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Berkeley may pay for sex-change surgeries

The City Council currently meets in the Maudelle Shirek building but is looking for new meeting space.
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City employees who want to get sex-change surgery may soon get funds for the operation from their employer.

The City Council will consider tonight setting aside $20,000 a year to assist those who want to change their genders. The money will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In order to be eligible for the funds, city employees will have had to “successfully lived and worked within the desired gender role full time for at least 12 months (real life … Continue reading »

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City annual report highlights budget challenges

FY 2011 All Funds Budget Pie
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Phil Kamlarz, Berkeley’s long-serving city manager, stresses the budgetary challenges Berkeley faces in the city’s annual report, issued this week.

The city works on a biennial budget cycle, but the stresses of the current economic crisis have meant that the budget is subjected to regular revision. At the beginning of this year, in the middle of the current two-year cycle, the city had projected a $16 million deficit for the 2011 fiscal year. That would have required … Continue reading »