People are crying out for transparency and justice in the wake of more fatal incidents involving police.
The Berkeley City Council is slated to vote Tuesday on whether to place a controversial police oversight charter amendment on the November ballot.
The ballot initiative to create a new police oversight commission was crafted in secret and creates an onerous bureaucracy. A new initiative is in the works. Let's wait for that.
The push to give the PRC more authority over the police department is unneeded and unwarranted in Berkeley, which has an excellent department. Stop this misplaced zealotry.
Two PRC members circumvented fellow commissioners to put a measure on the ballot to strip oversight of BPD from the city manager.
Davila had every right to replace a transportation commissioner who wouldn't reveal his attitude about divestment in Israel with someone who supported her views on that issue.
While Councilwoman Cheryl Davila says she was elected "to carry out a social-justice platform," some of her appointments are divisive, which works against the city's interests.
Two officers pull up to a house in Berkeley. There’s yelling coming from inside: Roommates are fighting about the rent and police have been dispatched to respond.
Within 48 hours in early July, five Black and Brown men were killed by police officers across the country: Anthony Nunez, Alton Sterling, Pedro Villanueva, Dylan Noble, and Philando Castile. Every 24 hours, new names are added to the list of police brutality, names becoming hashtags like another check on the board for who fell victims of police brutality. It has been three years since the Black Lives Matter movement began, and Black lives being murdered rather than protected by the police has become normalized.
The Berkeley Police and the Police Review Commission’s (PRC) recent report on the police response to the Dec. 6, 2014 Black Lives Matter protests reflected a remarkable amount of agreement, and came up with commendable recommendations. But it had omissions which should not go unremarked, among which is the refusal to prohibit the use of CS gas on protesters.
Noisy parties around UC Berkeley, an analysis of the police response to the December 2014 Black Lives Matter protests, and a proposal to raise the smoking age to 21: It’s all up for discussion at Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting.
It may be another late night for the Berkeley City Council, which has two meetings Tuesday night set to include more than 60 agenda items. At 5:30 p.m., there’s a special session on the city’s economic profile, as well as updates from state Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond. For the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting, there are 19 items on the action calendar alone. There’s a public hearing on a new bike sharing program the city hopes to launch, council consideration of the Police Review Commission’s look into last year’s protests, a proposal to add homeless services to what the city already offers, and several council proposals related to living wages and housing. The latest five-year paving plan is also on the agenda, along with a resolution from the Peace and Justice Commission to end drone warfare. (more…)
At its Dec. 1 meeting, the Berkeley City Council is set to kick off with a special 5:30 p.m. session on affordable housing, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The action calendar includes two appeals related to a Durant Avenue housing project, a look at the Police Review Commission’s report about last December’s protests, and a proposal from Councilman Jesse Arreguín to expand the city’s services for the homeless. The meeting is set to take place in the Longfellow Middle School auditorium, at 1500 Derby St. Scroll down to see the highlights and learn how to follow along. (more…)