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Another Berkeley department head to retire

Andrew Clough is retiring after eight years running the Public Works department. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Another longtime city employee has announced plans to leave Berkeley, according to a memo to the Berkeley City Council from the city manager posted online Wednesday.

Andrew Clough, who has helped run the city’s Public Works Department for eight years — first as deputy director and then, since 2011, as director — is retiring and will be replaced by Deputy Public Works Director Phil Harrington, “effective immediately,” wrote City Manager Christine Daniel to the council in the July 22 memo.

Clough’s is the fifth departure this year of high-profile leaders in the city. … Continue reading »

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Streamlined housing crisis center slated for Berkeley

Homeless services in Berkeley. Image: City of Berkeley
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A new one-stop homelessness services shop is in the works in Berkeley.

Announced Tuesday night, the city is changing the way it funds programs offered in town, to prioritize the people with the highest needs, in line with a federal mandate to streamline services into a coordinated system.

The city is looking to create a central office where anyone seeking services will begin the process. Currently, there are too many entry points, as well as duplicative services and a mis-match between those who receive the highest level of assistance and those who needs it most, staff said Tuesday at a work session with the Berkeley City Council.

The city spends about $3 million a year on a range of programs. That is not set to change. But how the money is divvied up, and exactly which types of services receive money, will be different. Unlike the current system, programs will have to fit into set categories to qualify for city support. … Continue reading »

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City’s best scenario: cuts of $12.5 million

City Manager Phil Kamlarz
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Some of the scale of the budget difficulties face by the City of Berkeley was painted graphically at a special session of the City Council last night. The city faces a deficit of $3 million in its general fund and $9.5 million in its special funds that could require the elimination of 96 positions over the next two years.

“These are tough decisions and they don’t come easily,” said City Manager Phil Kamlarz, introducing the discussion. City Budget Manager Teresa Berkeley-Simmons described the pressure on the city from shrinking state and federal budgets as “staggering”.

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