Ben Bartlett has only been a Berkeley City Councilman for 1.5 years, but has the experience to be an Assemblyman because "a year in Berkeley is like 7 years anywhere else," he says
With 12 people now running to replace Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, developments in the race are fast and furious.
Council says it will consider the possibility of sanctioned encampments for homeless residents in Berkeley.
The South Berkeley representative joins a crowd of candidates vying for the East Bay seat in 2018.
About 100 South Berkeley residents showed up to a town hall organized by Councilman Ben Bartlett to discuss a homeless activist encampment and its demands for a portable bathroom.
Council voted Tuesday to embark on an intensive project to develop extensive new development standards to preserve the city's discretion over land use decisions.
Council voted Tuesday night to ramp up parking enforcement by adding 15 automated license plate readers to the small pilot program it launched last year.
An open seat for Assembly District 15 has already attracted five candidates. More are sure to jump into the 2018 race.
After ousting it from several previous sites, the city has allowed the First They Came for the Homeless camp to stay at the Berkeley-Oakland border for several months.
Henry Ramsey Jr., a former Berkeley councilman and Alameda County Superior Court judge, was instrumental in bringing more city resources to seniors.
It was touch-and-go for a while there, but a council majority voted in favor Tuesday night of 50 new units on Adeline Street.
Over the last two years, the city of Berkeley has been moving from an emergency services approach to homelessness to one that's focused on getting people into long-term housing.
Berkeley will cut ties with any company involved in funding, designing, or building a U.S.-Mexico border wall.