In a closed session Thursday, the City Council decided that a new police transparency law should apply to records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019, when the law came into effect.
Work has begun to reconfigure the dangerous downtown area around the intersection of Shattuck and University into a friendlier thoroughfare for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
City Council voted in closed session Thursday that SB 1421 should apply “to existing [police] records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019.” This followed a lawsuit filed by Berkeleyside and ACLU NorCal over application of the bill.
Some of Berkeley’s biggest developers, concerned about homelessness, have donated to the city fund. At least two of them did so while Berkeley was considering their projects.
Crews used a backhoe loader to remove piles of garbage that had built up over many weeks, including belongings discarded by a homeless encampment on the site.