Police are using excessive force, including deadly force, against mentally ill or disturbed people who could have been subdued through less extreme measures.
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 city of Berkeley is on a mission to improve its website, as well as to determine if there are more services it can offer online.
The city of Berkeley recently posted this handy guide to ranked-choice voting, and Berkeleyside is in turn sharing it with our readers. Ranked-choice voting (RCV) only comes into play when the top choice does not receive more than 50% of the votes. Worth noting: RCV has only happened twice in Berkeley out of the 12 council races since 2010: Kriss Worthington in 2010 and Lori Droste in 2014. See the county’s iPhone app to learn even more. A video of the process also appears below.
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.
A U.S. District Court judge has rejected the majority of a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Berkeley that criticized the way police officers handled a 2013 call involving a transgender woman in a mental health crisis.
Attorneys for the city of Berkeley have asked a U.S. District Court judge to reject a wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2014 by the father of a transgender woman who died in police custody in 2013.
In the wake of the abrupt departure Tuesday of Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, Acting Chief Andrew Greenwood says his short-term goals are to hire more officers and keep the department focused on the future.
Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan has resigned following reports surfaced by Berkeleyside last month of turmoil within the department and extensive criticism by officers of the chief.
More than six years after taking the helm of the Berkeley Police Department, Chief Michael Meehan is facing serious criticism from within his own ranks, according to two internal emails he sent to employees earlier this month and numerous interviews with BPD staffers.
Come September, the city of Berkeley will finally be getting a new deputy city manager, officials announced Wednesday.
Community members all over Berkeley came together Tuesday to celebrate the annual National Night Out event. They danced, held potlucks, and had a chance to connect with police and firefighters as well as city staff and local officials across about 80 different block parties. The event is designed to help neighbors connect with each other in the interest of safety and build stronger ties with a range of city services, too. The photo gallery below captures some of the highlights from this year’s event.
An Alameda County grand jury has criticized the city of Berkeley’s approach to municipal emails, which are automatically purged after 90 days unless employees manually take steps to save them.
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