rock. Photo: Ted Friedman

Indian Rock. Photo: Ted Friedman

Berkeley police department data suggest disparities in police stops (Daily Cal)
Stanford marching band to sit out Big Game in Berkeley (Napa Valley Register)
Sunrise peace gathering to affirm Berkeley’s values (East Bay Times)
TheatreFIRST gets aggressive about diversity (Express)

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.15.16

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New mayor seeks cooperation, also higher developer fees

Jesse Arreguin will take over as Berkeley mayor on Dec. 1. Here is is at PIQ during a Berkeleyside interview on Monday. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Developers with projects in the pipeline can expect to be asked to provide more affordable housing and a stronger community benefits package before being approved, Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín said Monday during a far-ranging interview with Berkeleyside.

Now that the self-described progressives have the City Council majority (see below for more details) the “previous approach” to development will change, he said.

“I do think the voters wanted a change,”Arreguín said at PIQ on Shattuck Avenue. “That’s one of the reasons I was elected by such a large margin. One of the issues I heard throughout the city of Berkeley was a concern about the major demographic changes, the changes to the character of the place, long-time businesses being displaced, the scale of development.”

“I think the voters of Berkeley want more equitable, responsible growth,” he said. “That is not to say everything is going to come to a grinding halt. We need to create more housing so, certainly, under my administration, we are going to encourage the construction of transit-oriented development in Berkeley.”

Currently, developers must make 20% of their market-rate units affordable or pay a $34,000 in-lieu fee into the Housing Trust Fund or a combination of those things. (Up from 10% and a $20,000 fee earlier this year.) Arreguín said that the nexus study Berkeley prepared on the amount developers could afford suggested that a 25% rate for affordable housing was feasible and he planned to push for that. However, he insisted he still supports the Downtown Area Plan and has no plans to push to revise it.

“We are not going to have a moratorium on development in Berkeley,” said Arreguín. “Things will still get built in Berkeley, but it’s going to be a very different dynamic. I know builders are concerned that we are going to undo the Downtown Plan, that things are going to come to a halt. That’s not the case at all.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.14.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.11.16

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Hundreds protest Trump victory for third night in Berkeley and Oakland (Daily Cal)
Community Choice energy coming to Berkeley (East Bay Times)
Berkeley’s 3D Robotics launches construction drone service (SF Chronicle)

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.10.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.09.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.08.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.07.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.04.16

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