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.
Berkeley Police and Fire will continue participating in Urban Shield for a year while a sub-committee considers alternatives. The decision prompted outrage from a packed room.
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.
A new report breaks down the projected costs of each piece of the ambitious homelessness plan, and puts forth recommendations for the elements to prioritize.
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.
For the first time ever, the city has created a team of outreach workers focused on getting chronically homeless, mentally ill individuals off the streets and into housing.
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.
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.