Jesse Arreguín not only failed to lead the resistance, but actually reversed votes the council had made in December 2015 to pull out of Urban Shield.
With the vote to remain in Urban Shield, and the deployment of the already highly weaponized police force, representative government on Tuesday failed the city of Berkeley.
Berkeley's mayor, City Council, and every member of its police force should be ashamed of their decision to continue with the poisonous disaster that is Urban Shield.
There is no excuse for this City Council not to do what the council should have done a year and a half ago: take us out of Urban Shield and NCRIC.
Urban Shield’s racist, 'warrior cop' nature stands in clear contradiction with Berkeley’s values; pulling the city out should be a no-brainer based on that alone.
With the case of 1310 Haskell St., the council is making a misguided attempt to circumvent state law and obstruct the development of housing in our city.
While Berkeley must work to solve its pension liabilities, the city has an excellent staff with deep experience in addressing fiscal matters.
Increasing fees on market-rate housing makes won't produce more affordable housing; it will only make housing more expensive for everyone.
Zoning laws in Berkeley have been used historically to exclude African Americans and other populations from certain parts of the city. For equity's sake, they must be changed.
It is not true that asking developers to pay higher fees will kill their incentive to build. Just look at all the cranes out there.
Berkeley is in the throes of a significant affordable housing crisis and higher fees on market rate projects will help mitigate the crisis.
Berkeley needs to address its housing affordability crisis. Unfortunately, many items on the City Council agenda could worsen affordability and displacement.
By relying on outdated information, the City Council is putting hundreds of affordable housing units and millions of dollars in funding at risk.
Berkeley has hired 73 new employees in the past three years. Before it adds any more, officials must understand and reveal what the long term costs will be.
Can a workshop impart skills that could help defuse the next Berkeley extremist standoff? My answer is a qualified yes.