Judge William Alsup dismissed other claims that Berkeley violated homeless people's rights when the city took their belongings.
A federal judge has ruled that Berkeley police officers used "minimal" force that was "reasonable" when they arrested several people who protested or resisted arrest during a homeless camp removal in 2016.
Berkeley voters adopted a neighborhood preservation ordinance in 1973 in reaction to the destruction of "urban renewal." Community groups must be involved in discussing upzoning in residential neighborhoods.
The group is seeking action to dramatically reduce transportation emissions and improve affordability, through revisions to Berkeley's housing policy.
Milam Schultz had to give up his beloved companion Hot Rod to Berkeley Animal Care Services because he could no longer provide a good home for him. But he has visited his friend, who has not yet been adopted, regularly.
A year ago, the author had a job that paid six figures and was living in a nice house. He lost his job, broke up with his partner, and found himself without a home. Living in an RV has helped him get back on his feet.
Getting them into permanent shelter could cost $43 million more each year.
A council majority voted late Tuesday, after more than three hours of public comment, to outlaw overnight RV parking after creating an RV permit system and trying to help "priority populations" find stable housing.
The council will hold a second reading of an RV overnight-parking ban Tuesday. Opponents and proponents of the ban are both expected to show up.
Berkeley is the only city around that does not enforce its 72-hour parking rule. That has attracted more than 200 RVs, which are negatively impacting the businesses and resident of West Berkely.
Berkeley provides sanctuary to immigrants fleeing poverty and violence. Yet it won't provide sanctuary to those inside its own borders who need help: the homeless living in RVs. This must change.
The Berkeley City Council voted Thursday to enforce a prohibition on parking from 2-5 a.m., while developing a permitting system exempting some RVs for two weeks each year.
The state of our public commons, from streets in West Berkeley to the University and Gilman underpasses, is unacceptable. We need to clean them up while being mindful of those who are struggling with no place to live.