The Council is reneging on its 2006 pledge to divert all excess property taxes into an affordable housing fund. In 2017, $7M went into the Capital Improvement budget instead.
Janet Napolitano is under fire for findings in the recent performance audit of her President's Office. Maybe UC should take a leaf out of Berkeley's auditing practices?
Don't miss our guide to May 16 council highlights: federal funding and an armored van for police that's been disputed by activists, infrastructure updates, the Library Board, more.
Dee Williams-Ridley currently commutes to Berkeley from Sacramento.
A series of workshops starting Saturday will let community members passionate about improving Berkeley's aging infrastructure share input to help guide a new influx of cash.
Damaged tide tubes mean water doesn't drain quickly from Aquatic Park, and that leads to flooding.
Berkeley voters must demand greater fiscal accountability on how the city spends bond monies.
After years of discussion, the City Council agreed to establish a general fund reserve policy at its Tuesday meeting.
President Trump took steps Wednesday to strip sanctuary cities of funding. Berkeley could lose $11.5 million.
Berkeley is approaching a major, although only dimly visible, financial crisis. To pile another $100 million of debt onto this grim situation without first reforming basic budgeting and policy practices would be irresponsible.
The tree that crashed down on the sidewalk and one private yard and home on Monday somehow didn’t hit any pedestrians or motorists on that heavily traveled part of College Avenue. Next time we are unlikely to be that lucky.
Berkeley has more than a half-billion dollar pension problem deficit which will increase substantially for decades to come. This appears to be an insurmountable problem. But it need not be. Consider:
No, infrastructure is not “sexy”, but it is critical to our quality of life. And Berkeley has not invested adequately in it for many years. We need to change that.